New South Wales v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, 4th day

Smith guides NSW home despite Ferguson ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 10, 2010

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New South Wales 8 for 461 dec and 2 for 91 (Smith 46*) beat South Australia 188 and 362 (Ferguson 131, Christian 106, Smith 4-112, Hauritz 3-62) by 8 wickets

Steven Smith prepares to delivery, Derbyshire v Australians, Tour match, Derby, 2nd day, July 9, 2010
Steven Smith performed well with both bat and ball © Getty Images

On the day he was guaranteed a place in the Perth Test, Steven Smith guided New South Wales to victory with a solid all-round performance against South Australia at the SCG. Smith took 4 for 112 and then struck an unbeaten 46 to help the Blues to an eight-wicket win, after Callum Ferguson and Daniel Christian fought hard for the Redbacks with twin centuries.

Smith has been named in Australia's 12-man squad for Perth, and the balance of the side means he must play in place of the axed Marcus North. The Blues were only chasing 90 for victory, but Smith's not-out innings will give him a confidence boost after he won a Test place ahead of several other contenders including his team-mate Usman Khawaja, who was unbeaten on 35 when the Blues reached their goal.

Smith had grabbed two wickets on the final day, including the key removal of another Test candidate, Ferguson, who scored 131. Ferguson has two centuries from three Sheffield Shield games this summer and he put together an outstanding 196-run stand with Christian to give the Redbacks hope of salvaging a draw.

However, when Christian was lbw to Nathan Hauritz for 106, it sparked a gradual decline for South Australia. Hauritz ended up with a tidy 3 for 62 from 20.1 overs, which was to help New South Wales to victory but not enough for him to win back his place in the Test side.

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Posted by   on (December 11, 2010, 15:09 GMT)

Interesting that Dan Christian hasn't got a mention as a possible Test player.

Posted by Meety on (December 11, 2010, 7:01 GMT)

I am not expecting the world of him, some tight spells to rest the pacers. A wicket or two would be good. I expect his fielding will lift Oz. With the bat - I am hoping for at least a run a ball 50.

Posted by Something_Witty on (December 10, 2010, 10:17 GMT)

Good on ya Smithy. I'm sure he'll do well against the poms if given the proper opportunities.

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