Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane November 17, 2008

Positive Krejza ready to impress at home


'A dream debut doesn't mean I can do it at that level, but it definitely means I have confidence in myself to do that, and confidence from my captain' © AFP
 

The offspinner Jason Krejza has bowled one over at the Gabba and it went for 18, seven fewer than his initial offering in Tests in Nagpur 11 days ago. Andrew Symonds was the mean batsman in 2004-05 when Krejza was a 21-year-old - "He took me out of the Gabba" - but the Queenslander may be a team-mate on Thursday if both are named in the first Test side against New Zealand.

Krejza captured an amazing 12 wickets on debut following some heavy early treatment from Virender Sehwag, who welcomed him with a six and a four in the opening over. If the match against New Zealand was not being played at the Gabba Krejza would be guaranteed a second match, but he is not sure of his place despite promising recommendations from Ricky Ponting and Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors.

He has a lot more self-belief following the Nagpur performance and is prepared to adjust his tactics to cope with Australian conditions. "A dream debut doesn't mean I can do it at that level, but it definitely means I have confidence in myself to do that, and confidence from my captain," said Krejza.

After five days spent knowing the Indian batsmen would attack him, Krejza is looking forward to facing the more cautious New Zealanders. "I guess I'll be trying to attack again, depending on the situation," he said. "I wouldn't be expecting them to be coming out and doing a Sehwag to me again."

Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder are the most aggressive of the New Zealand batsmen, but the destructive Symonds is now on Krejza's side. "I got Andrew when he was about 80 not out and it just started raining, so I got thrown the ball to bowl one over," Krejza said of his first-class debut. "He took me out of the Gabba. It was interesting for a young fella, to be given the ball against him. It was an experience to remember."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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