India vs Australia: Pujara the big wicket, says Hazlewood

Australia bowler Josh Hazlewood says the entire focus of the bowling attack isn't on Virat Kohli in the India Australia Test series.

Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates after dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara on day four of the second Test match between Australia and India in Perth.   -  Getty Images

Josh Hazlewood was pleased with his effort during the course of the second Test. On the penultimate day, the Australian speedster scalped the vital wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane and later talking to the media, he hinted that the Indian batting line-up isn’t entirely about Virat Kohli.

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I probably see Pujara as the big wicket as far as when I am bowling, (he is) the glue that holds them together. He has batted the most balls this series and scored nearly the most runs. I see him as a big wicket and Rahane as well. So their numbers - three, four and five - are the key wickets and we see the other parts as a bit unstable. Certainly not all the focus is on Virat.

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With Steve (Smith) and Dave (Warner) not here, a bit more pressure falls on Usman Khawaja. He is the most capped batsman along with Shaun Marsh, so experience counts a lot in these situations. There are quite a lot of young guys in the top six and Usman has felt that responsibility a bit more this season and he struggled in the first couple of innings but to see him fight, made everyone a bit more relaxed.


Tim Paine keeps things quite calm and composed and he doesn't get too flustered at any stage. You could see that with the way he batted and he was pretty unlucky to get that one (Mohammed Shami’s nasty bouncer). In the field he leads very well, nice and calm.

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Anytime I am playing in Australia, we feel pretty confident, especially the bowlers feel very confident in getting 20 wickets and a result. Feeling pretty confident and it's just about putting things into practice.

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