WA v SA, Sheffield Shield, Perth November 7, 2013

Warriors take first-innings points

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 222 and 3 for 68 lead Western Australia 230 (North 50, Botha 4-47, Sayers 3-64) by 60 runs

A half-century from Marcus North and valuable contributions from his team-mates delivered first-innings points to Western Australia on the second day in Perth. But by the close of play, South Australia had moved back ahead by 60 runs with an unbeaten 38 from Travis Head, who had been joined by Kelvin Smith on 6, and the score was 3 for 68.

Phillip Hughes failed to capitalise on a start for the second time in the match, caught off the bowling of Ashton Agar for 23. Mitchell Johnson, who appears a likely inclusion in Australia's squad for the first Ashes Test, struck first ball in the innings when he had Sam Raphael lbw, and will be keen to add more wickets to his tally on Friday.

Earlier, Johan Botha collected 4 for 47 and Chadd Sayers picked up 3 for 64 as the Warriors were dismissed for 230, with a lead of eight runs. Marcus North top scored with 50 and set the tone with an 88-run opening stand with Cameron Bancroft (40), before Adam Voges (38), Sam Whiteman (30), Johnson (27) and Mitchell Marsh (20) all chipped in.

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  • Matt on November 8, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I think Hilfenhaus is probably the next best option..and i'm not a huge fan of Hilf. If the selectors are hell bent on getting a left armer then i'd rather they pick Faulkner as a specialist bowler over MJ. Or if some young blood is wanted the Sayers looks pretty decent..but i suspect its too early for him, and the 1st test is just too important to take such a gamble

  • James on November 8, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    @MinusZero: No they don't it's just that we have 4-5 guys injured, so he is the best option we have.

  • Harvey on November 8, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Welcome back Mitch. For a second I thought the guy who sprays it everywhere and leaks runs had gone. But alas, he is back. Just goes to show that ODI form is irrelevant, but as usual the selectors will base test selections on other formats...not the ones that matter.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @Matt Agreed. The problem is we don't have anyone that is capable of keeping the bowling tight in the test side, and Mitch isnt that guy either. I would have liked Copeland or Bird (when he recovers) to fill that role, with Harris as the strike leader. Shame that Hughes didn't capitalise on the starts, but hopefully he'll be away from the side to concentrate on getting some shield form.

  • Matt on November 7, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx if he regularly took wickets there would be no problem. His wide deliveries relieve pressure so that no one else takes wickets either. Economy definitely matters in test cricket

  • James on November 7, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @Matt: Economy hardly matters in test cricket. he could be hit for 5 fours in at over, but if he picks up a wicket, he has a good average and strike rate...

  • Matt on November 7, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    I'm dreading seeing MJ in the ashes. All I see is 4+ next to his name in the 'Econ' column. Will the selectors never learn!

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Travis Head has been very impressive ... looks like he s coming of age .. keeps scoring quickly playing orthodox shots! How ever, he has been guilty of getting too many starts and throwing it away! Tomo could be his day !

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