Hauritz contradicts Ponting on England's spirit

Updated: 13 July 2009 13:41 IST

Unlike his captain Ricky Ponting, Nathan Hauritz finds nothing wrong in England's delaying tactics on the final day of the first Ashes Test.

Hauritz contradicts Ponting on England's spirit

Cardiff:

Unlike his captain Ricky Ponting, Nathan Hauritz finds nothing wrong in England's delaying tactics on the final day of the first Ashes Test and the Australian spinner says he would have done the same in a similar situation.

"At the end of the day they had to last, they had to survive for the last 60-odd balls and they spaced out their allotted amount of overs," said Hauritz.

"People could say that we were rushing through our overs to get more balls at them so I don't think anything has been made out of it at all by us," he reasoned.

"It's dead and buried. It's just part of the game and we're just focusing on Lord's at the moment," the off-spinner said.

It was a remarkable rearguard defence by the tailenders as the last England pair of James Anderson and Monty Panesar batted out the last 40 minutes to salvage an unlikely draw.

During this period, England sent in 12th man Bilal Shafayat and physio Steve McCaig and it looked clearly like a delaying tactics which irked Ponting.

Hauritz, however, was convinced he too would have done the same in such a situation.

"I know if it was me in that situation I wouldn't be facing up as quick every ball because it's an extremely nervous situation and that one wicket determines a 1-0 or a nil-all scoreline," Hauritz said.

"They did their job they batted, we didn't make anything out of it. If I'm in that situation, if I called for gloves they wouldn't care so it's going to be good but it's part of the game," he added.

Asked if he felt England had breached the spirit of the game in Cardiff, Hauritz said, "Definitely not."



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