|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
Wisden Cricinfo staff
August 17, 2004
Queensland Academy of Sport 310 for 8 dec (Stevens 116*) and 364 for 5 dec (Philipson 146, Stevens 74*) beat Australian Indigenous 367 (Payne 109, Christian 105) and 137 by 170 runs
Craig Philipson was the destructive, decisive influence in a match that seed, sawed and then seed again, before Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) overpowered the Australian Indigenous team. The 170-run victory was misleading, because for most of the first two days, the game was even.
QAS had first put on 310 for 8 before declaring, and the Australian Indiginous team went 57 runs ahead. Three centuries were scored in the two innings, and the only one which had a hint of violence was Lachlan Stevens's unbeaten 116, loaded with 17 fours and three tonks over the boundary. His innings, by far the highest score, was chiefly responsible for getting QAS past 300. Daniel Payne (109) and Daniel Christian (105) then shared a 192-run partnership after the Australian Indigenous team were 2 for 9. Their stand and a few late-order blows put the team ahead, but nothing could have prepared them for what came next.
QAS created a result out of thin air. After losing two wickets for 35, a loss was more than probable. Philipson came in and created such an impact, that by the end of the day, QAS had scored 2 for 222 in 28 overs. He scored 132 in only 73 balls. He was dismissed the next day for 146, after five sixes and 21 fours. In 81 balls, he destroyed Barry Weare (71 in 10 overs), Ian Redpath (49 in four) and Christian (30 in three). Queensland declared at 364 for 5 in less than 60 overs.
In another 40 overs, the match was wrapped up. The Indigenous team crumbled for 137, and there were no more fightbacks. Wickets fell regularly, and though this score was the lowest of the match by far, the Australian Indigenous team was ultimately done in by Philipson.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
In January 2005, Shane Watson made his Test debut. What does he have to show for a decade in the game?
Australia's new captain admirably turned things around for his side in Brisbane, leading in more departments than one
Mohammed Shami bowls a few really good balls, but they are interspersed with far too many loose ones, an inconsistency that is unacceptable in Test cricket
As ever, the West Indies board has taken the short-term view and removed supposedly troublesome players instead of recognising its own incompetence
Ajinkya Rahane was part of India's bench strength for several series before he finally got his opportunity. He's made it count on the most testing tours
A look at some of cricket's most memorable strokes - and their makers
To consider banning it in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death may be knee-jerk, but to refuse to consider the pros and cons of a ban is unwise