Pigs might fly.

5 01 2010

And this time it appears they have.

Whilst I was sunning myself on a Maldivian beach over the last two weeks two incredible and unlikely (I had even begun to think impossible) things have happened….

Firstly, Shane Watson has scored a test hundred after a run of scores somewhere between 80 and 96.

And now the big one.

Nathan Hauritz has finally taken a first class 5 wicket haul. Not only that but it was in a test match too. Having just checked his career figures it seems that Nathan is averaging 43 with the ball in first class cricket, and 31.5 with the ball in 12 test matches. Somewhere this has to even out. Either he is a terrible bowler who has had an unbelievable start to his test match career or a high class off spinner who started slowly. I prefer the former.

Apologies for such late posting on these subjects but as I said I was busy chasing Moray Eels and other assorted fish with fins and snorkel on holiday.

Better than a picture of Watson or Hauritz!

As I didn’t want to put a picture up of either Hauritz (rubbish finger spinners will never get positive airtime here) or Watson (indefinably¬†but quite definitely the most irritating person in Test Cricket at the moment) I have put a photo of a moray eel up instead, not unlike one I bumped into on the edge of the reef two days ago.

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4 responses

25 01 2010
Dingo

Cringingly embarassing celebrations aside, Watson’s form with both bat and ball of late is something i can’t ever remember a certain cartoonish, over-rated english allrounder matched? (Don’t get me wrong, love Freddie, great sportsmen and headline ticket seller) Hauritz figures just shows that hard work and a bit of thought can still thrive in an age of big paycheques and short careers. long live test cricket!

25 01 2010
Bradders

Hi Mike,

Thanks for reading. Yes point taken about Freddie although I must point towards a three year period (2003-2005) where Freddie scored 2173 runs at 40.24 and took 130 wickets at 27 in his defence. I will allow that Shane Watson is a much better batsmen than Freddie ever was but I do think that Freddie was a better bowler. He had the ability to be an out and out strike bowler whereas Watson will probably only be a 3rd change holding bowler. Albeit one that picks up a few wickets here and there. Watson annoys me for some reason that I can’t define (perhaps its because he’s actually quite good) and because of this i thought it was amusing that he kept getting out in the 90’s!

Hauritz on the other hand is a strange case. Suddenly started taking wickets which is good for Oz. Just can’t see him going to India for example and doing the same. I suspect hauritz will finish a career with an average in the mid thirties having been a useful bowler but no more.

Agreed on the last line though – long live test cricket!

25 01 2010
Dingo

Australia has always had a habit of fielding part time spinners (The freak which is Warne aside) names like Bob Holland, greg matthews, peter taylor and colin miller don’t exactly explode from the history books. Saying this, was it coincidence we really started our cricketing dominence once Warne really started weaving his magic? probably. Agreed Flintoff was a better bowler, however his stats never really backed his case, with comparable averages (32’s) and strike rates, and only the 3 five-fors to Freddies name in 60 more matches, I never felt he really matched his reputation with results. However stats don’t show intimidation which Freddie did reign, which might be the reason behind Watto’s ridiculous berating after the Gayle wicket….
Oh and happy Australia Day!

26 01 2010
Bradders

Yes I was thinking about that myself although there was a brief hiatus with Warne and McGill. I think the seeds for your dominance in the 90’s and 00’s were laid by Border. He brought in the required grit, but surely it was the emergence of Warne and McGrath as two once in a generation bowlers that ensured dominance. You generally won’t win a test without 20 wickets being taken after all. Of course your batsmen were also crucial but give Warne and McGrath to New Zealand and they would have won masses more games.

I think before the jury makes their decision on Watson we are going to have to give him a lot more time. His batting is looking very promising but he has really had one good 6 months so far and thats it. Maybe he’s a Vaughan type – a couple of exception series but finishing with an average of mid forties. I suspect he’s not – but will have to see. He has also only take 25 wickets in 2008/9/10 so that too will have to wait. My money is on him finishing with a Kallis like record (albeit a slightly poor mans version) average of 45 with bat and 35 with the ball.

You are absolutely right though, Freddie never had the consistency to back up his apparent threat with a record that rivalled it. also you have to remember that it was only later on in his career 2004 onwards (and from 2005 he was injury ravaged) that he became a strike bowler. Before he had been used in marathon spells to contain the opposition.

I loved Watson’s celebration and the comment you can here afterwards by one of the Aussie players on stump mic ‘jeez, that was one of the best celebrations i’ve ever seen!’

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