Josh Hazlewood has produced one of the best spells in Aussie cricket history having take 4-2 to leave the West Indies reeling in the second innings. Hazlewood was the star bowler for Australia in the first innings having ripped through the middle order to take 4-44 at Adelaide Oval.
Pat Cummins joined in on the delight having taken four wickets himself. And not many could predict Hazlewood would eclipse these figures with a jaw-dropping spell to start the bowling.
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After five overs, Hazlewood had taken four wickets for just two runs. Hazlewood spoke to Fox Sports during the drinks break and said the pitch was: "Sharper, bit more pace in the wicket than yesterday".
The fast bowler was all smiles after his first spell, which ended 4-11 off six overs. His stats for the Test match read 8-55 with Hazlewood all but certain to win player of the match, despite Travis Head's remarkable counter century on day two.
In the first innings, Hazlewood was welcomed to the 250-wicket club for Australia. Incredibly, it also marks the first time any Test team in history have played bowlers who have all taken 250-plus wickets in the starting XI.
Only Cummins, Dennis Lillee, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Craig McDermott have achieved the feat faster for Australia. The whole cricket world couldn't believe Hazlewood's first spell on day two as the quick waited for his next spell to get a chance to join the honour board at Adelaide Oval.
— Simple man (@ArbazAh87590755) January 18, 2024
Cummins may have to pry the ball out Josh Hazlewood’s cold dead hands here. #AUSvWI
— Adam Hourigan (@adamhfoto) January 18, 2024
Hazlewood with genuine 'that kid in under 14's that was way quicker than anyone else' figures #AUSvWI
— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) January 18, 2024
4 for 2. Hazlewood's leaking runs.
— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 18, 2024
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) January 18, 2024
Josh Hazlewood has 36 wickets at The Adelaide Oval averaging 18.19
Insane stats 😭❤️
— Politics N Cricket 🏏 🇮🇳🏴🎵 🎥🎤 (@rs_3702) January 18, 2024
Josh Hazlewood is unplayable at the moment. 🔥❤️ Westindies have no clue what hit them. Quality Spell 🙌#AUSvWI
— Shehryar Sajid Khan (@Sskwrites) January 18, 2024
Travis Head shines in front of home crowd in Adelaide
While the day will belong to Hazlewood again, Head led the Aussie counter attack with an aggressive 119 off 134 balls that turned the game in Australia's favour. The innings wasn't without it's hard moments as Head nearly chopped the ball on multiple times before reaching his half-century.
And the No.5 didn't look back as he continues to play in his trademark aggressive style that has seen him become a favourite in the Australian line-up. Head has struggled this summer having just surpassed his previous best score of 41, but his 100 now means he is only the second South Australian to score multiple centuries at Adelaide Oval alongside legend Ian Chappell.
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