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

Tasmania 95, Khawaja 138

ESPNcricinfo staff

Day two Queensland 8 for 319 (Khawaja 138, Faulkner 3-77) lead Tasmania 95 (Cutting 4-25, Feldman 4-33) by 224 runs

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.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Haroon 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

  • Allan 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.

  • Ross 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.

  • Ash 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Andrew 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!

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

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

  • Mariam 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.

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

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

  • Joe 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.

  • No featured comments at the moment.