Tasmania v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Hobart November 10, 2012

Tasmania 95, Khawaja 138

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Day two Queensland 8 for 319 (Khawaja 138, Faulkner 3-77) lead Tasmania 95 (Cutting 4-25, Feldman 4-33) by 224 runs
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Tasmania were swept away for 95 before an outstanding century from Usman Khawaja rushed Queensland to 8 for 319 on an extraordinary second day of the Sheffield Shield match in Hobart.

Day one had been begun with a tornado warning for Hobart and was lost entirely to rain, but the match progressed rapidly when it did belatedly begin.

Queensland's pacemen Luke Feldman, Cameron Gannon and Ben Cutting made a fearful mess of the Tigers' batting, which subsided from a sound-enough 2 for 49 to be all over just 44 runs later.

There was generous movement and variable bounce to be extracted from a verdant green surface, and Queensland's reply appeared headed for a similar fate at 2 for 30.

But Khawaja played an innings of rare skill and some courage, attacking the moving ball while forming critical partnerships of 84 with Peter Forrest, 60 with Joe Burns and 64 with Cutting, something of a lower order batting specialist this season.

Khawaja pinged 21 boundaries and two sixes, taking a particular toll on the left-arm spin of Xavier Doherty and the left-arm fast medium of James Faulkner, who picked up three wickets at some expense.

The Bulls thus ended the day with a daunting lead of 224, and were indebted to their No. 3 Khawaja for getting there.

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  • sirviv on November 12, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    I think Khwaja would be an excellent replacement for Ponting. Hes played 6 tests but he deserves more chances. I really like how Quinney showed some aggression against the Proteas. Granted, he only made 9, but the confidence in his shot selection and body language was commendable. Batting is not a worry for Australia, thats for sure

  • Paul_Rampley on November 11, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    I love the title of this article, Khawaja 138, Tas 95, it sums up everything @JonoMakim i hope he kicks on too mate and i predict he will get 1000 runs this season. @Meety thanks for providing the context. Can't wait to see Khawaja back in the Aussie teaj, Aus batting is looking good.

  • KhanMitch on November 11, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @CricHorizon i agree mate, Khawaja should come in at number 3 if either of Quiney or Cowan fail. I do feel Quiney deserves more then just 1 game but Coswan has had 7 games so a failure this game should count against him. @Jono_Makim like you I hope Khawaja gets more centuries in the coming games as he is a class player.@Meety as usual very intelligent comments mate.

  • ozwriter on November 10, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    if warner or cowan fails in this test .perhaps quiney could open with one of themif he does well .khawaja come in at no .3. he is a quality player and there are very few players of his quality and calibre in shield cricket right now.

  • on November 10, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @Edwards_A Mate, all too happy to take back a criticism when proven wrong. I just hope he kicks on, much as i'm sure everyone does and that it is not just an abberation. I'd like to see him (or anyone else for that matter) knock up 1000 FC runs for the summer @ 50+. Then we'll know he is starting to fulfill his potential.

  • Meety on November 10, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @jeauxx on (November 10 2012, 10:10 AM GMT) - fair point although, he can only out perform who is he playing against (or in the case of Burns - with), on the day really. Today he outpointed an in-form Doolan. I did the analysis because Ussie has seemed to have played well relative to the conditions of the games he has played in. I wanted to put a bit more fact to that context. There is some really good peer analysis done in the past on the IT Figures blog - can get fairly technical & I did a fairly basic copy. Of the test players - outside Punter, the others really haven't played Shield enuff to compare. @Edwards_A on (November 10 2012, 10:06 AM GMT) - as above, I thought UK was doing well - but coming into tis match his Shield ave was 37 - which isn't that flash. So I just wanted to put a bit of context to it!

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on November 10, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @Gilly4ever --- love your comment mate! Good on you!!

  • Mary_786 on November 10, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @Hyclass has gone missing, i was hoping Khawaja's man of the match last game against NSW and this innings today on a green top might help resolve some of the criticisms he had, any response.

  • anoopkul on November 10, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    and in India domestic (Ranji Trophy): Odisha 143 Manhas*161

  • jeauxx on November 10, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @Meety - that's a very interesting stat, but it's not his teammates he's got to be out-batting, it's the Test quality batsmen. So far Ponting has out-batted him, and Hussey was also quality in the one Shield match he got. That said, his scores this season have been a good step up above Cowan's and Quiney's. Hopefully we'll see him up around the national set up soon enough.

  • sirviv on November 12, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    I think Khwaja would be an excellent replacement for Ponting. Hes played 6 tests but he deserves more chances. I really like how Quinney showed some aggression against the Proteas. Granted, he only made 9, but the confidence in his shot selection and body language was commendable. Batting is not a worry for Australia, thats for sure

  • Paul_Rampley on November 11, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    I love the title of this article, Khawaja 138, Tas 95, it sums up everything @JonoMakim i hope he kicks on too mate and i predict he will get 1000 runs this season. @Meety thanks for providing the context. Can't wait to see Khawaja back in the Aussie teaj, Aus batting is looking good.

  • KhanMitch on November 11, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @CricHorizon i agree mate, Khawaja should come in at number 3 if either of Quiney or Cowan fail. I do feel Quiney deserves more then just 1 game but Coswan has had 7 games so a failure this game should count against him. @Jono_Makim like you I hope Khawaja gets more centuries in the coming games as he is a class player.@Meety as usual very intelligent comments mate.

  • ozwriter on November 10, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    if warner or cowan fails in this test .perhaps quiney could open with one of themif he does well .khawaja come in at no .3. he is a quality player and there are very few players of his quality and calibre in shield cricket right now.

  • on November 10, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @Edwards_A Mate, all too happy to take back a criticism when proven wrong. I just hope he kicks on, much as i'm sure everyone does and that it is not just an abberation. I'd like to see him (or anyone else for that matter) knock up 1000 FC runs for the summer @ 50+. Then we'll know he is starting to fulfill his potential.

  • Meety on November 10, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @jeauxx on (November 10 2012, 10:10 AM GMT) - fair point although, he can only out perform who is he playing against (or in the case of Burns - with), on the day really. Today he outpointed an in-form Doolan. I did the analysis because Ussie has seemed to have played well relative to the conditions of the games he has played in. I wanted to put a bit more fact to that context. There is some really good peer analysis done in the past on the IT Figures blog - can get fairly technical & I did a fairly basic copy. Of the test players - outside Punter, the others really haven't played Shield enuff to compare. @Edwards_A on (November 10 2012, 10:06 AM GMT) - as above, I thought UK was doing well - but coming into tis match his Shield ave was 37 - which isn't that flash. So I just wanted to put a bit of context to it!

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on November 10, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @Gilly4ever --- love your comment mate! Good on you!!

  • Mary_786 on November 10, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @Hyclass has gone missing, i was hoping Khawaja's man of the match last game against NSW and this innings today on a green top might help resolve some of the criticisms he had, any response.

  • anoopkul on November 10, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    and in India domestic (Ranji Trophy): Odisha 143 Manhas*161

  • jeauxx on November 10, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @Meety - that's a very interesting stat, but it's not his teammates he's got to be out-batting, it's the Test quality batsmen. So far Ponting has out-batted him, and Hussey was also quality in the one Shield match he got. That said, his scores this season have been a good step up above Cowan's and Quiney's. Hopefully we'll see him up around the national set up soon enough.

  • Paul_Rampley on November 10, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    @Jono Makim, well said mate, good to see people take critisms back when they are shown otherwise. I think you will see a few more big innings from Khawaja this season. Fantastic effort today and I think people need to take the general message from Arthur's comments and that is that he is pleased with Khawaja's progress and that if he continues down this path he will get his spot back. @Meety great to see someone speak with some stats to back them, agree with you bud and fantastic to see Khawaja dominate on an absolute bowler's deck today. Selectors can't ignore this form, leading shield scorer this season.

  • azzaman333 on November 10, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Good performance from Khawaja. Needs to keep it up in the shield for the full season instead of being promoted back to the test team though, otherwise we're just gifting caps for a couple of good innings.

  • reeja on November 10, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    best of luck khawaja... would love to see you again in aus team :)

  • Mary_786 on November 10, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    @CricHorizon fantastic effort by Khawaja, and following on from his man of the match performance agasint a strong NSW bowling attack just shows that he is the in form batsman this year. Tasmania had Doolan, Bailey, Cosgrove and got 95 and he outscored the entire team. Its all about getting runs in tough conditions and he did that last week against NSW and again today against a very strong Tasmanian pace attack in Bird and Butterworth. He should be the first batsman in should there be another injury in the Aussie team.

  • on November 10, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Seemingly a very impressive knock from Ussie. I said two days ago he couldn't play a 'dominant take the game away knock'. I might have to take that back! Another good day out for Cutting too.

  • KhanMitch on November 10, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @srriaj317 as good as Khawja's performances have been this season, he hadn't converted his 50s into hundreds so its great to see him get a 100 today when Tasmania only got 95. He was a class above Doolan and the other batsman today on a pitch made for the bowlers. Great to see Arthur come out with positive comments on the innings, the selectors would have taken serious notice.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 10, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Khawaja, one of about 25 batsmen in the country who are better than Rob Quiney...

  • on November 10, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Khawaja was kicked from the Oz side, not because of his batting, as he is most likely one of the best bats in Australia, but because he was perceived as being "lazy" in the field. Read whatever you will into that.

    But I agree with Srria that for my money, Khawaja should be in Brisbane playing against South Africa, although I do wish Rod Quiney the best and hope he hits a ton big time. Quiney's compatriate in arms, Aaron Finch, is the real disappointment for me as he has hit some great runs over the years, but seems a mite inconsistant and right now is seen even by his state as just a one-dayer.

    The bloke from Tassie, Doolan, reminds me of Martin Love, the classy Queensland bat who only got a couple of matches for the baggie green. I see Rod Quiney, Phil Hughes, Khawaja, Joe Burns and Doolan as the future of Aussie sides as the oldies retire before or after the Ashes next year. The Oz has all-rounders and speed merchants galore at present, but our big weakness is spinners.

  • Meety on November 10, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    So after that analysis, I would say that Ussie's Shield ave of 47, is theoretically better than what it seems. As I have not got the time or motivation to do this for all the other leading batsmen in the Shield, I'll just leave it as this - Ussie has performed better than what typical stats suggest this summer. In 9 innings - he has outperformed his teammates (top 7 batsmen) by almost double (Cutings batting season has meant that the overall QLD ave is higher for the team as opposed to the top 7). He has also on ave this summer almost doubled his opponants average score too! IMO - UK, is should be close to team selection. In a joke comment - I would also say he has worked on one of his flaws identified by Inverarity (running between wickets) - on 80 he had hit 14 boundaries (almost 3/4 of his score). Once Burns & Reardon got going - he let them hit boundaries & took no risks. He picked up the pace again with Cutting. This was the knock I'd been waiting for. Hope he backs it up again!

  • Meety on November 10, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    This is sort of a return to the scene of the crime for Ussie. I felt he batted so well against the Kiwis in the Hobart Test, but failed miserably to try & score in that 1st innings. This time around, same sort of pitch (against arguably better bowlers), he murdered them. I think he only played two loose shots, a pull that got a top edge over the slips & the shot that brought up his 100. He now has a Shield ave this summer of 47. The hidden stat about Ussie this summer is his peer review stats, I loosely borrowed an idea from the IT Figures blog & did a peer review of Ussie's Shield summer (wet day - LOL!) Ussie's team mates haveraged 31 this summer, compared to Ussie's 47+. The match ave for QLD's shield ave for batsmen has been 25. (I did not include extras). So Over the course of this summer, it COULD be argued that Ussie is twice as good as the average batsmen. I went further & reviewed the top 7 batsmen in match QLD other 6 ave was 25 & the opposition was too!

  • handyandy on November 10, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Hopefully the selectors will take note of Khawaja's batting.

    He also starred in a low scoring game in his last match. That alone should have been enough to get him back into the Australian side.

  • srriaj317 on November 10, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    I was mildly disappointed last week when Khawaja was overlooked for the vacant No.3 spot in the Aus side since he is definitely one of the best in the country. But at the same time, his inconsistency is frustrating and the selector's prolly didn't want to bank on him. I hope this motivates him to push his foot and string a few big scores. With those couple of 50s last week and a stunning ton today all on tough seaming pitches, I definitely feel inclined to say he should be batting against SA.

  • ozwriter on November 10, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    what a performance usman khawaja! especially in the context of the 2nd highest score being 40 and the other 10 wickets falling for 95.

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  • ozwriter on November 10, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    what a performance usman khawaja! especially in the context of the 2nd highest score being 40 and the other 10 wickets falling for 95.

  • srriaj317 on November 10, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    I was mildly disappointed last week when Khawaja was overlooked for the vacant No.3 spot in the Aus side since he is definitely one of the best in the country. But at the same time, his inconsistency is frustrating and the selector's prolly didn't want to bank on him. I hope this motivates him to push his foot and string a few big scores. With those couple of 50s last week and a stunning ton today all on tough seaming pitches, I definitely feel inclined to say he should be batting against SA.

  • handyandy on November 10, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Hopefully the selectors will take note of Khawaja's batting.

    He also starred in a low scoring game in his last match. That alone should have been enough to get him back into the Australian side.

  • Meety on November 10, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    This is sort of a return to the scene of the crime for Ussie. I felt he batted so well against the Kiwis in the Hobart Test, but failed miserably to try & score in that 1st innings. This time around, same sort of pitch (against arguably better bowlers), he murdered them. I think he only played two loose shots, a pull that got a top edge over the slips & the shot that brought up his 100. He now has a Shield ave this summer of 47. The hidden stat about Ussie this summer is his peer review stats, I loosely borrowed an idea from the IT Figures blog & did a peer review of Ussie's Shield summer (wet day - LOL!) Ussie's team mates haveraged 31 this summer, compared to Ussie's 47+. The match ave for QLD's shield ave for batsmen has been 25. (I did not include extras). So Over the course of this summer, it COULD be argued that Ussie is twice as good as the average batsmen. I went further & reviewed the top 7 batsmen in match QLD other 6 ave was 25 & the opposition was too!

  • Meety on November 10, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    So after that analysis, I would say that Ussie's Shield ave of 47, is theoretically better than what it seems. As I have not got the time or motivation to do this for all the other leading batsmen in the Shield, I'll just leave it as this - Ussie has performed better than what typical stats suggest this summer. In 9 innings - he has outperformed his teammates (top 7 batsmen) by almost double (Cutings batting season has meant that the overall QLD ave is higher for the team as opposed to the top 7). He has also on ave this summer almost doubled his opponants average score too! IMO - UK, is should be close to team selection. In a joke comment - I would also say he has worked on one of his flaws identified by Inverarity (running between wickets) - on 80 he had hit 14 boundaries (almost 3/4 of his score). Once Burns & Reardon got going - he let them hit boundaries & took no risks. He picked up the pace again with Cutting. This was the knock I'd been waiting for. Hope he backs it up again!

  • on November 10, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Khawaja was kicked from the Oz side, not because of his batting, as he is most likely one of the best bats in Australia, but because he was perceived as being "lazy" in the field. Read whatever you will into that.

    But I agree with Srria that for my money, Khawaja should be in Brisbane playing against South Africa, although I do wish Rod Quiney the best and hope he hits a ton big time. Quiney's compatriate in arms, Aaron Finch, is the real disappointment for me as he has hit some great runs over the years, but seems a mite inconsistant and right now is seen even by his state as just a one-dayer.

    The bloke from Tassie, Doolan, reminds me of Martin Love, the classy Queensland bat who only got a couple of matches for the baggie green. I see Rod Quiney, Phil Hughes, Khawaja, Joe Burns and Doolan as the future of Aussie sides as the oldies retire before or after the Ashes next year. The Oz has all-rounders and speed merchants galore at present, but our big weakness is spinners.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 10, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Khawaja, one of about 25 batsmen in the country who are better than Rob Quiney...

  • KhanMitch on November 10, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @srriaj317 as good as Khawja's performances have been this season, he hadn't converted his 50s into hundreds so its great to see him get a 100 today when Tasmania only got 95. He was a class above Doolan and the other batsman today on a pitch made for the bowlers. Great to see Arthur come out with positive comments on the innings, the selectors would have taken serious notice.

  • on November 10, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Seemingly a very impressive knock from Ussie. I said two days ago he couldn't play a 'dominant take the game away knock'. I might have to take that back! Another good day out for Cutting too.

  • Mary_786 on November 10, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    @CricHorizon fantastic effort by Khawaja, and following on from his man of the match performance agasint a strong NSW bowling attack just shows that he is the in form batsman this year. Tasmania had Doolan, Bailey, Cosgrove and got 95 and he outscored the entire team. Its all about getting runs in tough conditions and he did that last week against NSW and again today against a very strong Tasmanian pace attack in Bird and Butterworth. He should be the first batsman in should there be another injury in the Aussie team.