Nielsen Warnes Hauritz

Off-spinner told that there is no quick fix ahead of Ashes series

Last Updated: 19/10/10 8:49pm

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Hauritz: struggled in India

Hauritz: struggled in India

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Australia coach Tim Nielsen believes Nathan Hauritz should seek out Shane Warne for help - but insists only the off-spinner himself can identify the areas in which he needs to improve ahead of the Ashes.

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"I know he's had some discussions with Warnie in the past. If Warnie is available and Haury (Hauritz) would like to speak to him I can't see any reason they wouldn't have a chat"
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Hauritz struggled in the recent two-match Test series in India, claiming just six wickets at 65 apiece as the tourists were beaten in both games.

Legendary leg-spinner Warne has offered to help his fellow slow bowler, provided the Australian team management agree.

Nielsen feels it would be silly not to utilise such a "great little resource" as Warne, though he insists Hauritz - as well as the rest of the Australian players - need to take responsibility for their own performances.


"Haury (Hauritz) has got people he talks to about his bowling," the coach told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I know he's had some discussions with Warnie in the past. If Warnie is available and Haury would like to speak to him I can't see any reason they wouldn't have a chat."

He added: "In the end, that's a great little resource to utilise, but it's more important that Haury identifies the things he needs to improve and we identify as a team the things we need to improve, and go about fixing them.

"We can't expect someone to come in and fix the ills of the game for us. It's about us saying 'yes, I need to get better at this', and working our backsides off at training and preparation to make sure we've nailed those skills.

"It'd be great to have people like Warne offering advice but in the end it comes back to us. We've got to take responsibility for our performances and we've got to make sure we do the best we can to be better every time."

Warne was critical of skipper Ricky Ponting's fielding placements when Hauritz was bowling in the second innings of the second Test in Bangalore.

However, he has now apologised for his Twitter remark during the game, stating it was just an observation and not an attack on the Australia captain.

Hauritz will hope to get back amongt the wickets during the one-dayers in India. The Ashes series gets underway in Brisbane on November 25.

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