Prime Minister's XI v West Indians, Canberra

Hosts win despite Russell fireworks

The Report by Daniel Brettig

January 29, 2013

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Prime Minister's XI 6 for 333 (Doolan 87, Khawaja 69, Dean 51, Narine 2-32) beat West Indians 310 (Powell 92 retired hurt, Sarwan 63, Russell 54, Faulkner 4-54) by 23 runs

Alex Doolan top scored with 87, Prime Minister's XI v West Indians, Canberra, January 29, 2013
Alex Doolan's 87 was the top score for the PM's XI © Getty Images

James Faulkner's composure with the ball followed up an attractive batting collective to deliver victory for the Prime Minister's XI by 23 runs over the West Indians in an entertaining tour match at Manuka Oval. Faulkner's wickets closed out a chase that threatened at the start via Kieran Powell and found late life through the muscular hitting of Andre Russell.

Alex Doolan's fluent 87 had been the most substantial of a series of handy scores by the hosts to ensure a bounteous total on the friendliest of pitches, Usman Khawaja also showing himself to be in decent touch, after the local batsman Jono Dean had swung lustily from his first ball.

Apart from the Man of the Match Faulkner, Fawad Ahmed's leg breaks and the finger spin of Ashton Turner were important through the middle of the innings, though the PM's XI did not help their cause with some indifferent fielding for long tracts of the pursuit. Powell's innings was ended by cramp and Russell also appeared to pick up a limp before the end of his flashy contribution, leaving the visiting captain Darren Sammy with some issues at hand before the first ODI against Australia on Friday.

If the West Indian bowlers had shown evidence of some cobwebs in the afternoon, the batsmen were more fluent in search of their distant target. As a crowd of 9583 basked in Manuka's new floodlights, Powell and Johnson Charles enjoyed the fast medium of Alister McDermott in particular, and it was a surprise when a too-sharp single to Khawaja had Charles run out with the tally at 83 inside 12 overs.

Powell's innings was impressively sure-footed until he pulled up dramatically with apparent cramp in a calf, the tourists reasoning it better that he seek the refuge of the dressing room rather than trying to bat on without a runner. This offered the PM's XI a way of disrupting the West Indian innings, and the spin bowlers Ahmed and Turner succeeded in restricting the flow of runs, though dropped catches prevented them from doing full justice to their figures.

Playing his first match in West Indian colours since 2011, Ramnaresh Sarwan was conservative as wickets fell around him. Darren Bravo was outsmarted by Ahmed and pouched in the deep, Dwayne Bravo fooled by a back of the hand slower ball from Faulkner and bowled, before Kieron Pollard and Sammy both miscued attempts to clear the boundary.

Russell showed better touch, and kept his side in loose touch with a flurry of hits - including one held expertly by a spectator clad in orange at deep midwicket - that served also to disfigure Turner's analysis. When Sarwan departed to another Faulkner slower ball, this time taken at long on, Russell was on his own, and the chase petered out as the PM's XI steadied in the field after their earlier profligacy.

Ricky Ponting's success at the toss had given the hosts first use of a Manuka surface almost totally void of assistance for the fast bowlers in the way of either bounce or movement. Against touring pace men finding their range after the long journey from the Caribbean, Dean took appropriate advantage with a rollicking innings that left Khawaja quite happy to ride in his partner's slipstream.

Dean's departure when he failed to clear long-off brought Doolan to the middle, and with Khawaja he consolidated the rapid start, the rate slackening only marginally when Narine's crafty spin was introduced to the bowling attack. Both batsmen played attractively without straining for effect, looking neat and compact in the manner of the prospective Test batsmen that they have been considered for most of this summer.

There was a brief wobble in the innings when, after Khawaja's departure, Ponting and Handscomb fell in consecutive balls to Narine, who earned his wickets while twirling down his variations with notable accuracy. But Doolan hung around until the tally was well past 250, perishing to an outstanding snare by Charles at square leg, before Brad Haddin and Faulkner delivered punchy cameos to vault their side comfortably beyond 300, and ultimately the reach of the tourists.

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Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

@ hyclass on (January 30 2013, 07:57 AM GMT) - Khawaja deserves his spot in the Oz team. In the 1st ODI he was brilliant in the field against the WIndies & made a classy innings too!

Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

@Allan_Stephens on (January 30 2013, 13:25 PM GMT) - he is in as a replacement. Sort of bit like the last man standing. IMO - he is much better off playing for QLD to ensure that he is right for the tour of India. @hyclass on (January 30 2013, 05:53 AM GMT) - some of the spit-personalities have claimed on different articles to have been at the Manuka Oval as well.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 30, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

@Hyclass Khawaja has been named in the Perth ODIs for Warner, so obviously he is doing something right, any comment on that. I am sure you will be waiting for him to fail so you can have another spray at him rather then support a youngster trying to make his mark, both him and Hughes are the future of our batting lineup

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 30, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

A left field one. But how about Zampa to go on tour, just for the nets practice for all involved. O'Keefe's figures last week were very impressive and would be the second spinner in my books. Khawaja surely gets the nod to replace Hussey. Give Khawaja a chance to learn how to play test cricket. All-rounder... that's a tricky one. No-one knocking down the door. Maxwell's 4 day game experience hardly works in his favour, and I can't see how Henriques is a better cricketer than Usman, Bailey, Hussey or even O'Keefe. They may all be specialists, but surely you pick the best XI cricketers for the conditions. That probably means two spinners. And Hyclass Khawaja is a great player and would love to see your reaction when he smokes them in India. Like it or not mate he is in the squad tomorrow so get used to it.

Posted by hycIass on (January 30, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

@Hyclass bottom line is that we need six specialist batsmen. Not half baked all-rounders. It would also help if our six specialist batsmen also happened to be the six best batsmen we've got. In that case you have to have Khawaja in there. If we want purely the best batsmen then you'd have to think a line up of Rogers, Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke and then maybe Burns is the way to go. I say Burns because he's on par with any other options but at least he has youth on his side and a big future ahead of him.Having an all-rounder for the sake of it is a waste. We don't need the extra bowler as our bowling is our strength. Our four best bowlers can take 20 wickets. Our batting is our fundamental weakness and needs to be bolstered. And yes Khawaja until the most recent shield game(which he didn't play) was 2nd on shield tally, 3rd in Ryobi, boof deserves alot of credit for it.

Posted by hyclass on (January 30, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

@Rohit_Pande or whichever of the more than dozen profile names you use, you actually are, Khawaja is 10th in Shield Ave this season, 12th in BBL ave and 10th in Ryobi Cup ave. His 12/13 Shield season ave is 39.81. He made 0 & 8 from 39 balls last Shield game. He dropped a catch in this festival match & was outplayed by a club player,ran himself out by not grounding his bat in the ODI in which he made 3 & looked poor doing it. His Test ave from 6 Tests is 29 at the glacial S/R of 39. He has 12 combined innings for Australia for 266 runs at 26.6 at a S/R in the mid 30's. Hardly inspiring stuff.His Shield ave has plummeted from 54 two seasons ago to 43. Unlike most players, he wasn't invited to play for QLD-he had to ask-hardly surprising given his ave of 29 for NSW the previous season. He was criticised publicly by the Chairman of Selectors for his lack of urgency in the field and running, then proved him right. Khawaja can play but needs to show resilience and score hundreds. That's all

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 30, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Khawaja is a superstar and Hyclass you are well off the mark. Khawaja is potentially a star test batsman in the making. I've been watching cricket now for over 30 years and I think I can pick a player with talent. Anyone with any cricket nous can see that Khawaja has that talent.,which makes me wonder about the national selectors competence. Seems to me they've done everything to stop this kid from having an opportunity to prove his case, The Australian selectors have been choosing a bunch of reasonably good first class cricketers ahead of this kid and what do they have to show for it. Australia is hardly abounding with batting wealth at present. If we still had Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Clarke, M.Waugh and Hussey in the batting line up, I could well understand Khawaja missing out. BUT WE DONT. We have a few potentially outstanding young batsman so Khawaja must the man for Mike Hussey in India

Posted by hyclass on (January 30, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

This match is listed as,'Other OD'. That means that it doesn't qualify as either 1st class or as List A. Runs and wickets in this game are deemed to be,'not of standard' and are not included in player stats. A club player excelled. Enough said.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 30, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

@ are right. Khawaja is a risk in the Aust side. His domestic form was also good when he was selected for Aust a couple of years ago but he failed & there is no reason the think he won't fail again. His form in domestic cricket is also somewhat inconsistant. He probably deserves to be in the squad but he should'nt be an automatic selection in the walk-on side.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 30, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Hyclass you are the most negative person I have seen on this site, but i guess you are negative about other players too so i won't bother trying to convince you. We just lost Ponting and M.Hussey and Watson is more fragile than ever. It is obvious that Hughes and Khawaja are miles ahead of everyone else, but the NSP is pushing (through the media) Maxwell, Steve Smith and Bailey as a specialist bat. Nevermind that Hussey is pure class and needs to be replaced with class, which is why Khawaja is the man for the job. Khawaja in some way suffers from the fact that he is such a calm, relaxed batsman (consider his first test appearance). I think people mistake this for a lack of desire or lack of effort or grit when in fact he is a very hard worker as seen from his fielding improvements this year. Also I think that his career choices (England stint and QLD shift) speak against this. And Hyclass unlike you Shaggy076 at least makes reasonable comments, look at his squad list in other article

Posted by hyclass on (January 30, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

@Meety...nice to find a voice of reason. My heart goes out to @Shaggy as well. All the pro-Khawaja blogs on this article are by the same guy with too many profiles now to count.Look at the phrasing. Khawaja drops a catch-apparently he's not responsible-he runs himself out in an ODI by not grounding his bat properly-apparently he's not responsible-his average drops 11 runs in two seasons-it was the selectors of NSW and Australia at fault-he averages only 39 for the Shield season-apparently it's irrelevant-he makes 0 and 8 from 39 in his last Shield game v NSW-apparently it doesnt matter-his Test average is 29 at a glacial S/R of 39 from 6 Tests-apparently it doesnt matter-he's outplayed by a club player in Dean who's never even played at this level-apparently still irrelevant-the pitch is described as impossibly flat and the bowling just off a long plane trip in a festival match-apparently still doesnt matter-he's outscored by Doolan-apparently still irrelevant-and on and on.Its lunacy.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 30, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

@Shaggy076 fair enough, you only saw the last 15 minutes so take my word for it mate that fielding all before that was fantastic including a great run out. We both agree that Khawaja should be in the test team so don't need to go into that more, as for his ODI spot i am less concerned as i want him to cement himself first in test cricket and hopefully the India tour is the place for him to do it.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 30, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

@Fleming_Dean fantastic analysis mate, some people will bring a guy down regardless of what he does but your analysis shows how deserving Khawaja is of the number 6 spot in India. @Shaggy076 take your point mate that Khawaja is a better test player then ODI, but i think he can do both well with of course test being is forte.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 30, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

whoops, Birt wasnt meant to be in that list.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Allan_Stephens; I specirfied I only watched the last 15 overs and he dropped a straight forward catch. It wasnt overly difficult, he just dived above the ball rather than keeping his body low. If he stayed low he wouldnt have even had to dive. I have nothing against him, I think he should be in the test team. He is a better fielder than he was but he is no gun. But as far as one-pday cricket Marsh, Birt, Finch, Hughes, S Smith, D Hussey, Bailey, Clarke, Warner, Fergusson, Watson should all be in front of him. I have always stated he should be in the test side, however his supporters continually sprouting what a player, what a fielder he is are making me dislike him. Be honest with his ability he is a adequate fielder, and talented batsman yet to deliver anything at the highest level deserving of a shot at the test team.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 30, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Faulkner looks significantly better than Henriques but there are still major question marks as to whether he can really penetrate at international level. I think it is a good idea to give him a shot and see how he goes but he may find it more difficult to make it at the test level.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 30, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

Hyclass i think both you and I know Khawaja is the best option for number 6 for the Indian tour. It really is that simple. His fielding has yielded two run outs in his last two matches, but critics like yourself will cling to the tough dropped catch of Pollard. His batting was faultless until a mis-cued lofted drive got him caught out on 69, but critics like yourself will point out that Doolan scored more runs yesterday despite offering up a chance on 44 that wasn't taken. His batting this season has been very consistent, 438 @ 40 in the Shield, 257 @ 51.4 in the Ryobi Cup, 206 @ 41.2, 56 against SL in the Chairman's XI match and 69 against WI in the PM's XI match, but critics like yourself will cling to the 3 in his only ODI or bring up his most recent shield match (where he scored 0 & 8) instead of the one before where he notched 138 on a deck where no-one else passed 50 which included Bailey, Cossie, Doolan, Burns, Paine etc. You see my point.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 29, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

Hyclass time to give credit mate, Khawaja got the second hightest score yesterday. In the ODI you refer to he was unlucky to be run out and should have got one more game in Adelaide. As mentioned by another reader Khawaja's 2012/13 domestic season has yielded 438 runs @ 40 in First-Class matches, 257 runs @ 51.4 in List-A matches, and 206 runs @ 42 in the BBL, not bad consistency across all formats and boof deserves alot of credit for this. But most importantly the bloke has ticker and gets runs when its difficult conditions similar to Waugh, Clarke and those before him, take a look at his 140 against Tasmania where he outscored the Tasmanians on his own a team which included Bailey, Doolan, Cossie, Paine, Faulkner(not bad ehh)

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 29, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

@Shaggy076 not sure what you have against Khawaja mate. Windies were no wicket for 80 odd before Khawaja made a brilliant diving run out, watch his replay. Throughout the night he fielded at point and made some brilliant saves saving about 10 runs on hiw own and the chance you referrered to was a half chance, and lets not forget his brilliant run out of Dilshan in the first ODI, time to give the bloke credit and stop finding excuses to keep him out, seriously mate, what's your biff with him, did he ignore you when yo uwanted a autograph.

Posted by Meety on (January 29, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

@hyclass on (January 29 2013, 13:28 PM GMT) - pretty much my point exactly. Dean slaughtered the WIndies attack, & whilst I think it was sound knocks from Doolan & Khawaja, there was nothing to suggest they should be in the ODI side & any correlation to the Test team is pointless. I was more impressed by some of the clean hitting of Haddin & Faulkner to be honest. I am looking forward to Khawaja playin well in the Shield. @Shaggy076 on (January 29 2013, 21:49 PM GMT) - I would say that the biggest thing to come out of this match, is that Dean will possibly get a BBL contract!!!!!

Posted by lisadb99 on (January 29, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

@bluey - I was there and the Prime Minister WAS at the game. She tossed the coin at the beginning and was there at the middle break on the field.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (January 29, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

I would like to know why Manuka Oval was charging roughly $60 for a ticket when it's such an unimportant game? Gayle wasn't even playing and the SCG tickets in the past have been much cheaper. Secondly, they weren't selling tickets at the end so you couldn't get in if you'd just finished work a bit late and they wouldn't even let people in for free for the last few overs like other Australian cricket grounds do. I would have purchased food etc and helped with the atmosphere to make up for all of the people leaving at that time. Very disappointing from the organisers standpoint and they won't be getting a cent from me until they fix their ways. I hope others join me in protest.

Posted by Marc_Dawson on (January 29, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

Message to bluey: Julia Gillard was present at the match. And why change it to Australia A, the PM's XI is steeped in history and has a great canberra connection.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 29, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

I only saw the last 15 overs of West Indies bat, but cant say I saw sharp fielding from Khawaja. He made a mess of quite a straight forward catch. however, Doolan really needs to look at his fielding as he was quite sluggish. Not sure you can take much out of the batting against West Indies who refuse to pick any front-line bowlers either.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 29, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Great to see punter on the field as usual in full aggression...

Posted by hyclass on (January 29, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

On possibly the flattest wicket in the country, described as,'The friendliest of wickets, completely devoid of any assistance in the form of bounce or movement', the local batsman Jono Dean, who has never played at this level, doesn't even have any details in his profile and is 28, put most of the recognised batsmen to shame by scoring 51 from just 40 balls. That S/R is well ahead of a number of 'claimed Test aspirants.' It was possible as this article suggests, because the pacemen were,'Shaking off the cobwebs of their long journey from the Caribbean.'Nothing of value could be discerned in this festival match. If Khawaja is to to push his claims,he will have to do better than a season Shield average of 39, a career average that has dropped 11 runs in the last 2 seasons to now be 43 & his last Shield game of 0 and 8 from 39 balls v NSW. He made 3 from 11 in his last ODI and ran himself out by failing to ground his bat. I expect 1st class hundreds from him if he is to be taken seriously

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 29, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Khawaja should get the call from selectors tomorrow for the Indian tour based on what we saw today and Doolan should get backup batsman. @brendon yes Doolan was dropped when he was 44 i think, but runs are runs and both him and Khawaja deserve their rewards after fine half centuries under pressure. I am predicitng from what i saw tonight that the Windies will beat us, they were missing Gaylle and Roach and yet nearly chased down 333 with 10 batsman, they will be dangerous.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 29, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Well said Junikamra. I like Khawaja's consistency this summer. He has been averaging just over 40 regardless of the format of the match. He also got himself a half-century (and a wicket) against Sri Lanka in the Chairman's XI match and now a half-century against the West Indies in the Prime Minister's XI match. Ticket to India should be confirmed on Thursday and well deserved. And Rohit yes i saw Deans and i am surprised that he is 28 already, where has he been hiding, good stroke play.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 29, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Was at the game and fantastic atmosphere at the game. Had 9500 folks there with a 10000 capacity so well done Canberra. Both Doolan and Khawaja batted very well though Doolan was dropped in the 40s so he can count himself lucky. I think both guys knew they were batting under pressure and both deserve a spot in the India tour with Khawaja as the number 6 and Doolan as backup. Doolan's fielding wasn't as impressive as Khawaja, he was much slower in the field while Khawaja very sharp with his run out of Charles our first wicket and a badly needed one.

Posted by Thefakebook on (January 29, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Doolan should be elevated to Test level!

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 29, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

Doolan and Khawaja looked great together. Ahmad looks like a good leg spinner. Faulkner will be our best player in the comign ODIs. Khawaja continues to impress not only with his690 but also brilliant fielding to show that he has got this part of the game right now. I am hoping now we will see him in the Indian tour as our number 6 on Thurssday. And how good is this Deans, get him into one of the state squads. For those that didn't watch the game watch a couple of shots from Deans, he looks like a very good player in the shorter format.

Posted by bluey on (January 29, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

it was excellent match, but they should really get rid of Prime Ministers XI & replace it with Australia A. The prime Minister wasn't even present at the game even she is lives probably not even 5-10min away. miss gillard probably had nothing to do with the selection or the match for that matter. i don't think she even likes cricket a lot.

Posted by Junikamra on (January 29, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Another wonderful inning by usman khwaja this guy have a immense talent nd he shows time and time i don't know why he is overlooked by aus management.. on cnsistent basis he give a good start to his team when ever he played.. aus need this type of player to give them good start to set a plateform for middle order.. keep scoring khwaja keep scoring 1 day u will be selected don't mind the injustice that aus selectorz are doing with u just keep performing..

Posted by hycIass on (January 29, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Great finish to the PMs game. Khawaja and Doolan continue to impress me and i think Khawaja can now get ready to get called up on Thursday with a fine 69 today. Doolan's 87 was very good though he was dropped at 45 but still well done. Khawaja's fielding was sharp and And Matthew Rogers has been saying for a while that Khawaja can field and we saw it tonight.Faulkner will be our test allrounder soon as well.

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