Hazlewood and Australia looking to exploit Pakistan


Patience is the key when facing Pakistan as Australia look to utilise the quick and bouncy pitches in the opening Test, according to paceman Josh Hazlewood.

The Brisbane Test begins on Thursday, with Pakistan recovering from a 2-0 series sweep against the Black Caps in New Zealand.

As Australia try to build on their third Test win over South Africa, Hazlewood consulted New Zealand's quicks following the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day international series for an insight into facing the Pakistanis.

"They [the Kiwis] gave a little bit away, but not too much," he said.

"Even though the wickets were very green over there, patience was the one thing that got them the wickets.

"Just the conditions they [Pakistan] are not used to, the pace and the bounce.

"And even though the New Zealand wickets aren't as quick as here, there was still that seam movement, which they're not used to. 

"We'll look to exploit that."

Hazlewood is in form ahead of the first of three Tests against Pakistan, with the 25-year-old only six away from 100 first-class wickets.

He claimed figures of 4-68 and 2-41 in the third Test against the Proteas last month.

"Over the South African series I felt nice and strong," he added.

"I gained an extra yard [in pace] and I think I'm bowling a heavier ball. And now we only have two sessions in the sun rather than three. 

"I think that morning session is probably the hottest up here [in Brisbane] as well, so it's another good factor for a day-night game up here given the memories of a couple of years ago. 

"I think it's going to be a little bit easier on the bowlers with the weather that way."