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Australia make changes for Boxing Day Test

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 22 Dec 2008 at 07:43
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The Australian selectors have made two changes for the Boxing Day Test with NSW spinner Nathan Hauritz recalled to the squad alongside Tasmanian swing bowler, Ben Hilfenhaus.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Hauritz replaced Jason Krejza, who returned match figures of 1-204 in the six-wicket defeat to the Proteas in the first Test in Perth.

Chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said that Nathan Hauritz’s performance in the Second Test against New Zealand earned the NSW spinner 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.

Hauritz, 27, has played two Tests, one in India in 2004 and the other against New Zealand in Adelaide last month, when Krejza was injured.

Hilditch added that Hilfenhaus was selected so as to give skipper Ricky Ponting added depth to his new-ball bowling option.

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.

“The national selection panel consider that Jason is a potentially fine spin bowler for Australia, but our view is that in Perth we were unable to maintain pressure and to successfully use our fast bowlers we needed to maintain that pressure at the spinner’s end,” Hilditch said.

“Jason has been informed of this reasoning and has been encouraged to continue to be a wicket-taking spin bowler but will return to interstate cricket to further those skills.”

Veterans Brett Lee and Matthew Hayden retained their places in the squad despite their recent struggles, with Hayden a confirmed starter given no other batsmen were brought into the squad.

However Lee, 32, who returned match figures of 1-132 at the WACA Ground, could find himself replaced by Tasmanian Hilfenhaus, who is yet to play a Test although he has played one one-day international.

Victorian paceman Peter Siddle, another who had little impact in Perth, was also retained, while the 13-man squad also included Queensland allrounder Shane Watson.

Australian team: Ricky Ponting (capt, Tas), Michael Clarke (v-capt, NSW), Matthew Hayden (QLD), Simon Katich (NSW), Michael Hussey (WA), Andrew Symonds (QLD), Shane Watson (QLD), Brad Haddin (NSW), Nathan Hauritz (NSW), Brett Lee (NSW), Mitchell Johnson (QLD), Ben Hilfenhaus (TAS), Peter Siddle (Vic).


  • Knee Jerk or wise move?

    Knee Jerk IMO.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.12.08 07:49:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Knee Jerk wise move ??? 😀

    Krejza had shocking bowling figures…he did much better with the bat

    First innings
    Batting : 30*
    Bowling : 1/102

    2nd innings
    Batting : 32
    Bowling : 0/102

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.12.08 08:10:21 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • HAHA! Aus are shitting themselves. 😆

    PS. I smashed my right big toe with a cricket bat yesterday playing pool cricket. Last night was not fun. I had my foot in bowls of ice water for like 4 hours. I have a horrible feeling I will have to get the nail removed. 😥

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.12.08 08:37:45 by klempie Reply
  • Klempie – thats wot happens when you pretend you are Jacques Kallis. Lol

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.12.08 09:00:19 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :


    thought he was digging a yorker not realising his feet are bigger than they look.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.12.08 09:02:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Jacques Kallis would never hit his own foot….

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.12.08 09:12:54 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 6) : I bet you think Jacques Kallis is stronger than Vernon Koekemoer…

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.12.08 09:22:46 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 7) : It’s close but I think Vernon edges him. In fact, now I think about it, Vernon Koekemoer is Mr Cricket! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.12.08 09:27:12 by klempie Reply
  • I know it is probably bad form to mess with a winning team but if Prince is fit for the next test I would like to see both him and Duminy accommodated at the expense of what appears to be an out of form McKenzie. With our super long tail we need as many form batsman as we can get.

    It may involve push either Amla or Duminy into the opening position although I don’t know if we should move an in form Alma out of the very important number 3 spot.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.12.08 16:12:27 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass

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