February 20, 2009

Australian cricket

Last man standing

Peter English

Peter Lalor, writing in the Australian, looks at the offspinner Nathan Hauritz, the Steven Bradbury of Australian cricket.

In 2004, he was twiddling his thumbs in the Australian tour party when Shane Warne broke a thumb and Stuart MacGill was too far away to make it for the Mumbai Test. Hauritz was ushered in for an unexpected debut.

When Warne resigned, Hauritz had only distant memories of the ball that got Sachin Tendulkar sweeping and the other that got VVS Laxman caught and bowled, not to mention the wicket of spinning guru Anil Kumble in his first over under a baggy green. The 27-year-old was a long, long way behind the pack of successors when selectors looked for a replacement.

Brad Haddin talks to Will Swanton in the Age about breaking his finger in his first Test while Peter Roebuck speaks to the coaching mentor of Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes for the Sydney Morning Herald.

There’s a bushfire charity match in Sydney on Sunday and Steve Waugh will be leading one of the teams. In the Herald Maria Tsialis goes over Waugh’s close brushes with fire.

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