Gillette ODIs v South Africa

'One win doesn't make summer'

Paceman knows breakthrough success was just a small step as batsmen eye improvements for decider

AAP

10 November 2018, 03:29 PM

Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood knows one win doesn't make a summer.

But he says the playing group felt some pressure release with Friday night's seven-run one-day win against South Africa.

Hazlewood believes the Australians should now be more relaxed entering Sunday's series decider in Hobart after ending their seven-game losing steak.

"It will probably relax the guys a little bit, if anything," Hazlewood told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.

"We know one win doesn't make a summer, though.

"It's a good step moving forward to get one on the board. It makes tomorrow a pretty important game for us to try and win the series."

Aussies level series with tight ODI win

Austraia's triumph came amid off-field upheaval at Cricket Australia, with allrounder Marcus Stoinis telling of the "drain" on players.

But Hazlewood said the boardroom ructions weren't playing on his mind.

"I have been fine," he said. "We're obviously aware of it but I don't think it's a distraction by any means."

Stoinis took three wickets and Hazlewood and Pat Cummins produced telling spells to square the best-of-three series.

"I think the quicks were outstanding," Hazlewood said. "Up front we were really good and took those early wickets and put some pressure back on South Africa, as you need to do because it was a small target.

"We closed it out pretty well. It's a little bit of relief, I guess.

"But we have been doing the right things at training and are really focused on the process and (have) put results a little bit out of our mind."

'Proud' Stoinis savours hard-fought win

But Australia's bowlers are looking to the batsmen to improve in Hobart after failing to bat their allotted overs for the seventh time in eight games.

Alex Carey, Chris Lynn and captain Aaron Finch were dismissed in the 40s in Adelaide, stalling any genuine momentum with the bat.

"That is a goal of our batters, to have a couple of established guys there at the end," Hazlewood said.

"To have our top six or seven face 50 overs, when you can do that, you can really put the opposition under the pump."

Australia v Proteas, Gillette ODI series, November 2018

First ODI: South Africa won by six wickets

Second ODI: Australia won by seven runs

Third ODI: Blundstone Arena, Hobart, November 11

Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.