Aussie spinner Hauritz mastering 'Doosra'

Updated: 30 November 2009 14:19 IST

Australian offie Nathan Hauritz is mastering 'Doosra' under the tutelage of former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.

Melbourne:

Australian offie Nathan Hauritz is mastering 'Doosra' under the tutelage of former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who is credited with the discovery of the mysterious delivery.

"Tips from Saqlain Mushtaq have helped Nathan Hauritz to the stage where his mystery ball may be ready for exposure at Test level this summer," the 'Herald Sun' reported on Monday.

"The former Pakistani spin great met Hauritz during the Ashes in England and ever since the Australian Test spinner has fine-tuned his own Doosra in the practice nets," it added.

Mushtaq had introduced the delivery to Test cricket during an Australian tour in 1999, which was later popularised by Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan and India's Harbhajan Singh.

Hauritz said his skipper Ricky Ponting was encouraging him to bowl the delivery.

"Punter (Ponting) is always getting me to try to bowl it in a game. I bowl it a lot more in the nets now. It goes the other way," he said.

"Whether or not we will see it soon is another thing. I think definitely on a pitch like Perth where the bounce is so fast, if it does spin it might come out there. I need to be able to consistently land it in the nets before I bring it out. I feel like short leg will die if I don't get it right," quipped Hauritz.

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