You beauty Horry!
IT looked to be an impossible task.
Even after a magnificent innings from Michael Hussey, who scored an impressive 134 runs, Australia was still only 175 runs ahead of Pakistan after four days of thrilling cricket.
But former Hervey Bay junior cricketer Nathan Hauritz, with support from the rest of Australian attack, was able to defend the total with 36 runs to spare and complete one of Test-match cricket’s greatest comebacks.
His proud parents Terry and Julie watched Hauritz take five wickets for 53 balls, including the wicket of the captain, Mohammad Yousuf, for 19.
Yousuf himself summed up what his wicket meant in the course of the match, admitting his dismissal gave the Australians a huge edge.
“My shot turned the game,” he said.
“Shot selection wasn’t very good, especially my shot.”
His wicket did come at a price – the spinner clutched a smashed return to dismiss Yousuf but injured his thumb while taking the classic catch.
Hauritz had medical treatment on his thumb and returned to the pitch, where he was mobbed by team-mates two balls later when he had Misbah-ul-Haq caught at point for a duck at 5-77.
Hauritz and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin combined to dismiss Mohammad Sami for but only after Haddin convinced skipper Ricky Ponting to ask for video referral.
Kaneria was Hauritz’s fourth victim at 9-135 and Umar Gul (6) soon followed.
The five-wicket effort was the second of Hauritz’s young career, with the first coming in the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne last week. Julie and Terry will now head to Tasmania to see their son in action on January 14 and, after the effort he saw yesterday, Terry can’t wait to go.
“Nathan is a confidence player and this will do wonders for his confidence,” Terry said.
The confidence he gets from his outstanding bowling performance will also help to improve his batting, Terry reckons – “a lot of people know he can bat, he just has to convince himself of that”.
Terry said the family was “ecstatic” when Nathan took the final two wickets of the day but believes Nathan’s best performances are still ahead of him.
“You think this is good, just wait ’til he takes his first six for or seven for,” he said.
“It will happen – you have to remember that it is still very early in Nathan’s career.
“It may not happen for a few years, but it will happen.”