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Test of patience for Hazlewood

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Andrew Drummond

Paceman Josh Hazlewood has plenty of fuel left in the tank should he need to again pick apart South Africa's batting line-up in the second Test, but he can do without a repeat of the first innings' mental challenge.

The quick on Monday ended the tourists' first innings at 326 in Hobart as he took 6-89, his second-best Test figures.

But the player's individual good news was clouded by Australia's poor first-innings total of 85 which he had to try and forget as he toiled through 30 overs.

"You obviously have to try and put it out of your head as best you can," he said of the home side's dismal total which put them 241 runs behind at the changeover.

"You obviously can fall into the trap of getting greedy and going after wickets, but that obviously leads to runs usually not wickets."

Patience was the key.

"We talked a lot about it going out there in that first session - just being patient," he said.

"I guess you've got to try and pretend you've got 400 on the board, but it is tough sometimes.

"That's how cricket goes and you just have to deal with it as best you can and stay patient."

On a flattening Bellerive pitch Hazlewood produced figures just shy of his Test best 6-70 including the scalps of big gun Proteas.

For the third time this series the Australian dismissed star batsman Hashim Amla (47) while also picking up the wicket of centurion Quinton de Kock (104) and Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis (seven).

Since his Test debut against India at the Gabba in December 2014 Hazlewood has taken more wickets - 88 - than any other Australian bowler.

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