Sydney, March 21: Pacer Josh Hazlewood on Saturday said their unbeaten record against India this Australian summer means they ‘have the wood’ over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side ahead of their semi-fil showdown at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Thursday. India had a disappointing Test series Down Under, losing 0-2. The visitors failed to win even a single match in the following ODItri-series, also involving England, in the lead-up to the World Cup.
The Asian powerhouse were also defeated in the World Cup warm-up match on February 8 in Adelaide, where they were thrashed by 106 runs. “We’ve obviously played them a lot this summer in both formats so I would say we have the wood over them a little bit in that regard, winning the tri-series. We’ll be doing our homework, doing our normal thing and getting prepared,” Hazlewood was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia (CA). “(But a) lot of their players have been playing for a while so they’ve got that experience in big tourments, and they really peak at the right time. They’ll be really tough work on Thursday.”
Hazlewood was med man-of-the-match in Friday’s quarter-fil against Pakistan. The pacer hopes that his 4/35 shows the team selectors his importance before picking the playing XI against India. IANS