Queensland v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane October 11, 2012

Wade, Siddle put Bushrangers ahead

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Victoria 6 for 174 (Wade 70*, Siddle 51*) lead Queensland 149 (Khawaja 28, Hastings 4-41, Siddle 3-36) by 25 runs

Matthew Wade showed he has no intention of giving up his Test place easily and Peter Siddle confirmed his growing reputation as a cricketer of allround merit as Victoria claimed first innings points over Queensland on a rain-shortened day two of the Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane.

Under overcast skies on the Gabba surface to play host to the first Test between Australia and South Africa, Wade went on from his overnight 38 to an unbeaten 70 before the showers forced an early abandonment.

Having taken the gloves from Brad Haddin when the senior man left the Test tour of the West Indies for personal reasons, Wade did his best to remind the selectors of how capable he can be with the bat.

He was helped by a dropped chance, Usman Khawaja putting Wade down in the slips from the bowling of Ben Cutting when the wicketkeeper had made 40. The reprieve ensured Victoria would go into the lead.

Siddle meanwhile maintained an outstanding start tot he summer with the bat as well as the ball, notching an undefeated half century to go with his 87 against Western Australia in Perth. Wade and Siddle will be hopeful of clearer skies on day three for the chance to extend the Bushrangers' lead before bowling again.

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  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Peter Siddle, is the first player picked for Test Matches, after the Captain, he is a burst bowler, capable of bowling 157 klick Jaffa`s, when fully fit. The younger generation of OZ, Quick bowler`s love him, his team first attitude, and his work ethic, remember he has missed 3 full season`s of Cricket, due to injuries. Every season he has been fit, his bowling and batting, have improved way beyond all our expectations, pity the previous Coach & Captain, used him poorly, and directed him even worse. Wade is the keeper, simple as that, 1 innings from Haddin, does not make up for 2 season`s of failure. Finally, Victoria`s pace attack, when all our Test players are available, is simply `AWESOME`.

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    @Chris_P - you may be forgetting that Wade also made a century in his previous 1st class match... the 3rd test in the W.I.

  • Peter on October 12, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    @Dashgar. Haddin, my friend, is the keeper, Wade only came in to replace him when he had a family emergency. For all intents & purposes, Haddin IS the the test keeper. Bankstown Oval, btw is hardly a tiny suburban ground, the practice facilities planned there will be better than the SCG with the aim for far more games. I also stated, if you read my post, I didn't think Haddin should be the keeper, just what I believed the selectors would do. The Argus report stated the priority for selection was form. Like I said, not saying he should be picked however I think the selectors will go with him & he did score runs when under the pump. Let's see how it all pans out.

  • Roo on October 12, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @Dashgar... Agree on your comments (usually do) & on Wade... Most players retire by 35 or are pushed out & Haddin will be 35 this mth - I cannot see him @36y.o. playing next summer in an important Ashes series when we have a quality replacement that is over 10 years younger...

  • Roo on October 12, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @Chris_P :- "Wade has credentials but where would he slot"... You have answered your own question - he has the 'credentials' as a Test batsman & wicketkeeper so he obviously replaces Haddin... Pattinson, Starc, Cummins have pushed past Johnson in Test cricket & will likely pass Harris in the next 15 mths - its a fact of life & Haddin's best Test days are behind him - probably 2 years ago...

  • Andrew on October 12, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    @Chris_P on (October 12 2012, 01:12 AM GMT) - the only concievable way to play Wade as a specialist batsmen is to drop Cowan or Warner & play Watto as an opener. Just mentioned it as several times in recent years the possibility of having two keepers in the side has arisen. (Once with Paine & once with Wade in WI before Haddin departed). @Dashgar, I don't like to say that one innings is worth more than another (although I did the other day sort of with Khawaja's 88), but you do have a bit of a point in the sense that Wade really did rescue the innings, that said, the "road" you talked about when Haddin got his ton, he came in at 4/64 (were 3/7), so I would also say that Haddin's innings was meritorious.

  • Peter on October 12, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Wade has credentials but where would he slot? With Watson Punter Clarke & Hussey in the middle orde, that leaves you nothing left. That is if they keep Cowan at opener. He hasn't set the world on fire, nor has he been an abject failure, but he needs to get to that form that got him there. When you are winning tests, you can carry this sort of form, but when you are losing tests, think back to the Ashes 2 years ago!

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Haddin should never play test cricket as a wicketkeeper again - his glovework, footwork and judgement are atrocious. Paine and Wade a proper keepers - look at the way they rise and move with the ball, and their speed. How many runs has Haddin cost Australia. the #7 should be a keeper first and foremost - if the top 6 can't do the job then change that, not pick a batsman who wears gloves to shore up the team

  • Tim on October 11, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    @Chris_P, even with the drop Wades 70 is worth more than Haddins ton because of the ground it's played on. Haddin did it on a tiny suburban rd while Wade did it at the Gabbawhen the previous match high score was 28. Victoria were backs to the wall getting rolled and he stood up and single handedly pulled them out of trouble. He is the incumbent, not Haddin, and made a ton in his last test. Haddin hasn't made a test ton since 2010/11 and only has 3 in total.

  • Andrew on October 11, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    @hyclass - __PK on (October 11 2012, 20:35 PM GMT) - has an excellent point. T20s have very little to do with slips fielding. Otherwise agree with what you have said. @Dashgar/Chris_P - what's the odds on Wade being selected as a specialist batsmen, with Haddin the Keeper?

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