Western Australia v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 4th day December 1, 2010

Hauritz takes five in New South Wales win

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 291 and 278 beat Western Australia 205 and 165 (Robinson 39, Hauritz 5-39, Cameron 3-33) by 199 runs

Nathan Hauritz has sent a loud and clear message to the Australian selectors by bowling New South Wales to victory on the final day against Western Australia at the WACA. Hauritz collected 5 for 39 from 27 overs to help the Blues to their 199-run triumph, less than a fortnight after being axed from the Test side to make room for Xavier Doherty.

Doherty has been retained for this Friday's second Test in Adelaide but Hauritz has improved his chances of a recall at some point during the series, with excellent final-day work that earned him the Man of the Match prize. Western Australia were chasing 365 but hit trouble when Hauritz ran through the specialist batsmen, removing four of the top five.

He began with Michael Swart caught at bat-pad for 39, before adding the opener Wes Robinson, who was caught at slip for a painstaking innings of 39 from 201 deliveries. Hauritz also collected the in-form Shaun Marsh, who was caught behind for 27, and Adam Voges also fell caught behind to Hauritz for 13, to leave the Warriors struggling at 5 for 136.

The fast bowler Mark Cameron, who joined the side mid-match when Doug Bollinger was rushed off to Adelaide to bolster the Test squad, picked up 3 for 33 as the local lower order failed to offer much resistance. It was a good couple of days all round for the New South Wales Test hopefuls, after Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith both made half-centuries on the third day.

The win has confirmed New South Wales as the competition leaders, with three victories from their five matches. Western Australia have not quite shown the improvement they would have hoped for under their new coach Mickey Arthur and are on the bottom of the table with one win from four games.

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  • John on December 2, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    It was always a terrible decision to drop Hauritz. He might not be Shane Warne but he was coming along nicely, and a few poor tests, and he gets dropped. Poor decision to drop him, I hope he doesn't suffer a similar fate to Phil Hughes.

  • Matthew on December 1, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    We'll see two spinners in Sydney. Doherty and North. Selectors hoping North hangs in with the bat because they know they need him at Adelaide and Sydney to bowl

  • jake on December 1, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Please,please,please bring back Stuart Clark in the test team.The key is to build up pressure by drying up englands runs.Mitchell's too expensive!

  • Brendon on December 1, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    There was no legitiiment reason for the dropping of Hauritz,and there was even less reason to bring in Doherty. It was a pathetic decision by the selectors but thats how it went.

    Doherty needs toi be able to bowl 5 to 10 k's slower and he will make a solid test bowler. Until he does this, he shouldn't be in the squad.

  • Stuart on December 1, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Both Doherty and Hauritz have 5 fors in the Shield this season; never easy to get on hard Aussie wickets. They are both OK spinners who can keep it tight and can learn a few tricks to tease batsmen as they mature into their 30s. Now, over to the selectors to stop hoping for the next Warney and just give these blokes a decent run so that they can develop to Harris/Vettori/Swann level.

  • Phil on December 1, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    WA were pathetic chasing 364 in 123 overs and never once tried to win.It was batting for a draw from the start and were basically leaving themselves to be destroyed. It is WA problem that they cannot bat at more than 2 an over. Robinson, davis, swarts, voges and mitch Marsh don't deserve to be paid. Bring back Towers unless its a problem that it takes him less than 3 days to score a 50. No wonder WA get very few in the test team and those in there are never secure. Pathetic

  • Darryl on December 1, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Hauritz got the rough end of it all, being drop after poor showing in India were many Australia spinners have failed. If he keeps taking wickets he'll be back before the Ashes is finished. The new guy didn't show much in the first test.

  • Amahl on December 1, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    I am not a Hauritz fan and am not concerned how many wickets he takes in Sheffield Shield. He is not an international standard bowler. Period.

  • King on December 1, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    If Sydney is a raging turner again then, hopefully, we'll see two spinners...

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