Qld v SA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, day one October 1, 2012

Assured Khawaja leads Bulls

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Day one Queensland 5 for 202 (Khawaja 88) v South Australia
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Usman Khawaja wasted little time showing his potential worth to Queensland, compiling a sturdy 88 in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia as the Bulls reached 5 for 202 on a bowlers' day at the Gabba.

Naming Khawaja's former New South Wales teammate Phillip Hughes in their XI alongside the debutant Sam Miller, the Redbacks were happy to be in the field under cloudy skies on a green-tinged pitch, but were unable to engineer a rush of wickets.

Instead, they spent much of the day watching Khawaja show how to bat in testing conditions, taking his time, cutting and pulling short deliveries from the pacemen, then advancing to attack the spin of the Test spinner - and acting Redbacks captain - Nathan Lyon later on.

Khawaja gave one chance, a difficult catch to Gary Putland at fine leg on 11, but was otherwise assured. He has a particularly strong record against SA, and this innings took his tally to 918 runs at 76.50 in 13 innings.

He looked likely to add to his five centuries against the Redbacks but was ultimately out 12 short, pinned LBW by the swinging mediums of Chadd Sayers, who had also dismissed Wade Townsend LBW in the second over of the match.

The left-armer Gary Putland was another to claim two wickets, including that of the Australia A tourist Joe Burns for 35. James Hopes and the wicketkeeper Chris Hartley will resume on day two with the expectation of further runs.

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  • hyclass on October 3, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @Rahul_Ashok. I suggest you review Khawajas last 10 matches as shown here on Cricinfo. The statistics paint a very different story. His last 6 x 1st class matches read as follows: vs Kent-19 and 56, vs Yorkshire-3 and 110* described by the Yorkshire captain as 'having played and missed more than the entire Yorkshire side', as well as being dropped in slip twice, vs Northants-16, vs Essex-0 and 6, vs Kent-0 and 53-clearly not the man of the match performance your describing in your blog as one of the 2 last games. At this point his average is below 40 and has been in the 20s for Derbyshire. His 71 and 72* -143 runs, or 26% of his season total in one game, lifted his average to 48. His last 2 List A games are shown here as: vs Sussex-0, vs Kent-7. His 37 vs SA wasn't deemed 1st Class. In this match he played against a pace attack with 21 games between 4 players. He was dropped at fine leg on 11 or this blog would be unnecessary. I wish him well but expect real substance before the hype.

  • Sunil_Batra on October 3, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Well said Meety, that should hopefully help Hyclass understand the flaws in his argument

  • Meety on October 3, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    @hyclass on (October 02 2012, 07:09 AM GMT) - whilst you talk about the attack being "threadbare" you didn't mention their career performances. At this point in time Putland is arguably our 2nd best left arm seamer in Australia. Putland has a career average of 26.6, with a S/R of 51.0. The remaining two pace bowling specialists have sub 30 averages & are deemed good enough to keep a Test bowler in George out of the side, as well a very promising Richardson. I see no reason why this SA attack would not compete with the 2nd division County teams, the reality is, it is not often that 20 wickets are taken by a side in normal conditions as you regularly get sporting declarations that are not as common in Oz. Coupled with this, in the County game, there is much more emphasis on bits & piece allrounders, when a side scores 400 over there, it is not uncommon to have 6 to 8 bowlers in the innings. This is proven by the low wickets per match England bowlers have compared to Oz, yet great S/R!

  • Mary_786 on October 2, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    No use trying to talk sense with hyclass, apparently he knows everything already.

  • hyclass on October 2, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    This Sth Australian pace attack has the threadbare total of just 21 games between 4 players to its name including a debutant,a 3 gamer and a 6 gamer. According to this article,this is the kind of sub standard Sth Australian attack against which Khawaja has made almost 1000 runs and 5 of his 10 centuries. Khawaja has just come back from a County stint in these exact conditions. Unsurprisingly,he top scored. Shaun Marsh,about whom I was exactly correct had a similar career record that I highlighted well in advance to a now,well known outcome. Last Feb, I expressed strong misgivings about Khawajas inconsistent trigger movements,likening them to Marcus North's. Khawaja had just won Shield Player of the Year. From that point onwards,he went into a slump that I identified well in advance.The same points were commented upon on Cricinfo by expert commentators during his County stint. Khawaja has a Test average of 29 from 6 Tests.When he succeeds against a class attack,I will cheer-not before.

  • Meety on October 2, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    May as well pick Cutting to bat @ 1st drop at the Gabba v the Saffas! Top 100 in a session! Murdered them, one SIX went onto the 2nd tier apparently!

  • sfarazi on October 2, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    good knock from Khawaja! hopefuly he'll be selected for the upcoming test matches.

  • Mary_786 on October 2, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Well said Rahul_Ashok, bit tough to criticize an innings where the next best score was 40 and given Khawaja lead Derbyshire out of exile in Division 2 and into Division 1 after 12 years. Looking forward to watching Hughes and Cooper bat today.

  • Meety on October 2, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    @hyclass on (October 01 2012, 14:01 PM GMT) - we often disagree on interpretation of info, & I would say that Ussie had a good season in County. I wonder why you had to say "When his performances are worthy,I will cheer,but not until then"????? I mean nobody needs to have wind blown up their preverbial, but wouldn't it have been better to say, solid knock in trying circumstances, hope he cashes in on better days???? I know you'll say that Khawaja's last County knock was chancey, but in the end of the day he scored the runs, just like yesterday against Sth Oz.

  • Sunil_Batra on October 1, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @hyclass you have to be kidding me mate, Khawaja made almost a century when no other batsman could get even a 50. SA send us into bat on a green pitch in cloudy conditions knowing that batting would be very difficult. If you took the time to watch the game you would have seen that 88 was worth double that score. He just came back from a man of the match performance in the final 2 county games which won Derbyshire their first division title in over a decade and got them into first division. Tough conditions and great knock, Give credit where its due mate.

  • hyclass on October 3, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @Rahul_Ashok. I suggest you review Khawajas last 10 matches as shown here on Cricinfo. The statistics paint a very different story. His last 6 x 1st class matches read as follows: vs Kent-19 and 56, vs Yorkshire-3 and 110* described by the Yorkshire captain as 'having played and missed more than the entire Yorkshire side', as well as being dropped in slip twice, vs Northants-16, vs Essex-0 and 6, vs Kent-0 and 53-clearly not the man of the match performance your describing in your blog as one of the 2 last games. At this point his average is below 40 and has been in the 20s for Derbyshire. His 71 and 72* -143 runs, or 26% of his season total in one game, lifted his average to 48. His last 2 List A games are shown here as: vs Sussex-0, vs Kent-7. His 37 vs SA wasn't deemed 1st Class. In this match he played against a pace attack with 21 games between 4 players. He was dropped at fine leg on 11 or this blog would be unnecessary. I wish him well but expect real substance before the hype.

  • Sunil_Batra on October 3, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Well said Meety, that should hopefully help Hyclass understand the flaws in his argument

  • Meety on October 3, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    @hyclass on (October 02 2012, 07:09 AM GMT) - whilst you talk about the attack being "threadbare" you didn't mention their career performances. At this point in time Putland is arguably our 2nd best left arm seamer in Australia. Putland has a career average of 26.6, with a S/R of 51.0. The remaining two pace bowling specialists have sub 30 averages & are deemed good enough to keep a Test bowler in George out of the side, as well a very promising Richardson. I see no reason why this SA attack would not compete with the 2nd division County teams, the reality is, it is not often that 20 wickets are taken by a side in normal conditions as you regularly get sporting declarations that are not as common in Oz. Coupled with this, in the County game, there is much more emphasis on bits & piece allrounders, when a side scores 400 over there, it is not uncommon to have 6 to 8 bowlers in the innings. This is proven by the low wickets per match England bowlers have compared to Oz, yet great S/R!

  • Mary_786 on October 2, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    No use trying to talk sense with hyclass, apparently he knows everything already.

  • hyclass on October 2, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    This Sth Australian pace attack has the threadbare total of just 21 games between 4 players to its name including a debutant,a 3 gamer and a 6 gamer. According to this article,this is the kind of sub standard Sth Australian attack against which Khawaja has made almost 1000 runs and 5 of his 10 centuries. Khawaja has just come back from a County stint in these exact conditions. Unsurprisingly,he top scored. Shaun Marsh,about whom I was exactly correct had a similar career record that I highlighted well in advance to a now,well known outcome. Last Feb, I expressed strong misgivings about Khawajas inconsistent trigger movements,likening them to Marcus North's. Khawaja had just won Shield Player of the Year. From that point onwards,he went into a slump that I identified well in advance.The same points were commented upon on Cricinfo by expert commentators during his County stint. Khawaja has a Test average of 29 from 6 Tests.When he succeeds against a class attack,I will cheer-not before.

  • Meety on October 2, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    May as well pick Cutting to bat @ 1st drop at the Gabba v the Saffas! Top 100 in a session! Murdered them, one SIX went onto the 2nd tier apparently!

  • sfarazi on October 2, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    good knock from Khawaja! hopefuly he'll be selected for the upcoming test matches.

  • Mary_786 on October 2, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Well said Rahul_Ashok, bit tough to criticize an innings where the next best score was 40 and given Khawaja lead Derbyshire out of exile in Division 2 and into Division 1 after 12 years. Looking forward to watching Hughes and Cooper bat today.

  • Meety on October 2, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    @hyclass on (October 01 2012, 14:01 PM GMT) - we often disagree on interpretation of info, & I would say that Ussie had a good season in County. I wonder why you had to say "When his performances are worthy,I will cheer,but not until then"????? I mean nobody needs to have wind blown up their preverbial, but wouldn't it have been better to say, solid knock in trying circumstances, hope he cashes in on better days???? I know you'll say that Khawaja's last County knock was chancey, but in the end of the day he scored the runs, just like yesterday against Sth Oz.

  • Sunil_Batra on October 1, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @hyclass you have to be kidding me mate, Khawaja made almost a century when no other batsman could get even a 50. SA send us into bat on a green pitch in cloudy conditions knowing that batting would be very difficult. If you took the time to watch the game you would have seen that 88 was worth double that score. He just came back from a man of the match performance in the final 2 county games which won Derbyshire their first division title in over a decade and got them into first division. Tough conditions and great knock, Give credit where its due mate.

  • Hippiantor on October 1, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    @hyclass you might want to check Khawja's FC stats in England this year. He averaged in the high 40s ( including games against SA & Aus A) this year though unfortunately only 1 100. I don't see how this classifies as a ordinary season considering it was a very wet English summer.

  • Booniedoon on October 1, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Would have loved to be at the Gabba to watch this knock, will be sure to get to a shield game soon (and hopefully the first test). Khawaja has a great technique, always appears composed at the crease and a pleasure to watch - great to have him out of NSW and into a better environment in Qld. Hyclass you seem to like manipulating numbers to suit your argument. I'd suggest many of Australia's batsmen would have scored a large proportion of their runs against South Oz, particularly in Adelaide. Just looked at his scores from his stint with Derbyshire because I remembered him having a pretty good time with them. He averaged 48 in the four day format, which included some decent knocks against Aust A and South Africa (56*,66,37). Maybe "ordinary" is a little rough. Anyway time will tell, I hope he gets a run in the first test.

  • Paul_Rampley on October 1, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @nthug agree with you it was a fantastic knock by Khawaj and I am looking forward to seeing Hughes tomorrow and to see if he has improved his technique as he will get tested on this pitch. Its all about how he scores on tough pitches not on flat tracks such as Adelaide.

  • hyclass on October 1, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Khawaja has made 5 of his 10 hundreds against this Sth Aus side-far and away the weakest attack in the country for at least a decade. This attack would struggle to take 20 wickets in County second division. The pace bowlers have 21 games between 4 of them and only 45 games for the entire attack. Khawaja's County season was ordinary and so was his last Shield season. When Khawaja is a class player,the evidence will be his results against top quality opposition,not second string attacks.Were his record against this side to be excluded,his career would look very ordinary.As @rickyvoncanterbury so aptly highlighted,class players cash in when they get starts and this is the time for all Test aspirants to stake a genuine claim. Khawaja has just returned from a stint as County pro, playing in exactly these conditions during a wet Eng summer. Its hardly surprising that he was the best equipped of his team mates to deal with it. When his performances are worthy,I will cheer,but not until then.

  • RVC-38 on October 1, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Yeah i hear what evryone is saying, I never seen anything of the game only followed the scoring,, I could tell it was hard work for the batsmen but when he got in well, maybe i underestimated the SA attack ,anyway go ussie well done.

  • Mary_786 on October 1, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Jonesy well said, batting in tough conditions was right down his alley. @Meety agree with you that the 88 today was worth double the score. @Hippiantor with the new selectors I think they will give Khawaja a proper run if he continues his form as opposed to using him as a replacement player like the previous selectors did which was not fair on him. Looking forward to watching SA bat tomorrow.

  • Hippiantor on October 1, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Great see to Khawaja in the runs! I think he is our best batting prospect, and hopefully he can dominate this SS season. If/when he does get picked I hope they look to persist with him unlike in the past where someone ( Ponting, Marsh etc) was always going to replace him

  • Meety on October 1, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury on (October 01 2012, 09:20 AM GMT) - I agree with what you mean, but IMO in this case, I would lean towards what @Rahul_Ashok on (October 01 2012, 10:56 AM GMT) said. It obviously was tough going (2rpo) for most of the day. This is one of those days an 86 is worth double. Assuming QLD get close to 300 - they have something to defend & they can thank Ussie for it. @Jono Makim - I was hoping that due to the Robinson & Khawaja partnership that soaked up a lot of time, that Burns would cash in. There are Baggygreens up for grabs shortly & batsmen like Burns needs to cash in.

  • jonesy2 on October 1, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    absolutely right up ussies alley those conditions were. proper world class batsman in testing situations

  • Sunil_Batra on October 1, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Well said Macca_mat, tough conditions and Khawaja did great, its not about getting runs in easy conditions but in difficult conditions, it was cloudy in Brisbane and the ball was doing alot and Khawaja under the watch of test selector Rod Marsh showed his class out there today. @rickyvoncanterbury I understand what you are saying mate about getting 150 but take into account the difficult conditions and the fact that none of the other batsman even got close to 50 today which included good players such as Forrest and Burns. Great effort Khawaja

  • nthuq on October 1, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Would be interested to see if Hughes can reply to Khawaja's lovely innings in kind!

  • RVC-38 on October 1, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I am watching Hughes and Kawaja close at the moment as well as others , and it was a good knock from ussie today but i am dissapointed a little, he fought hard early tough stuff about 18 of 60 balls or something , the Aussie number 3 or 4 then turns that into 150, do not get me wrong i am a half glass full kind of person, but this is the year and a half to make your name in Aussie cricket.

  • Paul_Rampley on October 1, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Great innings by Khawaja, a player is measured by whether he can score in tough conditions and he did that today in rainy conditions, well done.

  • Mary_786 on October 1, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Well done Khawaja, Qld were send into bat in tough conditions and Khawaja made a gutsy 88, shame he got a close LBW decision or else a big 100 was not far away. Rod Marsh was watching the game as well which was good.

  • on October 1, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Good start from Ussie. A shame Burns wasn't able to push on too. I really want to see these two guys having big seasons.

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  • on October 1, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Good start from Ussie. A shame Burns wasn't able to push on too. I really want to see these two guys having big seasons.

  • Mary_786 on October 1, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Well done Khawaja, Qld were send into bat in tough conditions and Khawaja made a gutsy 88, shame he got a close LBW decision or else a big 100 was not far away. Rod Marsh was watching the game as well which was good.

  • Paul_Rampley on October 1, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Great innings by Khawaja, a player is measured by whether he can score in tough conditions and he did that today in rainy conditions, well done.

  • RVC-38 on October 1, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I am watching Hughes and Kawaja close at the moment as well as others , and it was a good knock from ussie today but i am dissapointed a little, he fought hard early tough stuff about 18 of 60 balls or something , the Aussie number 3 or 4 then turns that into 150, do not get me wrong i am a half glass full kind of person, but this is the year and a half to make your name in Aussie cricket.

  • nthuq on October 1, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Would be interested to see if Hughes can reply to Khawaja's lovely innings in kind!

  • Sunil_Batra on October 1, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Well said Macca_mat, tough conditions and Khawaja did great, its not about getting runs in easy conditions but in difficult conditions, it was cloudy in Brisbane and the ball was doing alot and Khawaja under the watch of test selector Rod Marsh showed his class out there today. @rickyvoncanterbury I understand what you are saying mate about getting 150 but take into account the difficult conditions and the fact that none of the other batsman even got close to 50 today which included good players such as Forrest and Burns. Great effort Khawaja

  • jonesy2 on October 1, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    absolutely right up ussies alley those conditions were. proper world class batsman in testing situations

  • Meety on October 1, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury on (October 01 2012, 09:20 AM GMT) - I agree with what you mean, but IMO in this case, I would lean towards what @Rahul_Ashok on (October 01 2012, 10:56 AM GMT) said. It obviously was tough going (2rpo) for most of the day. This is one of those days an 86 is worth double. Assuming QLD get close to 300 - they have something to defend & they can thank Ussie for it. @Jono Makim - I was hoping that due to the Robinson & Khawaja partnership that soaked up a lot of time, that Burns would cash in. There are Baggygreens up for grabs shortly & batsmen like Burns needs to cash in.

  • Hippiantor on October 1, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Great see to Khawaja in the runs! I think he is our best batting prospect, and hopefully he can dominate this SS season. If/when he does get picked I hope they look to persist with him unlike in the past where someone ( Ponting, Marsh etc) was always going to replace him

  • Mary_786 on October 1, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Jonesy well said, batting in tough conditions was right down his alley. @Meety agree with you that the 88 today was worth double the score. @Hippiantor with the new selectors I think they will give Khawaja a proper run if he continues his form as opposed to using him as a replacement player like the previous selectors did which was not fair on him. Looking forward to watching SA bat tomorrow.