Ireland have announced the appointment of Nathan Hauritz, the former Australian spinner as their Spin bowling Coach.
In a nine-year-long international career, Nathan Hauritz scalped 128 wickets for Australia across all three formats. He retired from the game in 2016 & has been coaching with Brisbane Heat in the BBL & women’s team Queensland Fire since 2020. He will take up his role with Ireland from August after the issuance of a work permit. As part of the role, he will work with the senior men’s and women’s squads, as well as players in the pathway system.
“The opportunity was too good to not even think about,” Hauritz said. “I love discussing spin bowling from all facets, and to be able to do that in an international environment while traveling the world, how could you not want to do it.
“My particular interest as a coach is the tactical and mental side of spin bowling. When you play at the top level of cricket your game is generally in a pretty sound space, but more often than not it comes down to how you perform on the day that needs the most work. I believe my career and experience will help me communicate with, and support the development of, our current groups of spinners. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be part of cricket in Ireland.”
Nathan Hauritz was one of the few spinners picked to try & fill the void left by Shane Warne in the Australian Test team. He kept up with the team’s expectations by displaying spectacular performances in the Ashes 2009 & taking his maiden five-fer against Pakistan later that year. He had a longer run in Australia’s ODI team for whom he played against Ireland in 2010.
“I fondly remember playing a tour game for Australia against Ireland at Clontarf back in 2010,” Hauritz said. “We were actually in a spot of bother in that game – we were under the pump early from the Irish openers. I was lucky enough to take a couple of wickets and we won the game. But the main thing that sticks in my mind was that it was an amazing atmosphere.”
Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland’s high-performance director, said, “We’re delighted that Nathan will be joining the high-performance staff and look forward to getting him over here to start working with our spin groups. Filling this role now completes our elite coaching restructure and provides what we believe is a great coaching and support team around our performance squads.
“Not only will Nathan’s skills and experience be invaluable to our spinners in both the men’s and women’s squads, but he will also be looking at the next generation coming through the pathway system.”
Hauritz’s overall experience in the game of cricket is genuinely commendable. He also represented both Queensland and New South Wales in first-class and List A cricket, as well as featured for Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder, and Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.