Hazlewood happy to open Sri Lanka scars


Josh Hazlewood hopes Australia have opened "scars" on Sri Lanka to last the series after bowling the hosts out for 117 on the first day of the Kandy Test.

Hazlewood took 3-21 after Angelo Mathews won the toss, opted to bat and then saw his top order crumble to 18-3. Australia ended the day on 66-2 after the entire evening session was washed out.

Sri Lanka's paltry total was their lowest first-innings score against Australia in Test history, with Hazlewood hoping their shattered confidence is not mended by the time the tour comes to pitches that are expected to play more into the hosts' hands.

"Anything you can get on the opposition is crucial," Hazlewood said. 

"If you can get it straight up on the first morning of a Test series, and get on top of a few of their top-order batters, it does open up some scars, hopefully, for the back end of the tour on some not-so-friendly wickets for us quicks.

"We don't know too much about these guys, we haven't played them a lot, especially our bowlers, so we've worked out a few little things here and there in that innings, and we'll look to keep on top of them with those plans throughout the whole series."

He added: "It is [going to get harder], hopefully, we enjoyed that as much as we could. 

"The next two wickets are probably going to suit the spinners and then Colombo could be quite flat, so it's going to be hard work, but we've trained on some flat wickets in Colombo when we got here and tried a few different things here and there, so we're as prepared as we can be. 

"We may have to work on a few other things, and I think reverse swing will be a huge factor as well."