SA v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide January 24, 2013

Rogers a century but Hussey out cheaply

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Victoria 6 for 314 (Rogers 131, Handscomb 85, Hill 54, Sayers 4-48) v South Australia

Chris Rogers anchored Victoria's innings with his 57th first-class century before a Chadd Sayers burst with the second new ball pulled South Australia back into the contest on day one of the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

Rogers' innings provided another reminder of the technique and poise available to the national selectors should they wish to add an experienced batsman to their party for the Ashes later this year. But it was a less auspicious day for the potential India tourists David Hussey, bowled for one after flying to Adelaide on match morning from ODI duty in Hobart the night before.

The Bushrangers lost Rob Quiney cheaply upon winning the toss and batting, but Rogers formed fruitful stands with Michael Hill and Peter Handscomb to seemingly blunt SA's bowlers. The Test spinner Nathan Lyon had a barren day, as did the former Victorian club swing bowler Daniel Worrell.

However Sayers pinned Rogers LBW with his first delivery after taking the new ball, and added the wickets of Hussey and Handscomb. Joe Mennie chimed in to dismiss John Hastings shortly before the close.

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  • Andrew on January 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @ Fleming_Dean on (January 25 2013, 05:48 AM GMT) - I think they probably are wrong too, but I don't think taking Doherty & Smith will have any direct impact on Khawaja & Hughes. They talked about Smith being a back up batsmen. The thing that will make me follow NZ, is if they pick Doherty ahead of SO'K. I am a fan of what Lyon has done in the Baggy Green, but no one has delivered as consistantly as SO'K for years now & he fits Inverarity's ideals of having allrounders too!

  • Mick on January 25, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Hughes is looking like the new Ponting. becoming a run machine. Amazing to see the improvment in his technique.

  • Ross on January 25, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @Meety i know what paper you are referring to and they probably are wrong. I think Hughes and Khawaja are our best 2 prospects so they need to be given the full Indian series to show what they can do in conditions foregin to them. Happy for Rogers to take the backup batting spot given David Hussey failed and has been dropped from the ODIs

  • Mariam on January 25, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @Shaggy076 good points mate, yes as long as we have Khawaja at 4 then Rogers can slot in, Khawaja should get a crack first as he has been a injury cover or 12th man too many times this year, but both these guys are good batsman and deserve their chances.

  • Andrew on January 25, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (January 24 2013, 22:03 PM GMT) - re: Sayers, that could be the case (quality of batsmen), I am hoping that it is a combination of 1) Great bowling conditions, 2) Extremely talented bowling crop. Given that post 10/11 Ashes, our bowlers have done well on the International scene, I am not ruling out point 1 or 2 yet! re: rRogers/Hussey/Khawaja - after being dropped from the short forms, I think Huss is no chance. As for Rogers, I wouldn't bat him @ #6, if he was to play in the same side as Khawaja, I'd play Khawaja @ #6 as the "L-Plater" & Rogers @#4 or above. Read in the paper that Smith & Doherty are going to India - but the paper in question is usually wrong!

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Lyon wicketless.... hmmm how is this guy australia's best spinner? Surely we would be better suited to another pace bowler.

  • Phil on January 24, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    If I was Ed Cowan i would be nervous knowing that Watto wants to open and Rogers hasn't given up on the opening spot. Khawaja should get first crack at the middle order spot and boy does he deserve after being 12th man for half the season and after him we look at Alex Doolan, Marsh, Joe Burns, Rogers and D Hussey. Essentially as important as the Indian series is it will be an audition for the ashes. Also will be interesting to see how Smith goes today in the shield game as he gets to bat against WA.

  • Graham on January 24, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Matthew_Rogers - I believe he batted down the order because him and Hughes were late to the game after catching a morning flight from Hobart. However, not sure Australia were ever going ot pick a 36 year old debutant. I reckon Rogers could easily come in at no 6 in the Australian side and do the Hussey like conversion. When no batsman in this country are making the amount of runs they really need too (Khawaja included), Rogers could be a good choice to bat at 6 if Watson opened and Cowan was left out. DOnt worry I have Khawaja at 4.

  • Lewis on January 24, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @MatthewRogers valid points, i am not sure who between Cowan and Rogers is better. I have always been a fan of both players but we can only have so many openers in the team. The key question is who between them is better for the ashes. Khawaja will get middle order spot and deservingly so as the guy has been so close all season backing up for everyone and is our next best batsman. But for the ashes the call between Cowan and Rogers will be a close one depending on how Cowan goes in India. And even though Adelaide is the easiest pitch to bat on and Richardson and Christian was missing from the attack, runs are runs so i won't take that away from him. Safe to say David Hussey won't be touring after yesterday's failure, that makes his Shield average 12 this for this season.

  • Mariam on January 24, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    @BG4cricket agree wtih you mate, we have enough openers in the squad already and Khawaja deservintly should get first crack at's spot, however if Cowan doesn't perform in India that Rogers can be considered for the ashes as his replacement. I think its safe to say that after his failures in the last 4 ODIs and shield game David Hussey's chances are not looking good. Adelaide is the best pitch to bat in Australia so yesterday was his best chance, its a shame the Vics didn't bat him higher as he came in at 5.

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