Western Australia v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 1st day February 17, 2012

Warriors dominate as Haddin fails again

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 2 for 158 (Davis 74*) lead New South Wales 91 (Hughes 28, Coulter-Nile 4-20, Rimmington 4-31) by 67 runs

Brad Haddin's difficult month became even worse when he was out for a duck on a terrible day for New South Wales at the WACA. Shane Watson showed some encouraging signs in his first match back from a long injury lay-off, scoring 21 and collecting 1 for 14 from four overs, but Western Australia dominated the day and by stumps had bowled the Blues out for 91 and taken a 67-run lead.

But it wasn't all good news for the Warriors, who lost their captain Marcus North to a finger injury suffered while fielding. The problem was so severe that North was likely to have surgery immediately and was ruled out of the rest of the match, but it didn't seem to affect the Western Australian batting effort on day one.

They finished at 2 for 158 with Liam Davis on 74 and Adam Voges on 37, having lost Wes Robinson for 31 when he edged Watson's second delivery to slip. Shaun Marsh had also been taken at slip, where Steven Smith snared a screamer off the bowling of Trent Copeland, and his 14 was hardly the kind of innings he needed to press his case for a spot on Australia's tour of the West Indies.

Not that he was alone in that regard. Haddin has had a tough few weeks, fielding questions about his future while Matthew Wade makes his presence felt in the ODI tri-series, and his edge to slip for a fourth-ball duck off Nathan Coulter-Nile (4 for 20) won't have helped his cause. Usman Khawaja was bowled by Michael Hogan for 15 and Phillip Hughes top scored with 28 before he was caught behind off Coulter-Nile.

Watson had been the first man out, lbw to Coulter-Nile, and the wickets just kept tumbling. Nathan Rimmington collected 4 for 31 and the Blues were dismissed in the 45th over, their innings having included a spell where they lost 9 for 31 from 92 deliveries.

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  • Roo on February 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @Blakey... lol... Love the Watson/Davis/Voges/Bradman comment... Yes Watson's 2 innings averaged just 26, which is above his 20 average over the last 12 months... I am amazed that Voges continues to get overlooked, when he has been such a good top order batsmen over many years...

  • Michael on February 18, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    "Shane Watson showed some encouraging signs..." wow, Liam Davis and Adam Voges must be the best batsmen to have played the game since Don Bradman. Their centuries surely put some perspective on Watson's 'encouraging signs'. Or, were the encouraging signs that he didn't break a fingernail????

  • Roo on February 18, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    So they drop Neville (leading runscorer in SS - playing 3+ matches) & Katich... Then they include Watson (lbw after a scratchy 21) & Haddin a duck, in the 91 total... Seems like poetic justice to the NSW selectors... Then their Test quality bowlers Watson, Copeland, Hauritz, S Smith along with the very capable O'Keefe, Lalor, van der Gugten fail to make a dent into the WA top order - S Marsh's (14) failure stands out like the proverbial sore thumb... Davis smashing his own highest score while Voges gets another 150+ score... What does Voges have to do to get an Oz call-up?... His last ODI he made 80n.o. & the highest scorer in a winning team last summer... Voges averages 43.5 in ODI's & is sorely needed by Oz atm...

  • Roo on February 18, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Anyone got news on Marcus North?... Heard he underwent surgery for a dislocated finger on Friday night but no updates... Wow... WA (2/448) thumping NSW (91) with only 10 batsmen - if North cannot return to the field... Utter humiliation... Can Haddin, Marsh do anything to resurrect their careers?...

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    NSW comprise of 7 test players and they get rolled for 91. So pathetic.

  • Craig on February 17, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Haddins true colors are showing at the moment, when haddin had no preassure he batted freely and keeped great, actually looked the part! But the true measure of a great sportsman is they ability to preform under pressure and I'm afraid haddin turns to water in the slightest of adverse situations! CA, it's time to move on from haddin, whether that's wade or Paine whenever he is fit. A benched haddin in the squad can only be toxic atmosphere for the rest of the players, so he shouldn't be on the plane to the west indies!

  • Randolph on February 17, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    No need to worry Brad,I am sure Arthur will carry you for another 2 years no matter how poor you are

  • james on February 17, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    haddin is rubbish, rubbish, rubbish

  • Chris on February 17, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    From 1-60 to all out for 91. What a debacle! I guess Simon is out injured, huh? Time for Haddin to hang 'em up. Bring in his understudy for the next match.

  • Sanjay on February 17, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    This continued scrutiny and pressure on Haddin is good. He needs to be in a position that his spot needs to be earned and not be just a pure formality and a right of his. The arrogance and lack of being responsible is catching up with him.

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