Nathan not left in a spin by tour

“NO MATTER how far, or how wide I roam, I still call Australia home.”

A song made famous by Peter Allen maybe but it could very well describe Nathan Hauritz ( pictured) this year - not that he has seen a lot of Australia of late.

The 27-year-old former Hervey Bay junior cricketer has spent so long on the road this year that he has only spent two weeks at home in Sydney since February.

Since then he's played in South Africa, England and South Africa again for Australia and now he's in India playing for New South Wales in the Champions LeagueTwenty20 competition.

The journey is not over yet either - the former Torquay State School and Urangan State High School student will tour India with the Australian team starting later this month.

Hauritz could be excused if he said he felt exhausted but you won't hear the off-spinner saying that despite him bowling more than 300 overs since he toured South Africa in early March.

He's also played in three Ashes Tests, three Twenty20s and 23 one-dayers since packing his bags and heading overseas.

Not surprisingly, Hauritz, whose parents still live in Hervey Bay, said he'd had a bit of jet-lag over the past few months with all the travelling he'd been doing.

“It's all worth it though,” Hauritz, who will celebrate his 28th birthday on Sunday, said.

“There's nothing better than playing for your state and country.”

Hauritz, who played for the Cavaliers club here, will be in action for New South Wales tonight when the Blues take on Trinidad and Tobago in their first game in the League stage of the mega-rich competition in Hyderabad.



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