Smith and Henriques put New South Wales on top
New South Wales 3 for 79 trail South Australia 188 (Klinger 59, Cooper 57, Henriques 4-13, Smith 4-57) by 109 runs
Moises Henriques and Steven Smith skittled South Australia for a sub-par 188 on the first day at the SCG, but Australia's likely opener for the Perth Test, Phillip Hughes, failed to make an impact. Hughes was out for 4 late in the day as New South Wales reached 3 for 79 at stumps, trailing by 109 with Usman Khawaja on 20 and the nightwatchman Nathan Hauritz on 0.
Hughes is the most likely candidate to replace the injured Simon Katich in the third Ashes Test, although his state team-mate Khawaja is also a possibility. Peter George was the man who removed Hughes, who tried to cut and could only manage to get an edge through to the stand-in wicketkeeper Michael Klinger, who took the gloves with Graham Manou off the ground.
Another man who could be in line for a Test call-up, Smith, also struggled with the bat and was lbw to Ben Edmondson for 8. However, Smith did have an impact with the ball and finished with 4 for 57, having run through the South Australia tail following the demolition job that was started by Henriques as the Redbacks lost 6 for 12.
Henriques got rid of Callum Ferguson for 14 in his first over and quickly added Klinger for 59 and Manou for a golden duck from the next delivery, leaving him with figures of 3 for 0. He also picked up Daniel Christian for 7 and ended up with 4 for 13, to ensure the day belonged to the Blues, despite a solid 57 from the opener Tom Cooper.