"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. He's become one of the best spinners on the planet," Krejza says. 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. Andrew McDonald He played four Tests for three victories, all against a South Africa team that was arguably the world's best. Critics condemn Australia's axing of Jason Krejza. Watto [Shane Watson] made me feel like I was part of it. 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. He led Hobart Hurricanes' wicket-takers in the inaugural Big Bash League, but then found himself on the outer the following season. If he is given the opportunity I think he can be Australia's next long-term offspinner, as long as he is handled well. 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. Noting the shape of the shot and the firm hands of the batsman, Krejza wanted the fielder moved. He's got very good flight, drift and drop, he puts a lot of overspin on the ball and gets a lot of turn. 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. At the Gabba the selectors chose to leave him out in favour of playing both Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson, moving Robert Craddock to remark: "It is just as well Krejza had a freakish debut Test. 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. With the Ashes series on the horizon, Australia are struggling to fill the void left by Warne's 2007 retirement. 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. Hauritz, a more economical offspin bowler, would cling on to a place in the team and the squad for the next two years, but struggled to retain the faith of captain coach and selectors for lacking the attacking weapons Krejza possessed.
"Some batters would sit on the back foot and play me off the pitch, or then people started really attacking. "The focus on the bowling is not overplayed. "Lee has struggled for the best part of four months now. While neither Nielsen nor Ponting were selectors, these words were to prove empty when South Africa pulled off their record fourth-innings chase. 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. At least he was going to be, but the selector Andrew Hilditch got the shakes upon seeing Krejza taken for 0 for 199 from 31 overs in the last tour game before the Tests. It was a huge kick in the teeth, missing the Boxing Day Test. ", Krejza twisted his ankle, missing out on the Adelaide Test against New Zealand in 2008, after being left out for the series opener in Brisbane
Although he gained plenty of promising notices at the time, the pressure for places in NSW was ever present. 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
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. "In his two Test matches so far he has shown a tremendous willingness to just stick at the game. "[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. He can attack. I was taken aback, I went into the back room and cried. The big thing for Krejza now is to adjust to [Australian] wickets that don't turn. "I loved bowling in Sydney, I played a lot there, and the SCG's my favourite ground in the world. Pretty difficult.". "I never thought I was as good as I was," he says. Former Australian Test spinner Jason Krejza have backed in-form interstate bowler Stephen O`Keefe to be `partner-in-harm` for off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the final Ashes Test in Sydney. In India, Krejza faced a vast array of emotions even before the tour proper began. "One of the coaches in India described it well. "I probably went a season too long with my body. "I didn't really think about that, it was almost like that was me struck off," he says. 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. Weeks of preparation seemed to help. Big men, and hard to feel like they'd put their arm around you. They try to make your good length feel bad - they're very good at doing that. Jason Krejza: Off-spinner who gave a glimpse of promise on his Test debut before fading into the sunset.  His nickname is Krazy. Then in Tassie it was green, so it would just be seaming around...", One fast, one slow: Krejza with state and national team-mate Doug Bollinger at the Taj Mahal on the 2008 tour of India
"It was ten or so years ago, so I've definitely made my peace with it," Krejza says. Even McGain (who we won’t say a word against ) will be a debutant.
Jason Krejza ambled in and bowled the most significant delivery by an Australian spinner since the retirement of Shane Warne. He was a good friend of mine and we were on a tour together at the time, just when he got injured, and that is sort of why I got my opportunity. Ankle injury in Adelaide. So he might take one wicket in the top five and then as soon as eight to 11 were in, he'd come on and end up taking three or four. A rush to return in Perth. 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. India won the match by 172 runs, but Krejza became one of the only eight bowlers to … ", Colin Miller, a wise voice on spin in Australia, gave a glowing but reasoned assessment. He is going to have to work hard to become a containing bowler.". Stuart Law (above) Deemed good enough to be brought into the Australian ODI team in 1994 and to debut in Tests the following year, Law's composed half-century at the WACA suggested he might easily have made many more runs at the top given the chance. He still shakes his head at the distance in rhetoric between the captain, Nielsen, and the selector on duty, Greg Chappell. Ever since then Australia has been trying to get back on track with a spinner like him. 2011: Sanath Jayasuriya: Mumbai Indians (2008–2010): 41: Did not return after being unsold in 2011 auction. Krejza played two Tests and and eight One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for Australia. "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.' "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?' 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. 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. "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. So it felt like my KPIs were just out of my reach. In a recent article in the courier mail, Tim Neilsen admitted to protecting the new Australian Cricket off-spinner but as history will tell us, he was good enough to break one record and equal another in his debut. A pretty quick exit.". "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. There's feeling nervous, there's what people do to debutants - they really get stuck into them. Brett Lee was way below his best, Peter Siddle appears to be just short of the standard while Jason Krejza tries to get a wicket every ball and at international level you can't afford to do that. Wow. Dropped for the Gabba. "I was dropped literally two hours after the game," Krejza says. 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. 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. Michael Steele / © Getty Images. He'll always have Nagpur: Krejza celebrates his first Test wicket, Rahul Dravid
The offspinner who took a dozen wickets on debut against India 12 years ago looks back at how it all went downhill from there. Former England captain and renowned commentator Michael Vaughan has questioned the selection of Fawad Alam in place of Shadab Khan. Fin. Michael Steele / © Getty Images. I think he might have bowled a little slow in the second innings at Nagpur. In seven matches, Krejza claimed five wickets at 55.6 and conceded 4.49 runs per over while Lee, Johnson and Tait were all used as wicket-takers. He is gratified to learn that, this year, Cricket Australia contract discussions now offer omitted players a formal chance for feedback. If I'm bowling straight it's going to be really hard for them to hit through the off side and I'll plug the leg side. © PA Photos. "I never did. That there was a long history of visiting spinners being attacked in just such a manner by Indian batsmen before a series, or that the punishment was dished out by young batsmen as promising as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma mattered little. 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. I didn't bowl that quickly, I was only around the 80-85kph mark. The legends of cricket who have hung their boots are coming out of the retirement. All Rights Reserved. Five teams India Legends, Australia […] "If I'd played earlier in that series, I don't think I would've performed. The T20 series is organised by Road Safety Cell of Maharashtra to raise awareness about road safety. "Playing bowlers for particular wickets, if that was the case he [Krejza] would have played every Test in India, but instead they played a bloke [Cameron White] who only had the confidence to bowl for 83 overs in 11 first-class matches [for Victoria last season]… I love these blokes, I played with 'Digger' [Hilditch], but in this case [the selectors] are wrong, wrong, wrong.". Even so, those moments where he catches himself remembering will always be tinged with questions, as well as with wonder. I have no regrets. India 613 for 7 dec (Gambhir 206, Laxman 200*) and 208 for 5 dec (Laxman 59*) drew with Australia 577 (Clarke 112, Ponting 87, Hayden 83) and 31 for 0 Scorecard and ball-by-ball details 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. I had to be perfect - go for two an over and take five-for. 1 for 200-odd in 49 overs. ... with his place taken by Jason Krejza … Simon Katich reached the standard of flight-above-part-time before his falling out with Skipper Clarke. 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. An XI of Australian spinners since Shane Warne's retirement Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Bruce Wayne, Jul 25, 2013. And it just didn't happen.". Sourav Ganguly misses century; Five for Jason Krejza. "We had [Shaun] Tait, Johnson and Lee, who were all very, very attacking, and I was forced to bowl around the wicket and told to 'bowl like the Indians' and I remember having a big argument with them saying, 'But that's not how I bowl, I need to actually go away and practise this', because I never even practised it, I hardly ever bowled around the wicket to right-handers ever. It was all about pressure, pressure, pressure, and just bowling dots. 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. It was fine in the first, but when the track has more variation you need to fire it in a bit more. 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. This is Bhajji take on the inclusion of two rookie spinners in the Aussie Test line-up for Indian tour. 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. Looking back, I still feel it was a loose shot as I tried to play Jason Krejza against the turn. 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 bat had closed early and Krejza easily accepted a low return catch. Australia have called up an off-spinner called Jason Krejza as support for Bryce McGain in the upcoming Test series against India. 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. He played for the Tasmanian Tigers and Leicestershire. ... 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. Shane Warne has said he would consider coming out of retirement if asked by the current Australia team. ... With Anil Kumble's retirement, Harbhajan now … So that made it really hard, and I was basically told to bowl at 4 or 4.5 an over, and if I didn't take a wicket, that was my job done. Spotlight on Ganguly as India and Australia renew battle - Sourav Ganguly will be the cynosure of all eyes as he attempts to script a resounding end to his roller-coaster cricket career when India take on Australia in the opening match. Sometimes they will talk about their experiences, frustrations, and the promises not kept by their fleeting glimpses of international cricket. "Literally as we finished the quarter-final, I was walking up the race and Greg Chappell took me aside," Krejza recalls. 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. 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. 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. [The coach] Tim Coyle had a statistic that if a team goes under 2.3 runs per over, they win Shields, and all bowlers tried to do that. 03:30 IST | 22:00 GMT, New Zealand beat West Indies by an innings and 134 runs, India vs Australia Live Cricket Score and Updates: IND vs AUS 3rd T20I match Live cricket score at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney, India vs Australia Live Cricket Score and Updates: IND vs AUS 2nd T20I match Live cricket score at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney, India vs Australia Live Cricket Score and Updates: IND vs AUS 1st T20I match Live cricket score at Manuka Oval, Canberra, India vs Australia Live Cricket Score and Updates: IND vs AUS 3rd ODI match Live cricket score at Manuka Oval, Canberra, India vs Australia Live Cricket Score and Updates: IND vs AUS 2nd ODI match Live cricket score at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney. "Steve O'Keefe most recently was one that got a slightly longer term, and I've spoken to him about his experience," Krejza says. Trent Copeland A tinder-dry Galle surface was hardly the most helpful pitch to debut on, but he acquitted himself decently in what is still Australia's most recent Test series victory in Asia. It was very much 'Go under two an over.' Adam Pretty / © Getty Images, "I was never told to bowl dots, it was, 'Just get it into the rough', that was always the advice. That's where I figured out that I needed a lot of bowling, because it just became easier and easier. "Beau Casson was one I really felt for. At the same time Ponting and his deputy, Michael Clarke, were in the early stages of a dysfunctional relationship, and the coach, Tim Nielsen, was trying to juggle it all. Recalled for the 2011 World Cup. A debut in Nagpur. 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 if to underline what a hard trade he was entering, Krejza bowled one over on his New South Wales debut against Queensland at the Gabba in October 2004, at a cost of 18 runs. Things got still tighter when Nathan Hauritz ventured south from Queensland and Casson was lured across from WA. Nielsen, at least publicly, was supportive. "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. I just wasn't sure what I could've done. "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. 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. India v Australia, 3rd Test, Feroz Shah Kotla, 5th day. Krejza's father was an association football player from Czechoslovakia and his mother was born in Poland. How Australia’s spin resources have – well – evaporated. 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. ... Not just did he dance down the pitch but threaded the offside with the timing people now associate him with his retirement. Krejza, of course, did get one more Test than Casson or McGain, and a World Cup too. and I was saying, 'Well that was my role.' "With time and given the opportunity, we will see a real Test player coming out of him,'' he said. But after that, things went downhill, my body went downhill, so I probably wouldn't have been around that much longer anyway.". Krejza didn't have the best time under Ricky Ponting in international cricket. 'That's not the right one, do this.'". 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