Dad unhappy son won't play Ashes
AS CRICKET greats from around Australia struggled to understand why off-spinner Nathan Hauritz had been sacked from the Australian Ashes team, it was the reaction of Hauritz’s Hervey Bay-based father that drew the most attention on the Fraser Coast and beyond.
Terry Hauritz was remaining tight-lipped yesterday after weekend reports he had lashed out at the selectors who had kept his son in limbo about his Test future.
When contacted by the Chronicle Mr Hauritz, a Hervey Bay concreter, was unwilling to elaborate on angry comments attributed to him yesterday about the selection process.
He confirmed that his 29-year-old son was “coping well” despite the decision to cut him from the Test squad.
Nathan Hauritz, who will be replaced by Tasmanian spinner Xavier Doherty, has not commented on his exclusion since the squad was announced on Saturday morning.
Chief selector Andrew Hilditch admitted he felt sorry for the off-spinner who learned his trade as a bowler on Hervey Bay’s cricket ovals.
“That was a really hard decision on Nathan; I felt very sorry for him,” Hilditch said in Adelaide.
“He has got a very good record in Australia and I think he would have done a really good job as well.”
Hauritz is the seventh spinner to be dropped since Warne retired at the end of 2006-07 Ashes whitewash, and he received the backing of the legendary leg spinner who said he was stunned that Hauritz had been left out of the 13-man squad.
“I think it’s very hard on Hauritz. He deserved first crack at the Poms,” he said.
Warne posted remarks on his Twitter page suggesting that a few batsmen should have been dropped from the Ashes squad using the same criteria the selectors used to drop Hauritz.
Former Test off-spinner Greg Matthews was even more vocal, slamming Hauritz’s omission as “ridiculous”.
Matthews said Hauritz had been badly burnt by the selectors, saying he was “disappointed in the system and disappointed for Hauritz”.
Hauritz had previously credited Australian captain Ricky Ponting with aiding his rise to the top, but the two have faced differences in the field in recent times.
More on Hauritz inside.