A ‘patchy’ Josh Hazlewood has admitted he needs to improve with the new ball against South Africa, ahead of Test matches in Cape Town and Johannesburg likely to offer more conventional assistance for fast bowlers after the reverse-swing-oriented conditions of Durban and Port Elizabeth, reports Espncricinfo.
The Australians reconvene on Monday to train at Newlands after four days off, knowing they need to produce more runs from the top order while also finding a way past the irrepressible AB de Villiers. By Hazlewood’s estimate, Steven Smith’s team had played at “less than 50%” of its capacity in the second Test, meaning there is plenty of room for the necessary upside in the third.
“With the new ball [I have been] a little bit patchy I think,” Hazlewood said.
“Durban probably wasn’t a great new-ball wicket.Obviously a lot of wickets were taken once it started reversing and the ball was a bit older and probably [Port Elizabeth] as well to a degree. It’s definitely something we can work on, we haven’t seen a heap of conventional swing.
“I haven’t played a Test match in Cape Town so I’m a bit unsure. It’s been different I think for a few different games,” he said.