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Hazlewood eyes revenge on South Africa

AAP logoAAP 30/10/2016 Chris Pike

Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc watched in frustration as Australia's bowlers were dominated in the recent one-day tour of South Africa, heightening their desire to deliver in the home Test series starting on Thursday in Perth.

Hazlewood was rested from the 5-0 limited overs drubbing Australia copped in South Africa which came on the back of the Test series whitewash in Sri Lanka.

Starc was recuperating from a freak leg injury suffered in a training accident, but he would have also been rested by selectors for the short South African tour even if he had been fit.

The pair return to international action in the three-Test series starting at the WACA Ground on Thursday alongside either veteran Peter Siddle or debutant Joe Mennie.

"It was tough to watch at times. Mitch Starc and myself were sending a few text messages back and forward wondering what was going on, but playing South Africa at home is always tough in any format," Hazlewood said.

"Those young bowlers will learn from that and be better off for the experience.

"There will be a little bit left over from that, but the way South Africa have played Test cricket here the last few series makes for pretty good cricket so it's going to be tough."

Hazlewood admitted to being a little surprised when hearing national selector Rod Marsh announce the Test squad with Jackson Bird left out in favour of Mennie because of his superior batting.

Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh also put the pressure on allrounder Mitch Marsh after he struggled with bat and ball in Western Australia's 10-wicket Sheffield Shield loss to South Australia at the WACA.

But Mitch Marsh wasn't concerned ahead of a first home Test alongside older brother Shaun.

"There's no doubt I'm under a little bit of pressure," said Mitch Marsh, who will bat at six.

"But if I go into the week (feeling under pressure) I won't enjoy it and it's a home Test match so I'm going to prepare the best I can to play to win for this team.

"It's going to be an exciting week and I'm so happy for Shaun that he's back.

"Hopefully his body can stay together.

"It's always nice to play a home Test match in front of our family and to do it together is something we'll look back on and cherish."

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