Hauritz keen to beat Pakistan
ALL NATHAN Hauritz wants for Christmas is to take a five-wicket haul for Australia.
Whether the 28-year-old former Hervey Bay cricketer gets it remains to be seen.
The New South Wales off-spinner will play against the first Test against Pakistan at the MCG today and if he gets amongst the wickets it will do him a world of good.
It will certainly make chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch happy for a start.
Hilditch has said he wants Hauritz to step up to the mark and become a bowler who can deliver what Australia has yearned for since Shane Warne retired.
A match-winning bowler, a bowler who can deliver the goods when they are needed the most – in the fourth and last innings of a game.
Hauritz, who has played 10 Tests, has performed well in the first innings of a game but has not been able to deliver the killer blow as yet.
His overall Test bowling average is 32.45 but when it comes to the final innings it doesn’t read as impressive – 49.66.
Hauritz, who played for Cavaliers here, thinks he is due for a haul, and so does his father Terry.
The Hervey Bay concreter said Nathan is bowling better than his figures would suggest.
“All I’ve heard this week is about the massive six West Indies captain Chris Gayle smashed off his bowling at the WACA in the last Test,” Terry said.
“I haven’t heard about too much about when Gayle was dropped in the slips off Nathan’s bowling before he got to his hundred.
“Nathan is bowling well – he just hasn’t had the catches go his way.
“The ones dropped off his bowling at the WACA were pretty ordinary.
“He’s bowling with a lot of confidence but he just needs a couple things to go his way.”
While Terry, who won’t be heading to Melbourne to watch the Test like he did last year, is hoping Nathan will have a change of luck on the field, he’s also hoping his luck changes off it.
“He was pretty crook during the last Test,” Terry said.
“You could see he wasn’t right – it seems he got food poisoning after eating a Thai meal.
“He said he lost some weight and wasn’t right for a few days so that’s not ideal preparation.”