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The Ashes 2019

Hazlewood reckons Australia has scarred England at Headingley

Josh Hazlewood claimed Australia had left psychological scars on Ashes rivals England that would take some time to heal after the hosts were shot out for a woeful 67 all out in the third Test at Headingley.

Ace fast bowler Hazlewood led the wreckage of England's batting line-up, which was eventually dismissed inside just 28 overs with only Joe Denly managing to reach double figures.

Australia then commanded proceedings on the second day finishing with 171-6 at stumps strengthening their grip on retaining the Ashes title.

Hazlewood's devasting spell of 5-30 has thus sped up Australia's quest for gaining an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Fancying his side's chances of triumphing in the ongoing encounter, Hazlewood said: "I guess we might be starting a few scars there."

"I don't think many teams are winning if one of their innings is 60 or 70 runs," he added.

"Sixty is hard work to come back from during a Test."

"If we start well they might think 'here we go again' so it's about creating that doubt in the mind. I can't remember a day like this to be honest, it was a great day...simple as that."

Hazlewood prised out the first England wicket and also ended the hosts' miserable batting display by dismissing No.11 Jack Leach later in the day.

Hazlewood's astounding bowling heroics also boasted the valuable wicket of captain Joe Root, out for his second straight duck of the series.

Root's score of nought on his Yorkshire home ground followed his career's first golden duck in the previous game at Lord's.

Prior to the commencement of the Ashes this summer, Root had decided to return to number three to restore stability to England's top-order but Hazlewood expressed delight at seeing the back of him.

"I certainly like him in there as early as possible," said Hazlewood.

"They follow him a little bit, he's the leader, he's the captain, he's got the best average, he's their best batsman going by numbers.

"So if we can get him I think they can be vulnerable at times. I think they love to feel bat on ball, especially through that middle order, so if we can dry up the runs and force a mistake then that's fantastic."

'If you bowl poorly, it may be your last game'

Australia possess an abundance of quality pacers in their squad with the likes of Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle missing out on securing a spot in the playing XI at Headingley.

This healthy rivalry serves as an added motivation for Hazlewood to deliver exceptional performances.

"It keeps you on your toes because if you go out on days like today and bowl poorly, it may be your last game of the series given how good the quicks are on the bench," he explained.

Hazlewood also lauded fellow teammate Marnus Labuschagne, whose third consecutive fifty of the series placed Australia in a strong position.

"He's got some good guts and he's a fighter," he said.

England's deplorable batting has been a constant feature of their Test set-up with the latest collapse marking the fourth instance in the last two years where they have been dismissed under a hundred.