Who likes Nathan Hauritz?

It’s a tough question to answer. Before yesterday it was probably, Nathan himself, which is also doubtful, and the English. There is no love lost between him and Jrod. No one knows if even his mom likes him. And apparently, Ricky and Australia, who had been talking up the young fella doesn’t fancy him either.

Let’s be honest, Hauritz is not that a good bowler. But average bowlers have done well in cricket before.

Hauritz did not bowl well yesterday though. He was too short at least 2 balls per over and Collingwood and KP were playing him with ease. But there were a couple of times when he did look the business when he threw the ball up there.

Tim Nielsen says he was used as a support bowler for a holding job.


You don’t pick a full time spinner for a holding job. You have Katich and Clarke to do that.

Nielsen also says this ‘The wicket was spinning a lot so he was playing a supporting role for the fast bowlers’.

Which makes no sense to us at all. If the wicket was spinning at lunch on Day 1, we say get him some close in fielders and attack a bit more. Hearing those comments explains why Ponting had absolutely no attacking fields set for him.

It’s not exactly sending the right message to your no1 spinner is it. ‘Aw look Naths, the wickets spinning a lot so we aint giving you any close in fielders, just keep the runs down. Ok good talk’

It was weird watching an Aussie spinner bowl to such negative fields. In fact the entire Aussie team seemed to have switched off in that post lunch session. Weird.

And KP knows what he is doing when he says Hauritz bowled well, when he knows he didn’t. It would serve England more than Australia to keep the dude in the team. KP looked like he could have swatted him back to England if he wanted to. Instead he toyed with him and then got too clever for his own good.

19 overs for 67 runs on a wicket that was giving him a lot of assistance is neither here nor there. And it wasn’t entirely Nathans fault.


  1. insideEdge said:

    Does anyone give a damn about the Ashes aside from the Poms and Aussies.

    Aus vs SA was for number one spot.
    Aus vs India has the rivalry of Liverpool vs Man Utd

    but England, they are andf overrated, overpaid, self-obsessed bunch who wallow in their own self importance. They cheat, moan every time an umpiring decision goes against them and don’t play entertaining cricket. They might win the Ashes but other than for the look on Punter’s face no one will care. Nor can Punter’s face fall much further than when Muba whacked Lee for the second six.

    July 9, 2009
  2. damiths said:

    inside> it would appear the whole world is wrapped up in ashes drama. so much so that the galle test didnt even register on cricinfo when the match was finished.

    i am hoping for an english though.

    and also for punter to throw a bat at the english dressing before the end of the last test.

    July 9, 2009
  3. actually to be honest, one reason the ashes are fun to watch, especially in england, is because there are great crowds (a rarity in test matches elsewhere) great tv, beautiful grounds, and if australia starts losing you can actually watch the whole thing with great enjoyment.

    compare that to the hype and bluster of the india australia series. much to our shock, the stadium in mohali was empty when sachin broke the world record. against the world’s best team. it made for pathetic viewing. plus as much as i love this part of the world, watching the dull grass and the bleached sunlight gets a bit much if your team isn’t playing.

    at the end of the day, we’re going to enjoy any good series involving the world’s best teams. i think the media provides the hype, but most of us were just as engrossed when the oz took on the saffas.

    plus, as a pakistani, the less said about galle, the better.

    July 9, 2009
  4. damiths said:

    kk> agreed. i love it because of the crowds. there is such a nice atmosphere to watching these games. which is what really intrigues me. the crickets not bad either.

    of course nothing that has surpassed galle yet.

    July 10, 2009
  5. jennifer said:

    he is SO friging HOOOOTTTTT

    August 6, 2009
  6. rhianne said:

    i know yeah its to bad his married

    August 6, 2009
  7. Emma said:

    i know i would do him, haha, and im 25 so i could, haha

    September 22, 2009
  8. Me said:

    Yeah married to my auntie sorry to dissapoint you ladys…

    November 11, 2009

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