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
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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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  • Meety 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!

  • Micky.Panda 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.

  • Flemo_Gilly 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

  • Mary_786 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • 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.

  • hycIass 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.

  • Shaggy076 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.

  • Edwards_Anderson 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.

  • Mary_786 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 mr.cricket'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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Micky.Panda 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.

  • Flemo_Gilly 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

  • Mary_786 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • 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.

  • hycIass 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.

  • Shaggy076 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.

  • Edwards_Anderson 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.

  • Mary_786 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 mr.cricket'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.

  • Shaggy076 on January 24, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    blink182Alex - Richardson was made 12th man, my feeling is its still to do with issues with his follow through. I heard him talk about it on the radio a couple of weeks ago.Putland is injured. Meety - Sayers has had a decent record this year, not sure this is saying a lot about the batsman round the country at the moment, he certainly can move a ball but not sure he gets over the 130k mark. Decent bowler but concerning that he is averaging about 25 with the ball.

  • Chris_P on January 24, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Rogers is certainly claiming his case for selection & should be given due consideration. Hussey needs to make runs in the remaining shield matches to be a contender. It's a shame he is having such a poor fc season given some holes in our test line-up that need to be plugged, short term, he would be my pick, but his form is worrying. What is more of a concern is that the younger batsmen are not applying themselves at this level, Rogers & Hussey having honed their skills on the county circuit over a full season, rather than 2 or 3 games.

  • Meety on January 24, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @blink182alex on (January 24 2013, 14:36 PM GMT) - Putland pulled out with a thigh strain (?) on the morning of the match, dunno about Richardson though. == == == Early days yet, but Sayers is developing a pretty good FC record. Would of liked to see Lyon have a wicket to his name. Sth Oz have quite a good selection of pacers atm, with George, Putland & Richardson not playing - that is a good FC attack.

  • BG4cricket on January 24, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    While Rogers has a great record overall & is having another good season I am not sure if having a 5th opener in the squad is such a great idea assuming Watto also plays as Hughes but more so Watto could open. The middle order spot is problematic as no one apart from Rogers is putting a case. Khawaja will get first grabs but I am not convinced as his running and strike rotation is poor which causes him issues against better attacks. I hope he succeeds as I struggle to find another player. I am a fan of Smith and think he has quality & would pick him for India for his skill against spin, however I don't think he is great against the moving ball so maybe another player comes in for the England tour. I think Henriques could make a case especially if Watto is not bowling or even Haddin who is scoring well this year.

  • Beertjie on January 24, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Glad to see so many now supporting Rogers. But will the Clarke and NSP do so?

  • blink182alex on January 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Good stuff from Rogers, a proper opening batsmen. Should be in the squad for India and England, firstly as a back up opener but quite likely to come in for Cowan if he is short of runs. Rogers brings some experience and success in English conditions that is lacking in the Aussie batting line up for the Ashes.

    Why wasn't Kane Richardson or Putland playing for South Aus?

  • Gordo85 on January 24, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Rogers should make the squad for sure I mean all it takes is Warner or Cowan to start to fail then they are under pressure. But I think even if that happened you wouldn't move Hughes up to open because now at Test level he is the number three. I would love to see Rogers and Hussey make the squad but my fear is that David Hussey isn't making enough runs at First Class level even though his form is ok in those ODI's. I listen to South African matches and one of the commentators really rates Rogers highly and he gets very suprised that he hasn't played more Tests for Australia.(As in he would have been playing for someone else around the world with that record) Speaking of records that is why Rogers and Hussey are nearly a must. I mean sure they might be past their best but whose fault is that? Both of them should have been picked proberly two years ago or even longer but for some unknown reason selectors just don't them.

  • fazald on January 24, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Rogers might be the one to replace Ed Cowan in the Australian cricket team. Since he has the technique to face good fast bowling and open the batting with Warner in the test series in India and in England having played plenty of county cricket over there. He also has lots of experience playing shield cricket in Australia for nearly 10 years. No doubt we need lots of experienced cricketers in the side to make up for the loss of Ponting and Michael Hussey for the tour of England.

  • straightbreakbowler6 on January 24, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Rogers and Hussey should be in contention, the Aussies will need experience and tested batsman for the grueling year ahead. New players will be exposed and then cast aside with a test selectors panel looking for a big producing players. you need seasoned players in both the sub continent and England

  • Sachit1979 on January 24, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Chris Rogers is a great batsman, an efficient leader and overall an excellent performer with his first class average near 50. Moreover he plays first class Cricket not only in Australia but in English county too that proves his versatility. I don't know why he has not been in frame of CA selectors. Had he got the chance that he has been deserving for long, he could have been one of the best test batsmen in the world today.

  • DylanBrah on January 24, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Australia needs to add experience to their top order for the Ashes, and Rogers is that guy. Clearly way classier than Cowan.

  • Rosey86 on January 24, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Rogers would be a great addition to the squad. With 14 tests this year, an experienced campaigner wouldn't go amiss!

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  • Rosey86 on January 24, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Rogers would be a great addition to the squad. With 14 tests this year, an experienced campaigner wouldn't go amiss!

  • DylanBrah on January 24, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Australia needs to add experience to their top order for the Ashes, and Rogers is that guy. Clearly way classier than Cowan.

  • Sachit1979 on January 24, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Chris Rogers is a great batsman, an efficient leader and overall an excellent performer with his first class average near 50. Moreover he plays first class Cricket not only in Australia but in English county too that proves his versatility. I don't know why he has not been in frame of CA selectors. Had he got the chance that he has been deserving for long, he could have been one of the best test batsmen in the world today.

  • straightbreakbowler6 on January 24, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Rogers and Hussey should be in contention, the Aussies will need experience and tested batsman for the grueling year ahead. New players will be exposed and then cast aside with a test selectors panel looking for a big producing players. you need seasoned players in both the sub continent and England

  • fazald on January 24, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Rogers might be the one to replace Ed Cowan in the Australian cricket team. Since he has the technique to face good fast bowling and open the batting with Warner in the test series in India and in England having played plenty of county cricket over there. He also has lots of experience playing shield cricket in Australia for nearly 10 years. No doubt we need lots of experienced cricketers in the side to make up for the loss of Ponting and Michael Hussey for the tour of England.

  • Gordo85 on January 24, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Rogers should make the squad for sure I mean all it takes is Warner or Cowan to start to fail then they are under pressure. But I think even if that happened you wouldn't move Hughes up to open because now at Test level he is the number three. I would love to see Rogers and Hussey make the squad but my fear is that David Hussey isn't making enough runs at First Class level even though his form is ok in those ODI's. I listen to South African matches and one of the commentators really rates Rogers highly and he gets very suprised that he hasn't played more Tests for Australia.(As in he would have been playing for someone else around the world with that record) Speaking of records that is why Rogers and Hussey are nearly a must. I mean sure they might be past their best but whose fault is that? Both of them should have been picked proberly two years ago or even longer but for some unknown reason selectors just don't them.

  • blink182alex on January 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Good stuff from Rogers, a proper opening batsmen. Should be in the squad for India and England, firstly as a back up opener but quite likely to come in for Cowan if he is short of runs. Rogers brings some experience and success in English conditions that is lacking in the Aussie batting line up for the Ashes.

    Why wasn't Kane Richardson or Putland playing for South Aus?

  • Beertjie on January 24, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Glad to see so many now supporting Rogers. But will the Clarke and NSP do so?

  • BG4cricket on January 24, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    While Rogers has a great record overall & is having another good season I am not sure if having a 5th opener in the squad is such a great idea assuming Watto also plays as Hughes but more so Watto could open. The middle order spot is problematic as no one apart from Rogers is putting a case. Khawaja will get first grabs but I am not convinced as his running and strike rotation is poor which causes him issues against better attacks. I hope he succeeds as I struggle to find another player. I am a fan of Smith and think he has quality & would pick him for India for his skill against spin, however I don't think he is great against the moving ball so maybe another player comes in for the England tour. I think Henriques could make a case especially if Watto is not bowling or even Haddin who is scoring well this year.

  • Meety on January 24, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @blink182alex on (January 24 2013, 14:36 PM GMT) - Putland pulled out with a thigh strain (?) on the morning of the match, dunno about Richardson though. == == == Early days yet, but Sayers is developing a pretty good FC record. Would of liked to see Lyon have a wicket to his name. Sth Oz have quite a good selection of pacers atm, with George, Putland & Richardson not playing - that is a good FC attack.