Spinners told it’s time to get acts into gear
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.