Melbourne, Nov 18 : Former Australian off-spinner Colin Miller has said that off-spinner Jason Krezja, who took a record 12 wickets in his debut Test against India recently, has the potential of playing for his country for the next decade "provided he keeps his private life in order".
Miller said that Kreja even outperformed India's ace spinner Harbhajan Singh in the last Test at Nagpur.
"I can see him playing for the next 10 years if he can keep his life in order and handle all the expectations," The News quoted Miller as saying in an interview with the Courier Mail.
Miller took 69 wickets at 26 in his career involving 18 Tests.
He added: "I saw Jason bowl a few years ago playing for the NSW second XI and I rated him then because he gave the ball a rip. I thought he should have played all the Tests in India. I am not sure whether he will play in Brisbane but he can certainly play in the other states. He turns it. He out-bowled Harbhajan Singh in the last Test."
"He is tall. He comes over the ball and gets topspin and loop, and he can bat. If he is given the opportunity I think he can be Australia's next long-term off-spinner, as long as he is handled well. It is always hard for finger spinners. Leg-spinners use their wrists and generally get more turn," Miller further said and added: "His challenge would be to learn how to defend. The big thing for Krezja now is to adjust to wickets that don't turn. Most wickets don't turn in Australia until day three or four. He is going to have to work hard to become a containing bowler. As a slow off-spinner, you have to be able to defend as well as attack."
Story first published: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 14:28 [IST]
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