India tour of Australia: Seasoned pacer Josh Hazlewood regrets not having put enough pressure on India, after having them 6 down for 186, on Day 3 of the Brisbane Test. 

Josh Hazlewood bagged a five-wicket haul in India’s 1st innings at Gabba. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hazlewood rues not putting enough pressure on India after 6 down
  • Hazlewood has also denied being fatigued after Day 5 at SCG
  • Lyon is playing his 100th Test and is 3 wickets away from 400 wickets

Josh Hazlewood’s performance with the ball was stand out on a day when Mitchell Starc looked rather ordinary. But even in his 5-wicket haul, which includes the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, Hazlewood and the rest of the Australian bowling attack struggled for a good 36 overs on Day 3 of the Brisbane Test.

After having India on 186/6, as Hazlewood dismissed Pant, tailenders Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur built an unexpected partnership of 123 runs while both the batsmen scored their respective half-century. India were able to put up 336 on the board and only manage a lead of 33 runs at the end of the visitors’ innings.

Former cricketers and experts have suggested that the Australian bowlers might have had a burn out due to an injury-hit India’s resistance on Day 5 of the drawn Sydney Test. However, Hazlewood has denied any kind of fatigue.

“Everyone pulled up pretty well from Sydney. Everyone’s feeling pretty good, and I think Cameron Green [as a pace-bowling all-rounder] makes a huge difference,” Hazlewood told reporters.

“There’s a little bit of frustration there, obviously. Sometimes when you think (they’re) six down, you’re well on your way to knocking them over. We just let them off the hook there and probably didn’t build pressure the way we wanted to.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon (1/65) didn’t have a great show with the ball in India’s innings besides the lone wicket of Rohit Sharma (his 397th Test wicket) on a rain dampened Day 2. However, Hazlewood has defended Lyon, who is playing his 100th Test, saying there was little for him in the Gabba wicket.

“There’s a little bit of spin but not a great deal. Obviously, the Indian players are great players of spin as well and we’ve seen that throughout the series,” Hazlewood added.



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