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NZ vs AUS: Josh Hazlewood opines on his partnership with Cameron Green during 1st Test
By SMCS - Mar 2, 2024 1:17 pm
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Josh Hazlewood and Cameron Green stitched a staggering 116 runs for the 10th wicket in Australia’s ongoing Test against New Zealand in Wellington to help the visitors be in a strong position on Friday, March 1. It was also the fourth-highest 10th-wicket stand for the Aussies in their Test history as well. While Green remained unbeaten on a stunning 174*, Hazlewood also added a crucial 22 runs and faced 62 balls as well.

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Cameron Green

Speaking to the reporters after the end of play on Day 2, Josh Hazlewood said: “I think sometimes you can work too much on it and try and be a batsman, and look like a batsman. I just don’t think that’s when the tail’s at its most potent. Everyone’s got to have their scoring options and obviously keep the good ball out when it’s at the stumps and have an option for the short ball, but it’s as simple as that I think.”It’s just having a couple of options to score, a good defense, and trying not to look too pretty I think.”

However, the momentum shifted in Australia’s favour when Green and Hazlewood’s partnership alone kept New Zealand in the field for more than thirty overs as well. The hosts got bundled out for 179, giving away a huge first-innings lead of 204 runs.

Josh Hazlwood
Josh Hazlwood

However, Cameron Green has been new to the No.4 role and he did well with wickets tumbling at the other end. Josh Hazlewood also opined on keeping things simple when it came to communication as well.

“We were just thinking basically about the game. Where we were at and working out the four or five balls an over that Greeny was taking, and then he could target down breeze and a certain bowler. It’s all those little things you talk through, and then all of a sudden we’re 50 partnership, then 100 and geez, we’re up near 400 so things just tick along when you’re batting. Greeny’s nice to have a hit with,” Josh Hazlewood concluded.