India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Margao October 22, 2010

Australia coach backs Nathan Hauritz

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Tim Nielsen, the Australia coach, has defended offspinner Nathan Hauritz following his disappointing returns in the ongoing tour of India by suggesting a lack of bounce could be the reason and backing him to be well-prepared for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Hauritz was ineffective against India's batsmen in the Tests, averaging 65 for his six wickets, and went wicketless in his team's five-wicket defeat in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam.

"His performance is better in Test cricket than what he has done here in India," Nielsen told reporters in Margao, the venue of the third and final ODI on Sunday. "We have talked quite a bit since the end of the second Test. (He's) started getting used to the conditions. He hasn't got the assistance here he gets in Australia, probably because of the slowness of the wickets and the lack of bounce.

"The Indian spinners put a lot of top spin on the ball to try and get the ball to bounce. In Australia the wickets are harder and we probably concentrate more on sidespin. It's a big difference when you play in these conditions, something Nathan has to do to get adjusted to the playing conditions here."

Hauritz was Australia's best bowler in the home Test series against Pakistan in 2009-10, where he picked up 18 wickets, and Nielsen said he had a chance to return to form ahead of the Ashes. "It was a massive learning curve for him. He's a better bowler as a result of it," Nielsen said. "He's got two-three Sheffield Shield matches and that should help him prepare well for the first Test."

Instead, Nielsen said, the inexperience of Australia's fast-bowling attack was a bit of a concern. Two seamers - John Hastings and Mitchell Starc - made their debuts in the Visakhapatnam game, while their partner Clint McKay was still new to international cricket. "If we lack anything it is the experience in the fast bowling group that we had in the past," Nielsen said. "When we won the Champions Trophy in South Africa last year we had (Peter) Siddle, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson as our first three bowlers. That makes it a lot easier when bowlers four and five come into the attack.

"We have Starc, Hastings and Mckay who have played very little international cricket. It puts pressure on our middle bowlers. Probably it was a little bit evident the other night when we did not take early wickets."

When asked if the results on this tour had affected Australia's World Cup preparation, Nielsen said: "We are not panicking at all. We understand we haven't got the results we would have liked but we have been very competitive. If you add the loss of (Ricky) Ponting, (Mitchell) Johnson, (Shane) Watson, (Michael) Hussey, (Shaun) Tait, (Brett) Lee to this one day side, we would take this side."

It has been raining in Goa over the last couple of days and Nielsen expected the pitch to play slow on Sunday. "I'm not sure it has seen a lot of sunshine," Nielsen said. "I don't think it will be a hard, fast, bouncy wicket. Still (there are) two days to go. They can roll a bit more tomorrow, if the sun comes out. The wicket may be a bit slow but it could be a good batting wicket."

Nielsen confirmed Callum Ferguson would replace Michael Hussey in the middle order. Hussey has returned to Australia to represent his state side Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

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  • Hyginus on October 24, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    After Shane Warne there has been no australian spinner who could trouble any batsman... Hauritz is rubbish and needs to go back to first calss cricket and learn to turn the ball and also variations.. Australia's strength is pace and they need to go with that and build a team.

  • on October 24, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Australia are on a downhill course, no matter what. They have suddenly lost a few greats of the game and finding it hard to come up with new good players.

  • Capt.Hilts on October 24, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Recent Selections makes you wonder whether these are the Same Aussies who were so professional and ruthless that Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and Micheal Bevan were asked to make up their retirement plans by Selectors. Infact the selection of Clarke as T20 captain can't get more pathetic, he doesn't even make it to best 20 T20 players Australia has. And I can't believe the statements by Warne "if they want me, i can be there" shouldn't he be there by given, I mean Warne has the responsibility for finding and grooming a spinner who can carry on his legacy, but here Australian Team and Warne seems to be waiting for each other to take initial steps. He should have been either made a spin coach or on a talent hunt.

  • Capt.Hilts on October 24, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Well it seems that Australian Selectors and Coaches are living in illusive world. Recently they have persisted with North and Johnson who were highly inconsistent in last 15 months. Australia failing recently is mainly due to that. Johnson is turning out to be a joke and if Australian Selectors are not going to accept that, along with North and now Hauritz, they are causing their own downfall. Its not the lack of talent thats the problem for them, its dubious selections. It makes one think that probably Gilchrist and Hayden gave up way too early probably feeling the heat due to lack of performances, atleast they are miles better than Johnson and North and would have easily been back to form. They would probably win Ashes with North, Hauritz and Johnson - because England is not good enough and probably these players will be persisted till there is a big setback like getting eliminated from WC in 1st round or losing to Bangladesh Series all matches.

  • on October 24, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Apparently, Mr. Coach had to wait until the series was over to realise that Indian pitches would not suit Hauritz. Why is Nielsen in the Australian team?

  • Vaughanforever on October 23, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Lets be honest, he just isnt very good. The points about bounce and speed of turn are very valid to spinners in general, but not when applied to a player who is basically rubbish.

  • popcorn on October 23, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    I wouldn't worry about the performance of Nathan Haritz in Indian conditions.Even the world's best spinner, Shane Warne could not perform well in India - or for that matter, spinners from other countries too.What is important to us is that Hauritz has a good record IN Australia, and THAT is the valid statistic for the forthcoming Ashes.

  • rohanbala on October 23, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Having been with the Australian team to India for sometime now, Nathan Hauritz should have watched the Indian spinners bowl and learnt how to spin the ball. An off spinner who tries to turn the ball side ways (that too to players who are very good facing to spinners) will never be able to succeed (as in the case of Hauritz). Instead, if only Hauritz had tried to give top spin and more variations, he would have got some bounce from the wickets and definitely got a few more wickets.

  • zxaar on October 23, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Hauritz has misfortune to bowl to tendulkar while tendulkar piled on runs. He looked bad but he was bowling to best batsman anyone would look as bad he did. Swan has SR of 38 in india, nothing special.

  • on October 23, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    hauritz is a good off spinner.....but due to a different environment in india , he wasn't able to perform well.....smith is far more better than hauritz i guess...

  • Hyginus on October 24, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    After Shane Warne there has been no australian spinner who could trouble any batsman... Hauritz is rubbish and needs to go back to first calss cricket and learn to turn the ball and also variations.. Australia's strength is pace and they need to go with that and build a team.

  • on October 24, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Australia are on a downhill course, no matter what. They have suddenly lost a few greats of the game and finding it hard to come up with new good players.

  • Capt.Hilts on October 24, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Recent Selections makes you wonder whether these are the Same Aussies who were so professional and ruthless that Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and Micheal Bevan were asked to make up their retirement plans by Selectors. Infact the selection of Clarke as T20 captain can't get more pathetic, he doesn't even make it to best 20 T20 players Australia has. And I can't believe the statements by Warne "if they want me, i can be there" shouldn't he be there by given, I mean Warne has the responsibility for finding and grooming a spinner who can carry on his legacy, but here Australian Team and Warne seems to be waiting for each other to take initial steps. He should have been either made a spin coach or on a talent hunt.

  • Capt.Hilts on October 24, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Well it seems that Australian Selectors and Coaches are living in illusive world. Recently they have persisted with North and Johnson who were highly inconsistent in last 15 months. Australia failing recently is mainly due to that. Johnson is turning out to be a joke and if Australian Selectors are not going to accept that, along with North and now Hauritz, they are causing their own downfall. Its not the lack of talent thats the problem for them, its dubious selections. It makes one think that probably Gilchrist and Hayden gave up way too early probably feeling the heat due to lack of performances, atleast they are miles better than Johnson and North and would have easily been back to form. They would probably win Ashes with North, Hauritz and Johnson - because England is not good enough and probably these players will be persisted till there is a big setback like getting eliminated from WC in 1st round or losing to Bangladesh Series all matches.

  • on October 24, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Apparently, Mr. Coach had to wait until the series was over to realise that Indian pitches would not suit Hauritz. Why is Nielsen in the Australian team?

  • Vaughanforever on October 23, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Lets be honest, he just isnt very good. The points about bounce and speed of turn are very valid to spinners in general, but not when applied to a player who is basically rubbish.

  • popcorn on October 23, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    I wouldn't worry about the performance of Nathan Haritz in Indian conditions.Even the world's best spinner, Shane Warne could not perform well in India - or for that matter, spinners from other countries too.What is important to us is that Hauritz has a good record IN Australia, and THAT is the valid statistic for the forthcoming Ashes.

  • rohanbala on October 23, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Having been with the Australian team to India for sometime now, Nathan Hauritz should have watched the Indian spinners bowl and learnt how to spin the ball. An off spinner who tries to turn the ball side ways (that too to players who are very good facing to spinners) will never be able to succeed (as in the case of Hauritz). Instead, if only Hauritz had tried to give top spin and more variations, he would have got some bounce from the wickets and definitely got a few more wickets.

  • zxaar on October 23, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Hauritz has misfortune to bowl to tendulkar while tendulkar piled on runs. He looked bad but he was bowling to best batsman anyone would look as bad he did. Swan has SR of 38 in india, nothing special.

  • on October 23, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    hauritz is a good off spinner.....but due to a different environment in india , he wasn't able to perform well.....smith is far more better than hauritz i guess...

  • plsn on October 23, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Look at the flaws in arguments. Indian pitches are spin friendly and do not help pacers - reason given for failure of aussie pacers. Indian pitches are low bounce ones - so aussie spinners failed. So where are the Aussie bowlers , spin or pace, going to shine? Against a Paki line up of fixers? Or against the Pommies, who will throw their wickets away at the mention of spin, even if the bowler happens to be a Ponting or a Clarke? How ridiculous can the aussie experts get!

  • on October 23, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Hauritz is no bowler compared tot Steven Smith, Krejza. or even McGain. Nielsen cant make excuses and blame the pitch for his bowling. Complete lack of penetration.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 23, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Top spinner in the country in the one day format right now is Xavier Doherty. Hopefully he gets his international debut this season. For tests, I'd play Smith for his batting and use him as an occasional spinner.

  • johntycodes on October 23, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Is he for real. Top spin, side spin hauritz doesn't get any spin and his economy rate is pathetic which is the reason kreizja got dropped even though he took more wickets in one innings in his first test match ever in india than hauritz took in the whole series.

  • piecricket on October 23, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is better. Joking. Why is he in the Australian team if he is really as bad as everyone says he is. Simple. Because he is better than everyone says he is and deserves is place in the team. Anyone who says he doesn't deserve his place should remember that they aren't in an international team.

  • anikbrad on October 23, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    the problem is hauritz is trying to be swann bt his quality is not so good so best bowlerto emulate is botha who with limitation bowls excellant line and if in tests will fare bettr against india as he will be very miser with a few sutle variation. nielsen should tell him to watch videos of Botha

  • bridget01 on October 23, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    How long is this guy going to be continually selected? He was very average when he first came into the side....and continues to be average. Opposition batsmen must smile when they see Hauritz picked in an Australian team. Don't pick a spinner if he is the best we have. It's embarrassing. Or maybe our selectors have a hidden agenda.....oh that's right Hauritz did take some wickets....against a Pakistan team under suspicion of throwing the match......someone has a nice fat Swiis bank acc I bet

  • on October 23, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    What about Xavier Doherty for the ODIs? He has been performing excellently for Tasmania in the one day matches for a few seasons now and I think could be a good performer in ODIs for Australia. I do feel sorry for Hauritz because I have admired the way that he has used what little ability he has to make some sort of international career, and he's done it with the whole country laughing at him. Yes he's not brilliant but lets lay off him a bit.

  • Okakaboka on October 23, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Yes, srivatsan, you are right!! I agree! White should be made Captain immediately. He has proved himself a smart tactician for Victoria and would bring energy and enthusiasm to the job. Actually, if we want to win the ashes....we have to bring back Macgain for the Australian pitches or play another quick.....MacDonald, Hastings or Johnston to bowl with Hilfenhaus, Siddle and Bollinger. This means a batting line up of: Watson. Katich, Ponting, Clarke, White, Hussey/Ferguson, MacDonald/Johnston, Paine/Haddin (Wade would be better), Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger. It seems to me the team looks better with McDonald in it......just that gut feeling!

  • on October 23, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    nathan is the best spiinner in aussie and u can't really tell the effectiveness of a spinner by judging his perf in india against india. even warnie cdn't do it. only foreign player did tat is SAQLAIN i guess.

  • on October 23, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    hauritz should feel lucky that sehwag dint face a single delivery.had sehwag been facing hauritz he wudn't have played the second test also

  • bobagorof on October 22, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    I'm wondering which game the coach was watching. "Probably it was a little bit evident the other night when we did not take early wickets" - McKay took 2 early wickets. The problem was that they didn't take regular wickets - just as India did not. It's fair enough that Australia lost with a ver inexperienced bowling attack (two debutants), but if the coach can't get the facts straight then how can he help to improve the side? Hauritz is a hard working bowler who is never going to be a Harbhajan or Murali or Swann, but believe it or not he is still the best spin bowler in the country - and until someone (like O'Keefe maybe) proves themselves better then he deserves the backing he's getting. I don't believe he's going to have an outstanding Ashes but he's there to do a job - hold the spinner's spot until the younger spinners are ready.

  • srivatsan on October 22, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Best things that can happen to Australian team

    (a) Nielsen/Ponting are both fired (b) Bring in White/Fergusson and young kids to the squad and make White skipper. (c) Go and hunt in Sheffield shield for some raw talent (does not matter if they are young)

    Sure you can't expect overnight results but this will ensure pain won't prolong for more than 5 years. Bite the bullet quickly and move on before it becomes an embarrassing exit for Ponting and Nielson.

  • on October 22, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    What a crap excuse lack of bounce, so silly to hear from coach. If he is quality bowler he should perform of any pitches infact he should be more successful on slow, placid and flat pitches. Even Sehwag is better spin bowler than Hauritz. He lack variation in flight and no control on his length that your real problem my mate.. Go and do practice is net

  • sjsarkar on October 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Haurtiz lacks both penetration & variation, Nielsen is trying a face-saving act, but the fact remains even Ponting doesn't trust Hauritz, remember the fields he set in the tests for Hauritz ?

    With Hauritz, Oz will struggle in the Ashes, on the flipside England have a cunning Graeme Swann.. it would be intersting to see how Oz play Swannie :)

  • on October 22, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    now its time to find a new spinner

  • adam_clone on October 22, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    I have nothing against this guy Hauritz. But he's just scrap metal from the junkyard, once an iron mine with guys like Warnie and McGill. He simply doesnt have the skill to face a mighty line up like the Indian side. I'm no Indian fan. Neither a Pom. But, may the queen's men butcher him and feed the pieces to the pigs, come November. Oh yeah! I'm waiting for that one. And oh, by the way, excellent sucking Time Nielsen !!! I am not sure if you'll keep your job till the World Cup, after an imminent heavy Ashes loss. So you needn't be worrying about the World Cup squad anyways. Axing of Ponting would be the icing on the cake. Woo hooo!!!

  • SABI987 on October 22, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I Agree with Nielsen Hauritz Aint Bad But The Line in the test series was so wrong I dont blame him Ponting was Bonkers Hopefully theyll Learn Smith IS a better choice and a better success.

  • sudhs_107 on October 22, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    @Okakaboka - Yes, you are right. I was impressed with Hasting's skidders and since he has the ability to bat too, he might replace Hopes in one days (who has been lately Hopeless).

    I think its big time that Aus should stop looking for spinners and go with different kind of pacers. Jhonson, Lee/Tait, Hastings, McKay, Bollinger... how many quality pace bowling options they have!!! And these players can take wickets in any condition. And they always have Clarke, Smith and White as part time spin options.

  • Maui3 on October 22, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Cmon, Give Hauritz a break. He is a honest but hard working Spinner, who was never going to succeed against this powerful Indian team - at home or anywhere. Look Whet happened to McGill in Australia in 2003-04 and he was a pretty decent bowler. If Hauritz is mentally strong and doesn't personalize the failure against India Batsman, he will do fine against England in the Ashes.

  • on October 22, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Nah, some of you aren't giving it a thought at all, or maybe just don't have enough reasoning skills to. I despise Hauritz as a bowler and totally agree he's not of the international standard, but the fact that in India his performance is to go down the hill by a big margin is quite true, confirmed by the fact even legends Murli and Warne failed here, simple as that really. Excuse for his lack of skill or not, its true, and that is what the point is. The only single bowler who ever succeeded massively is Saqlain Mushtaq.

  • svinodmenon on October 22, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Probably Australia should have included M. North in the Odi team. lol. They won many matches coz of these partime spinners. If Pointing Watson and Brett Lee would have played, i would haven been worse for them. They still would have lost by a big margin. Coz Sachin Sehwag and Gambir would have replaced the indian top order. Better luck next time Mr. Nielson. This WC would be your last term to coach for Australia. Same to the selection panel.

  • calypsocricket on October 22, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    This guy is nothing but a third rated spinner in world cricket. Australia test cricket is in this situation now because of the pig headed selectors' and captain's failer to pick the best team available for Test matches. Hauritz can't even make the cut for a third class team in the whole of the Sub-Continent and he is playing as Australia's main spinner. Hussey should make way for Cameron White and Katich for Philips or Marsh. If Watson is playing all forms of the game for Australia, White should be also. The ashes will be very difficult to regain with this present Test Team. Make the changes if any member of the team is not preforming from day one. Having to wait, and loose the series will be more difficult to make poor excuses - as was and is done presently.

  • bluemagik on October 22, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Spinners should rely on "spin" to be effective. Isn't bounce just a bonus...to suggest that Hauritz was unsuccessful on Indian pitches due to lack of bounce just seems like a desperate attempt to justify his quality as a bowler. When great bowlers like Shane Warne could not make an impact in India, what chance has Hauritz got...I think Mr. Nielsen should be gracious enough to accept his spinner was rendered toothless by skillful and adept batting that can play spin blindfolded, instead of whining about the lack of bounce and so on...question to be asked...why were Ohja and Harbhajan effective? o wait they will say it's home advantage...case in point you can't win with the Aussies...except on the field these days ;)

  • on October 22, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    The Indian pitches didn't assist his style of bowling!!! When Hauritz landed in India he said that he had plan A,B,C....for each batsman, and also said that since Indian pitches offer spin, he'll have to take bulk of the wickets. Seriously, he should have talked to Warney before talking to his captain...good luck agianst England...

  • Manoj1234 on October 22, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    "If you add the loss of (Ricky) Ponting, (Mitchell) Johnson, (Shane) Watson, (Michael) Hussey, (Shaun) Tait, (Brett) Lee to this one day side, we would take this side." What does this sentence mean?" This means that the coach is licking his still very very open and exposed wounds. He does not have a choice. A bench Indian side easily defeated the No1 side in the world!!! Take That!

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 22, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    It is a laughable excuse from nielsen.............Every country has unique set of conditions and pitches which makes it a challenge for every visiting team.

    We must understand that Australian pitches are not yardsticks which other country need to follow........

    India like any other country offers a challenger and if visiting team can't do well......than its their problem.

  • Wizza9994 on October 22, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    If you add the loss of (Ricky) Ponting, (Mitchell) Johnson, (Shane) Watson, (Michael) Hussey, (Shaun) Tait, (Brett) Lee to this one day side, we would take this side." What does this sentence mean?

  • montys_muse on October 22, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    I pity Hauritz's situation because of the fact that when great legends like Warne and Murali (avg above 40 per wicket) struggled in India, then how can any other international level spinner be expected to perform well?

  • jonesy2 on October 22, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    why is haddin still here in aus. get paine out of the team asap he is not ready

  • on October 22, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    The baseline is that the Indians play spin better than any team in the world.Greats like Warne and Murali have been taken to the cleaners.Hauritz is nothing when compared to these great bowlers.Moreover the indians attacked Hauritz right from the word go, putting him under a lot of pressure .As a result he panicked and at times didnt even know the kind of field he wanted.I dont think he is talented enough to have varieties in his pocket.Club cricketers in India would have bowled better than hauritz.

  • maddy20 on October 22, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Top spin is mandatory to get significant amount of turn in any sort of wickets. Perhaps Hauritz should see the assistance of Warne in this regard!

  • Okakaboka on October 22, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Huhhh! More 'spin' doctoring....Australia did get early wickets....Mackay got 2. The amount of rubbish various members of our cricket admin. come up with to defend their selections is amazing. Okay...yes....Hauriz is still probably our best spinner except for MacGain. He is definitely a better bowler but age and getting carted all over that Sth African oval has put paid to any chance of a recall. We may as well play Smith and put Cam White in the team and between them let them do the spin bowling. How can Nielson blame Hastings inexperience for contributing to the loss??? He bowled really well.......as we knew he would!!

  • boris6491 on October 22, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    It is great that Nielsen stands by his players. You need to do that in a team environment, particularly as a coach. But, as I have commented each time he has backed Hauritz, his excuses are running out. Hauritz continues to show his ineffectiveness and keeps giving evident reasons for his ousting. This Ashes series will make or break his career in my view. A failure in the Ashes will mean curtains.

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  • boris6491 on October 22, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    It is great that Nielsen stands by his players. You need to do that in a team environment, particularly as a coach. But, as I have commented each time he has backed Hauritz, his excuses are running out. Hauritz continues to show his ineffectiveness and keeps giving evident reasons for his ousting. This Ashes series will make or break his career in my view. A failure in the Ashes will mean curtains.

  • Okakaboka on October 22, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Huhhh! More 'spin' doctoring....Australia did get early wickets....Mackay got 2. The amount of rubbish various members of our cricket admin. come up with to defend their selections is amazing. Okay...yes....Hauriz is still probably our best spinner except for MacGain. He is definitely a better bowler but age and getting carted all over that Sth African oval has put paid to any chance of a recall. We may as well play Smith and put Cam White in the team and between them let them do the spin bowling. How can Nielson blame Hastings inexperience for contributing to the loss??? He bowled really well.......as we knew he would!!

  • maddy20 on October 22, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Top spin is mandatory to get significant amount of turn in any sort of wickets. Perhaps Hauritz should see the assistance of Warne in this regard!

  • on October 22, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    The baseline is that the Indians play spin better than any team in the world.Greats like Warne and Murali have been taken to the cleaners.Hauritz is nothing when compared to these great bowlers.Moreover the indians attacked Hauritz right from the word go, putting him under a lot of pressure .As a result he panicked and at times didnt even know the kind of field he wanted.I dont think he is talented enough to have varieties in his pocket.Club cricketers in India would have bowled better than hauritz.

  • jonesy2 on October 22, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    why is haddin still here in aus. get paine out of the team asap he is not ready

  • montys_muse on October 22, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    I pity Hauritz's situation because of the fact that when great legends like Warne and Murali (avg above 40 per wicket) struggled in India, then how can any other international level spinner be expected to perform well?

  • Wizza9994 on October 22, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    If you add the loss of (Ricky) Ponting, (Mitchell) Johnson, (Shane) Watson, (Michael) Hussey, (Shaun) Tait, (Brett) Lee to this one day side, we would take this side." What does this sentence mean?

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 22, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    It is a laughable excuse from nielsen.............Every country has unique set of conditions and pitches which makes it a challenge for every visiting team.

    We must understand that Australian pitches are not yardsticks which other country need to follow........

    India like any other country offers a challenger and if visiting team can't do well......than its their problem.

  • Manoj1234 on October 22, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    "If you add the loss of (Ricky) Ponting, (Mitchell) Johnson, (Shane) Watson, (Michael) Hussey, (Shaun) Tait, (Brett) Lee to this one day side, we would take this side." What does this sentence mean?" This means that the coach is licking his still very very open and exposed wounds. He does not have a choice. A bench Indian side easily defeated the No1 side in the world!!! Take That!

  • on October 22, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    The Indian pitches didn't assist his style of bowling!!! When Hauritz landed in India he said that he had plan A,B,C....for each batsman, and also said that since Indian pitches offer spin, he'll have to take bulk of the wickets. Seriously, he should have talked to Warney before talking to his captain...good luck agianst England...