Steven Smith © Getty Images
Steven Smith © Getty Images

With the series tied at 1-1, Australia gear up to take on South Africa  in the third Test at Cape Town. Australia after losing the first Test came back strongly and won the second Test amidst controversy. Australia’s batting onus has been upon David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, much to the surprise of fans. Skipper Steven Smith has been disappointing thus far scoring 130 runs so far.

Ahead of the third Test, Josh Hazlewood  has come out in support of Smith. Speaking to the press, he said: “He’s hard to get out as usual, so I think it’s only around the corner. When you average 63 it’s a matter of time until the runs start to come. He probably just needs to relax and go back to what works for him and I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

He further adds, “He knows there’s room for improvement, if we play at our best then hopefully we come away with the wins.”

Hazlewood himself has not been in the best of form with the ball. About his form, he says, “Durban probably wasn’t a great new-ball wicket. Obviously a lot of wickets were taken once it started reversing and the ball was a bit older …(Port Elizabeth) as well to a degree.”

“It’s definitely something we can work on, we haven’t seen a heap of conventional swing. Might have been different if we’d bowled first in the Test just gone. But there might be a little bit more in Cape Town or Johannesburg, so we’re working on that,” he quips.

The third Test gets underway on March 22.