May 12, 2010 2:16:46 pm
Former Australian spinner Shane Warne has hailed off-spinner Nathan Hauritz as one of world cricket’s most improved players.
Warne,who is in Brisbane for a “spin camp” at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence,singled out Hauritz for praise.
“If you have some sort of ability as a spinner then it is up to you to hone those skills and learn. That’s what I like about Nathan Hauritz,I think he is one of the most improved cricketers. If you look at some international cricketers,some stay the same all the time – I don’t think that is good enough. You should become better and that is what Nathan Hauritz is doing – he has become better,” Warne said.
Warne believes upcoming leg-spinning all-rounder Steve Smith he would benefit from another big first class season.
“I want him to come back to first class cricket and learn how to take wickets. He is a young kid who hasn’t played a lot of cricket and first class cricket in Australia is difficult. And,if he is going to get into the international side,it is going to be because of his spin bowling, Warne said.
Warne added: “His No.1 priority should be his bowling,and his batting is a bonus – he is a genuine all-rounder.”
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