Hauritz - Part of the game
Australia spinner Nathan Hauritz has defended England's tactics in the aftermath of time-wasting allegations in Cardiff.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 13/07/09 12:12pm
Australia off-spinner Nathan Hauritz has defended England following time-wasting allegations made after the first Ashes Test.
Hauritz's captain Ricky Ponting labelled England's tactics as "ordinary" after final pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar batted bravely to force a draw.
England 12th man Bilal Shafayat was sent out to the middle on two seperate occassions - a play delay Ponting claimed was not in the spirit of cricket.
Despite post-Test emotions clearly running high, Hauritz moved quickly to quash any tensions between the players, and admitted such antics are "part of the game".
"At the end of the day they had to last, they had to survive for the last 60-odd balls and they spaced out their allotted amount of overs," said Hauritz.
"People could say that we were rushing through our overs to get more balls at them so I don't think anything has been made out of it at all by us.
"It's dead and buried. It's just part of the game and we're just focusing on Lord's at the moment."
The fierce rivals renew battle on Thursday as England attempt to end a 75-year Ashes drought at the home of cricket.
And Hauritz, who responded to queries over his selection with match figures of 6-152, also revealed he would have adopted similar delaying tactics had he been in England's position.
"I know if it was me in that situation I wouldn't be facing up as quick every ball because it's an extremely nervous situation and that one wicket determines a 1-0 or a nil all score line," he continued.
"They did their job they batted, we didn't make anything out of it. If I'm in that situation, if I called for gloves they wouldn't care so it's going to be good but it's part of the game."
The wickets of Graeme Swann (31) and Paul Collingwood (74) in the final session put Australia on the brink of victory in the first of the five-Test series.
Nottinghamshire's Swann was on the receiving end of a barrage of short pitched bowling and was forced to take a number of blows to the body from Aussie pace bowler Peter Siddle.
Hauritz revealed the plan was pre-meditated in a bid to get away from appearing too friendly.
He explained: "In the 2005 series I think Australia said they were too chummy with the English at times and the English got under our skins.
"I think it's fantastic for the game to see it's a battle out on the field.
"It's an amazing adrenalin rush when you're in front of the crowd. I think it's great for the game and I think those battles are just going to continue throughout the series."