Upcoming fast bowling talent Ben Hilfenhaus is being billed in Australian cricket circles to eventually take the mantle from outgoing pace spearhead Glenn McGrath. The 23-year-old has been Tasmanian cricket's “special project” for the past six summers and is now raring to break into the international scene.
Hilfenhaus was exposed to international cricket in the Twenty20 match against England where the bowler impressed with his two-wicket haul. McGrath, after watching the Tasmanian in action, described him as “tremendous, very impressive,” and others have also been quick to heap praise on the youngster. One of the few people not surprised by the way Hilfenhaus has taken the critics by storm is his state coach Tim Coyle. “He's been a project. Ben came through our youth programme and he's had a few stints at the Cricket Academy,” Coyle said.
“He's as strong as an ox, he's got a really big engine and his body is fantastic. Ben has the tremendous ability to swing the ball at a good pace but he keeps the game very simple. He's great to work with and every time he goes out to bowl he improves,” he was quoted as saying.
Yousuf to join team
KARACHI: RECORD BREAKING Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousuf has left the country to join his team-mates ahead of the second Test against South Africa later this week, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said.
Perhaps England will have better luck against an Australian team without Ricky Ponting. The Australian captain, after leading the home side to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a win over England in the first tri-series limited-overs match and a Twenty20 international, will be rested on Friday when the teams meet again in Brisbane.
Australia beat England by eight wickets in the series opener last Friday in Melbourne and then beat New Zealand by 105 runs on Sunday. Ponting, who has been playing continuously since September 22, will return for the New Zealand match in Sydney on Sunday. Brad Hodge will replace Ponting in the 14-man squad for the England match and Adam Gilchrist will captain the side with Mike Hussey as vice-captain.
“We feel that Ricky Ponting needs and deserves a break,” said selectors chairman Andrew Hilditch. “We think this is the right time for him to allow his body to rest ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup.”