The 23-year-old Australian pace man, Josh Hazlewood made an excellent test debut on Thursday at the Gabba where he took five wickets for 68 as India were dismissed for 408 on the first day. Hazlewood’s performance at the test match was especially exciting and a source of pride back home where his father and a group of his friends placed bets for A$100 at odds of 500-1, that he would play test cricket before the age of 30. They placed the bets when Hazlewood was only 15 years old.
Back in 2010, Hazlewood, at 23 years of age, made among the youngest player of one-day cricket in Australia. He has long been compared to the great Glenn McGarth. In fact, the very great McGarth presented him with the baggy green cap at the Gabba on Wednesday.
Two years ago, Hazelwood became the 12th man against South Africa in Perth and thus came really close to making his test bow. It looks like the emergence of a new test talent, but some are keeping their emotions at bay. Given the similar experiences with the last two Australians who also took five wickets on debuts, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson, have not been on the field for a while. As a result, many are choosing not to get carried away with their emotions for now.
24 year old Pattison last played his 13 tests in March and Cummins, 21, has not played another match since 2011. Both suffered from back injuries and tried to improve their durability by altering their actions. Even Hazlewood struggled with severe cramps on Wednesday as a result of which he had to leave the field midway through his 16th over.
India in Australia, 4 Test Series, 2014/15, Game 2
Stumps, Tuesday, December 16, 00:00 GMT
Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane
India: 408/10 (109.4)
Australia: 221/4 (52)
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