Hauritz finds some form

December 3, 2010 at 10:37 am 18 comments

Out-of-form spinner Nathan Haurtiz has made a real case for a recall to Australia side with a five wicket haul for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match. The off-spinner made a return to form after a poor season both international and domestically, finishing with figures of 5-39 from his 27 overs against Western Australia.

Hauritz was somewhat unlucky to be dropped for the first test at the Gabba, after taking 63 wickets in his 17 Test career so far since taking over the spinning responsibilities from record wicket taker Shane Warne. His poor performances this year had led to question marks being placed next to his inclusion in the side but it was thought that Hauritz had done enough prior to his dip in form to earn his Ashes place, even if the Ashes odds suggested he would be one of the side’s top bowlers.

The off-spinner was left out of the Brisbane Test and failed to make the 13 man squad for this Adelaide Test. Hauritz is well aware of why he was dropped from the Test team and was relaxed when asked about a recall.

Hauritz told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I’ve said all along I got dropped because I wasn’t bowling as well as what they wanted. I have to go back and improve from there. (If) the call-up happens, it’s great, but if it doesn’t, it’s not going to be the end of the world.’

The pressure that Hauritz has had to handle as Warne’s predecessor has been an unfair burden on the 29-year-old’s international career. Warne was very vocal in his support of Hauritz’s inclusion in the side, claiming Hauritz had done enough in his career to earn his “crack at the Poms”. Anyone who has placed an Ashes bet on England will be smiling at the moment though.

Any chance Hauritz has of getting back in the Aussie’s Test side will probably require his replacement in the team Xavier Doherty to have a shocker during this second Test. The Tasmanian left-armer finished his debut Test at the Gabba with somewhat disappointing match figures of 2-148 and if he struggles again at Adelaide then there could be a big push for a Hauritz recall for the Perth Test on December 16th.


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