Qld v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane

Khawaja fifty sets up Bulls win

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 4, 2012

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Queensland 256 and 4 for 106 (Khawaja 54) beat New South Wales 184 and 175 (Warner 39, Gannon 4-61, Feldman 3-58) by 6 wickets

Usman Khawaja's second half-century of the match helped steer Queensland to a comfortable six-wicket victory over New South Wales at Allan Border Field. The New South Wales line-up was heavy on Test players but in their second innings it was the unheralded Queensland fast-bowling pair of Cameron Gannon and Luke Feldman who restricted them to 175.

The Blues resumed on 5 for 121, which was effectively 6 for 121 given that Shane Watson would not bat due to his calf problem, and they added 54 to their overnight total. Mitchell Starc made a brisk 25 from 17 balls before he was bowled by Feldman, who finished with seven wickets for the match, and Peter Nevill (28) was the other major contributor on Sunday before he was caught behind off Gannon, who took 4 for 61.

That left the Bulls chasing 104 and although Doug Bollinger removed the opener Wade Townsend for a duck, Khawaja and Peter Forrest ensured there would be no disaster for Queensland. Khawaja made 54, the same score he had made in the first innings, before he became one of two wickets for Trent Copeland, who also had Joe Burns caught behind for a duck. Forrest and Nathan Reardon knocked off the remaining runs as the Bulls cruised to 4 for 106.

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Posted by Paul_Rampley on (November 5, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Guys I think the likes of Khawaja are not too far from call up. He took a few great catches in the last few shield games which shows his fielding is improving. His running between the wickets in the Ryobi games looks great too so I think he will be back sooner then later.

Posted by Meety on (November 5, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@zenboomerang on (November 05 2012, 09:18 AM GMT) - what a load of organic material!

Posted by zenboomerang on (November 5, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

@Rahul_Ashok... Yes you are on the money with your comms... Seems you have been trolled by someone who brags about his FC record - lol...

Posted by spadda on (November 5, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

khawaja is doing everything he can this season specially this effort in front of national selectors as well as national captain but we all forget wat John inveriarity said a couple of weeks ago. he said that he wasn't impressed with Khawaja's fielding efforts n he tried to compare the poor lad's fielding to that of Ricky Ponting;s. now not everyone can be Ponting. so its possible that Khawaja wasn't even considered coz of reasons other than his batting.

Posted by KhanMitch on (November 5, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

@Raina I don't think Khawaja, Hughes are too far away from the call up, as you said both are doing well in particular Khawaja who at shield level is scoring in difficult conditions which will only make him a better player.

Posted by Meety on (November 5, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

@ross_fleming on (November 04 2012, 23:26 PM GMT) - I know Hyclass is repititive, his criticisms so have SOME merit, but tend to be made even when Ussie has done well. I acknowledged that Khawaja got 2 stylish 50s in a low scoring game (& are worth extra consideration). I also said, I would of had him as the first batsmen into the team for Watto. The ONLY thing I said negative was that he needs to start scoring some tons this summer, because as it stands his classy summer is only averaging 36, the same as Peter Siddle & 4 below Ben Cutting (plays in the same team)! I believe in Ussie, I think he'll be a batsmen that will play 80+ tests with a career ave above 45, but I certainly don't think he has proven himself (yet) this summer!

Posted by .Raina on (November 5, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Both Khawaja and Hughes have started this season reasonably well after moving interstate, especially Khawaja who has scored in conditions where most of the other batsmen have found it difficult. But Rob Quiney seems to be ahead of these guys for some reason --- just one innings of note so far this season, and his average has never been exceptional. But of course, selectors have a different set of eyes. it is the same with the other preferred opener -- Ed Cowan; Good bloke, good fighter, and a good writer, but hardly consistent in making runs this season. Will have to wait a bit more to see Khawaja and Hughes back into the national side......

Posted by KhanMitch on (November 4, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

@Meety sorry bud but you are off the mark on this one, Rahul is right, Ussie got 2 50s in a game where less then 200 was scored in both innings, that's worth alot more then a 50. He did it under the eye of the selectors sitting in the stands with Starc, Copeland, Bollinger, Hazelwood and O Keefe bowling, that's what i call a fantastic effort and shows that Hyclass's views on Ussie only getting rusn against South Australia hold no value. Plus he was unfairly dropped last year which you agreed on already. Hyclass has nothing but critisms to add on Khawaja which frustrates most of his fans on this site.

Posted by Meety on (November 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

@Rahul_Ashok on (November 04 2012, 10:26 AM GMT) - you want to chip Hyclass, yet Ussies season has hardly been outstanding - he has averaged 36 this season with no tons. Wait until he finally hits a ton before having a crack. Yes - his reuns have LOOKED classy, & in the context of matches he has played in have had more weight & yes I would of named him as the replacement for Watto. @DylanBrah on (November 04 2012, 04:39 AM GMT) - in regards this pitch, all reports were, that it was a good batting strip! That said, I agree I actually am looking forward to the odd high-scoring draw this season!

Posted by Beertjie on (November 4, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Please pick Khawaja after this. Horses for courses and enough experience. Hope Watto's OK but...

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (November 4, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Congrats to Khawaja, he scored 50s in both innings in tough conditions against arguably the best bowling attack in shield cricket. Wonder if Hyclass has any thoughts on that.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Joe Burns out for a duck? Who would of thought it.

Posted by srriaj317 on (November 4, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Agree with DylanBrah. There is a limit to how much help these pitches give to seamers. Just like how everyone criticises dustbowls, even these pitches need to be scrutinised. It is pointless having FC games folding up in 2 days! If this happened in a test, it would be shameful! And give the spinners some chance too - useless if the country's first choice spinner bowls only 4 overs in a whole game.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 4, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Fantastic effort by Khawaja to get 50s in both innings against a quality NSW attack. In a low scoring match he showed the technique needed to face the South African attack and I hope the selectors take note when picking a replacment for Watson.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Slightly worried with the way Clarks got out and hasn't really made any runs going into the first test. Looming signs. Happy to be proven wrong though. Khawaja to come in for the injured Watson.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 4, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

usman in fine form as per usual. decent chance for a test return if shane doesnt get up god forbid.

Posted by DylanBrah on (November 4, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

So sick of these low scoring wickets. Your average grade cricketer can average in the 20s with the ball no worries.

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