New South Wales v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, 2nd day December 8, 2010

Nathan Hauritz hundred steers NSW

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 6 for 317 (Hauritz 126*, Khawaja 53) lead South Australia 188 by 129 runs

Nathan Hauritz boosted his chances of a Test recall by registering his maiden first-class century as New South Wales built a lead of 129 over South Australia at the SCG. Hauritz, the offspinner, would rather a bag of wickets but he kept his name in front of the selectors with an unbeaten 126 that pushed the Blues to 6 for 317.

After resuming as nightwatchman, Hauritz combined with Usman Khawaja, another Test contender, in an important stand of 79 for the fourth wicket. Khawaja batted well until he fell shortly before lunch for 53, but Hauritz kept building and was with Moises Henriques (40) when they passed South Australia's 188.

Hauritz, 29, is a strong chance to come back into the Test squad after Xavier Doherty's problems in the first two matches of the Ashes series. He captured seven wickets against Western Australia at the WACA last week, and will be chasing his first victims of this game in the second innings.

He offered chances on 15 and 119 but remained unbeaten after 301 balls, having hit 13 fours and a six. The Redbacks are struggling with Ben Edmondson suffering a hamstring injury and Graham Manou unable to take the field after breaking a toe on day one.