Australia news July 5, 2012

Khawaja excited at working with Lehmann

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Usman Khawaja has explained his decision to move to Queensland, declaring that his enjoyment of the game had ebbed away during his last summer with New South Wales. Khawaja also said that he was excited by the prospect of working with the Queensland coach Darren Lehmann, who steered the Bulls to the Sheffield Shield title in his first season in charge.

Queensland have added three former Australia representatives to their squad for 2012-13: Khawaja, the offspinner Nathan Hauritz and the troubled batsman Luke Pomersbach. Although he has lost his Cricket Australia contract and has slipped behind others in the Test batting queue, Khawaja is the Bulls import with the most immediate prospects of an international recall.

But his aims at the start of the summer will be much simpler than regaining his baggy green. After the Blues finished second-last in the Sheffield Shield with only one win last season, and Khawaja failed to score a first-class half-century after losing his Test position in December, more than anything he wants to enjoy playing the game again.

"It was a tough year for everyone at New South Wales," Khawaja told the Daily Telegraph. "It got to a point where I wasn't enjoying my cricket as much. I need to be somewhere that will allow me to enjoy my cricket a little bit more. That was the catalyst for my move. Cricket New South Wales over the years has been an excellent organisation so it was a pretty tough decision."

Khawaja said working with Lehmann was particularly enticing, and he was hopeful that as a prolific former domestic and international batsman Lehmann would be the perfect coach to help him find his way again.

"I felt last year at New South Wales that by the end of the season I was somewhere I didn't want to be in terms of my cricket progress," Khawaja said. "To be under Darren Lehmann is a real plus. Boof [Lehmann] can't help me when I'm on the field. I just have to go out there and score runs. But off the field he's had so much experience in different situations.

"I've spoken to him a few times and I like the way he thinks about cricket, I like the way he goes about being a coach. He can be hard when he wants to and quite relaxed when he wants to. He's quite a confident bloke and just watching him bat over the years, I think he's got a lot to offer in terms of how to deal with different situations on and off the field. I'll be picking his brain and learning from him."

Khawaja said there were aspects of his game that needed work, but he was confident that he could regain his best form with the Bulls. He has spent the past month playing Twenty20 cricket with Derbyshire and when the county starts playing first-class cricket again later this month it will give Khawaja valuable opportunities to impress the national selectors in English conditions ahead of the 2013 Ashes.

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  • ozwriter on July 8, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    good move khawaja, moving to queensland.. great. state player of the year 2010. as clarke and inverarity have hinted, look forward to seeing usman in the australian team if scores runs in 50 over+ formats. T20 has nothing to do with tests

  • Meety on July 7, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @Hippiantor - maybe right. Dunno if the Watto as opener ploy is finished yet. If he does bat @#3, then that would mean possibly Rohrer out of a full strength side. Anyways, when not at full strength, I think there are quite a few vacancies.

  • Meety on July 6, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @RauhlF - didn't say he would definately be a star anytime recently. Thought very highly of him 18mths ago. I was just merely putting what I thought was some context to a comment. @LewisEdwards - mate dunno about your comments on Khawaja's fielding. There was an article on this site about it, there were comments during several test matches he participated in. There is a (right or wrong dunno) thought - he doesn't put enough effort into fielding as he should.

  • Paul_Rampley on July 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    The comments on Khawaja being one of the best young batsman in Australia are spot on. Contrary to what some bloggers make up on him, he has no fielding issues and is one of the better fielders around as seen in the big bash last season. And coaching staff in CA confirmed this as well. And he is one of the better players of swing bowling around. World class player who will again be the state player of the year as he was in 2010.

  • Sunil_Batra on July 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @hyclass you need to go get some rest, Khawaja is playing the shorter format in county and none of the Aussie players are scoring big in that format. Agree with Meety and RandyOz on that Khawaja will be a star this season and will again be the state player of the year as he was in 2010. World class batsman is correctly used for Khawaja who is all class. Was very unlucky to be dropped but will come back for sure this season for Australia

  • Mary_786 on July 6, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    @hyclass give me a break mate, Khawaja is playing 20 20 since he arrived in England and that's not his preferred format. Wait till he plays the longer format in county before you pass judgement. Great to see Khawaja come under boof, he will do well under him. Also good to see Clarke give guidance to young players such as Khawaja and to get him to focus on runs only. I think Khawaja will have a big season and will be one of the leading shield scorers for this year. Can't wait to see him back in the Aussie side. He is a great inspiration for the Sub continent community

  • hyclass on July 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Meety...its 15 innings since Khawaja passed 36,regardless of the rest of the teams score.While its true that his 7 games for Derbyshire have been T20,he is the overseas professional and is playing as poorly for them as he has for NSW,rendering his comments about being unhappy re NSW ideology far less relevant. The word class has been too freely bandied about in recent times and has been used to describe Marsh,Khawaja and Watson.Interestingly,the results suggest that'class' is the word most used when results are not forthcoming. As for Lehmann, I know that's how he works because when he played for Victoria,I attended a training camp at Bat and Ball in Dudley St West Melbourne with him. I had the opportunity to bowl and bat against him and talk to him about his approach to the game.I doubt that anyone who has observed him playing would regard him as a technician. His approach is based on having a complete understanding of how and when to attack or defend under varied conditions.

  • welly1 on July 6, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Had to get away from Stuart, he does not have the skills or the communication required to be a coach, at best he should be taking a 2nd grade club side!

  • Meety on July 6, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    @hyclass - re: Lehman well I 'spose the proof is in the pudding! Whether he develops intelligent plans or runs on good hunches, is something I wouldn't know! Regarding Khawaja, I make it only 7 games for Derbyshire, (dunno if you are inc last yr, although I'm fairly sure he hit a ton towards the end of that stint) - ALL his 7 innings were in T20s, & 2 of his knocks were the highest score with a 3rd knock being 1 shy of the highest score. None of the other Derbyshire batsmen appear to be having a great run in the series, so I think that is relevant additional info!

  • Hippiantor on July 6, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    All the comments saying Khawaja is struggling with Derbyshire aren't really fair. He has only played T20 so far this year which is his worst format, and to be honest I couldn't care . I think he finished his FC stint with them last year strongly with a 100. Looking forward to him sorting out the technical problems that hyclass alluded to and getting back to making runs in FC cricket.

  • ozwriter on July 8, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    good move khawaja, moving to queensland.. great. state player of the year 2010. as clarke and inverarity have hinted, look forward to seeing usman in the australian team if scores runs in 50 over+ formats. T20 has nothing to do with tests

  • Meety on July 7, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @Hippiantor - maybe right. Dunno if the Watto as opener ploy is finished yet. If he does bat @#3, then that would mean possibly Rohrer out of a full strength side. Anyways, when not at full strength, I think there are quite a few vacancies.

  • Meety on July 6, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @RauhlF - didn't say he would definately be a star anytime recently. Thought very highly of him 18mths ago. I was just merely putting what I thought was some context to a comment. @LewisEdwards - mate dunno about your comments on Khawaja's fielding. There was an article on this site about it, there were comments during several test matches he participated in. There is a (right or wrong dunno) thought - he doesn't put enough effort into fielding as he should.

  • Paul_Rampley on July 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    The comments on Khawaja being one of the best young batsman in Australia are spot on. Contrary to what some bloggers make up on him, he has no fielding issues and is one of the better fielders around as seen in the big bash last season. And coaching staff in CA confirmed this as well. And he is one of the better players of swing bowling around. World class player who will again be the state player of the year as he was in 2010.

  • Sunil_Batra on July 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @hyclass you need to go get some rest, Khawaja is playing the shorter format in county and none of the Aussie players are scoring big in that format. Agree with Meety and RandyOz on that Khawaja will be a star this season and will again be the state player of the year as he was in 2010. World class batsman is correctly used for Khawaja who is all class. Was very unlucky to be dropped but will come back for sure this season for Australia

  • Mary_786 on July 6, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    @hyclass give me a break mate, Khawaja is playing 20 20 since he arrived in England and that's not his preferred format. Wait till he plays the longer format in county before you pass judgement. Great to see Khawaja come under boof, he will do well under him. Also good to see Clarke give guidance to young players such as Khawaja and to get him to focus on runs only. I think Khawaja will have a big season and will be one of the leading shield scorers for this year. Can't wait to see him back in the Aussie side. He is a great inspiration for the Sub continent community

  • hyclass on July 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Meety...its 15 innings since Khawaja passed 36,regardless of the rest of the teams score.While its true that his 7 games for Derbyshire have been T20,he is the overseas professional and is playing as poorly for them as he has for NSW,rendering his comments about being unhappy re NSW ideology far less relevant. The word class has been too freely bandied about in recent times and has been used to describe Marsh,Khawaja and Watson.Interestingly,the results suggest that'class' is the word most used when results are not forthcoming. As for Lehmann, I know that's how he works because when he played for Victoria,I attended a training camp at Bat and Ball in Dudley St West Melbourne with him. I had the opportunity to bowl and bat against him and talk to him about his approach to the game.I doubt that anyone who has observed him playing would regard him as a technician. His approach is based on having a complete understanding of how and when to attack or defend under varied conditions.

  • welly1 on July 6, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Had to get away from Stuart, he does not have the skills or the communication required to be a coach, at best he should be taking a 2nd grade club side!

  • Meety on July 6, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    @hyclass - re: Lehman well I 'spose the proof is in the pudding! Whether he develops intelligent plans or runs on good hunches, is something I wouldn't know! Regarding Khawaja, I make it only 7 games for Derbyshire, (dunno if you are inc last yr, although I'm fairly sure he hit a ton towards the end of that stint) - ALL his 7 innings were in T20s, & 2 of his knocks were the highest score with a 3rd knock being 1 shy of the highest score. None of the other Derbyshire batsmen appear to be having a great run in the series, so I think that is relevant additional info!

  • Hippiantor on July 6, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    All the comments saying Khawaja is struggling with Derbyshire aren't really fair. He has only played T20 so far this year which is his worst format, and to be honest I couldn't care . I think he finished his FC stint with them last year strongly with a 100. Looking forward to him sorting out the technical problems that hyclass alluded to and getting back to making runs in FC cricket.

  • Hippiantor on July 6, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    @Meety in regards to the NSW I would have thought Watson would want to bat at 3 now that he is n.o. 3 in Tests and that Maddinson would be the other opener.

  • __PK on July 5, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    There's only one thing you can absolutely guarantee will come out of this move. The Sydney media will, all of a sudden, stop calling Khawaja the future of Australian cricket and calling for his immediate reinstatement.

  • MrPud on July 5, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Darren Lehmann should be Aussie coach

  • zenboomerang on July 5, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    lol... Timm van der Gugten... Guess he will never get to your supposedly great FC records... Was Bradman ever as good as you?... You will have to give us your blog website address... lol...

  • Paul_Rampley on July 5, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Agree with the comments on Khawaja.He has been an inspiration to all the sub continent youngsters trying to make it for Australia. My kids love watching him play and I hope that he is able to get back in the Aussie side soon. Great ambassador for our wider community not only in Sydney and Melbourne but all of Australia.

  • Mary_786 on July 5, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    I am predicting that he will again be the state player of the year in shield cricket like he was in 2010. Under Boof he will shine and playing at the GABBA which is a touger pitch will only improve him. Great to see Khawaja come under boof, he will do well under him. Also good to see Clarke give guidance to young players such as Khawaja and to get him to focus on runs only. I think Khawaja will have a big season and will be one of the leading shield scorers for this year. Can't wait to see him back in the Aussie side. He is a great inspiration for the Sub continent community

  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    CORRECTION - VanderHugenburn (can't spell his name) has actually signed with Tassie so cross him off my post if it got thru. My correction is so that a certain somebody can relax - you know who you are!!!!!!!

  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @Abhisek Bharadwaj - maybe NSW will struggle - but here's what they have left @ full strength - 1, Watson, 2. Warner, 3. Clarke, 4. Smith, 5. Rohrer, 6. Neville/Haddin, 7. Henriques, 8. O'Keefe, 9. Cummins (did say at full strength), 10. Starc, 11. Copeland - 12th: Bollinger, 13th Hazlewood, Tim VanGuhten (forgot how to spell! - he's been doing well over in the UK). Except for Rohrer, they're all internationals (counting Neville as an Int. player as he toured the WIndies). Of course they will only be at full strength for 2 to 4 games.

  • hyclass on July 5, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @RandyOz...It would earn you a considerable amount of respect,were you to give as much attention to reading what I write as I do in the hours spent researching and writing it.Cricinfo is replete with articles by me discussing CA creating a term I coined,'The technique myth',to undermine and drop players.As recently as the WI tour,I pointed out that Chanderpaul,whose game mocks the text book and who averages 50 in Test cricket,was the leading run scorer on either side v Australia,flying in the face of the value of technique vs game plan.I used examples like Gillespie's 201* to underscore how simply having an attacking plan,a defensive plan & the stamina to execute it will bring results.I've talked extensively about how difficult it is to replicate the techniques of great players,simply because emulating techniques guarantees nothing.My articles on Hughes are that he was forced to adopt a technique based game as opposed to his own game that looks to swiftly wrest the advantage by scoring

  • hyclass on July 5, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @RandyOz...Where in this article is Hughes mentioned?Where in my blog am I suggesting a technical solution? I clearly state that Lehmann is an outstanding coach BECAUSE he doesn't get mired in technical issues & focuses on developing shrewd game plans.I continue to relay the same message & have done so for the entire time I've blogged on this site.To succeed,a batsmen needs & attacking & defensive plan & stamina.Overly focusing on technique detracts from a batsman's ability to mentally impose themselves on the ball & bowler-the quickest path to success.In Hughes case,I stated that no-one SHOULD have interfered with his original game BECAUSE it was built around scoring areas rather than a text book.I also made it clear that no advance of his original game & style would be an improvement as his last 2 years have demonstrated.The uncertainty in Khawaja's trigger movements are in all probability,the result of a lapsed scoring plan that needs refreshing or improving to help him focus.

  • RandyOZ on July 5, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @hyclass - you contradict yourself when you say technique is important for one player, but not another. Which is it? Hughes technique doesn't matter, but Khawaja's does?

  • Guthers007 on July 5, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    He has done nothing for Derbyshire since he has been there. In leaving NSW, he has left a sinking ship and of course he wasn't enjoying his cricket; he did nothing last season and neither did NSW. Such a stupid comment to make! I don't think Khawaja will be playing for Australia again for a long, long time.

  • hyclass on July 5, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @Meety..I think Lehmann's strong suit is in developing intelligent game plans for each player and helping them to impose themselves on the ball and bowler rather than miring down in technical issues. I rate him one of the shrewdest judges in International cricket and a formidable tactician.I observed well over a year ago that Khawaja had developed several walking and reaching trigger movements that left him open to inconsistency outside off stump.Those same observations have continued to be made by judges of international reputation in England.I'm not sure what Derbyshire make of his comments as he hasnt passed 36 in his last 15 innings which suggests that he isnt enjoying cricket there either.Whether he succeeds is in his own hands and there's enough in his early record to suggest he should be perservered with,but I believe that his next 12 months are pivotal despite his youth,given his extreme lack of form over the last 18 months.If he struggles with movement,the Gabba will reveal it

  • on July 5, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    "...steered the bulls..." Very good.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on July 5, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    I still think Australian selectors were a bit unfair to him , he is essentially a top order player , giving him a few chances lower down the order and dropping him was not such a bright idea , hope he comes back strong

  • RandyOZ on July 5, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    He will absolutely star up in QLD, as long as the Australian selectors don't muck him around AGAIN.

  • on July 5, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Ussie has been identified by the Australian brains trust as having an attitude problem, particularly in regard to working on his fielding. Hope he "enjoys" his cricket in Brisbane because he is lazy and won't exactly train the house down.I agree with RHGC, NSW will have plenty of players to choose but why won't the Bulls pick their own players. Surely there's plenty of local talent up there???

  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - further more, assuming that Watto, Pup, & Warner are on National duties, that still leaves NSW with an openers slot up for grabs even with Maddinson, KP & Henriques playing. I re-read your comment & I really am starting to wonder if you have just performed a big "Gotcha" moment on me?

  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - the players leaving include Hauritz, Katich, Casson & Jaques as well. Mate, I had to re-read what you said as I couldn't believe it the 1st time! Henriques is a good allrounder & stats-wise is about @ CHristian's FC level, & is only 24, but mate his career FC stats need to improve a fair bit to match Hughes or Khawaja's performances for NSW. Patterson is a rookie & MAY well tear it up over the next year or two OR he may go the way a lot of our up & coming batsmen have of late & flounder, there's no guarantee he'll start the season for NSW. Maddinson is a top shelf talent - but he has certainly not outperformed Hughes or Khawaja in is one or two yrs of cricket. NSW certainly have plenty of options, but how they piece them all together will be the trick - for example, will SO'K play as a spinner, allrounder, batsmen who bowls? Will the young leggies get more of a go (I'd assume yes), will Bolly get back some form? I know a full strength NSW can play 10 Inter's

  • on July 5, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    @RyanHarris : I assume that u r jokin when u say Patterson and Maddinson ll be able to fill up the vacancies created by Hughes and Khawaja. Those 2 had their shortcomings at intl level but just look at their FC record, nothing short of phenomenal...Patterson has done nthng f note after his debut century even at club level n Maddinson kind f faded away last season after the fab opening season...ne team ll defnitely players f Hughes and Khawaja quality...NSW ll defnitiely struggle dis tym unless sm unknown guys cn step up, deir setup nw completely mirrors d Aussies setup, 2 many fast bowlers, 2 few batsmen..

  • AKS286 on July 5, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    a very ordinary overrated player who can't bat in ODIs, T20 is a dream, & TEST. some special fans overate him.

  • tasliskr on July 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    come on usie...show what you can do in cricketing world!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ramsespd on July 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    I find the current exodus from NSW cricket very interesting. I've said for years that their coaching structures and player development has been second rate. Quite a few players who were overlooked at NSW have made the move to other states only to improve out of sight and make the jump to International level. Just look at Cowan, Forrest, Hastings, Krezja etc. Where as the players who took their spots in the side floundered Hughes, Henriques, Smith and to an extend Khawaja. I look forward to him spending time with a real batting coach and dominating and getting back to International cricket as the batsman he should be.

  • satish619chandar on July 5, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    He is a guy who didn't make runs much but didn't look uncomfortable when at the crease.. I would prefer him to play more in top order and give a try.. I presume the no.3 slot is still vacant.. Cowan/Watson/Warner, Khawaja, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Wade, 4 bowlers.. This would give him a comfort zone being stuffed in between attacking openers and a experienced middle order..

  • zenboomerang on July 5, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    It will be interesting to watch Usie progress at the Gabba this coming summer, though not sure how all can fit into the team... Guess Usie will open now that Broad has gone?... Townsend, Khawaja, Forrest, Burns, Lynn, Pomersbach, for the 6 batters - though Hopes normally bats at no.6 so one has to miss out - some good headaches for Boof & Hopes & reasonable backups in Robinson & Reardon... The bowling looks good, with some very useful backups...

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 5, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Lehmann is the best coach in cricket alongwith Andy Flower. Although am a bulls fan, i believe boof will b better off coaching an international team. @Meety:What holes are you talking about in NSW? Henriques , Patterson and Maddinson are much more affordable than a Flashy Hughes and A Defensive but skillless Khawaja. You probably dont know that Khawaja is a horrible player of swing bowling and spin bowling

  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Wish him all the best. It would solve some short to mid term issues in Oz cricket if he is back to his best. Read in a paper the other day the NSW coach was saying he had the support of the players, in sport, often when a coach has to come out & say that type of thing, he probably doesn't. It'll be interesting to see how NSW plug up the holes in their roster.

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  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Wish him all the best. It would solve some short to mid term issues in Oz cricket if he is back to his best. Read in a paper the other day the NSW coach was saying he had the support of the players, in sport, often when a coach has to come out & say that type of thing, he probably doesn't. It'll be interesting to see how NSW plug up the holes in their roster.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 5, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Lehmann is the best coach in cricket alongwith Andy Flower. Although am a bulls fan, i believe boof will b better off coaching an international team. @Meety:What holes are you talking about in NSW? Henriques , Patterson and Maddinson are much more affordable than a Flashy Hughes and A Defensive but skillless Khawaja. You probably dont know that Khawaja is a horrible player of swing bowling and spin bowling

  • zenboomerang on July 5, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    It will be interesting to watch Usie progress at the Gabba this coming summer, though not sure how all can fit into the team... Guess Usie will open now that Broad has gone?... Townsend, Khawaja, Forrest, Burns, Lynn, Pomersbach, for the 6 batters - though Hopes normally bats at no.6 so one has to miss out - some good headaches for Boof & Hopes & reasonable backups in Robinson & Reardon... The bowling looks good, with some very useful backups...

  • satish619chandar on July 5, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    He is a guy who didn't make runs much but didn't look uncomfortable when at the crease.. I would prefer him to play more in top order and give a try.. I presume the no.3 slot is still vacant.. Cowan/Watson/Warner, Khawaja, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Wade, 4 bowlers.. This would give him a comfort zone being stuffed in between attacking openers and a experienced middle order..

  • Ramsespd on July 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    I find the current exodus from NSW cricket very interesting. I've said for years that their coaching structures and player development has been second rate. Quite a few players who were overlooked at NSW have made the move to other states only to improve out of sight and make the jump to International level. Just look at Cowan, Forrest, Hastings, Krezja etc. Where as the players who took their spots in the side floundered Hughes, Henriques, Smith and to an extend Khawaja. I look forward to him spending time with a real batting coach and dominating and getting back to International cricket as the batsman he should be.

  • tasliskr on July 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    come on usie...show what you can do in cricketing world!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AKS286 on July 5, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    a very ordinary overrated player who can't bat in ODIs, T20 is a dream, & TEST. some special fans overate him.

  • on July 5, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    @RyanHarris : I assume that u r jokin when u say Patterson and Maddinson ll be able to fill up the vacancies created by Hughes and Khawaja. Those 2 had their shortcomings at intl level but just look at their FC record, nothing short of phenomenal...Patterson has done nthng f note after his debut century even at club level n Maddinson kind f faded away last season after the fab opening season...ne team ll defnitely players f Hughes and Khawaja quality...NSW ll defnitiely struggle dis tym unless sm unknown guys cn step up, deir setup nw completely mirrors d Aussies setup, 2 many fast bowlers, 2 few batsmen..

  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - the players leaving include Hauritz, Katich, Casson & Jaques as well. Mate, I had to re-read what you said as I couldn't believe it the 1st time! Henriques is a good allrounder & stats-wise is about @ CHristian's FC level, & is only 24, but mate his career FC stats need to improve a fair bit to match Hughes or Khawaja's performances for NSW. Patterson is a rookie & MAY well tear it up over the next year or two OR he may go the way a lot of our up & coming batsmen have of late & flounder, there's no guarantee he'll start the season for NSW. Maddinson is a top shelf talent - but he has certainly not outperformed Hughes or Khawaja in is one or two yrs of cricket. NSW certainly have plenty of options, but how they piece them all together will be the trick - for example, will SO'K play as a spinner, allrounder, batsmen who bowls? Will the young leggies get more of a go (I'd assume yes), will Bolly get back some form? I know a full strength NSW can play 10 Inter's

  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - further more, assuming that Watto, Pup, & Warner are on National duties, that still leaves NSW with an openers slot up for grabs even with Maddinson, KP & Henriques playing. I re-read your comment & I really am starting to wonder if you have just performed a big "Gotcha" moment on me?