After nearly two years since the forgettable tour to South Africa, Australia will once again touch the South African shores to feature in a limited-overs series including both T20Is and ODIs. There’s no doubt that both Steve Smith and David Warner will be the main talking points in the lead-up to the first T20I.
After what happened in the aftermath of the Sandpaper gate incident in Capetown, Smith and Warner have come back stronger as better players and have handled pressure with great maturity.
Even in the World Cup in England, the duo had to cope with a lot of criticism that was guided their way. However, they allowed their bat to do all the talking and made sure they returned with a rich applause courtesy their brilliant performances.
Even for the upcoming tour, when they are expected to get the ire of fans and media, their compatriot Josh Hazlewood reckons that both the batsmen will be unfazed by the hostile crowd.
“Think Steve and Dave have ticked off pretty much every box since coming back and this is just another one of those; don’t think it will faze them one bit. ”
Hazlewood feels that the pressure of returning to South Africa will only extract the best out of them and might see them play even better with far greater responsibility.
“They probably play better when it’s like this, probably try and take as much heat as they can and keep the younger guys out of the spotlight. It’s nothing we haven’t experienced before; it’s quite a long time ago now and a lot of different players from that Test team,” Josh was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
The pace bowler was much confident about Warner, who was made the villain in 2018, doing well in the upcoming series. Warner, who been in stupendous form ever since his return from England after Ashes, the southpaw has redeemed himself in front of his home crowd with runs in nearly every game.
“What it says is that when Davey has a good game we basically win the game. He’s a big match-winner in T20s, one-dayers or Tests. When he has a good game it sends us a long way towards winning the game,” Hazlewood hailed his teammate.
The first of the three T20Is between South Africa and Australia will kick-start from February 21 in Johannesburg.
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