From the era when Australian bowling was dominated by Shane Warne, the situation has come to such a pass that now the expectations of stopping the Indian run-machine has fallen on the shoulders of Nathan Hauritz, whose Test career spans just 15 matches. He, along with rookie Steven Smith, who has played just two Tests, is all the Aussies have in terms of specialist spinners on this tour.
Hauritz is well aware of the expectations but felt confident enough to say that he is looking forward to a good Test series. “I know it is hard to bowl to India’s top-order batsmen who are all good readers of spin. The task becomes tougher if the line-up also has Sachin Tendulkar,” said Hauritz.
“He is unbelievable but even he is human and will make mistakes. That is where my chance is.” Prior to Australia’s three-day practice match against Board President’s XI, Hauritz was finally able to hit the outdoor nets and spend close to an hour flexing his bowling arm.
Hauritz is making a comeback into the squad after a foot injury sidelined him in June.
The spinner said it is not just the Little Master who can hurt him badly and he will also have to tackle the likes of Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.
“The key will be to bowl in the right areas. It will also depend on the wicket. It has been raining here so the wicket might not crack,” said Hauritz. “Generally, the wickets don’t turn here after the first two days, so I will have to wait for my chance.”
In 2004, when Hauritz last toured India, he played second fiddle to Warne. This time, he is the frontline spin bowler and is fully aware of the pressure, but all he can do is concentrate on his own strengths.