Can he defend? Things got still tighter when Nathan Hauritz ventured south from Queensland and Casson was lured across from WA. "The wind would be going really strong as I'm about to bowl the ball and then it would stop, so I'd start the ball on off stump and it wouldn't drift, but then the next ball would drift big and go outside off stump, because the wind would just blow it outside off stump. Posts about News November 2 written by abhianoop. "With time and given the opportunity, we will see a real Test player coming out of him,'' he said. And it just didn't happen.". Nielsen, at least publicly, was supportive. He was visibly really upset. Ever since then Australia has been trying to get back on track with a spinner like him. "I didn't really think about that, it was almost like that was me struck off," he says. "We finished the game, did recovery, I think we had our stuff with us already and we went to the airport, and that's when I had the call. Jason Krejza; ‘I always meant to be an attacking bowler’ ... Brad Hogg played three Tests, averaging over 60 with the ball, which led him to a semi-surprising retirement. ", Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. © PA Photos. We were our own bowlers, we all did it differently and did it well, we got picked for a reason, so it would've been nice to have been shown some faith. "The mindset of the Tasmanian cricketers was a lot different. I had to be perfect - go for two an over and take five-for. Dropped over a phone call at the airport the night the game finished. Even so, those moments where he catches himself remembering will always be tinged with questions, as well as with wonder. The legends of cricket who have hung their boots are coming out of the retirement. "He was saying, 'What was that, why were you bowling so negative?' But at training two days before the game, he rolled his ankle during a fielding drill, was helped from the field, and was left to ice a strained ligament as Hauritz was flown in to perform creditably in another big Australian victory. He's become one of the best spinners on the planet," Krejza says. His appearances for the Blues were intermittent but undoubtedly promising. Get overlooked for Cameron White after Bryce McGain goes home. © Getty Images, Maddeningly for Krejza and others, however, was the sequence by which he missed Australia's next two Tests, against a New Zealand team that offered an ideal opportunity for him to grow more familiar with Test matches. Krejza was bowling to … By Jesse Hogan. The combination of injuries and Ponting's obvious preference for captaining pace meant that Krejza found himself cast as a runs-saving stock bowler. Updated January 19, 2016 — 2.17pm first published at 1.17pm. Andrew Symonds Over his final 16 Tests, Symonds averaged 56 with the bat at a strike rate of 66, and took 15 wickets at 32.46. "It was ten or so years ago, so I've definitely made my peace with it," Krejza says. This is Bhajji take on the inclusion of two rookie spinners in the Aussie Test line-up for Indian tour. Krejza remembers the match as much for the on-field debates as for South Africa's record chase. 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In India, Krejza faced a vast array of emotions even before the tour proper began. Krejza toiled through 49 overs for a solitary wicket in Perth against South Africa in 2008 The offspinner who took a dozen wickets on debut against India 12 years ago looks back at how it all went downhill from there. It was a huge kick in the teeth, missing the Boxing Day Test. "I was generally bowling over the wicket into the rough and spinning it back, which is what was on offer in India. Looking back, I still feel it was a loose shot as I tried to play Jason Krejza against the turn. I kept getting high fives throughout the whole World Cup whenever I did that - it was 'Well done, you played your role.'". 'That's not the right one, do this.'". Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, 17 Dec, 2020 Recalled for the 2011 World Cup. Jason Krejza - WikiMili Alam, 34, made a comeback into the … I was taken aback, I went into the back room and cried. There was just that whole fear of stopping what you love doing.". ", Colin Miller, a wise voice on spin in Australia, gave a glowing but reasoned assessment. They try to make your good length feel bad - they're very good at doing that. However, he only played one Test after that and also featured during the ICC World Cup 2011. Jason Krejza ambled in and bowled the most significant delivery by an Australian spinner since the retirement of Shane Warne. He can attack. "I was dropped literally two hours after the game," Krejza says. Matt King / © Getty Images, "I was like, 'Oh man, that's such good captaincy, I wish that was happening when I was bowling.'". Midway through the Test, he gave an assessment that sounded for all the world like Krejza was a long-term project. "Haury got picked when I got injured and did a good job, so I had to come in for Perth and be the No. Interestingly, it is exactly six years since the day Krejza got that remarkable feat of eight wickets in the first innings against India in Nagpur. Pretty difficult.". He spun the ball hard, and was a promising addition to a bowling line-up that, with Stuart MacGill, Doug Bollinger and Matthew Nicholson also in harness, was geared very much towards attack. He's got very good flight, drift and drop, he puts a lot of overspin on the ball and gets a lot of turn. One remembers Jason Krejza picking up 12 wickets in the only Test he played in India. A debut in Nagpur. I bowled so much from the start of the tour until I played that I was almost tired of bowling, and I tried to take as much information as possible to make sure I was ready. Weeks of preparation seemed to help. When a surgeon writes a note to give to your physio [after a hip operation] saying, 'This is definitely the last time, he's done', and you play another season. "I wouldn't have cared if it was the fastest wicket in the world. History records that Australia lost in Melbourne, won a dead Test in Sydney, and then defeated South Africa on their home soil in early 2009 without even choosing a spin bowler in the XI. "Twelve wickets on debut is a once-in-a-generation effort, but what was so good was watching him improve as the tour went on," Ponting wrote in the Australian. I was nowhere near 100% right, I had an ankle brace on, I only really had a bowl that morning [before the Test] and for me I had to bowl a lot to be bowling well. I think he might have bowled a little slow in the second innings at Nagpur. An XI of Australian spinners since Shane Warne's retirement Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Bruce Wayne, Jul 25, 2013. Sometimes, in between coaching juniors, when catching a glimpse of some old footage, or perhaps thanks to an interview, Jason Krejza allows himself to remember the hectic couple of months when he was Australia's next spin bowling hope. "Lee has struggled for the best part of four months now. It felt like I was always having to evolve as a cricketer, but it felt like when I evolved into something, I'd get told I immediately needed to change. He said, 'Whenever there was a good-length ball, we'd tried to make our good players attack it by sweeping it,'" Krejza says. His retirement from International Cricket left a gap in the bowling department. I know I would have done well if I was there for longer, because that was when I was bowling at my best. But when Casson was omitted from the Test squad, having played in the West Indies, and McGain was ruled out of the tour with a shoulder complaint, Krejza was suddenly it. "I think [Ponting] was under a lot of pressure [during the 2011 World Cup], because I've been captained by him at other levels, particularly in state cricket, and it was nothing like this" It was all about pressure, pressure, pressure, and just bowling dots. "I loved bowling in Sydney, I played a lot there, and the SCG's my favourite ground in the world. My body was getting to a point where it was screaming at me.”. They condemned the "spin cycle" policy of constant rotation of Australia's tweakers since the retirement of Shane Warne two years ago. "[It was about trying to] find the balance for me being able to do what I do, because it was almost like I was still a young kid. Ankle injury in Adelaide. © 2020 Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited. Old heads such as Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds were battling their cricket mortality, others like Brad Haddin were battling to establish themselves after long apprenticeships, while Michael Hussey's initial run of high scoring had petered out. "It's telling, because the teams I played with in NSW, in fourth-innings games, usually at home the ball was reversing massively and we had seriously good quicks, and they'd take away the fourth innings. Krejza's father was an association football player from Czechoslovakia and his mother was born in Poland. So I know I would have felt good there, and I would've had time to get my ankle right and bowl a ton to get myself ready, but it didn't even feel like that was going to happen.". It would've felt like I was pushing uphill, so I felt like I had to play then, and add in the flattest wicket of the entire world into the situation with some batters in their prime and some really good players in the South African team, it was just a really difficult Test for me.". How Australia’s spin resources have – well – evaporated. "But watching him when he first started was really frustrating for me because the amount of times he'd be brought on at perfect times, and particularly coming on to bowl to the tail a lot. Big men, and hard to feel like they'd put their arm around you. He is gratified to learn that, this year, Cricket Australia contract discussions now offer omitted players a formal chance for feedback. I'd bowl a few overs to try get a wicket before lunch and tea and then, sometimes, if it was really spinning, I'd bowl a few more overs. 2011: Makhaya Ntini Jason John Krejza (born 14 January 1983) is a former Australian cricketer. "The focus on the bowling is not overplayed. "When I went to Tassie, with wickets that didn't spin, I had to find different ways to bowl," he says. Jason Krejza recorded figures of 1-204 in Australia's defeat by South Africa in Perth, and Jenner told BBC Sport: "We need a change of attitude. His subsequent omission, particularly on the 2013 and 2015 Ashes tours, appeared to have more to do with an Australian obsession with extreme pace than logic. Also ReadJason Krejza: Off-spinner who gave a glimpse of promise on his Test debut before fading into the sunset, Speaking to Cricket Australia’s official website, Krejza said, “I’m officially retiring because my body’s been no good. But even that does not explain why, with Steven Smith and David Warner suspended for a year, the other outstanding talent of their generation did not add even a single Test to his tally. "I think Ricky was under a lot of pressure then, because I've been captained by him at other levels, particularly in state cricket, and it was nothing like this," he says. Krejza played two Tests and and eight One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for Australia. He has been under pressure at times with the ball but he just keeps running in and doing the things we asked of him, trying to get the ball up into the breeze. In a Player of the Match performance on debut in November 2008, which was, incidentally, also White’s last Test, Krejza returned figures of 12-358. "So I'd get my runs down and wouldn't take as many wickets, and then I'd be told I wasn't taking enough wickets. We might never know how much his sense of betrayal over the Monkeygate affair contributed to his international career spluttering out well before it should have. Krejza also had talks with South Australia because of Adelaide Oval's propensity to take spin - though they were then home to the twin spin of Dan Cullen and Cullen Bailey. The most recent addition to that list was Jason Krejza, whose brief international career included two Tests, a World Cup and the wickets of Rahul … Michael Steele / © Getty Images. Critics condemn Australia's axing of Jason Krejza. At the end of the ignoble 2010-11 Ashes summer, injuries to Xavier Doherty, Steve O'Keefe and Hauritz opened an unlikely path to the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The dismissal of Hashim Amla, bowled through the gate by a princely offbreak that Krejza had tossed up into the breeze, was a sight of what he did best, but perhaps it led Ponting to think that his young spinner needed to try to replicate that one delivery as often as possible. Staggeringly, by the time Krejza went to India in 2008, following MacGill's shock retirement earlier that year in the West Indies, he had only bowled in the fourth innings of a first-class match four times. "In his two Test matches so far he has shown a tremendous willingness to just stick at the game. Move states. If he is given the opportunity I think he can be Australia's next long-term offspinner, as long as he is handled well. But after that, things went downhill, my body went downhill, so I probably wouldn't have been around that much longer anyway.". Told by captain and coach to bowl defensively; criticised by a selector for bowling too defensively. Australia's rotation of their spinners, which continued on Monday with Nathan Hauritz replacing Jason Krejza, must be stopped, according to a group of former Test slow bowlers. Even McGain (who we won’t say a word against ) will be a debutant. That's an interesting stat," Krejza says. While he enjoyed Lyon's subsequent successes, Krejza could not help but puzzle about whether he might have fared differently given similarly thoughtful guidance and, at times, protection. "So you'd bowl the perfect ball and they'd be sweeping it, then you bring your length back and they're off the back foot. It was far from an easy time to be a new man in the dressing room. I went in there at the beginning with Hayden, Symonds and company, and they had this group of blokes that was quite difficult to actually talk to. ... Steve O’ Keefe (above) became the 13th spinner since Shane Warne’s retirement to … 1 for 200-odd in 49 overs. Shane Warne has said he would consider coming out of retirement if asked by the current Australia team. I'd say I was probably 70% in terms of my fitness, but if I didn't play there again and Haury takes seven, how do I get back in? As it was, he kept churning them out for Queensland, Essex, Lancashire and Derbyshire until 2009. How do you deny a bloke who took 12 wickets in one of the best debuts this country's seen?" ... With Anil Kumble's retirement, Harbhajan now … "When I was bowling to Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers, I wanted to try to bowl at the stumps because it wasn't spinning very much, and have a 45 [degrees] and a square leg and a midwicket, a very strong leg-side field and try to force them to hit through the off side. "We were all following Shane Warne and it was all over the news of how hard it was for us to be following Warney in his boots. Certainly Krejza was better aware of the challenge the batsmen presented to him. One more Australia A tour. In Shield games, he believes, this would have happened. While he admits he never felt as much a part of the Tasmania set-up as the players who had grown up in the island state, Krejza will always be grateful for meeting his wife there in his first season down south. Occasionally Krejza will cross paths with fellow Australian slow bowlers who went through the spin cycle of the time. I have no regrets. Tributes have poured in from across the globe as Brett Lee announced his retirement from international cricket. It's a paradox Krejza has wrestled with ever since. In Krejza's mind, his chances receded so quickly that he never really considered himself a chance to be recalled for the SCG Test that summer, though the pitch there promised something like the assistance he had been able to capitalise upon in Nagpur. "I spent a lot of time with Nathan when he was just taking over, and he fully deserved it - I'd never take anything away from him. A freak two-wicket burst from debutant Jason Krejza before lunch after being hammered around the newly build VCA Jamtha stadium was not enough to slow down Tendulkar (62 not out), who reached his 52nd half-century with his typically classy strokeplay. A pretty quick exit.". But his story is a cautionary one - not just in terms of what happened to him when he played for Australia, but for how he got there, and also what happened after he was discarded. Krejza was left to cool his heels until the series decider, in Nagpur, where he turned heads as well as the ball, taking 12 for 358. A rush to return in Perth. "One of the coaches in India described it well. And [Ponting] just wouldn't give it to me.". I kept saying, 'I want a guy at square leg or in front of square leg, let me bowl straight.' @danbrettig, "Picture the best offspinner you can bowl and try to do it", Eleven Australian spinners who struggled to stand in the shadow of the Great One, Indranil Mukherjee / © AFP/Getty Images, New South Wales debut against Queensland at the Gabba in October 2004, Western Australia beat New South Wales at the SCG, he rolled his ankle during a fielding drill, defeated South Africa on their home soil in early 2009, three wickets at 60.33, 5.32 runs per over, The balls of the century, No. 1 spinner again and say, 'This is my spot.' Krejza is best remembered for taking a total of 12 wickets on Test debut in 2008 against India. Indranil Mukherjee / © AFP/Getty Images, "Particularly after the [Perth] Test match and being told I was expensive, even the Tassie selectors would say, 'Get your runs down,'" he says. But by that stage, the vigorous hip twisting in Krejza's action was starting to add up to an inescapable conclusion. I haven't really discussed it with him, because at the time it was probably too soon and too sore for any of us to talk about, deep down. "When you're in there, the way some people act together and talk together, versus how they do with you, can leave you thinking, 'Hang on, are these guys my friends?' While neither Nielsen nor Ponting were selectors, these words were to prove empty when South Africa pulled off their record fourth-innings chase. "Once the body starts going, that's really difficult," he says. Why Jason Krejza never thought he was as good as he really was December 8, 2020 1:14 am CricInfo Sometimes, in between coaching juniors, when catching a glimpse of some old footage, or perhaps thanks to an interview, Jason Krejza allows himself to remember the hectic couple of months when he was Australia's next spin bowling hope. So it's not really a good reflection on yourself, just one game.". Early days: Krejza, with a full head of hair, in a 2004 ING Cup game for New South Wales against Tasmania, who he would go on to play for With the Ashes series on the horizon, Australia are struggling to fill the void left by Warne's 2007 retirement. Get picked for Australia. Just getting one opportunity isn't enough. It was fine in the first, but when the track has more variation you need to fire it in a bit more. Date Name Team(s) played (years) Age Notes Ref. [citation needed] His nickname is Krazy. Life for Australian cricket has been difficult since 2007. Jason Krejza, the former Australia off-spinner, has announced his retirement from cricket. Then people started bowling a lot quicker, Nathan [Lyon] bowling 90kph, and I struggled doing that, because my whole bowling action was to get up and over and my wrist was sort of on the side of the ball, not behind the ball. But there weren't really many others who stood out and made you feel 'I've got your back, you're part of this.' "If I was there longer, I would've felt a greater sense of belonging at that level, and that would've been a really good feeling, like I was part of the Australian team. "That's what it felt like anyway, particularly how quick it was and the lack of communication afterwards - the phone went dead. Jason Krejza looked as if he would fit the bill after a bewildering 12-wicket Test debut in India but played just one more match, against South Africa in Perth, before being dropped. "He said, 'Well, you should've been stronger', and I was like, 'I've got Ricky Ponting and Tim Nielsen standing in front of me, I'm going to listen to them, they've got a plan, so I'm going to try and do it.' "The thing I saw with him a long time ago at the Centre of Excellence is that he's got all the skills. Australia have called up an off-spinner called Jason Krejza as support for Bryce McGain in the upcoming Test series against India. Andrew McDonald He played four Tests for three victories, all against a South Africa team that was arguably the world's best. More quickly, in fact, than his ankle could bear. So it felt like I had to be perfect - go for two an over and take five-for" I talked to Pup and he said, 'Go talk to Punter.' Krejza lasted another two seasons with Tasmania, long enough to demonstrate his abilities translated well to T20. Not wanting to be boring is a common desire for young adults, and it was only ever going to be made more intense by a lack of chances to get into a bowling rhythm on surfaces that suited him. The bat had closed early and Krejza easily accepted a low return catch. The formula came unstuck against India in the quarter-final, however, and Krejza found himself being informed that not all had agreed with the approach prescribed for him. Krejza last played representative cricket in early 2013 and has been on the sidelines since. and I was saying, 'Well that was my role.' "But there'll be moments when I still wonder, 'Why didn't that pan out the way I really wanted it to pan out?'. "I remember going into the change rooms and saying to Tim Nielsen, 'Punter's not listening to me,'" Krejza says, "and he said, 'I don't know mate, you've got to go and talk to him.' Ricky Ponting, who had essentially given Krejza a free hand in India, appeared to be of similar mind. "My hips were the main ones that caused me a lot of pain with bowling - that was really frustrating, because when you can't do what you want to do as well as you want to, that's when it's frustrating. Krejza, eager for more chances, decided he too would make a move - albeit to a Tasmania set-up that was flirting with grassy pitches and a seamer-heavy approach to winning Shield games. As part of the Australia A group that took part in something of a pre-tour, Krejza was picked for only one game, a rain-ruined fixture in Hyderabad, where he did not bowl a single ball. He also works in school and private junior coaching. Sourav Ganguly misses century; Five for Jason Krejza. I had too many operations, the body went a bit south and I never got the feeling of bowling like I was at my best because my body didn’t allow it. He still shakes his head at the distance in rhetoric between the captain, Nielsen, and the selector on duty, Greg Chappell. "Really? He is going to have to work hard to become a containing bowler.". He has to learn things like bowling faster and straighter deliveries when the batsmen are sweeping, but he's shown he is a fast learner. The mystery has always been why he was dropped after that, when his utilitarian attributes could quite easily have made a difference to the 2009 Ashes series. 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