Sydney: Former Test spinner Nathan Hauritz has warned dropped tweaker Nathan Lyon against making any technical changes in his bowling action, saying his own changes ruined him as an international bowler.
Lyon was a surprise axing for the second Test against India, and Australian coach Mickey Arthur said the off-spinner needed time out of the side to fine tune technical issues, News.com.au reports.
Arthur declined to elaborate, but Hauritz said his spin successor would be playing with fire if he made adjustments to the style that has delivered 65 Test wickets at 33.94.
Hauritz claimed the big scalps of VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni and Cheteshwar Pujara on Australia`s previous Test tour of India in 2010, only to be axed after taking six wickets at a costly 65, and he then tinkered with his bowling and hasn`t worn the baggy green since.
Hauritz said he wouldn`t do any technical work on my action, adding he did that in India and that`s what stuffed me up.
The former off spinner said he was Lyon then he wouldn`t be changing anything over there, the last thing he wants to do is work on something different, get back in the middle and be consumed by it all.
Hauritz added Lyon just got to focus on what has worked for him, adding he has a good Test record, and he is under pressure to take wickets but as soon as he starts to go away from what he knows, he will run into trouble.
Hauritz also said Lyon should just work on his consistency as a spinner, adding at the end of the day, he has to keep believing in himself that he will do the right things because he is a Test bowler for sure.
First Published: Friday, March 08, 2013, 15:38