South Australia v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide March 7, 2013

Hogan, Agar keep Redbacks in check

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South Australia 7 for 237 (Ferguson 63, Brown 55, Hogan 3-38) v Western Australia

South Australia battled towards a competitive first innings against Western Australia at Adelaide Oval after Victoria's concurrent collapse in Melbourne gave the Redbacks a chance of climbing to the top of the Sheffield Shield table in the penultimate round.

The Warriors bowled with persistence and good sense after losing the toss, claiming wickets every time SA threatened to mount a significant partnership. At the same time, the Redbacks avoided the kind of batting slide that would have gave up their innings entirely, and will resume with a chance of pushing toward 300.

Callum Ferguson and Jake Brown did best for the hosts, but both were dismissed when more substantial scores beckoned, leaving Johan Botha and Joe Mennie in occupation.

Michael Hogan bowled intelligently and tightly all day for WA, while Ashton Agar again caught the eye with his thoughtful left-arm spin, defeating the young batsman Alex Carey after had looked fluent in the morning.

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  • Andrew on March 9, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (March 8, 2013, 12:22 GMT) - "...surely there has to be more batsman out there that can string some consecutive 100's together besides Ponting" - yep, Chris Rogers! LOL! He has Three! I think the scoring rate is this week end is more a guage of the conditions, there seems to be a lot of really good counter attacking low order scores - think Krezja, Copeland, Cutting & Hopes & they are not strictly speaking batsmen. Maddinson had a good knock but he swatting boundaries left right & centre. The knock by Burns seems to have bucked the trend. I do think the "quality" of Oz batsmen have been stymied by pitch conditions & VERY good bowling stocks.

  • Graham on March 8, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Meety - People talk about the influence T20 has on the batsman however not sure its so relevant. Look at this weeks games scoring rates well below 3po. Australian batsman are just really struggling. Of your 15, not too many arguments however I do think Fergusson has had a decent year putting him around 11, Cosgrove had 2 good years and an ok one and can follow Fergusson. I might fit Voges in front of D Hussey as well. Klinger like D Hussey would have been in there last year. the likes of S Marsh, M North, T Cooper have really dropped away. The bowlers around Australia are quality at the moment but surely there has to be more batsman out there that can string some consecutive 100's together besides Ponting.

  • Andrew on March 8, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @ Shaggy076 on (March 8, 2013, 5:36 GMT) - oops! Huss & Hogan have just put on 57 & are going to go close!

  • Andrew on March 8, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @Shaggy076 - I have followed stats as the only true guage over time to peg what level a batsmen/bowler is at. Career form + current year is IMO the only way to judge a batsmen. At the moment (not inc Huss or Punter), the best batsmen in Oz are (in order, with emphasis on Test scores, then marrying career & current season scores & a mix of other stuff) 1. Clarke (shock horror), 2. Warner, 3. Wade, 4. Hughes (dropping like a stone, I would of said #2 a month ago), 5. Rogers, 6. White (I think he is back in form), 7. Khawaja, 8. Burns, 9. Smith, 10. Watson (dropping like a stone, only in the top 10 from the past & his short format form), 11. Henriques, 12. Doolan, 13. Cowan, 14. Maxwell, 15. DHussey. I would of loved to have said Cosgrove & Ferguson, but they haven't done much. I wanted Cossie in the Test team 2 yrs ago, also been dissappointed in Pomersbach in his Shield return. Burns ton today, would put him on the Ashes tour cept he has been average earlier in the season.

  • Andrew on March 8, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (March 8, 2013, 5:36 GMT) - VERY important question. I was sort of joking when I made my comment about an innings victory. As it turns out, it should be comfortable 1st innings unless Hussey can manufacture something. Without Hussey, WA may of had to follow on! Up until this season. I was of the opinion that our bowlers (on the whole), were of the highest standard across the states. You look at Sth Oz (perennial losers), & they were starting the season with the likes of George & Richardson with Mennie, Sayers & Putland. That is quality. However, since Punter has been averaging 100, & failed v Sth Africa, I am now confused. Burns I note has hit a ton in a low scoring game. Unlike most other batsmen, this has been thru a sheet anchor method which is almost absent amongst Shield batsmen under 30yo. Doolan has showed promise, but he is a while away now from a big innings. Maddinson slogged a good 70-odd, but it is starting to be a concern!

  • Graham on March 8, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Meety the way shield cricket has gone this season your not far of the mark. SUddenly 250 has become a match winning score. We need to start asking questions why is this the case. Are all shield batsman so ordinary that they will eventually fall to decent line and length bowling without the ability to score runs whilst at the crease. Or has every state copied the Tasmania/Queensland doctorin of making every home match a 6 point match through sub-standard wickets. It got them into shield finals for two consecutive years. Someone needs to seriously look into the lack of runs being scored at shield level.

  • Andrew on March 7, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    SA probably have enuff to win by an innings!

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    ashton agar was very impresssive yesterday. he had two catches dropped of his bowling as well. hopefully he can continue to pick up wickets and also be picked for australia a side for england trip he will be ready for test cricket.

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