Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane November 9, 2013

Bailey makes 41 in Ashes audition

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Queensland 303 and 0 for 168 (Lynn 72*, Burns 63*) drew with Tasmania 407 and 5 for 270 dec (Dunk 81*, Cowan 56, Silk 51)
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George Bailey missed out on the chance for a big score in his final Ashes audition but Joe Burns, Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk all scored unbeaten half-centuries as the match between Queensland and Tasmania finished in a draw at Allan Border Field. Queensland were set an unlikely 375 for victory and ended up on 0 for 168, with Lynn on 72 and Burns on 63, after opener Nathan Reardon retired hurt on 26 when he was struck on the eye socket by a Ben Hilfenhaus ball.

For Lynn especially it was a continuation of a strong start to the Shield season - his scores in his first two matches of the summer have been 104, 61 not out, 81 and 72 not out. But Bailey was the batsman in this match considered the best chance for a call-up for the Gabba Test, and he had to settle for starts of 34 and 41.

Bailey was caught behind off the bowling of Luke Feldman after Ed Cowan was lbw to Cameron Boyce for 56, failing to have added to his overnight score. Dunk finished unbeaten on 81 as Tasmania reached 5 for 270 before the declaration came, but an outright result was always unlikely given Queensland's big chase.


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  • Shaggy076 on November 11, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Jah123 ; FInally some common sense relating to Lynn. Up until this game he wasn't even in the Qld best X1, yes his last fortnight has been outstanding but to go from Qld 2nd X1 to Australian possible in just two weeks is ludicrous. If he backs up his form this season I'm sure he will be in future plans however, cant see him taking any part in the home series.

  • JAH123 on November 10, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    @mattboosa - This is the Chris Lynn that just played his first shield game since February after being dropped by Qld? Sure he's in good touch but I think you need to string a few games together before you can be picked for Australia. One good fortnight after being a fringe State player does not make you ready for tests.

  • mattboosa on November 10, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    C'mon fellas, you are missing the whole point to this result- Chris Lynn. 23 years old, averages more than Bailey, a century against England already this summer, 3 50's. I think one more good score and they should put him in. Why not? This guy has the goods.

  • Mitty2 on November 10, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @Peter James Warrington, crap. What happened to the days of blooding test players through ODIs. Surely you remember that? Bailey has class, temperament and leadership aplenty and is obviously a very talented batsman. He's had a very successful record for Tas and will provide our young players in the test team a much needed break from the dictatorship of Arthur and Clarke. For what it's worth, if Bailey fails we can discard him immediately and it's hard to imagine any of Hughes (as he wouldn't open), Khawaja or Doolan doing any thing much better than Bailey. Bailey has copped with criticisms his whole international career and has dealt with it incredibly well. Averaged 35 in List A, averages 55 in ODI's... Are you telling me that's a coincidence and the state bowlers are better than the international ones? He rises to the occasion and I'll be very surprised if he fails. Oh and it would be stupid to send Silk to the wolves this early. Give him some time to develop mate

  • Mitty2 on November 10, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, oh c'mon, I sort of gave Eng a compliment after the Ashes in saying the bleeding obvious that they won the key moments and were the better team (which some Aus fans on here still say that Eng were lucky) and deserved the win. But really after 3 straight Ashes defeats crediting the opposition does get a bit repetitive wouldn't you think?

  • on November 10, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Bailey has to be in the team at any cost ....

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 10, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @mitty2 Credit where its due, son. Maybe one day you can return the favour.

  • on November 10, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    If Bailey gets picked at 31 and with no first class record and no first class form, I will struggle real hard to think of a worst batsmen selection in my 40+ years of watching. discounting rebel tours and WSC, it will be impossible to think of a batsmen doing less at a late age to get in - if he was 21, like Silk is, I would support him.

    Silk IS 21 and HAS 3 tons and a 50 in his 5 Shield matches.

    we could have a Silk purse but seem to favour a sow's ear. bizarre. Argus dead and buried. Inverarity's last act of impulsive madness?

  • on November 10, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    I think Bailey did pretty well, despite not being able to cash in and make big scores. Particularly in the first innings, I thought he played well against Harris on the first evening, who was bowling with a lot of verve, and was unfortunate to get out in the morning when he had to start again. In the second he looked in decent form - it was probably the need to get a move on in a match that was clearly meandering towards a draw that put him in two minds. Doolan and Khawaja didn't manage to perform against England in the tour match, so I don't see any reason not to go with Bailey for the test.

  • Mitty2 on November 9, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    @rednwhitearmy, your first compliment to us, thanks!

  • Shaggy076 on November 11, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Jah123 ; FInally some common sense relating to Lynn. Up until this game he wasn't even in the Qld best X1, yes his last fortnight has been outstanding but to go from Qld 2nd X1 to Australian possible in just two weeks is ludicrous. If he backs up his form this season I'm sure he will be in future plans however, cant see him taking any part in the home series.

  • JAH123 on November 10, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    @mattboosa - This is the Chris Lynn that just played his first shield game since February after being dropped by Qld? Sure he's in good touch but I think you need to string a few games together before you can be picked for Australia. One good fortnight after being a fringe State player does not make you ready for tests.

  • mattboosa on November 10, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    C'mon fellas, you are missing the whole point to this result- Chris Lynn. 23 years old, averages more than Bailey, a century against England already this summer, 3 50's. I think one more good score and they should put him in. Why not? This guy has the goods.

  • Mitty2 on November 10, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @Peter James Warrington, crap. What happened to the days of blooding test players through ODIs. Surely you remember that? Bailey has class, temperament and leadership aplenty and is obviously a very talented batsman. He's had a very successful record for Tas and will provide our young players in the test team a much needed break from the dictatorship of Arthur and Clarke. For what it's worth, if Bailey fails we can discard him immediately and it's hard to imagine any of Hughes (as he wouldn't open), Khawaja or Doolan doing any thing much better than Bailey. Bailey has copped with criticisms his whole international career and has dealt with it incredibly well. Averaged 35 in List A, averages 55 in ODI's... Are you telling me that's a coincidence and the state bowlers are better than the international ones? He rises to the occasion and I'll be very surprised if he fails. Oh and it would be stupid to send Silk to the wolves this early. Give him some time to develop mate

  • Mitty2 on November 10, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, oh c'mon, I sort of gave Eng a compliment after the Ashes in saying the bleeding obvious that they won the key moments and were the better team (which some Aus fans on here still say that Eng were lucky) and deserved the win. But really after 3 straight Ashes defeats crediting the opposition does get a bit repetitive wouldn't you think?

  • on November 10, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Bailey has to be in the team at any cost ....

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 10, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @mitty2 Credit where its due, son. Maybe one day you can return the favour.

  • on November 10, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    If Bailey gets picked at 31 and with no first class record and no first class form, I will struggle real hard to think of a worst batsmen selection in my 40+ years of watching. discounting rebel tours and WSC, it will be impossible to think of a batsmen doing less at a late age to get in - if he was 21, like Silk is, I would support him.

    Silk IS 21 and HAS 3 tons and a 50 in his 5 Shield matches.

    we could have a Silk purse but seem to favour a sow's ear. bizarre. Argus dead and buried. Inverarity's last act of impulsive madness?

  • on November 10, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    I think Bailey did pretty well, despite not being able to cash in and make big scores. Particularly in the first innings, I thought he played well against Harris on the first evening, who was bowling with a lot of verve, and was unfortunate to get out in the morning when he had to start again. In the second he looked in decent form - it was probably the need to get a move on in a match that was clearly meandering towards a draw that put him in two minds. Doolan and Khawaja didn't manage to perform against England in the tour match, so I don't see any reason not to go with Bailey for the test.

  • Mitty2 on November 9, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    @rednwhitearmy, your first compliment to us, thanks!

  • on November 9, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Number six in the Aussie lineup is still very much up for grabs but Bailey is probably the front runner. If he gets the nod, don't be surprised if he really grabs the opportunity. Many have sold him short so far in his career and come up with egg on their faces. However, I wouldn't be all that surprised to see Australia bat Haddin at six and Faulkner at 7, as cover for Watson's bowling. Also gives the option of 2 spinners if they want to think outside the box. Probably go with Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Bailey, Haddin, Johnson, Harris, Siddle and Lyon, with Faulkner 12th man. If Bailey is picked, I just hope the selectors give him a decent run so he has a real opportunity to show his wares.

  • on November 9, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Bailey deserves a go at No. 6. There were similar adverse comments on Steve Smith when it was came to know that he was to bat at No. 5 in last Ashes series. However, he came up with flying colors against all English bowlers.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on November 9, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    The English will figure Bailey out very quickly. Cant do all the shots that he was so successful with in the ODIs. His whole game is legside essentially and cant do all those glides through the air and cow corner swipes. Bailey will be lucky to last the whole Ashes series. He is really getting picked to be captain in the very probable case of Clarke dropping out due to back problems

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 9, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Im an England fan and i could see 18 months ago that he was good enough which wasnt hard because ive been playing for 22 years, since i was a kid. congrats to the aussies for finally seeing the blindingly obvious

  • Dr.murdoch on November 9, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Though bailey didn't go on with a big score today, I would still put him as six because he is in form and has been great for Australian cricket thus far. I have followed khawajas short test career pretty fondly over time. Though his average don't back my particular points, his first 6 games, he had a completely different attitude, he was confident and gritty. I think after he got dropped after one below par game against New Zealand at Hobart, his confidence plummeted. This is being exploited right now when he's facing English bowlers, he isn't his own assertive self. Don't rush him back to the test team, let him accumulate quite a few first class runs first. George bailey will be a good number 6

  • on November 9, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    If Lynn ever makes the Test team, Yvonne Sampson better be in the crowd!

  • Mary_786 on November 9, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Would have like to see him get more runs, its a shame most of the Hobart game was rained out as it denied Bailey's competition to show what they can do.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 9, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Little_Aussie_Battler: Are you blind or intentionally making false comments? He got 34 not a first baller, what are you talking about? Bailey/Doolan are the front runners for number six, i tip the selectors to go with Bailey.

  • smudgeon on November 9, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Ah, disappointing - I was hoping Ben Dunk was part of the Dunkies dynasty (if you've been through Westbury or Sulphur Creek, you know Dunkies), but it appears he's a ring-in. Still, good to see the lad playing a couple of solid innings.

  • Meety on November 9, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @ drfarnsworth on (November 9, 2013, 9:56 GMT) - Lynn has had some real bad luck - he missed an A-tour of Zimbabwe about 18mths ago - & from there on in things went downhill. A broken finger stuffed the start of last years Shield season & it has taken him ages to get back into the Shield team. Like to see a full season of success before any Test squads though. I rate Burns well ahead of him.

  • Flemo_Gilly on November 9, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @LittleAusisebattler agree with you that its all about shield runs

  • Mitty2 on November 9, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @Little_Aussie_Battler, so when did they change the meaning of a first ball duck to a 34? Have a look at the scorecard mate and try again. Also, the fact that you're with the man who obviously has some sort of hate for Tasmania (did the same thing with Ponting) and the man who said that Bailey wasn't deserving of a test spot just makes your point irrelevant. I'm guessing you're also with Mcnarama who said that Bailey should be "flipping burgers" ey?

  • drfarnsworth on November 9, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    It's funny cos Lynn had a couple of poor seasons and I think was dropped/not picked for a few state games but all of a sudden after a couple of good one day knocks and four 50+ scores he's in contention to be #6 in an Ashes Test. Shows that if you hit form at the right time you might get flung into the national team (eg. Quiney).

  • RVC-38 on November 9, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Look, I think everyone is just about over hoping Hughes and or Khawaja can get some consistency, a million people can give ne plenty of reasons why Bailey should not get picked but form is form and Bailey and Smith should both be picked.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on November 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    First ball duck in the first dig and a "well compiled" 41 in the second. Sorry, I'm with Chappelli on this one. You need to make runs in the Shield to be considered for the test team.

  • on November 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    If Christ Lynn continues his run of form and someone in Australia's top 6 fails, I reckon the Aussie selectors could do little else wrong than pick him. He looks like a mature talent.

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  • on November 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    If Christ Lynn continues his run of form and someone in Australia's top 6 fails, I reckon the Aussie selectors could do little else wrong than pick him. He looks like a mature talent.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on November 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    First ball duck in the first dig and a "well compiled" 41 in the second. Sorry, I'm with Chappelli on this one. You need to make runs in the Shield to be considered for the test team.

  • RVC-38 on November 9, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Look, I think everyone is just about over hoping Hughes and or Khawaja can get some consistency, a million people can give ne plenty of reasons why Bailey should not get picked but form is form and Bailey and Smith should both be picked.

  • drfarnsworth on November 9, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    It's funny cos Lynn had a couple of poor seasons and I think was dropped/not picked for a few state games but all of a sudden after a couple of good one day knocks and four 50+ scores he's in contention to be #6 in an Ashes Test. Shows that if you hit form at the right time you might get flung into the national team (eg. Quiney).

  • Mitty2 on November 9, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @Little_Aussie_Battler, so when did they change the meaning of a first ball duck to a 34? Have a look at the scorecard mate and try again. Also, the fact that you're with the man who obviously has some sort of hate for Tasmania (did the same thing with Ponting) and the man who said that Bailey wasn't deserving of a test spot just makes your point irrelevant. I'm guessing you're also with Mcnarama who said that Bailey should be "flipping burgers" ey?

  • Flemo_Gilly on November 9, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @LittleAusisebattler agree with you that its all about shield runs

  • Meety on November 9, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @ drfarnsworth on (November 9, 2013, 9:56 GMT) - Lynn has had some real bad luck - he missed an A-tour of Zimbabwe about 18mths ago - & from there on in things went downhill. A broken finger stuffed the start of last years Shield season & it has taken him ages to get back into the Shield team. Like to see a full season of success before any Test squads though. I rate Burns well ahead of him.

  • smudgeon on November 9, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Ah, disappointing - I was hoping Ben Dunk was part of the Dunkies dynasty (if you've been through Westbury or Sulphur Creek, you know Dunkies), but it appears he's a ring-in. Still, good to see the lad playing a couple of solid innings.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 9, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Little_Aussie_Battler: Are you blind or intentionally making false comments? He got 34 not a first baller, what are you talking about? Bailey/Doolan are the front runners for number six, i tip the selectors to go with Bailey.

  • Mary_786 on November 9, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Would have like to see him get more runs, its a shame most of the Hobart game was rained out as it denied Bailey's competition to show what they can do.