ADELAIDE: Josh Hazlewood admits he was stunned by the way India collapsed to a record low 36 in the Adelaide Test, but said it was the type of scenario Australia’s potent pace attack thrives on.
In an incredible slump, none of India’s batsmen made it to double figures as they were humiliatingly bundled out Saturday for their worst score since first playing Test cricket in 1932.
The carnage, led by Hazlewood, ensured Australia won the opening clash of the four-Test series by eight wickets in a massive confidence boost ahead of the second game in Melbourne later this week.
“We were probably a bit more stunned when we came off from bowling,” said Hazlewood, who took 5-8 in one of the most devastating and economical spells the game has seen.
“I know we were behind by (53) after the first innings, but there was a calmness amongst us.
“I can probably speak for the bowling group in saying that we thrive on those situations when we’re a little bit behind and it’s up to us to change the momentum of the game, and that’s what we did.”
The ruthlessness with which Hazlewood and Pat Cummins (4-21), supported by Mitchell Starc, exploited the bounce and deviation of the wicket only reinforced their reputation as one of cricket’s greatest attacks.
The writing was on the wall when Cummins accounted for nightwatchman Jasprit Bumrah in the second over of the day on Saturday, then removed Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck.
Hazlewood was then thrown the ball by skipper Tim Paine and sent Mayank Agarwal back to the pavilion on his first delivery.
“It gets you in a good frame of mind and pretty confident,” said Hazlewood, who took his 200th wicket during the match.
“I seemed to be bowling to a new batter, whether I was getting the wicket or Cummo was, so that’s always nice as well to come up against someone fresh and facing their first delivery.”
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