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Full name Nathan Michael Hauritz
Born October 18, 1981, Wondai, Queensland
Current age 32 years 266 days
Major teams Australia, Brisbane Heat, New South Wales, Queensland
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 1.82 m
|Test debut||India v Australia at Mumbai, Nov 3-5, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Bangalore, Oct 9-13, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Mar 22, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Hobart, Jan 21, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), May 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 30, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Western Australia v Queensland at Perth, Nov 29-Dec 2, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney, Oct 27, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Queensland v Tasmania at Brisbane, Jan 6, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat at Melbourne (Docklands), Dec 30, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/18, 3||Heat||v Melb Reneg||Melbourne (Docklands)||30 Dec 2013||T20|
|0/25||Heat||v Hurricanes||Brisbane||28 Dec 2013||T20|
|0/27, 0*||Heat||v Scorchers||Brisbane||22 Dec 2013||T20|
|1/49, 8, 1/131||Queensland||v Western Aust||Perth||29 Nov 2013||FC|
|2/123, 33, 4/93||Queensland||v NSW||Sydney||22 Nov 2013||FC|
|0/53, 26, 2/80||Queensland||v South Aust||Adelaide||30 Oct 2013||FC|
|1/49||Queensland||v NSW||Sydney||27 Oct 2013||LA|
|2/38||Queensland||v Western Aust||Sydney||22 Oct 2013||LA|
|3/31||Queensland||v South Aust||Sydney||19 Oct 2013||LA|
|0/31||Queensland||v NSW||Sydney||17 Oct 2013||LA|
Nathan Hauritz has been Australia's most improved player of the past couple of years on the way to becoming the country's leading slow bowler. Hauritz gained an unlikely second chance at international level in 2008-09, but quickly grew into an offspinner who could mix attack and defence successfully. He really showed his value last summer when he took 18 wickets in three Tests against Pakistan batsmen who usually cause severe damage to slow bowlers.
The haul followed 11 breakthroughs against West Indies and 10 in the opening three Tests of the 2009 Ashes series, when he started strongly but was left out for the final two matches. While a heel injury stopped him from being part of the series against Pakistan in England, he remains a key part of Australia's medium-term plans. During the past two years he also became a regular contributor in the one-day team, although he is less fancied as a Twenty20 operator.
Hauritz surprised himself with his season in 2008-09 as he leapfrogged a host of fringe spinners to finish the season as the only specialist slow bowler with a Cricket Australia contract. It was a stunning turnaround for an offie who was cut loose following his first Test in 2004. Having watched Beau Casson, Jason Krejza, Cameron White and Bryce McGain take preference following Stuart MacGill's retirement in 2008, Hauritz was picked for the second Test against New Zealand in Adelaide despite not playing for New South Wales the previous week. In three matches at home he took nine wickets and appeared in his first ODI for six years, but was kept in the dressing room for the Tests in South Africa. After four breakthroughs in the opening one-dayer against the Proteas, he was chosen in every 50-over contest over two series, leading Australia's wicket-takers in the United Arab Emirates.
Hauritz, an Australian Under-19 captain, made his ODI debut at 20 and was a surprise selection for the Test tour of India ahead of MacGill in 2004. Hauritz made his debut in the fourth Test, becoming Queensland's first slow-bowling representative since Trevor Hohns in 1989, and picked up Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman after opening the bowling in the second innings. His five match wickets were a distant memory on returning home, where he struggled in first-class games and was dropped towards the end of the 2004-05 season. In the next summer he also received limited opportunities with the Bulls and left for New South Wales.
He played three Pura Cup games - including the final loss to Tasmania - in his first season with the Blues and his four dismissals cost 63.50 each. However, his one-day form was excellent and he missed only one match, leading the state's wicket tally with 14 at 24. He appeared in only one first-class game the following summer, but was a fixture in the FR Cup and his seven wickets at 46.28 - and an economy rate of 4.83 - persuaded the national selectors to include him in the 30-man squad for the postponed version of the 2008 Champions Trophy. Further promotions followed quickly and he now carries big responsibilities.
Cricinfo staff July 2010
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