Test Player #390
My name is Nathan Hauritz. I was lucky enough to play 17 Tests, 58 ODI's and 3 T20 internationals for Australia. I would have loved to have played more games but injuries, form and mental strength ended things a little bit early for me. What would I have done differently is the big question? Well to be perfectly honest A LOT. If only I knew then what I know now about spin bowling, my career could have taken a completely different turn. I would have loved to have had the technology we have these days to look at my action and find little things to fix and tinker with every day. I would have found myself a mentor that I could have worked with all the time, not just when things were going bad. I took for granted my playing days and it hurts me to still think about it. It wasn't all bad, to be fair I had some amazing moments. Getting my baggy green in India, playing in the '09' Ashes, playing at Lords, playing cricket for Australia in front of my parents, the list goes on. Some things I will never forget and those memories will last with me for a life time. One of my fondest memories was when I took my dad into the Sydney Thunder change room after a game and he got to meet his idol Jacques Kallis. He was lucky enough to have a beer with him and get a photo with all 3 of us. That sort of stuff will forever stay in my heart. You may be wondering where have I been and what have I been doing post retirement. Well to be honest I was heart broken when I retired, I didn't want it to end but it did and I wasn't ready for life after cricket. Creating a spin bowling academy had always been a dream of mine and now that I am ready I want to deliver something special!
Do you want to know something funny about me? I was a batter growing up. That's right, I was an opening batter or first drop until the age of 16, I even opened for Australia Under 19 (we did reverse the order that day, haha). I loved batting and I still do. Did I work hard enough on it? Probably not. It wasn't until I was in the test team and working with Justin Langer that I began to focus more on my batting. When I did this I noticed my bowling began to improve. I believe the reason for this was that I wasn't so focused on just one part of my game. It's a big reason why whenever I work with kids these days, I want them to work on their batting and fielding just as hard as their bowling. Because you just never know where your career is going to take you!!! I was a batter at the age of 16 and ended up being a spin bowler for my country. Anything is possible!! I have created the 'Spin Bowling Academy' because I want to give every kid an opportunity to follow their dream of playing cricket for their country. I hope to inspire them on this journey to greatness.
What It Means To Be A Part Of The Spin Bowling Academy!
From a young age my parents taught me so much about life. More than what they would ever know. I hardly ever spoke a word to them as a teenager so it may come as a surprise to them! They taught me values such as hard work, friendship, loyalty but most of all the value of respect. They taught me to respect my elders, my team mates, my family, my friends and so on. These are qualities that I would look for when finding a coach. This is why I believe working with me will be one of the best investments you will ever make. I know what I bring to the table, all I need is your commitment and dedication to the course.
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
The image above is after I dismissed Matt Prior with a delivery that hit the rough, caught his gloves and was caught by Pup (Michael Clarke) at first slip. I thought after this wicket I was going to win the test for Australia. This photo was taken before the first drinks break on the last day and we only needed 5 more wickets to win. That moment in time was easily the greatest moment in my life playing the game. Every commentator, journalist, fan had doubted me for so very long and now was my time to shine and I had just made a ball spin and bounce like nothing else, the world was on notice in my eyes!!! For those of you who don't know what happened, England batted the day out thanks mainly to Paul Collingwood and we lost that series. I went from an absolute high to tears in the change rooms because I couldn't win the game for Australia. During moments like that, I wish I there was someone I could have called (outside of family and friends) to just talk about the game. This is a huge reason why I have created the Spin Bowling Academy.