Spin­ners told it’s time to get acts into gear

Townsville Bulletin - - Cricket -

NEWSouth Wales coach Trevor Bayliss yes­ter­day warned his tal­ented young spin­ners there was a big dif­fer­ence be­tween show­ing po­ten­tial and re­plac­ing Shane Warne.

Left-arm wrist-spin­ner Beau Cas­son and right-arm off-spin­ner Nathan Hau­ritz have been la­belled as ‘very promis­ing’since the turn of the cen­tury and now it’s time for them step up, Bayliss says.

Both Cas­son, 24, and Hau­ritz, 25, moved in­ter­state this sea­son for more op­por­tu­ni­ties on the spin­ning SCG wicket.

Cas­son has taken only seven wick­ets at 46 in his four Pura Cup games since mov­ing from West­ern Aus­tralia.

Hau­ritz has played only one game and went wicket-less.

Stu­art MaG­ill, 35, leads the NSW spin­ners with 16 wick­ets at 34.81 af­ter four matches.

‘‘Beau and Nathan are both very tal­ented bowlers. We’ve known that for a while now,’’ Bayliss said.

‘‘Beau can turn the ball a long way and he can turn it both ways. But both of them have still got a lot to do if they want to be con­sid­ered for a Test spot.

‘‘There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween show­ing po­ten­tial and reach­ing it.’’

For over a decade young tweak­ers have al­most been ig­nored by Aus­tralian se­lec­tors be­cause of Warne’s stran­gle­hold on the spin­ner’s spot but with his re­tire­ment ev­ery sin­gle do­mes­tic wicket they take could now cause a stir.

‘‘There’s a big op­por­tu­nity for th­ese guys now, for sure,’’ Bayliss said.

‘‘But you knew Warne wasn’t go­ing to play for­ever.’’

An­other young spin­ner, Ja­son Kre­jza, left the Blues on Thurs­day for Tas­ma­nia, cit­ing bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first team down south.

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