Hauritz hits back

DON'T write him off just yet.

That's the clear message Hervey Bay's former junior cricketer Nathan Hauritz sent yesterday as he formed a key part of NSW's fight back on the third day of their four -day Sheffield Shield match against Victoria.

With about two weeks until the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, his timing couldn't have been better.

The match was played at SCG and, with Hauritz under enormous pressure having struggled with the ball the previous day, he looked determined to come out firing.

First he performed strongly with the bat, making 27 valuable runs before striking a full-toss straight to mid-wicket.

Then he opened the attack for the Blues. Having conceded 0-74 from 15 overs in the first innings, no one would have blamed the off-spinner for feeling nervous.

But he showed no signs of it, making a promising start when he trapped opener Michael Hill leg before in the sixth over.

Blues' captain Stuart Clark helped keep the pressure on the South Australians, removing Aaron Finch with a yorker that struck him on the boot.

Hauritz then collected another valuable wicket when he removed dangerous striker David Hussey with a spectacular catch off his own bowling.

Hussey drove a full-blooded shot back at Hauritz who flung his arm out at the last moment to take a brilliant diving catch as the visitors slumped to three for 32.

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