Nathan Hauritz.
Nathan Hauritz. SMP Images - Chris Tippelt

Hauritz stars in Gabba show

NATHAN Hauritz didn't get to meet Shane Warne's fiancée Liz Hurley at the Gabba on Tuesday night.

He didn't care because he was focused on playing cricket rather than being part of the Warne and Hurley show.

While the English actress turned heads and TV cameras from the comfort of a private box, Hauritz was playing a star role while bowling for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League Twenty20 against Warne and the Melbourne Stars.

The 30-year-old Australian and New South Wales off-spinner almost stole the show as well.

While Warne and Hurley did their best to grab the limelight, the former Hervey Bay junior was going about his work and doing it rather well out in the centre.

Hauritz produced a superb performance after being given the ball to open the bowling for the second consecutive game and he didn't let his captain Peter Forrest or the Heat fans down.

He bowled three successive overs and finished it with the outstanding figures of 2-10.

Hauritz took another wicket in his fourth and final over to finish with 3-18, his best figures in his Twenty20 career.

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to prevent the Heat from slumping to their second successive defeat as the Melbourne Stars (7-177) beat them by eight runs.

The Heat was 7-169 at the end of its 20 overs.

Despite his quality spell, Hauritz, who has played in 58 one-day internationals, 17 Tests and three Twenty20 games for Australia, wasn't about to get carried away by it.

"The ball came out OK," he said rather modestly.

"In this format of the game you can get lucky.

"Good balls go for runs while bad balls get wickets.

"Saying that, it did feel good to get my first wickets for the Heat (he had figures of none for 23 off 3 overs in the loss to the Sydney Sixers last Friday)."

The Heat takes on the Perth Scorchers at the WACA next Thursday.

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