Smith lauds Hazlewood, Marsh after day/night win


Australia captain Steve Smith gave special praise to seamer Josh Hazlewood and batsman Shaun Marsh after the Aussies completed a tense three-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first ever day/night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

The 24 year-old Hazlewood responded to the challenge of leading Australia's bowling attack, after the injury to Mitchell Starc in the first innings, as he captured six for 70 in the second stint at the crease to bowl the Black Caps out for 208.

Australia then knocked off their target of 187 runs thanks to a gritty knock of 49 by Marsh as the hosts nearly made a hash of the chase, requiring their tail-enders to hit the winning runs.

Speaking after the match, Smith said: "Josh Hazlewood led the attack. He really stood up and bowled beautifully. Last night he got the new ball swinging and seaming around, which a lot of the bowlers did in these conditions.

"He's had a big workload over the last little while, so we will have to take a look at that. We don't want to break him, we have a lot of cricket to play in the next couple of months, so there might be a mixed load amongst a couple of players."

There were suggestions that Marsh was playing for his Test spot in this game after not setting the world alight in his previous 15 matches in the longest format.

The left-handed Marsh, who only came into the side for the injured Usman Khawaja, averages just more than 32 in a stop-start Test career.

Smith continued: "I never saw Shaun playing for his Test career. It was fantastic for Shaun to get an opportunity. He's been batting extremely well and I think Shaun has come in and done a terrific job.

"He is best suited at number five and he showed his class the way he played tonight. He looked together and his game was in good order, and the way he played under pressure with his brother Mitch to put a partnership together was really crucial for us at that stage."

The victory allowed Australia to win the three-match Test two-nil after the second Test in Perth was drawn.