Hauritz says he is a better bowler than Doherty

Melbourne: Spinner Nathan Hauritz, whose place in the Australian Test team is in doubt, has said that he is a better bowler than Tasmanian Xavier Doherty who has also been included in an expanded 17-man Ashes squad.

Hauritz said that he will improve his performance and will be out to do exactly that at the SCG from Wednesday.

"I think I am (a better bowler) definitely, but my opinion doesn`t really matter unfortunately when it comes to picking the side," Hauritz said.

""It`s just important I bowl well this week. If I bowl well and not get picked so be it, but if I bowl well and get picked I look forward to the Ashes," Fox Sports quoted him as saying.

The spotlight is intense on all Australia players in the lead-up to the first Test against England at the Gabba starting on November 25, but none are facing it more than Hauritz.

"It can be tough (dealing with pressure) but I guess that`s why you want to play cricket for Australia.

It`s not meant to be easy, the pressure`s always going to be on," Hauritz said.

"I guess with an Ashes series everything`s heightened just that little bit more, and it probably brings the best out of you, being put under pressure so much. But it`s definitely something that sometimes you wish it wasn`t there," he added.