Queensland axe Hauritz from list of contracted players

"Nathan will certainly be in contention to be selected from outside the squad for the coming season, like any other player in the Premier Grade competition"

“Nathan will certainly be in contention to be selected from outside the squad for the coming season, like any other player in the Premier Grade competition”

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Former Australia off-spinner Nathan Hauritz will be brooding over his cricket career after Queensland decided to axe him from their list of contracted players.

Queensland made the decision to cut Hauritz after he only represented them three times during the last Sheffield Shield season. In those three games, Hauritz took 10 wickets at a dismal average of 52.90.

However, while Hauritz struggled during the recent Sheffield Shield season, he played a vital role in Queensland successful Ryobi Cup campaign, taking nine wickets at a brilliant average of 25.88.

“Nathan had his season curtailed by injury, and during that time Cam Boyce made some strong inroads as our first choice spinner,” Queensland selector Trevor Hohns said. “The National Selection Panel has shown their interest in progressing Cam’s career with his selection in the Australia A squad for later in the year and as a young wrist-spinner, we’re obviously keen to continue to provide him with further opportunities to develop. In saying that, Nathan will certainly be in contention to be selected from outside the squad for the coming season, like any other player in the Premier Grade competition, based on their performances.”

Hohns was also excited that Queensland’s batting duo of Usman Khawaja and Peter Forrest had agreed to sign multi-year deals.

“It is a very exciting crop of players that have emerged over the past few seasons and we believe they have the potential to go far in the game,” Hohns said. “But developing home grown talent is one aspect of our charter – the other is to get players into the national line-up and that is an area that the coaching staff and selectors are continuing to work hard at achieving success.”

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