Josh Hazlewood was the victim of a hilarious and witty prank by the English fan group Barmy Army. The Australian players in charge of the border signed a few autographs for the fans. Day 4 of the first Ashes 2021 Test at the Gabba. In most stadiums, unlike in India, there is a lot of space between the crowd and the ground. Furthermore, this is the standard in Australia, especially since the COVID-19 restrictions have been reduced. Hazlewood was asked to autograph his own photos by a member of the Barmy Army. But without the pacer being aware of the witty message hidden down at the bottom.
“I Joshua ‘Joshie’ Hazlewood do solemnly sear (swear) that I knew it was sandpaper,” Josh Hazlewood said.
Barmy Army posted on Twitter
“Josh Hazlewood just signed this on the boundary, we knew it,” Barmy Army captioned.
Moreover, Hazlewood was part of the Australian bowling attack that played the infamous. The Cape Town Test against South Africa in 2018. Also, visiting opener Cameron Bancroft was caught using sandpaper on the ball. Which led to an overhaul of Cricket Australia and bans for Bancroft, then captain Steve Smith and David Warner.
However, Cameron Bancroft hinted earlier this year that Australian bowlers were aware of the full scheme. The bowling league responded by issuing a statement refuting the claim. Separately, Josh Hazlewood has maintained that he was not involved in the controversy.
Lastly, England’s fightback was put out in the early seventh over on Saturday. When Cameron Green got rid of the opposition captain Joe Root, who had played brilliantly for his 165-ball 89. Also, his wicket opened the floodgates for a collapse. And England capitulated from 229-3 to 297-10. Hazlewood had injury concerns recently. But looked fine nowadays, dismissing Jos Buttler for fair 23 with a ball that seamed away after pitching. And after that Australia was set a mild target of 20h. Which was chased in a small more than five overs.