India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore October 8, 2010

I complicated things in Mohali - Hauritz

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia offspinner Nathan Hauritz has said he was disappointed at being ignored by Ricky Ponting in the eventful post-lunch session on the fifth day of the Mohali Test, but admitted he had lost the "right" for a bowl after an unthreatening spell before the break when he tried to experiment with his lines.

"I have been working on a few different things, to try to attack the stumps a little bit more from a wider angle," Hauritz told AAP. "Generally I've been a little bit tighter towards the stumps throughout my career, and we just spoke about trying to get the ball at a wider angle, sort of like what Harbhajan [Singh] does, trying to get the ball to drift in, instead of drifting away. That stuffed me around a little bit with my body and my rhythm."

Ponting began the day with Hauritz, and the offspinner made the first breakthrough when he had Zaheer Khan edging a delivery landed well outside the off stump into the slips. In his next over, however, the new man VVS Laxman picked easy boundaries through the off side to kickstart what proved to be a match-winning innings. This after Sachin Tendulkar had driven the first ball of the over for four down the ground.

"A couple of balls there were steady, not outstanding, and Sachin drove straight past me or through midwicket for four, and it's tough to bowl at, no word of a lie," Hauritz said. "I guess that's what was so disappointing in the second innings, and I think that came about because I was trying different things which, in hindsight, I should never have tried. Cricket is supposed to be a very simple game and I tried to make it more complicated."

Hauritz was immediately taken off the attack and bowled only three more overs in the game, with Ponting turning to part-timer Marcus North as Australia desperately looked for the last two wickets. "Punter [Ponting] needed to get wickets and he obviously didn't think I was the right guy. That's what it came down to and I can't change that.

"What I learned was to consistently work on what works well, and once you don't work on those things you put more pressure on yourself, and in the end it created problems," said Hauritz, adding that he would return to more familiar lines during the second Test.

Australia came within a wicket of winning in Mohali, with Pragyan Ojha surviving a close lbw call when India needed six runs. Even as Australia appealed, Steven Smith missed the stumps with Ojha out of the crease and conceded four overthrows. "It was such a weird feeling being out there because we were all just willing and willing and willing to get that wicket," Hauritz said as he relived the finish. "I was at backward square-leg when that last appeal went up, and young Stevie threw at the stumps.

"There was only me and someone at mid-on on the leg side, and I was appealing, running in because it was almost like Billy [umpire Billy Bowden] didn't shake his head or anything, it seriously felt like he was going to give it out. And then when he didn't the next thing I saw the ball go that way and I was like 'oh'."

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  • A on October 9, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Now hang on. We all know Laxman, Tendulkar and Co. are fantastic players of spin, anywhere in the world. Even Murali and Warne struggled against them in India, and their respective home countries as well! So I don't think anyone can pay out on Hauritz too badly here, being a touring Test spinner in India is the toughest assignment on the cricketing calendar. To be honest, if Australia hadn't put the brakes on in the 2nd session of Day 1, India may well have been chasing over 300...that would have made things interesting!

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Hauri isn't a big turner of the cricket ball he uses flight, guise, and changes of pace to get the majority of his victims, as Krezya is a big turner and spinner of the cricket ball but when he didn't perform in one test he was cast aside and never came back into recognition! Hauri has to just be patient and keep coming away with a few wickets each time!.. no use trying to conjure up miracle balls.. that is what we had Warnie for..

  • dessi on October 9, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    i think ponting made a big mistake.not giving the ball to huritz on the later stages of 5th days of the test.he was the only spinner.if i was the caption. i was going to give the ball to the spinner and set 5-6 close fielders close to ojha.when only 6 runs were needed.

  • Runster on October 9, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    My favourite australian spinner: the great warney. @Davo47 LOL LOL

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Well said. Great guy who probably made cricket complicated for himself for a while but nevertheless, his simple approach and honesty in acknowledging his issues indicates the quality of this individual. Best of luck fella!

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Sorry to say is that Horrie couldnt turn a tap with WD40. He had the perfect opportunity to show his ability in the first test but failed. Day 5, wicket and in India and yet his only weapon was drift. Ponting should have brought back Krezja or even persisted with Smith. Very sad to see a bowler who can 't apply his trait he is there for...

  • Tim on October 8, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    I agree with Stranded. The batting was generally atrocious by the Australians and that is what's been causing the problems.

  • Denzil on October 8, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    The Indian batsmen would beg to differ with Hauritz's statement that he "complicated things" ; )

  • muz on October 8, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Mr Hauritz appears to be a good guy and all but come on. The Indians are secretly laughing at the spinning skills of Nathan and are not threatened at all. Most Australian players would publicly ridicule a bowler Like Nathan but the Indians. I hope India but win but would rather see S Smith in the team for Nathan. Poor Nathan is possibly the most boring spinner I've ever seen

  • Coolest on October 8, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    No need to copy Harbhajan Singh, there are far better spinners than him. Take some tips from Murali Kartik. Would love to see Harbhajan do the same, tell us why he has become a useless bowler since 2001.... Only reason he is in the team is because Sourav Ganguly picked him instead of Murali Karthik for the 2001 series against Australia. If he hadn't played that series he would not have been playing cricket even at the domestic level. Ashwin, P. Chawala, Ohja, Amit Mishra, all are better bowlers than Harbhajan Singh.......

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