NATHAN Hauritz will play for New South Wales in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament in India later this month.
The 29-year-old former Hervey Bay junior is certainly looking forward to getting out of the country for a while after finding himself in the news following an-off field incident in his former hometown that left him with a shattered face.
Hauritz had to undergo three hours of facial surgery in Sydney where he had five plates inserted for various fractures after an altercation in the Bay Central Tavern a fortnight ago.
He had returned to home to captain the Hervey Bay Hornets against the Fraser Coast Falcons in an invitational Twenty20 match to celebrate Hervey Bay Cricket Association's new state-of-the-art artificial pitch.
The game was cancelled after rain left the outfield unplayable.
Police investigated the incident at the Tavern and Hauritz, who is contracted to Cricket Australia, reported the incident to Cricket Australia headquarters in Melbourne.
Cricket Australia also carried out an investigations and said the matter had now been resolved - they had sanctioned Hauritz, but they refused to release any details about his penalty.
As for Hauritz, well, he said his physical wounds were finally beginning to heal.
"The surgery went well and the recovery is all going good," Hauritz said.
"I can tell you that I was really, really lucky because it could have been a lot worse.
"Originally, I thought I'd just have a black eye and a few stiches but it turned out to be a lot more than that."
Regarding the altercation, Hauritz said he couldn't believe what had happened.
"I was just out having a bit of fun with friends and obviously this person wasn't impressed," he said.
"I still don't understand why what happened, happened.
"I considered pressing charges but decided against it because it's such a long, slow process nowadays and I didn't want to spend the summer going through all that stuff.
"I want to focus on playing cricket.
"I managed to train for the first time yesterday and that's a move in the right direction."
But will what happened to him mean Hauritz won't be coming back home for a while?
"Mate, Hervey Bay is home and I'll never stop coming back," Hauritz, who has played 17 Tests, 58 one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches for Australia, said.
"I'll do my socialising at home now though."
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