Australia vice-captain Josh Hazlewood believes that the closely-contested Test series against India so far had has helped the team to a new direction after the Sandpaper scandal had tarnished the image of Australian cricket.
Australia vice-captain Josh Hazlewood believes that the closely-contested Test series against India so far had has helped the team to a new direction after the Sandpaper scandal had tarnished the image of Australian cricket.

Australia vice-captain Josh Hazlewood believes that the closely-contested Test series against India so far had has helped the team to a new direction after the Sandpaper scandal/ball-tampering had tarnished the image of Australian cricket.

“I think it’s been really good. When you’re playing against India and these top teams, the pressure’s always there, and it’s always a big session or a big hour,” Hazlewood told The Age.

“We’ve changed little things,” Hazlewood told The Age. “The way we handle ourselves on the field and off it. But I think just everyone’s going in the one direction now. The players and staff and everyone at CA. I think we’re heading in the right direction.”

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““I think it’s been great. I think there’s been some good feedback from the public and all the viewers. It’s been high-quality Test cricket. It’s been due to the wickets I think. It’s been quite competitive between bat and ball. Hopefully that continues here,” he added.

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Since the Simon Longstaff review  commissioned by Cricket Australia after the former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were caught tampering the ball in the third Test against South Africa at Cape Town in March earlier this year, the players have focused on cutting down the the typical Australian aggression, which has not gone down well with many former Australian players.

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But Hazlewood believes that skipper Tim Paine has marshaled the troops well. “I think things are going well with ‘Painey’ as captain. There’s quite a lot of inexperienced guys around the team at the moment,” said the 27-year-old.