February 27, 2018 / 2:22 PM / 4 months ago

Cricket: Australia's Hazlewood keen to keep the wood on Amla

(Reuters) - Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood is keen to continue holding the upper hand over South Africa batsman Hashim Amla when the sides begin their four-test series in Durban on Thursday.

Cricket - Australia v South Africa - Third Test cricket match - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia - 26/11/16. Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood (R) celebrates after South Africa's Hashim Amla was caught behind by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade during the third day of the Third Test cricket match in Adelaide. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Hazlewood dismissed Amla five times when South Africa beat Australia away in a three-test series in November 2016, including a golden duck in the first test in Perth.

“I had some good success against him in Australia and hopefully with these conditions pretty similar to those, I can get on top of him early and put that pressure back on him,” Hazlewood’s told Cricket Australia website (cricket.com.au).

“It’s a great feeling having the wood on a batsman and I think the batter feels that as well. Through the series they know that that bowler is always going to come straight on when they come out to bat and it’s a bit of extra pressure, you just know you’ve got the wood on them.”

The 34-year-old Amla, seventh in the world test batting rankings, will be playing in his 114th test.

He scored three 50s in January’s three-test series against India but was dismissed cheaply in his other three innings.

Hazlewood, 27, took 21 wickets to help Australia regain the Ashes with a 4-0 home series win over England.

Cricket - Australia v South Africa - Second Test cricket match - Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia - 12/11/16. South Africa's Hashim Amla reacts as he walks off the ground after being dismissed by Australia's Josh Hazlewood. REUTERS/David Gray

Reporting by Mark Gleeson, editing by Ed Osmond

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