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We misread pitch, ignoring Hauritz a mistake: Hilditch

cricket Updated: Aug 24, 2009 22:47 IST

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Australian selection committee chairman Andrew Hilditch conceded his colleagues had misread the pitch at The Oval and made a blunder by ignoring off-spinner Nathan Hauritz in the Ashes decider.

"We would've changed the side (from the fourth Test at Headingley) if we'd read the wicket right, and we would've played Nathan Hauritz," Hilditch told reporters here.

Australia was handed a comprehensive 197-run defeat in the decisive fifth Test of the Ashes series as England wrested the Ashes urn after four years by winning the series 2-1.

"Jamie Cox was the selector on duty, but everybody misread the wicket, from our entire playing group, captain and coach included, and that just happens," Hilditch added.

He, however, made it clear that the selectors could not be blamed for the debacle.

"It would be an over-simplification to say that meant we lost the Test match, that'd be incorrect. We lost the Test match because we got 160 in the first innings," Hilditch said.

He admitted it was difficult to digest the defeat.

"I'm feeling gutted and in some disbelief over the last couple of days. The traditional signs of who's going to win a Test series are all there and it should have been Australia.

"We had six of the top seven batsmen, 10 centuries, eight of them Australian, the three leading bowlers in the series were all Australian. Everything indicates that we dominated the Test series," Hilditch said.