‘Charged up’ Hazlewood’s warning to Poms
AUSTRALIAN spearhead Josh Hazlewood has warned England he's rediscovered his mojo after executing a ruthless matchwinning performance in Adelaide.
England's hopes rested on captain Joe Root batting through to sun down, but Hazlewood struck the crucial blow in just the third over of the day, prompting an explosion of emotion from the Australian camp.
Hazlewood hasn't necessarily been at his ultra-consistent best this summer, but his firing of Root was a big match player delivering in the big moment.
Despite Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon being Steve Smith's most successful bowlers this Test, the Australian captain made the call 20 minutes before play to throw the ball to Hazlewood.
First over Hazlewood caught the faintest nick off Chris Woakes, and then a handful of balls later he had the money man - ending England's hopes that they could chase down 354, after hopes were raised when they got within 178 runs from home with six wickets left.
Hazlewood said the adrenaline rush has him confident he can lead Australia to reclaiming the urn in Perth.
"I'm very charged up. You wait for these moments to occur in games to go out there and stamp your authority on the game," said Hazlewood.
"To pick up those early two, especially Joe Root, it set the scene for today.
"There was a few nerves there as well as excitement for the opportunity to win a Test match for your country."
Before this series, Hazlewood was described by Smith as "a genius".
The relentless consistency that's drawn comparisons to Glenn McGrath hasn't always been there in the first two Tests, but Hazlewood feels as though his magic touch is back coming into the Test when the series goes on the line.
"I'm pretty happy. There are probably a few things with consistency where I have probably faltered in the last couple of games," he said.
"But the rhythm is there and the pace is there. It is just about getting the ball in the right areas.
"We had to Perth full of confidence now."
Hazlewood isn't usually known as the speed demon in the Australian attack but he nearly hit 150km/h after taking the second new ball.
Woakes' edge behind off Hazlewood in the first over was so faint umpire Aleem Dar took an eternity to put up his finger, before DRS replays failed to show anything on hot spot.
A nick on snicko sealed Woakes fate and he was gone.
Had Dar kept his finger down Australia would have had no reviews to challenge the call. It was a huge moment in the match.
England had 18 overs to make a real impact on the scoreboard before the second new ball arrived, but in a flash they'd already lost three wickets and added just 12 runs to the scoreboard.