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Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood believes that the Baggy Greens have a psychological edge over India heading into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
Hazlewood’s comments come after India lost the first two Tests and have to win the next two in order to end the series as a 2-2 draw.
“We’re obviously 2-0 up and I guess it backfired on them a little bit at the Gabba with them trying to get stuck into us and Mitch (Johnson) fired back,” Hazlewood was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “It was good to see him pick up a few wickets in the second innings and really fire up and bowl fast. Hopefully, he can do that again this week.
“He’s obviously the leader of the attack and it’s pretty easy to follow him when he’s going like that so it’s a privilege to bowl at the other end when he’s fit and firing.”
When asked how it felt to take a five-wicket haul on his Test debut, Hazlewood said: “I haven’t thought too much about that. Someone’s got to take five wickets and luckily it was me on debut.
“But it could be someone else’s turn this week and I’m just trying to keep bowling good overs and good spells and keep that pressure on the batting side so that’s all I can do.”