Australia news June 10, 2014

Hauritz loses Queensland contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Test offspinner Nathan Hauritz faces an uncertain cricket future after losing his Queensland contract. Hauritz was one of four players cut by Queensland from last year's contract list, along with fast bowler Matthew Gale and top-order batsmen Alex Kemp and Greg Moller, while Luke Pomersbach had already announced he would cut ties with the Bulls to concentrate on his health.

Fast bowler Mark Steketee has earned his first state contract, while three of last year's Queensland rookies - Nick Buchanan, Nick Stevens and James Peirson - have been upgraded to full deals. Allrounders Jack Wildermuth and James Bazley, batsman Matthew Renshaw and fast bowler Billy Stanlake have joined the rookie list for the 2014-15 season.

The absence of Hauritz comes after a season in which he managed only three Sheffield Shield appearances for 10 wickets at 52.90, while the young legspinner Cameron Boyce played nine games for 26 victims. However, Hauritz had been a valuable member of Queensland's Ryobi Cup-winning side last summer and picked up nine wickets at 25.88.

Queensland selector Trevor Hohns said that Hauritz, who played the last of his 17 Tests nearly four years ago, would remain in contention through club cricket. "Nathan had his season curtailed by injury, and during that time Cam Boyce made some strong inroads as our first choice spinner," Hohns said.

"The National Selection Panel has shown their interest in progressing Cam's career with his selection in the Australia A squad for later in the year and as a young wrist-spinner, we're obviously keen to continue to provide him with further opportunities to develop. In saying that, Nathan will certainly be in contention to be selected from outside the squad for the coming season, like any other player in the Premier Grade competition, based on their performances."

The bulk of the Queensland squad has been retained from last year, with young batsmen Usman Khawaja and Peter Forrest among 11 players who have signed multi-year deals.

"It is a very exciting crop of players that have emerged over the past few seasons and we believe they have the potential to go far in the game," Hohns said. "But developing home grown talent is one aspect of our charter - the other is to get players into the national line-up and that is an area that the coaching staff and selectors are continuing to work hard at achieving success."

Queensland squad Cameron Boyce, Nick Buchanan, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Ryan Harris (Cricket Australia contract), Chris Hartley, James Hopes, Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Michael Neser, James Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Mark Steketee, Nick Stevens. Rookies James Bazley, Ben McDermott, Ronan McDonald, Matthew Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Jack Wildermuth.

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  • Nicholas on June 12, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    The treatment of this guy by Australian selectors has been nothing short of disgraceful. How on Earth the likes of Beer and Doherty ever got ahead of Hauritz in the pecking order for spinner slots is beyond me.

    Nathan Hauritz: get yourself a U.K. passport pronto! England are in need of a spinner.

  • Brendan on June 11, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    So with Pomers gone the line up would look; 1.Nick Stevens 2.Joe Burns 3.Usman Khawaja 4. Chris Lynn 5.Peter Forrest 6.James Hopes 7.Chris Hartley (WK) 8.Ben Cutting 9.Cameron Boyce 10. Luke Feldman 11. Mark Steketee

  • Merv on June 10, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    I have watched Nathan since he was a boy at school. Never prodigiously talented, we were all surprised at his elevation to State and then national ranks. I guess that reflected the dearth of spinners at the time. Nathan has done well with the capacity that he had and can retire and appreciate what he achieved.

    It is great to see some exciting new pace bowlers coming along. The game of first class cricket needs, genuinely fast young bowlers. They create the excitement and energy in the game and can turn matches so quickly. They just need to keep them out of the T20 stuff that destroys bowlers' bodies and minds.

  • jayaesh on June 10, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Even as an Indian fan i liked what i saw of Billy Stanlake(Rookie Contract) in ICC u-19 WC in Dubai, he despite being half fit was still hurtling the ball down at speeds in early 140's , imagine how quick he will be when he is fully fit and his bogy further matures !!!

  • Android on June 10, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Never knew why he was dropped from Aussie team. Fine bowler who worked hard for his reward.

  • Guy on June 10, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    It is sad that Nathan Michael Hauritz has effectively ended his career with Queensland. I am still hoping that he can make a return for Australia in a test matches next summer. If he wants there is an open spot for the Palm Beach Lions First Grade Team.

  • Fazal on June 10, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    It is very sad that Nathan Hauritz's cricketing career has now come to an end abruptly after his fine performances for the Australian cricket team until four years ago when he was totally ignored by the selectors for some mysterious reason despite the lack of quality spinners in the national side. As a result his form and confidence has suffered immensely and his career as expected has virtually come to an end. If he was selected to continue his career I am sure he would have made a big difference to the Australian cricket team in the spin department instead of Nathan Lyon. Steve O'Keefe is another spinner who should have represented Australia in tests and limited overs cricket atleast three years ago and is still on the sidelines. Hope the new Chairman of Selectors Rod Marsh will give serious thought to the lack of quality spin bowlers in the Australian cricket team and put things right for next summer.

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