New South Wales v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 1st day December 7, 2010

Smith and Henriques put New South Wales on top

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Meety on December 9, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    Fickle environment, of the 4 genuine contenders for a batting spot - only Khawaja & to lessor extent Jaques put forward a case to be selected - the Hauritz does a Harbajan Singh & knocks up 146. Maybe Hauritz & Johnson should bat in Oz top 6 *& any wickets they get are a bonus! Hauritz century really makes me feel sick (congrats to Nathan), I know he gave a couple of chances - but why couldn't Hughes, Ferguson, Khawaja & Jaques grab a century? @Joshua Burnell - agreed re: Smith - I just note that he is statistically better then Hauritz & Doherty. @Stranded_Immigrant - agreed that culture is important, but so is winning. I always beleive if their old enough they're good enough. I'd like to see Copeland have a go @ the WACA. I am distressed that O'Keefe can't get a go, as he is probably Oz's only really in form spinner at the moment!

  • Mad_Hamish on December 8, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    addressing comments on selection. Yeah Smith took 4 wickets in the innings, Hauritz none, however Smith has only taken 6 wickets for the season and his bowling isn't up to the job in first class cricket yet, before this match he had 33 wickets @ 50 and he's averaging 23 with the bat this summer. Hauritz and Doherty have poor career figures but have been better in the last couple of years. Also check out what Hauritz did when NSW played at the WACA 2-65 & 5-39

  • StarveTheLizard on December 8, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    I would have proposed making some fresh changes to the national line-up earlier in the series. Now, I do not want to see this happen. Our current team culture is not the place for promising players. Let's replace as few as possible and hope that the brains trust doesn't mess them up too much.

  • dummy4fb on December 8, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Smith isn't up to it as a bowler but could perhaps bat 7 and bowl along with o'keefe at 8, as for the batting Shaun Marsh and Khaaja are a chance. The big sadness in these positions is poor Andrew McDonald that broken bone stripped hime of a test spot for mine he would have been perfect as well as being in great form. Bowling well Cameron and Copeland are the form bowlers so mayby one of them gets a run

  • Rooboy on December 8, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    And Hauritz bats the whole day ... coulda done with some of that yesterday!!!

  • HatsforBats on December 8, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Copeland may have only taken 1 wicket, but he went at less than 2 an over. That's the job done.

  • Fareen on December 7, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    For a change...Copeland only took 1 wicket! This guy was on a fire!!!

  • Meety on December 7, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    One more comment - as it stands - Smith has a better first class bowling statistics then Doherty, & is not far behind Hauritz. Smith @ 8 in the batting line up would be good, as long as he can bowl tight, that is something I am not totally convinced of, although I think he is the better wicket-taking option!

  • Meety on December 7, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Well it's interesting that with more opportunities to break into the Oz team in decades, the players most likely to be next in line are faltering! Jaques missed an opportunity to put his name forward, as did Hughes. This is Khawaja's big chance to put a case forward. Shame that Smith failed with the bat, why oh why is O'Keefe not playing? I think he needs to go play for SA or WA to get a go. The other dissappointing thing is Copeland didn't put a giant foot forward - although his figures were respectable. George did okay to remove Hughes. @stuartk319 - I too will be following the scores closely! @longdonkey - hopefully we don't need to doctor the pitch - I am hoping it is a naturally fast bouncy strip. That being said - the Poms do have tall timber & may enjoy it also!!!!!

  • longdonkey on December 7, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Yes it is obvious who to choose Shaun Marsh, play 4 quicks and doctor up the pitch so it plays fast ... real fast.

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