SA v WA, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 1st day November 13, 2013

Smith and Warner stay in form

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New South Wales 8 for 368 (Maddinson 87, Smith 69, Henry 60, Warner 52) v Queensland

David Warner and Steven Smith both warmed up for the first Ashes Test with half-centuries but were outdone by their younger New South Wales team-mate Nic Maddinson on the first day against Queensland at Allan Border Field. The Blues reached 8 for 368 at stumps on day one having chosen to bat, with Steve O'Keefe unbeaten on 21 and Nathan Lyon on 11.

It was the solid contributions from the top four that set the Blues on their strong path, as Maddinson and Warner combined for a 95-run opening stand before Scott Henry and Smith added to the tally. Warner raced to 52 from 62 deliveries - his third consecutive 50-plus score in the Shield - before he was caught off the legspin of Cameron Boyce, but that only brought the promising Henry to the crease.

Henry and Maddinson put on 76 for the second wicket before Maddinson was caught behind off the bowling of Michael Neser for 87, missing the chance for his first century of the Shield summer. Henry and Smith then compiled an 84-run partnership that took the Blues on to a strong 2 for 255 before Henry was bowled by James Hopes for 60.

Smith, who will bat at No.5 for the Australians in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, was out for 69 off the bowling of Ben Cutting, and his Test colleague Brad Haddin contributed 18. Cutting, Boyce and Alister McDermott each picked up two wickets for the Bulls.

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  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @ Anderson_Edward - LOL, Khawaja should think himself lucky to have even been 12th man. The guy isn't nor ever will be Test standard. If our 'best young batsmen' is 27 years old with a FC average under 40 then I fear for the future of Australian Test cricket. Once again he scores an 'elegant' 50 but fails to go on with it. Yawn. Guys like Maddinson, Silk and Lynn have a much better chance of succeeding than this mug.

  • Graham on November 13, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    The elegant left hander, Australias best young batsman Khawaja cant catch a break. Spent all last summer being 12th man, then was amazing in the Ryobi cup. But since then played in a backwater South Australian pitch where he was unfortunately LBW, played against England in Hobart which was washed away. No wonder he is lacking confidence and spilling easy catches, the poor lad has dropped 3 catches in two shield matches although being one of the best fielders in Australian cricket. He has been disgracefully handled by the Australian selectors. He should be playing all summer against England to enable the young lad to fill comfortable.

  • W on November 13, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Maddison and Warner would be a scary opening pair for Australia! Runs would flow like nothing else!

  • malcolm on November 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Agree with comments about needing more time and more consistency. However is conversion rate isn't so bad so far - 8 fifties, 5 centuries... if that keeps up and translates in the future to 40 fifties and 25 centuries i can't imagine too many compaints.

  • sri on November 13, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Nic Maddinson is the best young player that Australia can look for. For sure, he will thrash the eng pacers to the core in a year or two.

  • Murray on November 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Nic Maddison has an "eye like a dead fish", yet isn't a proper top order batsman (yet). He may be one day, but it's in the medium not even short term future. I agree with Chris_P.

  • Mashuq on November 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    @Ken McCarron on (November 13, 2013, 10:38 GMT) Thanks for the write up on Ben Dwarshuis. I'll watch out for him. Hope Nic has a good season. Silk, Nic and Warner for the next Ashes would be great top 3 if they can just continue to work on their games.

  • Peter on November 13, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    I have said he is still well short of test standard at the moment, he needs at least a full season of consistent scores, but that said, he is definitely one to watch out for. He needs to convert these big starts. AB field typically favours batsmen so we'll see how Qld bat.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    The best young batsman in the country. He bats like a left-handed Michael Slater. Maddinson just goes after the bowling from the word go but not in the bludgeoning style of Warner. Still, I agree with the comments so far - needs consistency and also should turn those 80s into big 100s. Viewers should also watch out for his Sutherland teammate Ben Dwarshuis who is 12th man in this match and should get a run in the side soon. A left arm quick and right-handed batsman who is only 18. Has a look of Mitchell Johnson in his bowling style, only more accurate. He also bats much better than Johnson.

  • James on November 13, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @Ganguly: He played well, but he still needs a lot more time before he reaches the sort of consistency he needs to be an Australia player, how ever he has done well in recent times to lift his average from the low thirties now hovering around the 40 mark so atleast he is improving, but not just there yet.

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