Tasmania v Queensland, Ryobi Cup, Hobart November 14, 2012

Bulls win with a ball to spare

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 5 for 278 (Khawaja 78, Reardon 71*) defeated Tasmania 275 (Bailey 102, Hauritz 3-53, McDermott 3-65) by 5 wickets

Usman Khawaja and Nathan Reardon provided the bookends to a successful chase as Queensland prevailed over Tasmania with one ball to spare in the domestic limited overs match in Hobart.

Sent in to bat by the Bulls' acting captain Chris Hartley, the Tigers were sustained by a century from their captain George Bailey, who was supported by Alex Doolan, Jon Wells and some late hitting by James Faulkner to reach a total that had seemed unlikely at 2 for 8.

The visitors' pursuit was given a sprightly start by Khawaja and Hartley, who raised a century stand before Jason Krejza claimed the first wicket.

When Khawaja departed Tasmania had a chance, and their hopes were raised further when Peter Forrest was controversially given LBW by the third umpire Paul Wilson after the on-field umpire Geoff Joshua had declined Faulkner's appeal.

Television umpires are permitted to intervene and change the on-field decision under Cricket Australia playing conditions in both televised domestic limited overs games and Big Bash League Twenty20 matches. The Bulls coach Darren Lehmann was notably unhappy with the call by his former South Australia team-mate, and was seen venturing to the umpires' room.

Nonetheless, Queensland kept up with the rate, in no small part due to Reardon's clean striking, and inched their way home in the final over.

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  • Andrew on November 17, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    I don't like the type of UDRS used here. Our next crop of players need to be learning the ropes under the International application of UDRS. This style they use makes the players ill-equipped to deal with a review call in a Test or ODI!

  • Christopher on November 16, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    With respect to Khawaja,I thought I'd put his 2012/13 -430 first class runs in 9 innings at 47 in perspective. In terms of 1st class runs this Australian season, the leading run scorer is Doolan whose 528 runs in only 8 innings including 161* against the SA attack, have come at 88 or almost double the ave of Khawaja. There are currently 6 players outside the Test squad averaging more than Khawaja in 1st class matches this season.Three of them also bowl, one is a keeper and two are opening batsmen. In order, they are; Henriques-ave-105, Doolan-ave-88, Haddin-ave-77, McDonald-ave-55, Maxwell-ave-51, Rogers-ave-49. I look forward to a time when Khawaja again becomes consistent enough and has the record to support his inclusion on performance grounds and attitude alone. His knocking on Qld door and asking to play put him in touch with Lehmann, one of the cleverest players to play 1st class cricket. Lehmanns similar starting movements will be of help to Khawaja.The rest is in Khawajas hands

  • Christopher on November 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I have long taken the view that while Khawaja showed early potential, a flaw in his trigger movements that made his positioning inconsistent and not a product of technique,would lead to inconsistency. I first expressed that view when he was at his height with a 1st class ave close to 54 and Shield player of the Year in his keeping. His ave has subsequently fallen 10 runs to 43 validating that view. His century in the previous match was his second in 20 months of 1st class cricket. The views of commentators in England and last Shield season, were that he was in the habit of walking himself front on. I suggested he would need to fix that issue to become consistent. His lack of consistency and poor example running between the wickets and in the field were the unusually, publicly stated reasons given by Inverarity, the head selector, for not choosing him,even as an Aus A player.He was dropped from Tests averaging 29 S/R 37. I regarded Lehmann as a man who could help him return to form.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Nicely done from Khawaja, who is really pushing for a spot in the Aus team. Maybe he can get a game when the Sri Lankans come,as their bowlers aren't as threatening as the saffers, hard to see who he would replace though. As for Hughes, while he has improved some, his list A from is not enough to go by, he needs another season or two to get his first class game sorted before playing tests again. Joe Burns and Doolan are probably climbing ahead of him for a test birth.

  • Lewis on November 15, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Khawaja is doing well, but i would still rate Hughes as the number 1 young batsman in the country

  • Aswin on November 15, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    raerdon is a fantastic talent

  • Rahul on November 15, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Wow Hyclass now i have seen everything, good stuff mate, as you can see Khawaja doesn't have the trigger issues you were referring to. And he is in a real purple patch right now, leadhing shield scorer this year and now in the top 5 Ryobi batsman. Plus there is real urgency in his running between the wickets which shows positive attitude from the young classy left hander.

  • Mariam on November 15, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Well said Hyclass, good to see you acknowledge performances mate.Khawaja is looking very good.

  • Phil on November 14, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    I have been previously critical of Khawaja, but he is definitly proving me wrong. Good to see him get some runs against some tough bowling attacks, that's the only way he will be ready to play for Australia.

  • Allan on November 14, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Agree with the comments, Khawaja looks to have improved his running between the wickets. If watto is not fit then I would get Khawaja in. He is the best shield batsman this year, is top scoring in the Ryobi cup as well and his running between the wickets and fielding are looking sharp. Mark Waugh and Border mentioned yesterday in the one day game against Tasmania that with more urgency in his game this year he has to be the next batsman in line if there is an opportuinity.

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