Hauritz, Hilfenhaus in Boxing Day Test squad

December 22nd, 2008 - 10:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Dec 22 (IANS) Australian cricket selectors have recalled New south Wales (NSW) spinner Nathan Hauritz and Tasmanian swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus in the squad for the Boxing Day Test against South Africa which begins Friday.Hauritz, 27, replaces Jason Krejza, who ended with the figures of 1-204 in the six-wicket defeat to South Africa in the first Test in Perth.

Chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said Nathan Hauritz’s performance in the second Test against New Zealand earned him a recall.

“We were impressed with Nathan Hauritz’s bowling in the second Test against New Zealand, where he maintained pressure and took wickets and deserves his recall,” said Hilditch in a press release referring to Hauritz’s four wicket hail against the Kiwis.

Hauritz has played two Tests, one in India in 2004 and the other against New Zealand in Adelaide last month, when Krejza was injured.

Hilditch said Krejza had leaked too many runs when bowling in Perth, which made it difficult for Australia to maintain pressure on South Africa’s batsmen.

Hilfenhaus, 25, played a one-day match against New Zealand in January 2007 and has enjoyed a great start to the Sheffield Shield season, having taken 24 wickets at 18.66 from six matches.

The right-armer was rewarded for his form and ability to swing the ball, and in a sign that he could potentially replace Lee, Hilditch said the Tasmanian was capable of opening the bowling.

“Ben is in the middle of a successful Sheffield Shield season for Tasmania and has been added primarily because of his ability to swing the ball. He also adds depth as a new ball bowling option,” he said.

The Baggy Greens will be looking to even scores after their first Test loss to Proteas. However, Australia have never won a three-match series after losing the first Test

Australian team: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wicket-keeper), Nathan Hauritz, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle.

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