Hazlewood aims to keep Root, Bell down


Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood hopes the fact that they dismissed English batsman Joe Root cheaply in the second Ashes Test will create a few mental scars for the Three Lions' best player.

Root scored a century in the first Test in Cardiff, when England won, but had two failures in Australia's victory at Lord's.

Hazlewood, who bowled Root for 17 in the second innings at the Home of Cricket, is hoping that his lean patch continues for the rest of the Ashes.

The right-arm bowler said: "It worked out pretty well how we finished up. One thing we were happy to do was to get Joe Root out at the end rather than him being not out. Maybe that will put a few scars on him for the rest of the series."

Another player Hazlewood and Australia will be targeting is out of form batsman Ian Bell, who has been moved up the order to number three for the next Test.

The 24 year-old Aussie paceman said: "He's obviously had a bit of tough run the last few Tests and against New Zealand as well and hopefully for our sake he stays in that form slump.

"It's probably only a matter of time before he gets back into touch so while he's down we've got to keep him there."

The third Ashes Test starts on 29 July at Edgbaston.