NSW v WA, Sheffield Shield, Sydney January 25, 2013

Smith, Henriques give Blues the lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 6 for 263 (Smith 72, Henriques 62*) lead Western Australia 242 (O'Keefe 4-55) by 21 runs

Steven Smith scored a timely half-century as Australia's selectors consider their Test squad to tour India, helping New South Wales to first-innings points in their match against Western Australia. Moises Henriques was also in form and at stumps was unbeaten on 62 alongside Steve O'Keefe on 16, and at 6 for 263, the Blues had a 21-run lead over the Warriors.

On a slow pitch that most batsmen found hard work, Smith batted for more than three hours for his 72 and struck nine boundaries before he was dismissed by Jason Behrendorff. Several New South Wales batsmen made starts, including Scott Henry (39) and Peter Nevill (26), but both were removed by the debutant spinner Ashton Agar.

Henriques struck six fours and one six in his innings and for much of the time was batting alongside Smith in a 72-run partnership. Earlier, the Warriors had added only 10 runs to their overnight total before losing their final wicket, which was claimed by O'Keefe, who ended up with 4 for 55.