The Ashes 2010-11 October 15, 2010

Warne offers Hauritz help

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Vinay 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.

  • Karthick 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Balaji 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.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 10:44 GMT

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

  • Sharad 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.

  • Neil 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.

  • Ryan 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • kalhara on October 15, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    wish warney would help coach in sri lanka :D

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