NSW v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 2nd day December 19, 2010

Hauritz hundred puts New South Wales on top

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Queensland 3 for 84 (Robinson 46*) trail New South Wales 9 for 458 dec (Maddinson 137, Hauritz 110*, Copeland 53, Swan 4-86) by 374 runs

Nathan Hauritz continued his outstanding batting form with another century that put New South Wales firmly on top against Queensland at Blacktown Oval. And just to remind the Test selectors of his credentials, he added a wicket late in the day while Doug Bollinger picked up two, leaving the Bulls with a massive task in reply to the home team's 9 for 458 declared.

Queensland went to stumps at 3 for 84, with the debutant Andrew Robinson on 46 and Craig Philipson on 5. The Bulls will rue their inability to skittle the tail of New South Wales, after the score was 6 for 270 when Hauritz joined his fellow centurion Nic Maddinson at the crease late on the first day.

Maddinson fell for 137 but Hauritz kept the runs flowing in a strong partnership with Trent Copeland, who made his first half-century for the Blues and was eventually lbw to Cameron Gannon for 53. But the star of the second day was Hauritz, who took 89 first-class innings to post a century, and has now followed it with another in his 90th.

He posted 146 against South Australia at the SCG last week and finished unbeaten on 110 this time, when Stuart Clark declared the innings. The best of the bowlers for Queensland was Chris Swan, who took 4 for 86, with all of his wickets having come on the opening day.

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  • Andrew on December 21, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    I didn't mind Beer being selected for Perth as they pretty much always were going to go with 4 pace bowlers. I think 4 pacers @ MCG & SCG will be a mistake. It seems inevitable that Beer will play @ MCG. The question will be will Hilfy or Siddle carry the drinks? Loved to have hauritz @ #9 or O'Keefe @ #8 instead.

  • Andrew on December 20, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Great to see some Hauritz support here... I pretty agree with all above - I hope that he gets a look in for Sydney.... it seems a great shame what is going on re the Hauritz situation but hey, full credit to Nathan - head down and doing all he can back for NSW. Did you notice the very nice comments O'Keefe made re Haurie, saying he was rather inspirational re his passion and ethic and thinks he should be back in the team! In fact, I would say Hauritz and O'Keefe are the best spin options atm but both don't get a look in. And, as a bonus, not the main factor, but a nice bonus, they can bat really well and value their wickets. The selectors handling of the spinners this season has been appalling. M Hughes should never have been discarded in the panel. And this stupid obsession of having a left-arm orthodox against England... in my mind, you pick the best spinner. Good on you Haurie!

  • Sandon on December 20, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    All in favour for hauritz at number six say I :D

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Why is andrew hilditch and the selectors so arrogant and stubborn. Hauritz should never have been dropped. He has scored back to back hundreds, he has taken a 5 for and is consistently taking wickets, tell me what spinner other then O'keefe that does that. The way the aussies are batting we need all the help we can get down the order. Hauritz should be brought back in immediately. I agree if there is a dispute between hauritz and them then they should no longer be in their positions. I wuould be angry if i was hauritz, like hodge is furious with them. I think its time to bring in new selectors.

  • Andrew on December 20, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Hauritz is averaging 47 with the bat this summer! He is matching D Hussey this season!

  • Andrew on December 20, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    @GlinnMgraw - not really a crazy idea given how hard its been for batsmen domestically this year! Hauritz bags 2 in a row! Good to see O'Keefe picks up 3 scalps, he keeps taking wickets - I think he is streets ahead of Beer.

  • King on December 19, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Hauritz making a late charge for the number 6 position...

  • John on December 19, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Great question Webba, it seems the only reason is that the selectors have some sort of dispute with him. That's the only thing that I can think of. And if that's the case, they should not be our selectors.

  • Luke on December 19, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Why was this guy dropped again?

  • John on December 19, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    It is absolutely absurd that Beer is in the Australian squad ahead of Hauritz. Totally and utterly ludicrous.

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