Nathan Hauritz was a doubtful starter for the first Test in Melbourne but passed a late fitness Test to be included in the side. The off spinner has been a late flourisher and only managed a consistent place in the Australian line up this year despite making his international debut in 2002. The New South Welshman is better known for his tidy off spin bowling but on day two of the first Test Hauritz gave a good display of his batting skills. Hauritz was brought in as a nightwatchman on day one and on day two he played a whirlwind knock to give his team an upper hand in the Test. He shared a fluent 91 runs stand with Michael Hussey for the fourth wicket as Pakistanis were frustrated to the max. He played positively and lived dangerously at times but kept going with his dogged effort hitting boundaries and taking ones and twos as well. He hit the only six of the Australian innings when he spanked one off Saeed Ajmal. He completed only his second Test fifty off 124 balls as Australians strengthened their position. Hauritz eventually fell for a career best 75 (152 balls, eight fours and a six) but not before contributing another 50 runs stand for the fifth wicket with Michael Clarke. His dismissal after a solid knock promoted Australia to declare at 454-5 to have a go at Pakistan before the end of days play. Then with ball Nathan Hauritz did his bit with a tight spell of off spin bowling which didnt allowed Pakistan to bat freely. There have been questions raised against the strike power of Hauritz bowling but on day two of the first Test he bowled tidily and took the wicket of Faisal Iqbal when he induced him to cut one into the slips. He ended the day with figures of 1-34 off 14 overs and with Australians aiming to bowl Pakistan out on day three Hauritz will have a key role to play on third day on a slow MCG pitch.