Australia vs India 2018-19: Josh Hazlewood Plays Down Aggressive Dressing Room Talks
Australian vice-captain Josh Hazlewood admitted that the aggressive dressing-room exchange between assistant coach David Saker and the bowlers after the first day of Sydney Test had been blown out of proportion.
Meanwhile, Saker had revealed that an aggressive and animated debrief took place in the dressing room after the way bowlers performed and allowed India to end day one at 303 for 4. Meanwhile, the fourth Test ended in a stalemate as Indian National Cricket team registered their first-ever series win in Australia.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Hazlewood said on cricket.com.au’s Facebook Live when asked if Saker’s comments had been overblown.
“We always have a chat pretty much every night or the next morning. It wasn’t really different to normal. The bowlers know when they haven’t done their best and you don’t really have to point it out. We know, we’ve played enough cricket and we’ll try to get better as we go along,” he added.
Hazlewood hails India’s batting
In addition to, the fast bowler admitted that the bowling group has failed to execute the plans against the top-ranked batting side in the world. He also showered high praise on Cheteshwar Pujara who returned as the highest scorer of the series.
“I think they’ve been the right plans we just haven’t stuck at them long enough,” Hazlewood said.
“It’s the No.1 batting lineup in the world and they’ve proved that this series. But I think if you ask any of the four main bowlers they could have been better at certain stages. They’ve probably outlasted us in a lot of areas: patience, probably discipline. (Cheteshwar) Pujara is the main one who has broken the back of us early on in each game. The other batters have cashed in on that,” he added.
Meanwhile, the selectors have decided to rest the pace trio of Jos Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins from the three-match ODI series against India.