South Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, 1st day October 30, 2013

Cooper ton revives South Australia

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South Australia 4 for 294 (Cooper 165*, Botha 59*) v Queensland

Tom Cooper and Johan Botha put on an unbeaten 193-run partnership for the fourth wicket, taking advantage of an injury-hit Queensland to lift South Australia at the Gilderol Stadium in Adelaide. South Australia were 4 for 101 before the pair came together on the first day.

James Hopes, the Queensland captain, was unavailable to play because of a stomach problem, according to AAP. Chris Hartley, who replaced Hopes as captain, was also sidelined by a similar issue during the afternoon, and fast bowler Ben Cutting injured his finger after bowling only four overs. He left the field just after lunch and did not return.

Having taken only a squad of 12 to Adelaide, Queensland were forced to call on cricketers from Papua New Guinea as substitutes. They were in the city for a training camp.

Cooper thrived against the depleted side, hitting seven sixes and 18 fours during his 165 off 206 deliveries. While he scored at a strike rate of 80, Botha was more sedate, his 59 not out coming off 148 balls.

Their stand rescued the innings after Michael Klinger had been dismissed for 3 and the raw batsmen in the top order - 19-year old Travis Head, Sam Raphael and 19-year old debutant Kelvin Smith - had fallen cheaply. Luke Feldman took two of the four wickets to fall on the day. Ryan Harris finished with 1 for 27 from 15 overs in his first first-class game since injuring his hamstring during the Ashes in England.

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  • Eddie on October 31, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    All those people bagging Ussie, just who in the Aussie side is a great player against spin? Clarke of course, Smith is solid, and the slogging keeper has his moments. But none of the lefties and Watson can claim to be effective against spin. The same can be said of the contenders.

  • Graham on October 31, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Amith_S; Where were you at Adelaide Oval, I was down there today and saw the incident looked like he played way back in his crease and was plumb. Edwards_Anderson; I'm sorry but spin is his real weakness. He dominated the pace attack in the Ryobi final, but scraped around of Lyon before self destructing. I saw him destruct in the same way against Botha in the Ryobi and today Botha was all over him. However, I do agree he is a good player and will certainly be in the mix when he strings together a good shield season. But for now he has to go back play for Qld and start to dominate the first class scene, I reckon he is talented enough but we will need to find out if he is determined enough.

  • Lewis on October 31, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Its funny because folks are copying my name now. Anyway the usual folks on Khawaja come out bats swinging because he didn't get runs today. He was the best player with Warner in Ryobi only a few days ago. And he is actually playing spin better this season from what i saw in Ryobi using his feet more confidently. And Amith is right that Hughes and Cowan are no better at handling spin, in fact all our lefties struggled against Swann. Even though i think Bailey will probably get the gig in Brisbane i predict a big summer for Khawaja. Bailey has taken his opportunities, such as they are. The irony is the weight of comment after comment in these pages bemoaning the lack of a suitable domestic structure for Australia rugby, and the lack of clear pathways to prepare players for test rugby. I'd argue that cricket is just as badly off. And the shame is that CA probably more culpable than the ARU because they did have the correct structure in place.

  • Amith on October 31, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Good fightback by the Bulls today, glad to see Burns get on the scoreboard. And before folks get on Khawaja's case, keep in mind that he was the in form player in the Ryobi cup and got a match winning 100 in the final. Also not sure if folks saw his lbw, it was going down leg side so unlucky for him. Also his ability to play spin is the same as then Rogers, Hughes and Cowan, if you have played cricket you will know that no left hander likes to play off spin. Noticed Cowan got out to spin as well today, does that mean he can't play spin, lets keep things in perspective. Cooper continues to impress me.

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    @mitty true - ordinary player of spin. He tackles pace comfortably, but by the time a spinner comes on he crumbles. Which I guess these 20's and 30's he keeps getting out to in tests. Cowan and rogers should be the openers. Watson at 3. If cooper continues to do well this season then probably pick him instead.

  • Hamish on October 31, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    And also, Anderson_Edward, good ol' Ussie gets out LBW to the ripping, non-chucking spin of Johan Botha for 8! He's just such a good player of spin these days that he always gets out to them and can never rotate the strike!

  • Hamish on October 31, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    @Anderson_Edward, you're a much better version than Edwards_Anderson. Guess what, Khawaja can also coach, wicket keep, bowl leg spin and chinaman... And every now and then he can also bowl over 170 km/h!

  • Andrew on October 31, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    LOL. Of all the batsmen on show yesterday (in all 3 games), Cooper was close to the last I wanted to see get a ton! But what a top knock.

  • Michael on October 31, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Cooper has shown some impressive signs of late, with a solid Ryobi Cup (1 hundred and 2 fifties from 6 games, avg 49) and now his 3rd First-class hundred. Hopefully it's all clicked for him and he'll be a consistent scorer in the Shield. If so, he wouldn't go astray playing for Australia, if he so chooses.

  • Graham on October 31, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    What folks forget is that the classy left hander Ussie can also bowl, here he showed another string to his bow and contributed a couple of quality overs. I cant see why we needed to select Henriques in the Indian test series when we have a class all-rounder such as Khawaja. I am tipping tomorrow that he will pick up a couple of wickets and make a big score to secure his spot at the Gabba.

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