Australia looking for spinners
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:NM Hauritz

DateLine: 27th August 2009


Cricket Australia is likely to make it compulsory for state teams to include tweakers in a new national under-23 tournament.


Struggling with thin spin resources since the exit of Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill, Australia did not show any confidence in Nathan Hauritz in the Ashes series they lost to England despite the off-spinner's decent form in recent past.


Hauritz was left out of the decider at The Oval, where England offie Graeme Swann ran through Australian middle and lower orders.


Alarmed by the limited options, CA is set to instruct the state teams to select and bowl spinners in the under-23 tournament, scheduled later this summer, according to a 'Sydney Morning Herald' report.


"They are looking into different ways of encouraging teams to play spinners. How that works is yet to be determined but they are trying to encourage captains to bowl spinners, teams to play more spinners and especially in the under-23 competitions, they are looking at possible changes to rules and regulations to encourage that," A CA spokesman said.


"It will hopefully give us more spinners to pick from and part-time spinners to practise their spin bowling a little bit more," he added.