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

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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  • Vihanga 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.

  • Roo 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...

  • Roo 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...

  • Pad 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....

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Andrew 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.

  • Andrew 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).

  • Sanjaya 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.

  • Jay 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.

  • Mariam 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.

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