Australian pacer, Josh Hazlewood is keeping his fingers crossed as he hopes for England to perform well against India in the ongoing Test series so that Australia can qualify for the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
As Australia’s away Test series against South Africa got postponed due to Covid-19 concerns, New Zealand qualified for the final; also, now Australia doesn’t have their fate in their hands and will need to depend on the result of the India-England Test series to reach the final.
The 4-match series currently stands level at 1-1 after two Tests. For Australia to go through to the final, either the series needs to be drawn – 1-1 or 2-2 – or England should win it by 2-1, but more as in 3-1 as it will take England to the final. For India, the equation to play Kane Williamson’s side in the final is to win the series either 2-1 or 3-1.
Josh Hazlewood says that he and the Aussies are keeping their eyes on the India-England series and are hoping for things to go their way.
“I probably wouldn’t be watching it at all in normal cases. But we’re riding the result a bit and just keeping an eye on it here and there and hopefully, England can do a good job for us. It’s a strange feeling, although just being beaten by India you don’t mind … going for England,” Josh Hazlewood said to Unplayable Podcast, as reported by cricket.com.au.
We could have done a few things differently against India: Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood, who took 17 wickets at 19.35 apiece in the lost series against India, feels that his side could have done some things differently in the last two Tests in Sydney, which was drawn and in Brisbane – where India won the match and the series after losing the first Test.
“We tried our best at the time and looking back we could have done a few things differently here and there, obviously in those last two games. But I think Melbourne goes under the radar a bit too, we didn’t play great cricket there and got beaten pretty comprehensively.
“The last two Tests we were frontrunning the whole game, didn’t quite get there in Sydney and they played beautifully the last day in Brisbane. But in general, pretty proud with how we went about it, just got beaten by a better team on the day,” the lanky pacer added.