Australia A v England Lions, Hobart

Burns leads way in thumping win

Daniel Brettig

February 18, 2013

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Australia A 7 for 315 (Burns 114, Ferguson 74, Clarke 4-54) beat England Lions 193 (Taylor 79) by 122 runs
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Joe Burns reaches his century, Australia A v England Lions, Hobart, February 18, 2013
Joe Burns anchored Australia A with a measured innings © Getty Images
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A pair of notable reinforcements made little difference to the England Lions as they were pummelled once more by Australia A in Hobart, this time by 122 runs.

Alex Hales and Stuart Meaker were called into the team having played for England during the northern winter, but neither was able to make much impression on the hosts, who glided to a strong total after being sent in thanks to Joe Burns' century and a neat 74 by Callum Ferguson.

James Taylor provided the only semblance of resistance for the Lions in their chase, which petered out in the face of a consistent display that had John Hastings, Alister McDermott, Cameron Boyce and the captain Aaron Finch all claiming two wickets apiece.

The visitors were notably sloppy with the ball, conceding no fewer than 28 wides, as opposed to the six delivered by the hosts. Australia A's only concern was a second injury to emerge from the series, Nathan Coulter-Nile diagnosed with an adductor strain and sent home to Perth to recover.

Setting off in pursuit of their distant target, the visitors had a touch of good fortune when Alex Hales was turfed by Hastings in the slips, but Richardson soon had the wicket in any event, coaxing another edge that was held by Tim Paine behind.

Varun Chopra and James Taylor prospered for a time, but Chopra was deceived by a faster ball from Finch and bowled, before Ben Foakes failed to take advantage of being grassed first ball by Paine when he was run out, Taylor failing to respond to the striker's call.

From there the innings slipped away meekly, Boyce gaining some useful turn for his two wickets while Hastings was accurate and McDermott sealed the win with consecutive yorkers.

The Lions' XI had been bolstered by the inclusions of Hales and Meaker, both England representatives during the southern summer, and the latter struck with the third ball of the match, squaring up Finch and drawing an edge to Chopra in the slips.

It was a rare delivery of the requisite new-ball precision however, as Burns and Alex Doolan made merry on a warm Hobart morning. They feasted on a steady diet of balls directed at leg stump or wide outside off, and they seemed in little danger of being separated until Doolan called Burns through for a single to short fine leg and was run out by Craig Overton's direct hit.

Ferguson, recovered from a groin strain that kept him out of game one, joined Burns for a busy partnership that reaped 128 runs, again with a minimum of risk though Foakes appeared to grass a pair of half-chances standing up to the stumps.

Burns reached his maiden century in limited overs matches, a strong display after walking to the wicket early in the day, and his departure signalled the start of late innings festivities that would reap 104 runs from the final 10 overs. Ben Cutting struck the most telling blow, swinging a Meaker slower ball over square leg and clean out of the ground. It was to be a neat summary of the result.

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Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@brusselslion on (February 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT) - whilst he has been known to exagerate a bit, Hilfy is #9 on the ICC rankings & Lyon is ranked ABOVE Panesar!

Posted by brusselslion on (February 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

jonesy2 on (February 18, 2013, 14:10 GMT): "..all my statements are playing out." Oh how true: "Hilf world top 5 bowler""Lyon 2nd best spinner in the world!!!" I see that you have added a few more gems: "world class stars like ferguson, burns, boyce, NCN, mcdermott, hastings etc". Keep 'em coming, mate!

Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (February 19, 2013, 2:33 GMT) - some of those wides I think was partly the keeper's fault as some of the deliveries Foakes missed should of been taken & they went for 5 runs. That said it was 16 wide balls which is too many. IMO - the out of season "excuse" is not valid for ODIs as part of a test tour, as there is "theoretical" enuff tour games to compensate.I do believe that the fact the Lions are relatively inexperienced at International level & came in for just List A games - does cut them some slack, that said Meaker (bowled 3 wides in the first over), has been touring a bit & so I don't think he fits the "inexperienced" category.

Posted by PFEL on (February 19, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

Aaron Finch bowling himself a full 10 overs. That's interesting. He could be the next Darren Lehmann-type bowler.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 19, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

I don't necessarily go for the whole "out of season" excuse either because every overseas tour is out of season from that point of view. That said, most of these Lions players are not regular international cricketers so playing overseas after not having played for months would have some impact. When all's said and done though, while this is obviously not the strongest Lions team possible, the results have been disappointing. Hopefully the experience can help some of the key players improve but the performances have not been great, especially from the bowlers. 28 wides is not acceptable under any circumstances.

Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

@OhhhhhMattyMatty on (February 18, 2013, 20:20 GMT) - "... No Bresnan, no Onions, no Shahzad, no Hildreth, no Carberry, no Patel, no Briggs, no Tredwell, no Woakes, no Bairstow, no Panesar, no Wright, no Harris, no Compton, no Dernbach, no Morgan, no Bopara, no Kieswetter and no Davies..."

Thank God they didn't send that squad - for ODI purposes its even WORSE! LOL!

BTW - Woakes & Morgan ARE playing in NZ!!!! Doh! Also, you are so funny, thinking Dernbach will actually IMPROVE this squad - LOL!

Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

@dunger.bob on (February 18, 2013, 12:02 GMT) - I have high hopes for him too, but it is not his time (IMO) YET, at Test level. He got out TWICE to Agar in the last Shield game. The thing that dissappointed me is, he looked like he threw his innings away. Possibly due to some BBL hangover, but he really needs to finish the Shield season strongly. I'd rather him hitting that ton against Victoria. @blink182alex on (February 18, 2013, 13:52 GMT) - all very relevant points. Being out of season for an ODI tour is dificult, (see Oz in Eng). The purpose of this tour proabbly was with the 2015 W/Cup in mind + some support for the NZ tour. That said, some of the Victorian sides that were fielded were 3rd rate, & any loss against that "quality" is not good. The Oz A sides are very strong, Ferguson & burns would be in my ODI squad, & I am a fan of Cutting. @WheresTheEmpire on (February 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT) - sort of true, but say Oz tour of India is not really out of season for example.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

@Si Baker, great to see you think England can discount 18 year old Overton for this years Ashes,lol! in fact the very young lad has done well on the tour so far! probably just six years too soon!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

You know the Aussies are struggling when their fans start using an England Lions loss as proof of their 'dominance'. Two Ashes in a row and an ODI win last year. Bring on the back to back series this year, i'm sure Jimmy Anderson is trembling in his boots about facing stars like Khawaja, Cowan, Warner and Wade.

Posted by OhhhhhMattyMatty on (February 18, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

(Ignoring 1st teamers!) No Bresnan, no Onions, no Shahzad, no Hildreth, no Carberry, no Patel, no Briggs, no Tredwell, no Woakes, no Bairstow, no Panesar, no Wright, no Harris, no Compton, no Dernbach, no Morgan, no Bopara, no Kieswetter and no Davies. Almost an England 5th XI!!! Only Taylor and Hales would be in an England ODI 2nd XI out of those lot!

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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