The Ashes 2010-11 October 15, 2010

Warne offers Hauritz help

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If Nathan Hauritz is chasing someone to help re-tune his bowling he need look no further than Shane Warne, the man who drew him into this week's tactics controversy. Warne has offered his services to boost Hauritz ahead of the Ashes after his troubles during the India series.

Hauritz managed six wickets at 65 in the two games and on the final day of the second Test, Warne tweeted his disbelief at the fields Ricky Ponting had for the offspinner. Ponting has since said Hauritz had asked for the settings and the three men have spoken about the differences of opinion.

Warne said he would work with Hauritz providing Australia's team management agreed. "That's up to Ricky Ponting and Tim Nielsen but if they are happy for me to work with Haury before the Ashes, then I'm more than happy to," Warne said in the Courier-Mail. "I will make myself available and fit it into my schedule.

"Murali, Daniel Vettori and myself and a lot of other spinners have been smashed in India at times. That is no disgrace at all. How Haury bounces back in Australia this summer is the key. In my opinion Steve Smith is still a long way short of being Australia's No.1 Test spinner."

Australia are now fifth in the world and Warne said the players needed to attack during the game's big moments. "Why aren't we converting strong positions into victories?" Warne asked. "We have to learn how to win again.

"The best way to learn to win is have a mindset where you have to attack. You have to be prepared to lose a Test to win a Test. You always have to think, 'how am I going to get this batsman out' - not just dry things up."

Warne said the team had been able to get into good positions "but just hasn't been able to close the deal". "Hopefully that changes this summer," he said.

Shane Watson said Australia would have no excuses at home. "We are trying not to make the same mistakes over again and a year down the track we've got a bit more experience and unfortunately learnt from our mistakes, hopefully we can bring it all together in the Ashes," he said. "It is in our home conditions so we have got no excuses once we get home, and we are going to have to make the most of lessons we have learned the hard way over the last year."

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  • POSTED BY ABdareVinniers on | October 16, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Having seen Australia's failure against India, it must be said that the Ashes contest is looking a bit more even. What will decide the contest, for me, is the performance of Australia's middle order, particularly North and Hussey. In terms of England, Swann holds the key and if he can disrupt Aus's middle order (they have been looking very vulnerable against spin lately), England are within a great shout.

  • POSTED BY sk_dxb on | October 16, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Sure , Aussies are fit enough so. They can maintain the """""""""5-0"""""""""""" VICTORY if they truly desire for it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    come on england crush these aussies. england has the best spinner with them SWANN. australians will find it tough against him and also they have andrew strauss factor. its going to be cracker thank god its a 5 match series unlike india-aus 2 match series.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | October 16, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    I think Hauritz had not figured out how he has to bowl in India. Back home, he knows the conditions well. If he puts the mauling he got in India behind him.Anyway, good luck Australia for the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    @ Hassan...how can U represent whole Pakistan there r English fans like me in Pakistan too it is going to be 0-5

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | October 15, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Haury is a far better bowler than his performance in India suggests. I wouldn't be suprised if he upstages Swann to be the spinner of the series. Hope he comes good but ENG win.

  • POSTED BY NeilCameron on | October 15, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Forget Hauritz - the best spinner in Australia is O'Keefe. 25 Years old, 30+ wickets at an average of around 25. Took 7 wickets to bring NSW to victory over SA in Adelaide the other day. And he's an all-rounder.

    I cannot remember any spinner taking regular wickets at Sheffield Shield level at such a low average for many, many years. O'Keefe seems to be the real deal.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 15, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Sorry to post another comment, but I am with Australia for the Ashes (even though I'm a Kiwi!). My prefered XI would be: 1/2: Watson/Katich ; 3/4/5/: Ponting/Hussey/Clarke ; 6/7/8: S Smith/Paine or Haddin/Johnson ; 9/10/11: Hilfenhaus or Hauritz/Harris/Bollinger Another idea would be to bring Phil Hughes in and try him at 6, even though he is a specialist opener (or maybe put Watson at 6 with Hughes opening). North will not score a century until the 3rd game of the Ashes, by then it may be too late.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Best of luck.... no doubt that i am extremely happy to see Oz at no.5... But i am with Australia in Upcoming Ashes.... Whole Pakistan is With Australia against England in upcoming Series

  • POSTED BY lelouch on | October 15, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    wish warney would help coach in sri lanka :D

  • POSTED BY ABdareVinniers on | October 16, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Having seen Australia's failure against India, it must be said that the Ashes contest is looking a bit more even. What will decide the contest, for me, is the performance of Australia's middle order, particularly North and Hussey. In terms of England, Swann holds the key and if he can disrupt Aus's middle order (they have been looking very vulnerable against spin lately), England are within a great shout.

  • POSTED BY sk_dxb on | October 16, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Sure , Aussies are fit enough so. They can maintain the """""""""5-0"""""""""""" VICTORY if they truly desire for it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    come on england crush these aussies. england has the best spinner with them SWANN. australians will find it tough against him and also they have andrew strauss factor. its going to be cracker thank god its a 5 match series unlike india-aus 2 match series.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | October 16, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    I think Hauritz had not figured out how he has to bowl in India. Back home, he knows the conditions well. If he puts the mauling he got in India behind him.Anyway, good luck Australia for the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    @ Hassan...how can U represent whole Pakistan there r English fans like me in Pakistan too it is going to be 0-5

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | October 15, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Haury is a far better bowler than his performance in India suggests. I wouldn't be suprised if he upstages Swann to be the spinner of the series. Hope he comes good but ENG win.

  • POSTED BY NeilCameron on | October 15, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Forget Hauritz - the best spinner in Australia is O'Keefe. 25 Years old, 30+ wickets at an average of around 25. Took 7 wickets to bring NSW to victory over SA in Adelaide the other day. And he's an all-rounder.

    I cannot remember any spinner taking regular wickets at Sheffield Shield level at such a low average for many, many years. O'Keefe seems to be the real deal.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 15, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Sorry to post another comment, but I am with Australia for the Ashes (even though I'm a Kiwi!). My prefered XI would be: 1/2: Watson/Katich ; 3/4/5/: Ponting/Hussey/Clarke ; 6/7/8: S Smith/Paine or Haddin/Johnson ; 9/10/11: Hilfenhaus or Hauritz/Harris/Bollinger Another idea would be to bring Phil Hughes in and try him at 6, even though he is a specialist opener (or maybe put Watson at 6 with Hughes opening). North will not score a century until the 3rd game of the Ashes, by then it may be too late.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Best of luck.... no doubt that i am extremely happy to see Oz at no.5... But i am with Australia in Upcoming Ashes.... Whole Pakistan is With Australia against England in upcoming Series

  • POSTED BY lelouch on | October 15, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    wish warney would help coach in sri lanka :D

  • POSTED BY abyrao on | October 15, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Shane Warne on his first tour to India had fared more pathetically than what Hauritz has done, He also had nightmares of Sachin smashing him. So what is all this hullabaloo about.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 15, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    As Warnie said, Murali, Vettori and even himself got smashed around in India. The thing that kept these three players going is they didn't lose their confidence. Hauritz needs to keep his confidence and not lose it. He needs as much support with the upcoming Ashes. Confidence IS everything.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 15, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    If CA and Hauritz don't take up Warne's offer they would be crazy.

  • POSTED BY Hodra99 on | October 15, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Come out of retirement Warney! That would help Hauritz!

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | October 15, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    It is nice to know that Shane Warne has plans to advise Hauritz before the Ashes. Having seen him in India recently, I know that Nathan bowls at around 48 to 51 mph on an average, which in my opinion is the ideal speed to bowl at. The important thing is the ability to flight the ball as Bishen Bedi has said in the past,slightly above the eye-brow level of the batsman.This will ensure that a small variation in length could create doubts in the batsman's mind and could eventually lead to his dismissal.The ideal length to bowl to batsmen would probably vary from pitch to pitch as the bounce will vary. Prasanna and Bedi used to prey upon the batsmen by feeding their strengths and setting fields where a false stroke induced by the variations imparted by the bowler would lead to the batsman playing a false or edged stroke.Vettori does this beautifully. The ideal thing for Hauritz to do is to see a lot of videos of the great bowlers of the past and come up with a strategy for each batsman.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | October 15, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    About time Warnie. You need to lend your expertise to Aussie cricket, that should be your primary focus, not meaningless money making exercises like fashion.

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | October 15, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    We need new blood in the team get rid of katich, hussey, north and haurtiz

    Katich - players like a snail and hardly gets of strike, so Watson has to attack often.

    Hussey- hasn't perform well for a long time, only in the team coz of that pak test in Australia which we all know was very controversial.

    North - always playing for his spot in the side gets a 100 and than goes on a low scoring phase about to get dropped gets 100 again n the trend continues

    Hauritz - not a spin bowler more like a average part timer

    who can replace these players their are so many talents in aus but here are the top ones:

    Phillip Hughes, Furgerson, White, Khawaja & steven smith

    hughes replace katich khawaja replace hussey furgerson or white replace North smith replace hauritz

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | October 15, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    We need new blood in the team get rid of katich, hussey, north and haurtiz

    Katich - players like a snail and hardly gets of strike, so Watson has to attack often.

    Hussey- hasn't perform well for a long time, only in the team coz of that pak test in Australia which we all know was very controversial.

    North - always playing for his spot in the side gets a 100 and than goes on a low scoring phase about to get dropped gets 100 again n the trend continues

    Hauritz - not a spin bowler more like a average part timer

    who can replace these players their are so many talents in aus but here are the top ones:

    Phillip Hughes, Furgerson, White, Khawaja & steven smith

    hughes replace katich khawaja replace hussey furgerson or white replace North smith replace hauritz

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    if shane warne was the australian capt for the india series.....sure bet....australia would have won....no offence..whatever may be his other faults....HE IS A GREAT CAPTAIN..

  • POSTED BY CharonTFm on | October 15, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    The offers on the table, if team management refuse or make any excuses not to take up this offer then it's clear that they are bunch of idiots who have no regards for the future of Aust Cricket! Warne is an active cricketer who has the best cricketing brains in modern cricket. Take his advice or lose slow bowling stocks to ruthless batting

  • POSTED BY Nujee on | October 15, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    this is good to see. excellent support for nathan to learn from a true champion

  • POSTED BY rohanbala on | October 15, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Sorry Shane.. You are too late again. You could have had a chat with both Ricky Ponting and Hauritz anytime during the course of the series and pointed out any flaws to them or offered remedial advice. No one would have prevented you from doing so. Your comment about Steven Smith is further going to dampen his hopes. As one of the best spinners to have played and graced the cricket stage, I feel you could do still better by giving advices at the right time.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Warnie your right again. We play to conservative and cant win test matches. Johnson needs to focus on attack, he is much better when he is simply trying to attack, yes you get some rubbish but you get match winning spells, when he is bowling slower and trying to keep things tight he is nothing more then a good state cricketer. Also his batting has fallen away alot and i notice when he is also attacking and playing shots he is very affective but when he is blocking and leaving he ends up getting out for not much. This is the whole attitude of the aussie team at the moment, they are scared to go for the win in case they fail. I loved when Steven Smith threw for the run out in the 1st test. it went for 4 over throws but his attitude of going for the win is what we need. If it hit, he would be a hero and australia on top. I hope he continues with that aggressive attitude

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  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Warnie your right again. We play to conservative and cant win test matches. Johnson needs to focus on attack, he is much better when he is simply trying to attack, yes you get some rubbish but you get match winning spells, when he is bowling slower and trying to keep things tight he is nothing more then a good state cricketer. Also his batting has fallen away alot and i notice when he is also attacking and playing shots he is very affective but when he is blocking and leaving he ends up getting out for not much. This is the whole attitude of the aussie team at the moment, they are scared to go for the win in case they fail. I loved when Steven Smith threw for the run out in the 1st test. it went for 4 over throws but his attitude of going for the win is what we need. If it hit, he would be a hero and australia on top. I hope he continues with that aggressive attitude

  • POSTED BY rohanbala on | October 15, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Sorry Shane.. You are too late again. You could have had a chat with both Ricky Ponting and Hauritz anytime during the course of the series and pointed out any flaws to them or offered remedial advice. No one would have prevented you from doing so. Your comment about Steven Smith is further going to dampen his hopes. As one of the best spinners to have played and graced the cricket stage, I feel you could do still better by giving advices at the right time.

  • POSTED BY Nujee on | October 15, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    this is good to see. excellent support for nathan to learn from a true champion

  • POSTED BY CharonTFm on | October 15, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    The offers on the table, if team management refuse or make any excuses not to take up this offer then it's clear that they are bunch of idiots who have no regards for the future of Aust Cricket! Warne is an active cricketer who has the best cricketing brains in modern cricket. Take his advice or lose slow bowling stocks to ruthless batting

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    if shane warne was the australian capt for the india series.....sure bet....australia would have won....no offence..whatever may be his other faults....HE IS A GREAT CAPTAIN..

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | October 15, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    We need new blood in the team get rid of katich, hussey, north and haurtiz

    Katich - players like a snail and hardly gets of strike, so Watson has to attack often.

    Hussey- hasn't perform well for a long time, only in the team coz of that pak test in Australia which we all know was very controversial.

    North - always playing for his spot in the side gets a 100 and than goes on a low scoring phase about to get dropped gets 100 again n the trend continues

    Hauritz - not a spin bowler more like a average part timer

    who can replace these players their are so many talents in aus but here are the top ones:

    Phillip Hughes, Furgerson, White, Khawaja & steven smith

    hughes replace katich khawaja replace hussey furgerson or white replace North smith replace hauritz

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | October 15, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    We need new blood in the team get rid of katich, hussey, north and haurtiz

    Katich - players like a snail and hardly gets of strike, so Watson has to attack often.

    Hussey- hasn't perform well for a long time, only in the team coz of that pak test in Australia which we all know was very controversial.

    North - always playing for his spot in the side gets a 100 and than goes on a low scoring phase about to get dropped gets 100 again n the trend continues

    Hauritz - not a spin bowler more like a average part timer

    who can replace these players their are so many talents in aus but here are the top ones:

    Phillip Hughes, Furgerson, White, Khawaja & steven smith

    hughes replace katich khawaja replace hussey furgerson or white replace North smith replace hauritz

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | October 15, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    About time Warnie. You need to lend your expertise to Aussie cricket, that should be your primary focus, not meaningless money making exercises like fashion.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | October 15, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    It is nice to know that Shane Warne has plans to advise Hauritz before the Ashes. Having seen him in India recently, I know that Nathan bowls at around 48 to 51 mph on an average, which in my opinion is the ideal speed to bowl at. The important thing is the ability to flight the ball as Bishen Bedi has said in the past,slightly above the eye-brow level of the batsman.This will ensure that a small variation in length could create doubts in the batsman's mind and could eventually lead to his dismissal.The ideal length to bowl to batsmen would probably vary from pitch to pitch as the bounce will vary. Prasanna and Bedi used to prey upon the batsmen by feeding their strengths and setting fields where a false stroke induced by the variations imparted by the bowler would lead to the batsman playing a false or edged stroke.Vettori does this beautifully. The ideal thing for Hauritz to do is to see a lot of videos of the great bowlers of the past and come up with a strategy for each batsman.

  • POSTED BY Hodra99 on | October 15, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Come out of retirement Warney! That would help Hauritz!