Qld v SA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 2nd day October 2, 2012

Hughes stands tall after Cutting ton

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South Australia 7 for 164 (Hughes 95*, Hopes 3-26) trail Queensland 398 (Cutting 109, Khawaja 88, Putland 5-100, Sayers 3-91) by 234 runs

Phillip Hughes was within touching distance of a century at stumps on day two of his first match for South Australia, but Queensland were in a powerful position thanks to Ben Cutting's maiden first-class hundred. The Redbacks finished the day in major trouble at 7 for 164, still 234 runs adrift of Queensland's first-innings total, and the only positive for South Australia was that Hughes was still at the crease on 95, alongside Joe Mennie on 5.

In his first outing for the Redbacks since moving from New South Wales during the off-season, Hughes carried with him the strong form that he showed for Worcestershire in county cricket this year. He struck 12 boundaries and was a lone resisting hand for South Australia as none of the rest of the top six managed to score more than 11.

The wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman (28) gave Hughes some support in a 58-run partnership but the Bulls, led by their captain James Hopes with 3 for 26 from 15 overs, did not allow South Australia to gain any sort of momentum. There had been plenty of momentum during the tail-end of Queensland's innings as Cutting propelled himself to triple-figures for the first time.

Cutting was in an aggressive mood and struck four sixes and 12 fours, and brought up his century from the last ball before lunch with a leg glance for two. Gary Putland picked up 5 for 100 but there wasn't much for South Australia to celebrate.

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  • Andrew on October 3, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @Gary Vowles - interesting comments regarding his pace. He certainly seemed to have the ball on a string via the live stream. No way of telling on the live stream how quick he was though. @Chris_P on (October 03 2012, 01:57 AM GMT) - yeah, I wouldn't select Smith for the Test team this summer & I hope IF he is selected in the Short Forms, he is not doing the #7 & no overs role! I think playing in the top 4 for NSW will be great for him & ultimately Oz cricket. When talking about Smith I can't help think of the first 2 lines on the Richie Benaud profile on cricinfo. Whether he ends up being half the player benaud was or not is beside the point, the point is Benaud took YEARS to develop!

  • Peter on October 3, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    @Meety. I have Smith on my mind, but let him continue his new run with the bat & his leg spin development. He doesn't need to be rushed, I really like the way he has applied himself & time, experience with a mountain of runs with a few wickets will be a great investment in the bank for the future.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Was at the Gabba yesterday - great to see Cutting get the 100, but was also impressed with young Alister McDermont. His opening spell really set the pace for the Bulls attack . . . and he looks really quick from the stands

  • Andrew on October 2, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @Chris_P on (October 02 2012, 14:27 PM GMT) - "...Too bad one of our front line batsmen doesn't roll the arm over for a few leggies." - we had one in Katich! (May have one in Smith - again, his one wicket this summer was cheap!) LOL! I thought it was a tough ask for Lyon to captain & bowl at the Gabba (with barely 18mths FC experience behind him), I hope he dusts himself off & starts again IF they bowl again in the match! @maddinson on (October 02 2012, 13:59 PM GMT) - in Tests/FC matches I'd take Cutting over NC-N, but only just, the other way round in ODIs.

  • Peter on October 2, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    If you're around Meety, the Gabba pitch is not a great help for off spinners as it appears Lyons was up against it. Too bad one of our front line batsmen doesn't roll the arm over for a few leggies. The first test team will be intersting, although I feel they will go with Lyon. Good to see Huighes continue his good form from the county season. @Hippiantor. If you saw him play his first 2 seasons, Hughes was playing all the shots all round the wicket. Somehow, somewhere, someone got into him & he went into his shell somewhat.

  • Rakesh on October 2, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Cutting and NCN are quite similar, both bowl good pace and can tonk the ball really hard.

  • Roo on October 2, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Hughes is continuing his good form against an arguably better bowling squad than he saw in Eng county... Qld are looking strong with only Hughesy blocking the way - interesting morning tomorrow & will probably define the match... Hopes again showing his worth with some v.g. bowling & batting in this match - Cutting must be listening to him - lol...

  • Rakesh on October 2, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    what on earth redbacks thought while not picking Peter George and Kane Richardson in there squad, clearly both are better bowlers than any playing in there XI barring Putland to an extent.

  • Mariam on October 2, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Khawaja and Hughes batting well is good for Aus cricket, we need both these guys in the Aussie team.

  • Luke on October 2, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Great innings by Hughes. Hope he can go on with it tomorrow. According the online commentary, he scored a lot of runs from the pull shot. Now that's something I wasn't expecting.

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