Krazy’s spin on Aussie cricket

01/07/2018 Posted by admin

Jason Krejza signs a young fan’s hat during his recent visit to Moree.JASON Krejza rocketed into Australian cricket folklore in his first of two games in the baggy green, astounding everyone by both the amount of wickets he claimed – and the runs he conceded.

‘Krazy’ took eight scalps in his first innings for an equally remarkable 215 runs to finish the test with figures of 12/358. He was named man-of-the-match despite the team losing the game and series away to India.

While he was in Moree last week the recently retired Krejza spoke to the Champion about the country’s spinning stocks, the upcoming World Cup and the tragic death of Philip Hughes.

Who is going to win the World Cup?

“I’d love to see Australia win it, I really would, and I think they’re definitely going to be up there in the finals. But South Africa are a great team, they’ve got a couple of really good players and I’ve always loved the way they play their cricket, which is pretty similar to Australia. Sri Lanka are a very good one day team, India are fantastic…they’ve got some seriously good players, like Kohli. They’ve got a lot of young talent and play a hell of a lot of one day cricket.

So Australia are going to find it very, very tough, even though its in their own conditions. Someone like South Africa could really excel, as conditions are similar to what they’re used to. I think it’s going to be a hard fought top four and should be great to watch.

What do you make of Australia’s spin stocks at the moment?

Thin. Definitely thin, but I don’t think selectors should be looking anywhere but Nathan Lyon. He’s a great spinner, but sometimes they expect too much of him. Pitches aren’t turning a hell of a lot so his role sometimes is just to bowl tight. He didn’t have a great tour in Abu Dhabi but people have off days, off series. I don’t think he bowled the way he wanted to but it may have been a case of people giving him too many opinions. I think he’s a great bowler with a good cricket brain and I reckon he should just bowl the way he bowls.

After him…Stephen O’Keefe obviously, but then after that it is running a little thin. There’s quite a few who are playing nowhere near enough cricket to have their names floated to be able to play for Australia.

Are there any spinners coming through the ranks to watch out for?

John Holland. He’s played for a bit, he’s someone who I really like. It’s pretty baffling why they’re looking past Fawad Ahmed, after they rushed his visa… Then you’ve got James Muirhead.

What do you think about the death of Philip Hughes?

It was very tragic, it was a horrible time for Australia and world cricket as well. It touched people around the world, Elton John mentioned for example, so it’s incredible how far the reach has been.

He was everything they say he was, a great guy, a little smart alec. In cricket you always have someone who is a great bloke, but you don’t like them on the field. But Hughesy wouldn’t have had a single enemy, he was just a cool little country kid, the guy who everyone loved. It was a tragedy what happened. Now, hopefully cricket can get on with being cricket again.

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