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To retain the Ashes over there and be the person to get that last wicket, it was a pretty special moment – Josh Hazlewood

To retain the Ashes over there and be the person to get that last wicket, it was a pretty special moment – Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood did not hesitate in calling the Ashes victory this year as one of the highlights of his career. The fast bowler played a major part in the fourth Test in Manchester, accounting for six victims and this Test victory made sure that Australia retained the Ashes despite the series being drawn at 2-2.

“Probably Manchester, not that long ago,” Josh Hazlewood said when asked about his career highlights ahead of his 50th Test. “To retain the Ashes over there and be the person to get that last wicket. It was a pretty special moment. There are some good moments for the team celebrating. It’s just a great memory.”

Josh Hazlewood, who made his debut five years ago against India at the Gabba, admitted that Test cricket was a lot harder than he initially thought. “I didn’t know it was going to be this hard,” Josh Hazlewood said after Australia won the first Test against Pakistan. “You learn patience.

You bowl in the nets all the time and you try and take two or three wickets and you’re only bowling for half an hour. Things like that you try a lot of things. Once you get into Test cricket it’s about building that pressure and patience and working on it all day. And aside is never going to roll over I think. That’s a big one. That patience stands out for me.”

Josh Hazlewood’s 50th Test will also be played under the lights with a pink-ball in Adelaide, a venue he rated as the best in Australia for the quicks.

“I love Adelaide the most I think,” he pointed out. “I have had success there. Often it is a pink ball game now. But we played red-ball last year and it still did a bit for most the game. It keeps you a little bit interested when the ball is a bit older and the wicket is a bit flatter, there is still a little bit there for you throughout the day. And it is a new-ball wicket, so I think it’s an even contest between bat and ball.

“I think the pink ball in Adelaide is a pretty similar length to the red ball here. You want to get it up there, you want to get it quite full. The pink ball does swing for probably a bit longer and if you’ve got a new one at night we know what can happen. I’m looking forward to getting it back in the hand, it’s been quite a while. I missed the one last year against Sri Lanka here, so I am looking forward to getting back bowling with the pink one.”

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