Hazlewood: The game is level at this stage


Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood feels the first Ashes Test is fairly even after England reached 343 for seven at stumps on Day one in Cardiff.

Hazlewood, who was making his Ashes debut, was one of the better performers with the ball for the visitors as he picked up three wickets in his 22 overs.

While Joe Root struck 134 for England, Moeen Ali, on 26, and Stuart Broad, who is yet to score, will resume on second day with the Aussies looking to wrap up the innings quickly.

Hazlewood told Sky Sports: "I was pretty nervous but excited and was happy with how I went; the game is fairly level at this stage. Hopefully we can clean them up in the morning.

"We were good in patches. We kept it tight for periods but we leaked a few runs which let the pressure off but hopefully we can work on that. When Root was batting he played fantastically well and we need to find a plan for him.

"If they get 40 or 50 more I think that's about par for them."