Australia news September 9, 2011

Hauritz struck in face at nightclub

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nathan Hauritz, the Australia offspinner, was struck in the face during an altercation at a nightclub and required facial surgery. The incident was investigated by police but Cricket Australia's general manager of cricket operations, Michael Brown, said Hauritz decided against pressing charges.

Hauritz, who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder he suffered during the home one-dayers against England in January, has been sanctioned but CA refused to release any details of the penalty.

The incident took place in Hervey Bay, Queensland, a fortnight ago but the matter was not resolved by CA until September 8. "By his own admission Nathan said he was immature and silly," Brown told the Herald Sun. "He had a few drinks, the incident occurred, Nathan was struck by a patron. Nathan has chosen not to lay any charges, which is his right. We've investigated the matter and it has been resolved internally.

"I have great sympathy for what Nathan has been through. No person deserves to get whacked in the face. All parties are happy with the outcome and we move on. He's a bit sheepish and he's learnt a valuable lesson."

Hauritz has received medical clearance to play for New South Wales in the Champions League Twenty20 in India starting on September 23.

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