New South Wales v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 2nd day March 15, 2013

Sayers' five-for keeps contest even

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 4 for 93 and 182 lead New South Wales 219 (Sayers 5-56, Putland 3-66) by 56 runs

South Australia's batsmen handed back to New South Wales the fighting chance they had been given by another fine display from Chadd Sayers on day two of the Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.

Defending a meagre 182 on another overcast day, the Redbacks nipped through the Blues' batting with great success before lunch, and it took a trio of 40s by Trent Copeland, Steve O'Keefe and Gurinder Sandhu to forge a narrow first-innings lead for the hosts. Sayers' five wickets gave him 47 at 18.29 for the season.

However the SA opener Alex Carey was out to Josh Hazlewood second ball of the innings, and another three wickets left NSW in with a strong chance of securing the outright win they need to overtake the Redbacks and be a chance of sneaking into the Shield final.

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  • Peter on March 16, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Great effort by the Blues, sensational stuff by the back-up players!

  • Jamie on March 16, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    And Ryan Rhino Harris is back with a Michelle after getting a few last match.

    Australian XI for Ashes:

    Faulkner, Henriques, Butterworth, Cutting, Sandhu, Pattinson, Wade, Siddle, Starc, Bird, Hilfenhaus or Harris

    water boy: Cummins

    Squad: Hazelwood, Sayers, Copeland, McDermott

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    australia will have lots of young players playing in english condition this season ahead of the ashes series. guys like joe burns, alex doolan, usman khawaja, george bailey, adam voges, will be playing in england. i hope this gives opportunites to other young guys for exposure in the australia a squad to more batsmen like fergusson, s.marsh, m.marsh, quiney, etc. the young player which i think will be the next superstar is jordan silk. he has been outstanding in the last couple of shield game he has played. ashton agar and fawad ahmed should be two spinners in ashes squad ahead of doherty and lyon.

  • Graham on March 15, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    blink182Alex - Not sure what game you were watching but from what I have seen in the bigbash and Ford Cup Sandhu is just over 130 similar pace to Sayers. He is a great prospect but surely Sayers with his record is the stand out player from this years Sheffield Shield.

  • Alex on March 15, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    @ Warren Smith, i have seen Sandu only in the big bash and he was consistently in the 140s and did go over 145kph every now and then, he is only 19 years old so is another prospect. Sayers is only 130ish.

  • Peter on March 15, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    @Warren Smith. I was out at the game the last 2 days. Sandhu is not quick, but he manages to move the ball around both new & old really well, while giving little away. Excellent perfiormance by him, Hazelwood (sensational 2nd innings spell) & Copeland, who must have beat the bat 6 or 7 times to go with his first innings near misses. I got to admit, Sandhu's batting was very, very good as well, SOK was his usual solid self while the improvement in Copeland's batting has really blown me away. he looks the part totally after seeing him the past couple of seasons! let's not forget NSW have Warner, Clarke, Smith, Henriques, Haddin, Watson, Starc out of the side in India, & should I mention that Hughes, Lyon, Khawaja & Cowan are ex NSW? nahh, I won't mention it.

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @ jonesy2. Is Sandhu quick as well? Ive read that hes of 'gentle pace'. Difficult telling all the way over here in saffa land.

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    I counted today that 22 bowlers are averaging below 25 in this years SS. This is phenomenal but also ridiculous. Yes the list of fast bowlers is long, but the list of batsmen appallingly thin. We'll thank IPL and James Sutherland's Big Bash for that i think. Love of money has done to Australian cricket what no other nation could do. Bring its batsmen to there collective knees. MS Harris with and average of 26.4, one hundred and one fifty to his name in 19 innings is the tenth highest run scorer in SS this yr. Shocking.

  • Bryn on March 15, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    jackon bird last summer now chadd sayers. add gurinder sandhu and the list of phenomenal fast bowlers in aussie cricket is simply ridiculous.

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