Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood believes Australia have failed to transition their good form from the test series to the ODI are after being thrashed by England in the ongoing 5-match ODI series. England lead 3-0 after the first 3 matches and Hazlewood is desperate to avoid the series whitewash against his arch rivals.
Hazlewood was called in for the third ODI but it did not help the home team’s cause as an inspired century by Josh Buttler saw England win the 3rd ODI by 16 runs. Hazlewood believes that despite the series defeat, Australian players will not let their focus drift and are solely focused on avoiding the series whitewash.
Hazlewood said: “That is obviously the goal from here on in,” he said in Adelaide on Wednesday (January 24). “England were in the same position I guess in the Test matches. There is always plenty to play for when you’re playing for your country, and it’s Australia Day on Friday obviously and the new stadium in Perth on Sunday.”
“That first 10 overs is probably the key time to take those wickets,” Hazlewood said. “I think we did that to a degree last time, (they were) 4-100 at some stage. You know you’re going to go for runs, it’s about taking wickets early to really get into their middle order.
“We haven’t quite transitioned from Test cricket as well as we could have,” he added. “England have two sets of bowlers in some regards with only really (Chris) Woakes and (Mooen) Ali backing up, so they’re really one-day specialists and probably have showed us how to play in those regards.”
Australia managed to win the Ashes 4-0 and looked untouchable by the English side but the introduction of Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, and Josh Buttler has reinvented England’s form and have re-established their dominance in the limited overs cricket.