CA Chairman's XI v Sri Lankans, Canberra December 6, 2012

Henry, Maxwell pummel tourists

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CA Chairman's XI 4 for 390 (Henry 172*, Maxwell 91, Khawaja 56) v Sri Lankans
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Scott Henry, the young New South Wales batsman, notably outshone the Test aspirants Usman Khawaja and Alex Doolan on a barren opening day's play for the Sri Lankan tourists against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Canberra.

Batting first on a typically flat Manuka Oval surface, the hosts had little trouble advancing to 4 for 390 by the close, Henry batting out the entire day for an unbeaten 172, adding 123 with Khawaja and 125 with a brazen Glenn Maxwell.

Shaminda Eranga was the only visiting bowler to win any sort of tactical advantage on the day, returning an economical 1 for 22 from 13 overs while Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara and the vice-captain Angelo Mathews wee rested.

Marcus Harris hung around for an opening stand of 47 with Henry before slicing Eranga to backward point. Khawaja began slowly before gradually gathering momentum, and was playing fluently until he flicked Chanaka Welagedara to short midwicket.

Doolan was not at his best upon his arrival to the wicket, surviving a handful of appeals before he was bowled by an off break from Suraj Randiv for a mere six.

Maxwell spanked 11 boundaries and two sixes in his 77-ball stay, but was to fall short of a century when he charged at Nuwan Pradeep's fast medium and was bowled.

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  • lukecannon on December 7, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Well played Dilshan. A great knock. I hope he'll perform in this test series well. Probably his last tour to AUS unless he plays the next WC.

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Commented before about Maxwells stats in FC cricket being nearly the same as Andrew Symonds & could easily fill the same role... Though I think his bowling needs to be tightened up a bit - a bit over-enthusiastic (loose) in his approach & could do with some serious coaching from a top level spinner... He fills many roles in a team & well suited to the shorter formats & in time with more experience Maxwell could easily move up to Test level...

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @Sujan Perera :- "manuka oval is a flat track... expect a green top at Hobart"... &Perera32

    You may as well be describing Colombo (SL) to Bangalore (India) - its about the same distance & 2 being islands, 2 inland cities... As for Bellerive - up until last season the pitch has been a batsmans paradise with the highest r.p.o. of the main Test grounds; also there is a new pitch this season, so I expect there will be some interesting developments over 5 days... Sri Lankan & Indian fans should realise that by land area, SL+Ind would only equal 44% of Oz - so yes there is a big difference between Oz pitches in each State & even within each State/Territory...

    Think everyone should take this match with a grain of salt - its a warm-up game with SL missing some of their star players against a team that has never played together... I would really have liked to see at least one more match (4 dayer) added to the tour & an Aust A team playing...

  • PadMarley on December 7, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    So they gave a flat track and only one game for SL to prepare ??? or this sounds like its leading to a fair series....

  • on December 7, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Hi kc69: You cannot be more correct: Mahela and Sanga have lost their heads (concentration) rapidly, in the recent past. Dilshan is not a test player anymore, and, with those hundreds in Sri Lanka just waiting to be given a chance to show what they can do, I don't see why he's in the SL squad.

    Building a good 'squad' is not easy, and until now, it has been a matter of chance for Sri Lankans, who have been lucky so in spite of selfish-interests and too much politics from vested-individuals. The legendary "Ponting's Aussies" did not come by chance: it took a lot of effort and mental discipline by the coaches and the players. It is time the cricketing world took a good look at those Aussies. Mental discipline (and mental-stamina) has emerged as a key factor in determining the current-day cricketer's success.

  • Meety on December 7, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Have to laugh, Sam Rainbird getting a gig after one FC match. Good luck to him - he must be counting his lucky stars! I really do think we should of put an A-side on the paddock, but its real good experience for Rainbird, Head, Whiteman & Solway.

  • Meety on December 7, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Pity for Henry that this is not a FC match, otherwise his career average would be almost 40 at the moment! == == == I think Eranga got better as the match wore on, his opening spell he didn't get the batsmen playing enuff, but at least he was bowling one side of the wicket. Herath is a class up on Randiv, I would of expected that both would of played most of the tests, but Randiv may of played himself out of Test contention. == == == @Sinhaya - I've seen a few comments here & elsewhere from Lankan fans saying their best bowlers are not even touring. Who's missing? (apart from the obvious Malinga).

  • Lankan_Pride1981 on December 6, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Punter should have waited for Tassie test to retire. could have got a hundred easily facing the weak lankan bowling attack.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka will struggle big time. If their young players can perform well then they have a chance, but only slightly. They rely so much on Sanga and Mahela that it's becoming boring. What SL do have in their favour is a decent bowling attack. They need to keep the Aussies down to fair scores of 300-350 in order to be competitive in the series.

  • Mary_786 on December 6, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Well done to Henry. A fifty by Khawaja only ended by a bad shot is much better than a fifty where the batsman gets squared up and caught at second slip. Khawaja's wristy play will benefit us in England, I hope he kicks his performances up another gear or two.

  • lukecannon on December 7, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Well played Dilshan. A great knock. I hope he'll perform in this test series well. Probably his last tour to AUS unless he plays the next WC.

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Commented before about Maxwells stats in FC cricket being nearly the same as Andrew Symonds & could easily fill the same role... Though I think his bowling needs to be tightened up a bit - a bit over-enthusiastic (loose) in his approach & could do with some serious coaching from a top level spinner... He fills many roles in a team & well suited to the shorter formats & in time with more experience Maxwell could easily move up to Test level...

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @Sujan Perera :- "manuka oval is a flat track... expect a green top at Hobart"... &Perera32

    You may as well be describing Colombo (SL) to Bangalore (India) - its about the same distance & 2 being islands, 2 inland cities... As for Bellerive - up until last season the pitch has been a batsmans paradise with the highest r.p.o. of the main Test grounds; also there is a new pitch this season, so I expect there will be some interesting developments over 5 days... Sri Lankan & Indian fans should realise that by land area, SL+Ind would only equal 44% of Oz - so yes there is a big difference between Oz pitches in each State & even within each State/Territory...

    Think everyone should take this match with a grain of salt - its a warm-up game with SL missing some of their star players against a team that has never played together... I would really have liked to see at least one more match (4 dayer) added to the tour & an Aust A team playing...

  • PadMarley on December 7, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    So they gave a flat track and only one game for SL to prepare ??? or this sounds like its leading to a fair series....

  • on December 7, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Hi kc69: You cannot be more correct: Mahela and Sanga have lost their heads (concentration) rapidly, in the recent past. Dilshan is not a test player anymore, and, with those hundreds in Sri Lanka just waiting to be given a chance to show what they can do, I don't see why he's in the SL squad.

    Building a good 'squad' is not easy, and until now, it has been a matter of chance for Sri Lankans, who have been lucky so in spite of selfish-interests and too much politics from vested-individuals. The legendary "Ponting's Aussies" did not come by chance: it took a lot of effort and mental discipline by the coaches and the players. It is time the cricketing world took a good look at those Aussies. Mental discipline (and mental-stamina) has emerged as a key factor in determining the current-day cricketer's success.

  • Meety on December 7, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Have to laugh, Sam Rainbird getting a gig after one FC match. Good luck to him - he must be counting his lucky stars! I really do think we should of put an A-side on the paddock, but its real good experience for Rainbird, Head, Whiteman & Solway.

  • Meety on December 7, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Pity for Henry that this is not a FC match, otherwise his career average would be almost 40 at the moment! == == == I think Eranga got better as the match wore on, his opening spell he didn't get the batsmen playing enuff, but at least he was bowling one side of the wicket. Herath is a class up on Randiv, I would of expected that both would of played most of the tests, but Randiv may of played himself out of Test contention. == == == @Sinhaya - I've seen a few comments here & elsewhere from Lankan fans saying their best bowlers are not even touring. Who's missing? (apart from the obvious Malinga).

  • Lankan_Pride1981 on December 6, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Punter should have waited for Tassie test to retire. could have got a hundred easily facing the weak lankan bowling attack.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka will struggle big time. If their young players can perform well then they have a chance, but only slightly. They rely so much on Sanga and Mahela that it's becoming boring. What SL do have in their favour is a decent bowling attack. They need to keep the Aussies down to fair scores of 300-350 in order to be competitive in the series.

  • Mary_786 on December 6, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Well done to Henry. A fifty by Khawaja only ended by a bad shot is much better than a fifty where the batsman gets squared up and caught at second slip. Khawaja's wristy play will benefit us in England, I hope he kicks his performances up another gear or two.

  • MrKricket on December 6, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Henry was a bolt from the blue - highest score of 81* before this game? A selector may have the magic touch! Pity that Khawaja and Doolan didn't do better though - this is where you stand up to be counted if you want to play Tests. They should all learn from Faf!

  • KhanMitch on December 6, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Was at the game yesterday in the heat and Khawaja looked great for his 50, to be honest it would have been tough batting for him given he found out that his innings wouldn't make a difference today, solid 50.

  • mikey76 on December 6, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Herath will have a lot of bowling to do. SL pace attack is very poor. Clarke could make a triple ton with his current form. Lets hope Sanga and Jayawardena score big to at least make it competitive otherwise it's an Aussie walkover.

  • Chris_P on December 6, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Apart from Khawaja & perhaps Doolan, the other players are nowhere in the mix for national call up so it was good to see the 3rd tier players operating. I have seen Henry a few times & to date has shown a lack of application & patience. I hope for his sake he learns something from this knock. Young Head is someone to pencil in for the future, he was our U19 keeper last year but playing as a batsman this game. Unlike our backup pace bowlers, Sri Lanka appear to have little depth in the pace bowling department, but let's see if they also learn anything form this game, which is the main point for them.

  • No_1_again on December 6, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Another left hand opening batsman in action, well done Scott, credits due where is belongs. Remember ee had other test aspirants on this match.

  • kc69 on December 6, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    I believe the story will not be the same as it was against SA.This will be a real test for Lankan's(Especially Sanga and Mahela)

  • Prema1948 on December 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    The top 4 proven bowlers in the Country aren't included in this touring squad namely;Sachithra Senanayake,Ajantha Mendis,Malinda Pushpakumara&DulanjanaMendis. Apart from S'weera,M'thews,Chandimal,Dimuth,P'withana,PJ'dene,Kulasekera&Eranga;all others are just pilgrims. The performances of 3 seniors away from home have no impact on the Team's success. In their last 25 Test innings Sangakkara was able to go pass the 50 run mark only7 times and Mahela & Dilshan have done that only 5 times. The employing of these reckless risky stroke makers as front-liners in Test Cricket is a big mistake.The Country would gain nothing from having too much faith on these seniors so they have to be replaced with most consistent undermention batters of S'weera's class KhausalSilva,RoshenSilva,AngeloPerera,Chandimal,Bhanuka,Ashen Silva,GayanManeshan,JehanJayasuriya, Kithruwan Withanage, Thirimanne,Dimuth Karunarathna (Stats may be verified in this very website)

  • on December 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    was worried looking at the scorecard at first, but then realized Randiv and Prasad have conceded 222 runs in 38 overs. Both will not play in the test match

  • Sinhaya on December 6, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    First of all well played Scott Henry. I am glad that Randiv got tor a part which will effectively rule him out of the tests. I suggest that our bowling attack comprises of Kula, Eranga, Pradeep and Herath. Dilshan can bowl part time. Hope we get batting practice as much as possible. I also hope that Dimuth Karunaratne will score and Paranavithana will fail. I always feel it is better not to win warm up games recalling what England underwent in UAE last year where they won both the practice games in Dubai but lost the tests 3-0.

  • KingOwl on December 6, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    I am amazed that the pitch fixing that is apparent is not a topic here. I suppose it only applies in India. Give a flat track to practice on and then give a green top for the test match! I think it is fine to do this. We know fear drives such attempts at fixing pitches. But not talking about it in the media is clear prejudice against South Asians.

  • azzaman333 on December 6, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Maxwell is a pretty impressive young player. Just needs to start converting his fifties into genuinely big scores, but that should come with experience.

  • dil333 on December 6, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Glad to see their testing all the other bowlers out, and they're not proving to be very good. Problem is without multiple warm up games Herath and Kulasekera won't get a workout here at all...

  • on December 6, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Yeh Maxwell is the closest thing to an Andrew Symonds. Symo took time to find his feet in cricket, so i think Maxwell is doing quite well and not all his runs are just bashing away. he scored alot more singles and two's then khawaja did. i would like to see more of maxwell and scott henry is a good young kid. i saw him play against the Vics and he got 2 half centuries in both innings. Hope he continues to improve and make consistent runs.

  • nthuq on December 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Looking at the bowlers, I only just realised Butterworth's been picked. I'll be very interested to see how he does on a flat track. Smart move by the selectors to pick him - the only reason he probably hasn't made inroads to the national team by now is because there's a question mark over his ability to take wickets with no assistance from the pitch.

  • Dashgar on December 6, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka will probably make a lot of runs here as the Chairman's XI bowling attack is quite weak. I was looking forward to seeing how Cameron Gannon went until I realised I misread it and Matthew Gale is actually in the team. Gannon is a 23 year old quick in seriously good form, has a career bowling average of 22 (as well as 17 in one dayers). Could be a prospect in the near future in a number of formats if he is the sort that can stay fit for long periods. Too bad he's not playing here and we're stuck with a 29 year old journeyman with a similar name.

  • stormy16 on December 6, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Wonder how the Aus top order is feeling after handling Steyn and Morkel to face up to SL for the rest of the summer. It's a warm up game so not much to take other than confirmation that the SL pace attack has serious concerns. Nice to see Pradeep get a work out.

  • Perera32 on December 6, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    I am so happy Randiv and Dhammika Prasad got hammered, because it's time the Sri lankan selectors recognise they are not good enough to be in the side. Where on earth is Thisara Perera and A Mendis???, they are'nt injured becaus Thisara was fine in the NZ ODI's and Mendis should've recovered by now. Nice to see Eranga doing really well though. A really flat pitch for the warm up and then a Green pitch for the Hobart test I reckon.

  • D-Train on December 6, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    For those downplaying what Henry has done here, regardless of the fact that it is a flat track he's still gone out there and made the runs. Even if you've got everything on your side you've still gotta go out there and get the job done. So well done young man.

  • nthuq on December 6, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Maxwell certainly is shaping up as a long term replacement for Mike Hussey. Pity he lost his head a bit and got out the way he did. Hopefully he improves his ability to make big scores.

  • Dashgar on December 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Maxwell has to be a sure thing for the ODI and T20 sides for Australia this summer, but with 2 aggressive 50s against touring attacks this summer I think he is also a big candidate to take the number 6 Test spot when Hussey finally decides to call it a day. He'll bring the same sort of counter attacking batting, steady bowling a brilliant fielding we got when Andrew Symonds was in the test team.

  • Chris_Howard on December 6, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Scott who? This guy's previous high score was 81!

  • ygkd on December 6, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Scott Henry made a hundred without ever quite looking in control on a very good surface for winning the toss and batting. And batting. So, I wouldn't read too much into the scorecard regarding the tourists. Wild boars from SL's Yala NP will probably fly past the commentary box windows before Sri Lanka persist with the same bowling and the same field-settings in the first Test. One point that should be made is the silliness of a single 3-dayer as a tour warm-up, unless with longer days (eg. at least 7 hours per day), although SL were probably happy the day didn't linger on any more.

  • on December 6, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    manuka oval is a flat track .........hence, expect a green top at Hobart

  • on December 6, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    There is still time and an urgent need for a change of spinner for Sri Lanka on this Australian tour. We don't want to see Suraj Randiv getting 1 for 150 in the Sydney Test do we? There is another spinner who would more likely combine dangerously with Herath to win the Test for Sri Lanka. It's the same one who took 6 for 16 against Australia last time he played against them.

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  • on December 6, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    There is still time and an urgent need for a change of spinner for Sri Lanka on this Australian tour. We don't want to see Suraj Randiv getting 1 for 150 in the Sydney Test do we? There is another spinner who would more likely combine dangerously with Herath to win the Test for Sri Lanka. It's the same one who took 6 for 16 against Australia last time he played against them.

  • on December 6, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    manuka oval is a flat track .........hence, expect a green top at Hobart

  • ygkd on December 6, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Scott Henry made a hundred without ever quite looking in control on a very good surface for winning the toss and batting. And batting. So, I wouldn't read too much into the scorecard regarding the tourists. Wild boars from SL's Yala NP will probably fly past the commentary box windows before Sri Lanka persist with the same bowling and the same field-settings in the first Test. One point that should be made is the silliness of a single 3-dayer as a tour warm-up, unless with longer days (eg. at least 7 hours per day), although SL were probably happy the day didn't linger on any more.

  • Chris_Howard on December 6, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Scott who? This guy's previous high score was 81!

  • Dashgar on December 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Maxwell has to be a sure thing for the ODI and T20 sides for Australia this summer, but with 2 aggressive 50s against touring attacks this summer I think he is also a big candidate to take the number 6 Test spot when Hussey finally decides to call it a day. He'll bring the same sort of counter attacking batting, steady bowling a brilliant fielding we got when Andrew Symonds was in the test team.

  • nthuq on December 6, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Maxwell certainly is shaping up as a long term replacement for Mike Hussey. Pity he lost his head a bit and got out the way he did. Hopefully he improves his ability to make big scores.

  • D-Train on December 6, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    For those downplaying what Henry has done here, regardless of the fact that it is a flat track he's still gone out there and made the runs. Even if you've got everything on your side you've still gotta go out there and get the job done. So well done young man.

  • Perera32 on December 6, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    I am so happy Randiv and Dhammika Prasad got hammered, because it's time the Sri lankan selectors recognise they are not good enough to be in the side. Where on earth is Thisara Perera and A Mendis???, they are'nt injured becaus Thisara was fine in the NZ ODI's and Mendis should've recovered by now. Nice to see Eranga doing really well though. A really flat pitch for the warm up and then a Green pitch for the Hobart test I reckon.

  • stormy16 on December 6, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Wonder how the Aus top order is feeling after handling Steyn and Morkel to face up to SL for the rest of the summer. It's a warm up game so not much to take other than confirmation that the SL pace attack has serious concerns. Nice to see Pradeep get a work out.

  • Dashgar on December 6, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka will probably make a lot of runs here as the Chairman's XI bowling attack is quite weak. I was looking forward to seeing how Cameron Gannon went until I realised I misread it and Matthew Gale is actually in the team. Gannon is a 23 year old quick in seriously good form, has a career bowling average of 22 (as well as 17 in one dayers). Could be a prospect in the near future in a number of formats if he is the sort that can stay fit for long periods. Too bad he's not playing here and we're stuck with a 29 year old journeyman with a similar name.