Victoria v SA, Sheffield Shield, MCG November 23, 2012

White leads Victorian recovery

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Victoria 6 for 259 (White 88*, Handscomb 69, Putland 4-48) v South Australia

Cameron White led Victoria out of trouble with an unbeaten 88 after Gary Putland struck three times in one over to give South Australia the upper hand early on the first day in Melbourne. At stumps, the Bushrangers had reached 6 for 259, with John Hastings at the crease on 14 alongside White, who had earlier combined with Peter Handscomb for an important 131-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

White was within sight of what could become only his second first-class century in four seasons, his most recent one having come two years ago this week, for Australia A against the touring England side in 2010-11. He and Handscomb steered Victoria out of the trouble they found themselves in at 5 for 83, after Putland got rid of Chris Rogers, Glenn Maxwell and David Hussey in one over.

Rogers played on for 39, Maxwell was lbw to an inswinger for a duck and Hussey (29) was taken at slip, before White and Handscomb came together. The innings hadn't started well for Victoria either, as Chadd Sayers picked up the early wickets of Ryan Carters and Aaron Finch to leave the Bushrangers at 2 for 14 having been sent in.

Handscomb was put down at slip on 13 but fought on to reach 69 before he became another victim for Putland, who finished the day with 4 for 48 from 26 overs.

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  • Andrew on November 24, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @ whitesXI on (November 23 2012, 11:19 AM GMT) - I sort of agree re: promoting players. That said, can you really say White is better than Maxwell based on the last 2 years?

  • Keith on November 23, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Sorry PFEL, Cam has been failing all too often when batting higher. It's an experiment that didn't work. Batting at five has made Michael Clarke the player he is and Cam, remember, was a bowler before he became a batsman. He should never have stopped bowling his leg spin; he should never have adjusted his game to try and become a test player. He stopped trusting his eye for so long that I feared he would never extract himself from his 2011 slump. He didn't build his career on being tentative, but that's where he is at now. At least he is scoring runs again and he badly needs a century to restore some confidence. The problem now is Maxwell..perhaps now he is batting too high. The last thing the Vic want is him to lose his explosiveness by being tentative against the better quality bowling at the top of the order.

  • Alex on November 23, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @PFEL - I think Victoria is trying to push more players into the aus selectors eyeline, more similar to NSW style of promotion of new prospects rather than the previous method of promoting young players when they actually are one of their best 11. Finch, Maxwell and Handscomb are therefore being pushed hard, while white is probably resigned to not being a part of Aus's future plans (I think with less pressure White will once again find the form which lets him single-handedly destroy teams, time will tell). White is also looking to bowl more which will also be a factor.

  • Aaron on November 23, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Good to see White starting to make a few runs again.

  • Andrew on November 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Good onya White. A long time coming. For Sth Oz, I really rate Putland. He has a good wickets to match ratio (about 3.7, 4 is great), very good average 0f 27 & S/R of 52. He might be some competition to Starc? (statistically superior).

  • Patrick on November 23, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Why is White batting so low this season? Him being at no. 7 below Maxwell and Handscomb seems very strange

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