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)

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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  • Graham 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.

  • James 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.

  • Matt 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.

  • Hamish 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

  • Hamish 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?

  • ESPN on November 10, 2013, 6:23 GMT

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

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

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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

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

    @rednwhitearmy, your first compliment to us, thanks!

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