T20 Big Bash League - KFC

Nathan Hauritz - Ritz

  • Date of Birth08/10/1981
  • Lives inSydney
  • PositionBowler
  • Weight81kg
  • Height181cm
  • Bat UsedCounty
  • Bowling StyleRight-arm off-spin
  • Batting StyleRight-handed
  • Favourite Shot/BallChange-up arm ball
  • StatusFit

In the crash-and-bash, frenzied world of T20, often a cool head is needed when everything seems to be going nuts.

In the two biggest games of BBL|02, Nathan Hauritz was the 'ice man' the Heat needed.

It was not with the bat or even the ball where Horrie proved gamebreaker, but with his sure-handed catching.

When the Heat inexplicably dropped a string of catches in the semi-final and the Renegades run chase suddenly crept towards being on target, it was Hauritz who sat under two catches and made them look easy - and the game safe.

In the Perth final, he took three special catches - two at the start of the Scorchers innings - and bowled superbly in conceding just 11 runs from three overs. It was enough to rightly earn him Player of the Final honours.

It was just reward for persistence as few pitches were spin-friendly through most of the tournament and the clever o-ffpsinner was unable to wield the same influence as he did in the first half of BBL|01.

Horrie relocated back to Brisbane in the winter of 2012 after enjoying his Heat experience so much in season one, when he still resided in NSW, having spent six seasons there with the Blues.

The Australian Test and ODI representative (did you know he took a wicket in his first over on debut  in each format?) is rated a fantastic competitor by teammates and coaching staff.

Originally from Hervey Bay where his family still live, there is now a permanent reminder of his Wide Bay origins with Hauritz Oval providing the next generation of players with somewhere to play.

Although best known as an off-spinner, he has also scored two first class centuries in his career.

He has a Bachelor of Business degree and is a Director of Blast About, a high and low pressure water cleaning business that operates in Sydney and in the Wide Bay area.

Finger spinners need to have the thickest skins of any cricketer – and I reckon Horrie is a rhino when it comes to hanging tough for the team. And hidden under that armour is a fantastic attacking weapon. Doesn’t care if someone hits him, because he knows the next ball could be the wicket were are after. Super competitor with bat, ball and in the field. Stuart Law


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