Hauritz relishing attacking a dancing Pietersen on a spinning track

June 20th, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, June 20 (ANI): Australia’s only specialist spinner for Ashes series, Nathan Hauritz, is thinking of England’s batsmen, and how they might treat him.

He ponders what Kevin Pietersen and other England players could have in store for him, and is a bit excited about it.

“I expect all of them to target me pretty heavily. I would, if I was facing me. If I get the opportunity to bowl, especially to Kevin, he will look to attack and dominate me whenever he can. It’s always a good challenge when they do that. If the wicket is turning, it will be good fun. If it’s not turning, it will be really tough work,” Hauritz says.

Unlike many of the Australian spinners who have preceded him, Hauritz is not an extrovert. He thinks of himself as a regular guy who enjoys a beer after a game and whose only vice is playing Xbox, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“I definitely have been keeping a close eye on Graeme because I think we’re pretty similar bowlers. He’s not a massive turner of the ball, either, and just watching how he bowls in these conditions, I think it’s going to be a pretty good battle if we go up against each other,” he said.

Hauritz has proved to be the most reliable of the five spinners tried since Stuart MacGill retired in the West Indies a year ago, if not the most dangerous.

Although he still has a boyish look about him, and has played only four Tests, he speaks with the self-knowledge of a man in his second incarnation as an international cricketer. (ANI)

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