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South Africa series can match the Ashes, says Hazelwood
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 25, 2018 3:32 pm
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The mouthwatering four-match Test series between South Africa and Australia is about to begin in the rainbow nation and all the buzz has surrounded it. The first Test match will undergo from March 1 at Kingsmead in Durban.

While South Africa is fresh from their 2-1 Test series win against India, Australia defeated England in the Ashes by 4-0. Meanwhile, Aussie pacer Josh Hazelwood feels that this series can match the Ashes if not surpass it.

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“I think it’s going to match it if not even surpass it,” he quoted to cricket.com.au during a recent conversation.

“The Ashes is obviously a different prospect, and at home the crowds were massive, the media hype was big and it was a great series to be a part of. But I think this series is going to be a lot tougher cricket. It’s overseas for us and we’ve obviously struggled overseas in the last couple of years, so it’s a good opportunity in a sort of familiar conditions, a bit like Australia, to put our best foot forward and come home with the trophy.”

Echoing Hazelwood’s viewpoint, teammate Mitchell Starc said that it will be a big series for both the teams.

“It’s going to be big. South Africa beat us at home and now we’ve got to do one on them and beat them away from home. There’s a lot been made about cricketing teams around the world and their records away from home.”

Australia don’t have good travelling records in recent times when it comes to Test cricket. However, things changed as soon as it comes to South Africa where they have an excellent track record in the Test cricket. These two teams are used to beat the hosts when they play a Test series.

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“So, it’s important for us with the record that we do have over here to keep that intact. We want to win all the games we play, but now the big focus is winning games away from home. It’s two awesome bowling attacks, plenty of guys from both teams who can score big runs and be attacking players,” he concluded by saying.

The four-match series will commence in Durban, followed by Port Elizabeth before heading to Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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