Still fuming after being sidelined by his skipper in the first Test against India at Mohali, spinner Nathan Hauritz is talking tough.
Hauritz, who struggled in the first Test at Mohali and was overlooked by skipper Ricky Ponting, has vowed to hit back at his critics.
Ponting had said that he sidelined Hauritz during the nail biting final stages of the Mohali Test against India, and gave chances to part timers Marcus North and Shane Watson instead, in a bid to do something different in his quest for victory.
I just want them to know that Im the spinner, Im the guy thats here to win the Ashes, the guy to win the next Test against India, Nathan told his critics.
Ever since Ive played my first Test I dont think anybody has wanted me in the side - fans and that, The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hauritz, as saying.
I could take 10 wickets in a match, and therell still be someone saying they dont want me to be a part of it. They want someone else, whether its [Jason] Krezja, Bryce McGain, now its Steve Smith.
Theres always another spinner that can take my spot. I think you have to evolve with it, just accept its a part of your life. Theres always someone out there that thinks theres someone better. Ive got great backing from teammates, the captain, selectors, he said.
Im the spinner, Im here to do a job, and here to do a job in the Ashes. Ive had a bad few overs, it didnt go well, but Im going to front up again on Saturday, Hauritz added.
Hauritz hopes that skipper Ponting will show confidence and allow him to bowl in Bangalore.
That last session I desperately wanted the ball, but my bowling in the morning, a couple of overs there probably didnt give me the right to get the ball. We had a Test match to win, and Ponting goes to what he thinks. We were just all trying to swing the momentum back in our favour, Hauritz said.
I have no doubts that Im the person to do the job. Just for that period of the game, rhythm wasnt good, I couldnt land the ball where I wanted to, and it cost me a chance to bowl in the afternoon, he added.