The Australian players return… sort of
The Australian test batsmen, keeper Peter Neville and spinner Nathan Lyon returned for State duty after the early finish to the second test against South Afirca in Hobart.
Why the Australian fast bowlers in Mennie, Starc and Hazlewood were not sent back to Shield duty is part of what is wrong with Australian cricket, managing bowling loads to the point where bowlers don’t bowl.
The Australian bowlers last bowled in the first test in Perth on Sunday November 6.
They then bowled the following overs split across Saturday November 12 and Monday November 14. Sunday was washed out.
Starc 24 overs
Hazlewood 31 overs
Mennie 28 overs
And they will now not bowl in a match until, at the earliest, Day 1 of the Adelaide test on Thursday November 24.
That’s 17 days in the middle of cricket season and the most overs bowled is 31 – its less than 2 overs per day. These are professional athletes who spend months in the gym developing the fitness to bowl, so let them bowl!
Victoria v New South Wales, SCG
For New South Wales, Dave Warner and Steve Smith edged out Ed Cowan and Ryan Gibson respectively, Peter Neville replaced Ryan Carters with the gloves and Nathan Lyon took the spot of Will Somerville.
Victoria took in an unchanged line up. John Hastings can’t force his way into the XI with Dan Christian preferred batting at No 8 and bowling his medium pacers.
Victoria batted first and were totally dominant on Day 1 fininshing on 2/292 at stumps. Travis Dean and Peter Handscomb were both unbeaten on centuries at the end of the days play. Day 2 started with Travis Dean dismissed on the third ball of the day without adding to his overnight score of 134. Peter Handscomb batted on, being out in the middle for 120 overs, on his way to his maiden double century, finally falling to Steve Smith for 215. Cameron White made another score of note tallying 75* before the Vics declared at 6/510.
Most of the NSW bowlers copped some tap but Nathan Lyon’s figures made for depressing reading 39 overs, 3 maidens, 0-141. His bowling appears completely innocuous at the moment, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he had a long spell out of the national team.
The Blues innings started poorly with Warner and Smith both dismissed cheaply and a stready procession of wickets meant NSW were dismissed for a paltry 225. Chris Tremain returned the parsimonious figures of 18 – 11 – 22 – 4. Scott Boland chipped in with 3/51.
Quick runs were the order of the day for Victoria and Marcus Harris answered the call with 62 off 67 balls as the Vics declared at 2/105 a lead of 391 runs.
New South Wales fared no better in the second innings, rolled for 192. Chris Tremain and Scott Boland were at it again, taking 3 wickets apiece. A comprehensive victory for Victoria, their third outright win to start the season.
New South Wales 0.55
Queensland v South Australia, Gabba
Queensland reacted to the 0-2 start ot the season by making 3 changes. Forgotten fast bowler Ben Cutting was recalled fo his first shield game in a long time. He replaced Mick Neser. Spinner Mitch Swepson was dropped in favour of Jason Floros and opener Matt Renshaw returned after a knee injury at the expense of Charlie Hemphrey.
South Australia were without the services of Dan Worral (back injury) and Joe Mennie (rested initially then foot injury). Kane Richardson and Nick Benton were called up as replacements.
Batting first Queensland lost Joe Burns early for 4. Matt Renshaw dug in, after the first hour of play, Renshaw had just 7 off 56 balls. His half-century took 137 deliveries, but he attacked leg spinner Adam Zampa to bring up his hundred off 190 balls. It was a fine example of accumulating runs, seeing off the swinging ball and moving through the gears as batting became easier. It was 20 year old Renshaw’s 3rd Shield century following two in his debut season in 2015/16.
Usman Khawaja also notched a century, 104 off 137 balls, and Jake Wildermuth and keeper Chris Hartley both contributed 70s as the Bulls declared at 7/475.
South Australia’s leg spinner Adam Zampa copped some stick going for 141 off 31 overs (4.75 runs per over) but did have the consolation of 4 wickets.
South Australia’s batting performance was uninspiring, only wicket keeper Alex Carey provided a innings of substance with 76. For the Bulls Luke Feldman and Peter Goerge picked up 3 wickets apiece. Marnus Labushagne claimed up a rare first class wicket, just his second, with his occasional leg spin knocking over Chadd Sayers.
Quick runs were the order of the day as Queensland looked to set South Australia a fourth innings target. Matt Renshaw started the innings in fine fashion with 50 off just 51 balls, Sam Heazlett chipped in with 62 and the Bulls decelared at 7/228, a lead of 445 runs.
South Australia looked to survive for 4 sessions to secure a draw. At stumps on Day 3 the Redbacks were 2/71. Regular wickets fell in the mroning session and it was Tom Cooper and Alex Carey each with half centuries who looked to solidify the innings. Wickets continued to fall but time was running out and the last wicket pair needed to survive 7 overs to secure a draw. The last ball of the 3rd last over of the day disaster struck for SA as Chadd Sayers was out bowled by Jason Floros with a ball that just trickled onto the stumps.
South Australia 1.08
Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA
Western Australia swung the changes. Batsmen Will Bosisto, Ashton Agar (calf) and fast bowler David Moody (shoulder) were omitted. Mitch Marsh (shoulder) and Shaun Marsh (broken finger) were not avaialble. Adam Voges returned, as did fast bowler Simon Mackin.
D’Arcy Short, a Northern territory born left arm orthodox spinner, made his first class debut as a like for like replacement for the injured Agar.
Tasmania welcomed back James Faulkner at the expanse of Dom Michael. Leg spinner Cameron Boyce was omitted for the trip to the WACA with paceman Hamish Kingston preferred.
Batting first Western Australia started disastorously with Simon Milenko having both openers cught behind. Michael Klinger fell cheaply and the Warriors were 3/15. Adam Voges was hit in the back of the helment by a bouncer from Cameron Stevenson and reitred hurt on 16. He took no further part in the game due to the concussion he suffered from this blow.
Ashton Turner did his best to rescue the WA innings hitting 110 off 144 balls to register his maiden first class century. He was ably supported by keeper Sam Whitemen who chipped in with a half century. The damage was done early however and the Warriors wer all out for 262. Cameron Stevenson, Jackson Bird and Milenko snared two wickets apiece.
Tasmania made an interesting batting order change, promoting Alex Doolan to number 3 and demoting Beau Webster to number 5. The move work, Doolan peeled of his maiden first class double century. This was a remarkable innings mainly because it was completeley out of the blue – in the three years before this game Doolan had scored 1315 first class runs at 24.81 with 1 century. Doolan batted through out day 2: he was 18 not out at stumps on Day 1 and by stumps on Day 2 he was 202*.
Perhaps Doolan was motivated by thoughts of adding to his 4 test appearances for Australia. Unforturnatley his match ended there as he was hit on the head late on Day 2 and after being assessed after stumps he was ruled out for the rest of the match.
Tasmania finished on 402 a lead of 140. Best of the WA bowlers was Jason Behrendorfwith 5/80.
The Wariors top order stumbled again with WA reduced to 4/44 before opener Jono Wells found an ally in keeper Sam Whiteman – both made centuries. Remarkably for Wells, a batsmen who made his debut for Tasmania in 2008, this was his maiden first class hundred. Jackson Bird and Hamish Kingston each took 3 wickets for Tassie.
The Warriors were all out for 345 leaving Tasmania a victory target of 206 off 71 overs. The Tigers did it in a canter finishing 1/209 off 51 overs with Jordan Silk back in the runs with 77*
Western Australia 1.22
South Australia 19.67
New South Wales 16.40
Western Australia 3.89
Tour Match: Victoria XI v South Africa, MCG, D/N
South Africa reduced this planned pink ball day-night 2 day game to a 1 day game. A claytons toss meant South Africa would bat under lights against he pink ball.
The Vics put out a decent line up with Aaron Finch as skipper along with former test player Rob Quiney. Unfortunately for Victoria fast bolwer Jake Reed injured himslef and Sam Grimwade hurt his shoulder fielding. In a strange and eery match at a nearly empty MCG the result was a draw. South Africa did not seriously chase the 250 odd the Vics had made.
Prior to this Shield round a round of Futures League cricket was played.
Queensland and Victoria met at Allan Border Field. Sam Truloff made a centruy and 90 for the Bulls as they easily accounted for Victoria. Leg spinner James Muirhead’s second innings bowling figures for Victoria were 12 overs 2-111. Matt Short made a century for the Vics.
Tasmania travelled to Blacktown and defeated NSW. Ben Rhorer skippered a NSW team featuring Pat Cummins, Garinder Sandhu and Arjun Nair. Cummins had a light load bowling 21 overs across the 4 days returning figures of 21 – 11 – 3 -25.
For Tasssie Tim Paine played as a batsmen batting at number 4 and Ben McDermott took the gloves. There were a plethora of scores in the 40s and 50s throughout the match but the one score of note was 102* to Dan Salpietro batting at 3 for Tassie as he anchored their succesful final innings pursuit of 276 for victory.
Western Australia beat the ACT at Manuka Oval. The ACT first innings featured 5 ducks (including both openers) fortunatley number 3 Jono Dean steadied the ship with 162. Josh Inglis made 121 for WA and Dean Solway (son of Canberra legend Peter) made 102 in the second innings. WA won comfortably thanks to the left arm orthodox spin bowling of D’Arcy Short who took 4/49 and 5/79.
- Travis Dean (Victoria)
- Matt Renshaw (Queensland)
- Alex Doolan (Tasmania)
- Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
- Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
- Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
- Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)
- Jason Behrendorf (Western Australia)
- Chris Tremain (Victoria)
- Scott Boland (Victoria)
- Peter George (Queensland)
The round ahead
Matches start on Saturday November 26
Tasmania v New South Wales, Bellerive
Victoria v South Australia, MCG
Queensland v Western Australia, Townsville