Victoria v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne November 6, 2013

Rogers top scores in Victoria's 236

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Victoria 236 (Rogers 88, Abbott 3-60) v New South Wales

Chris Rogers prepared for the first Ashes Test with a solid 88 on the first day at the MCG, but New South Wales took the honours by dismissing Victoria late in the day for 236. Rogers batted for more than five hours as wickets fell around him, eventually bowled when he dragged on a short delivery from the offspinner Nathan Lyon, who was also warming up for a likely spot in the Gabba Test.

Lyon finished with 2 for 58 from his 26 overs, also having John Hastings stumped for 10, but it was Sean Abbott who caused the most problems for the Victorians with 3 for 60. Abbott's strikes included two from consecutive deliveries, the in-form Cameron White bowled by a yorker for 48 and Aaron Finch also bowled for a golden duck.

Matthew Wade survived the hat-trick ball but went on to become Abbott's third victim, caught behind for 9 as Victoria stumbled to 5 for 112 having chosen to bat in sunny conditions. But Rogers kept things ticking along for the Bushrangers and was the only batsman to pass fifty, lifting his scoring rate as he started to run out of partners.

Doug Bollinger and Steve O'Keefe picked up two wickets each and the last Victorian wicket, Fawad Ahmed, fell from the last ball of the 96th over. Ahmed's main role will arrive on day two as he aims for a bag of wickets that could encourage the selectors to consider him for the first Ashes Test.

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  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    You look at the NSW score card and the Vic score card and what stands out is the quality of the innings of Chris Rogers , David Warner and Steve Smith. This bodes well for our batting. Our first choice Pace attack of Johnson, Harris and Siddle seem to be working their way into their best form in conditions that on the whole seem to be batsmen friendly. Lyon is nailing down his spot (or should be) as the number 1 spinner so the only missing piece of the puzzle is Watson's diagnosis.

  • Damien on November 6, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Agree with comments on Steve O"Keefe, should have been taken to India and seriously should be next in line if the selectors overlook Lyon. Cameron White's start to the season has been very good and I would select him before Bailey for the number 6 spot. Yes, Bailey was excellent in India but the amount of runs scored by both sides limits the value of those runs. White was scoring runs for Victoria in the Ryobi Cup when runs were difficult to come by early in the tournament.

  • James on November 6, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @Pras: I actually think the selectors have begun to look past Wade a bit, his game has stalled and he just doesn't look like he is the kind of cricketer than can keep improving, i hope he proves me wrong though because he has a lot of potential, but his keeping needs a lot of work.

  • Android on November 6, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    About time O'Keefe is picked for the national side

  • Aaron on November 6, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Another decent contribution from White before being removed by a very good yorker from Abbott. We could do a lot worse than picking him at 6 for the first test.

  • Peter on November 6, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @Mitty2. Flipper Phillips was probably worse than Wade, but he didn't want the job & was keeping under sufferance! And it wrecked his test career as a batsman after the sensational way he started. But I give Wade a lot of ticks for his batmanship. He is, IMHO, way ahead of Shaun Marsh & Finch as a batsman (in first class). Good ol Finch, now we know why he was dropped from the Victorian Shield side last season. What he ought to do is study the way Chris Rogers handles himself at the other end. @Big_Maxy_Walker, We agree with SOK's credentials, but don't go holding your breath for it to happen, for some unknown reason, he doesn't seem to rate.

  • Prasanna on November 6, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @Mitty2, please , please for heaven's sake dont recollect that game against SA in adelaide. We failed to win because of Wade - missed Smith, fluffed up Faf's offer and what not. Just cant see him as a WK in Aus colors. Paine is the next one in.

  • Hamish on November 6, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @Everyone, they should've bloody been played together in India! But someone higher up has obviously got a serious personal problem with SOK. How any of beer, Doherty and Maxwell have been selected above him is just baffling.

    @Brian Phillips, it's true. And if it was Hartley or Paine instead of Wade we'd have an off spinner internationally recognised and with a superior test bowling average to Swann's. Wade stuffed up at least 6 occasions in India (from strait memory) off Lyon's bowling. In the Sydney test against SL he had a missed stumping and a dropped catch off Lyon in the last innings and one or two chances in the first innings. And don't get me started on the SA game in Adelaide... And speaking of 50 years, Wade's certainly the worst wicket keeper Australia has had over this period (I really don't know but how could any one be worse than Wade)

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Lyon is the best off spinner in Australia for the past 50 years. Why does everyone seem to want to overlook him?

  • Lewis on November 6, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Lyon and SOK looking good.

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