Victoria v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne November 9, 2013

Warner adds another fifty in rain-affected draw


New South Wales 353 and 0 for 94 (Warner 51*) drew with Victoria 236 and 4 for 356 (Rogers 117, Handscomb 94, White 70*, Quiney 56)

David Warner is confident he has put his disappointing Ashes tour behind him, and his scores for New South Wales over the past few weeks suggest he is on the right track ahead of the rematch. Warner finished the Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at the MCG with an unbeaten 51 in New South Wales' second innings to add to his 104 from the first innings as the rain-affected game petered out to a draw.

From his altercation with Joe Root in a pub during the Champions Trophy and his subsequent suspension to his below-par batting during the Ashes, Warner was one of the major underperformers on Australia's tour. But his work with his batting coach Trent Woodhill since returning home has helped Warner to three Ryobi Cup tons and a Shield hundred over the past few weeks, and given a little more time he might well have driven the Blues to victory over Victoria.

"I was going through a pretty bad rough patch. England didn't help with all the stuff that went on over there," Warner said. "That's in the past. I've got myself back into shape and I'm playing cricket the way I want to play. For me [it was important] to go back to the drawing board and see how I made all those runs before I made my debut.

"I looked at a few videos. Me and my batting coach Trent Woodhill came up with a solution and at the moment it's working. It's good to be on the phone with him and the advantage of me being at home is to be able to work with him. He has put a lot of time and effort in with me and I thank him for his patience because I'm probably not the easiest to work with. He has done a lot for me and I can't thank him enough."

Warner raced to 51 from 45 balls, including five fours and a six, alongside Nic Maddinson (36 not out) as New South Wales reached 0 for 94 in their unlikely chase of 240 before both sides agreed to call the match off. Importantly for the national team, Warner was not the only Test player to find form during this game - Steven Smith scored a hundred on the second day and Warner's opening partner Chris Rogers completed his 63rd first-class century on the final morning.

"It's good to get out there and score runs and it's good to see Chris Rogers scoring runs as well," Warner said. "We know the type of player he is and we always talk about it. He's a person who has a lot of character, someone who just grinds it out and scores big runs. We can't get him out as well."

Rogers began the day on 96 and brought up triple figures before a rain delay interrupted proceedings, and he finished with 117 when he was caught off the bowling of Nathan Lyon. Although neither Lyon nor Fawad Ahmed was outstanding during the course of the match, Lyon at least kept things tight and picked up three wickets for the game, while Ahmed managed 1 for 114 over both innings in a match that was attended by national selector John Inverarity.

Peter Handscomb missed out on the chance for a century when he was lbw to Steve O'Keefe for 94 and Cameron White continued his strong start to the season with an unbeaten 70 before the Victorians declared on 4 for 356. Doug Bollinger struggled with an abdominal problem on the final day but the New South Wales coach Trevor Bayliss said keeping Bollinger off the field for most of the day was "precautionary".

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Andrew on November 11, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    @Jo Langford - OMG! Lets sack Clarke - he yawned during a game. Lets charge him under the ICC rules of conduct. Well we can do it when I find out what breach he has undertaken. As for conspiracys - Shield matches often have agreements between captains for outcomes. The outcome of this match was that Warner got a valuable 2nd dig & Maddinson got some runs. No dramas!

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @ Mitty 2 .... it's called probability .... when you stay in the game you always have a chance of winning .... when you give up the probability of winning is zero.

    In the same situation in a Sheffield Shield Final do you think that Clarke would have declared or given Warner a license to swing and swing hard??

    Ps. There are more than two players in the NSW Team that can swing the willow and they had 10 wickets.

  • Hamish on November 10, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    And on this game @Joseph Langford, it was certain to be a draw, you can drop every man on the fence in FC cricket as you know... Not even Maddinson and Warner could do that.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @ Macker60 .... do you really think that there was any contest for Test Team?? It was decided weeks ago when the TV Advertisements were produced!!!

    An interesting point is that while everyone has been concerned about the batting and bowling line up, I haven't heard a breathe about the wicketkeeping position. It appears that Haddin is a shoe-in. This is despite the fact that his recent form indicates a depreciating contribution with the bat and that he has had not played a FC red ball game since August, the last test match in England.

    Hartley has been playing brilliantly, yet Haddin doesn't even have to play a Shield match to be assured of his place in the Australian Team.

    The benefits of being born in NSW.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    @ Bruce .... what do you think I inferred when I wrote "conspiracy"??

    But the question is, if this agreement was made, as you inferred were other agreements made during the course of the match that made Clarke so disinterested in the match that he was caught yawning on the grounds during the 3rd Day's play??

    It can be expected that if Wade was looking at forcing a result then there would have been an appreciable increase in the run rate in the later overs and a declaration made before tea, making the openers start twice. Both did not occur. So what happened at lunch?? Was an agreement sought and, if it was sought, why was it agreed to and who were the winners and losers??

    Was an agreement sought to prevent Cameron White from scoring a century and pressing for test selection?? He did win the MOTS in the Ryobi Cup.

    Did Wade agree to this hypothetical agreement for the benefit of himself or the Victorian Team and fellow teammates??

    Winners/Losers?? You can write this part!!

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @ Mitty .... I have been criticising Clarke for years and with the recent comments from Hussey and Ponting, the public infighting, out-fighting, tour selections, manipulations, player management, player mismanagement

    I don't remember the Kulesakra incident but I vividly recall my pointing out of a possible flaw in Clarke's technique which resulted in him being cheaply dismissed by Sri Lanka ..... on each occasion he was bowled. I also remember copping a bit of a bashing from other commenters and responded by saying that if I could see this possible flaw then I was sure that England, with all their resources could identify it and take advantage of this possible flaw.

    And what exactly happened in England?? Maybe someone saw what I saw because in the 2013 Ashes Series, Michael Clarke was dismissed on eight occasions .... he was bowled four times and was LBW once.

  • Mark on November 10, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    You Know I think we have missed the Point that Over the Last 2 Weeks 4 of Australia Test Batsmen have Scored runs in Aus, the other 2 are coming of good 50 batting deck, which equals a confident top 6 batting line up, Warner, Rogers. Watson, Clarke, Smith Bailey/Faulkner. Problem may arise if Watson injury go on,Even so they can throw Bailey down and bring Faulkner. Yes there are a few other out there but let be realistic about this. The only major change to the Aussie team that played in the last test match will be due to injuries or type of wicket. If the Gabba is green Bailey will play as Aust will not need the extra bowler, They will drop a Spinner, If dry then Faulkner in. And MJ will Play as he Knows the Gabba quite well.

  • Andrew on November 9, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    I don't think Wade thought through his declaration at all. Why bat as slowly as they did and then declare with only one team a chance to win ..NSW. He could easily have made it a game with both teams a chance to win by scoring a lot faster (they had most of the team to bat), and give themselves a chance while NSW was going for the runs. Clarke is the best, most attacking, cleverly innovative on field captain Australia have had since Mark Taylor.

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    @joseph Langford - Clarke must have agreed with the Vics on the early declaration so they could get some batting in, on the proviso they didn't take the outright. 240 off 35 was too sporting, and calling the match with 150 off 16, a standard 20-20 target, means it was agreed. But as you think Clarke is a bad "pathetic" captain, you apparently can't think, so i guess this doesn't make sense to you!!

  • Hamish on November 9, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @xtrafalgarz, I give it two-three years. Maddison's supremely talented. As a matter of interest in three years (assume that Clarke, Haddin, Rogers have retired and Watson injured) I'm thinking the top 6 will be: Hughes Warner Doolan Burns Smith and Lynn as I'm not convinced Khawaja's test quality with Maddinson and Silk easily replacing Hughes or Lynn and Handscomb being a back up. In reality as a Vic fan I wish Wade would give up the gloves to allow Handscomb keep as he's one of, if not the most talented wicket/keeper batsman in Aus.

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