Hauritz named in Twenty20 team
NATHAN Hauritz now has Twenty20 vision and he has chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch to thank for that.
The 28-year-old off-spinner from Hervey Bay has been given the chance to shine on the world Twenty20 stage.
Hauritz was given an opportunity to earn a spot in Australia’s World Twenty20 Championship team after yesterday being named in a 15-man national squad for the tour to New Zealand.
The former Torquay State School and Urangan State High School student and his team-mates will take on the Kiwis in Wellington on February 26 and in Christchurch two days later.
The two games will be Australia’s final two Twenty20 internationals before the World Twenty 20 Championship in the Caribbean so Hauritz knows just how high the stakes are.
“I’ve got to perform with the ball – it’s that simple,” Hauritz, who played his club cricket for Cavaliers in Hervey Bay, said.
“I’ve been picked to do a job (he’s the only specialist spinner in the squad heading across the Tasman) and the ball is in my court.
“It’s up to me to show I can do it,” Hauritz, who has played in three Twenty20 internationals in his career to-date, said.
Hauritz has chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch in his corner.
He said that Hauritz deserved another crack in the shortest form of the game after being overlooked for this month’s win over Pakistan in Melbourne.
“Nathan has proven himself to be our best spinner in Test and one-day cricket and with the important role spin plays in Twenty20 cricket,” Hilditch said.
“He deserves the chance to try and establish himself in Australia’s Twenty20 side.”