Nathan Hauritz ready to pass test
IT’S SET in stone what Terry Hauritz will be doing today and it has nothing to do with his trade.
The Hervey Bay concreter will be at the Gabba in Brisbane watching his 28-year-old son Nathan playing for Australia in the first Test against West Indies.
The former Hervey Bay junior cricketer, an off-spinner, is in the line-up after captain Ricky Ponting confirmed yesterday that Nathan will play while his New South Wales team-mate, paceman Doug Bollinger, will be the 12th man.
It means Nathan will find himself playing at a ground he used to call home before he left Queensland and headed south to join NSW in 2006.
Although he has not played a first-class game at the Gabba since 2004 his father said he was sure that he’d do the job he was picked for.
“He’s been bowling really well and that’s because selectors have stuck with him,” Terry said.
“You can see the confidence he has in himself now with the way the ball is coming out – a good run in the team has definitely helped his cause.
Nathan, who played his club cricket for Cavaliers, will be playing in his eighth Test today.
In that time he has taken 24 wickets and has a best of 41 with the bat since making his debut against India in 2004.
The former Torquay State School and Urangan State High School student has also played in 38 one-day internationals for his country.
His father said he didn’t mind if Nathan failed to grab a huge bag of wickets in the game.
“Sure it would be great for him to take plenty but the Gabba isn’t the most spinner-friendly wicket going around,” Terry said.
“I really don’t mind if he doesn’t take any wickets as long as he puts pressure on the batsmen.
“That will create chances for all the bowlers – they (the batsmen) will be forced to take a risk if Nathan ties them up.
“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, won’t we?”