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Australia's Hazlewood keen to keep the wood on Amla

February 27, 2018 23:05 IST

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood hopes to keep the wood on his 'bunny' Hashim Amla

IMAGE: Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood hopes to keep the wood on his 'bunny' Hashim Amla. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood is keen to continue holding the upper hand over South Africa batsman Hashim Amla when the sides begin their four-Test series in Durban on Thursday.


Hazlewood dismissed Amla five times when South Africa beat Australia away in a three-Test series in November 2016, including a golden duck in the first Test in Perth.

"I had some good success against him in Australia and hopefully with these conditions pretty similar to those, I can get on top of him early and put that pressure back on him," Hazlewood's told Cricket Australia website (

"It's a great feeling having the wood on a batsman and I think the batter feels that as well. Through the series they know that that bowler is always going to come straight on when they come out to bat and it's a bit of extra pressure, you just know you've got the wood on them."

The 34-year-old Amla, seventh in the world Test batting rankings, will be playing in his 114th Test.

He scored three 50s in January's three-Test series against India but was dismissed cheaply in his other three innings.

Hazlewood, 27, took 21 wickets to help Australia regain the Ashes with a 4-0 home series win over England.

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