BCB XI v Australians, tour game, Fatullah April 7, 2011

Hastings, batsmen set up easy Australian win

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Australians 308 for 6 (Hussey 69*, Ponting 69) beat Bangladesh Cricket Board XI 218 for 7 (Maisuqur 68, Raqibul 65) by 90 runs

John Hastings, the medium-pacer, derailed the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI chase with a hat-trick to spur the visiting Australians to a comprehensive victory in their only warm-up game ahead of the three-match ODI series.

Raqibul Hasan and Maisuqur Rahman had built a solid century stand in the BCB XI's response to 308, though the hosts were well behind the required rate. But that partnership was put to an end by Hastings, who bowled Raqibul for 65 and trapped Alok Kapali and Shuvagoto Hom off successive deliveries to claim a hat-trick in the 36th over. He wasn't done, as he returned in the 38th over to dislodge Maisuqur. The tail offered some resistance as BCB XI limped to 218 for 7.

Australia's strong performance with the bat centered around half-centuries from four of their batsmen - Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey. Ponting, having relinquished his post as captain, played a fluent innings, striking 10 fours and a six in his 69. Clarke, his successor, made 55 in 56 balls and Hussey made a quickfire 69.

At 236 for 3 at the end of 41 overs, Australia would have hoped to pile up more than what they eventually got, but it proved more than sufficient. The first of three ODIs begins on April 9 in Dhaka.

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  • Basil on April 9, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    @hyclass. You're a genius. I totally agree. @Meety. Tait based on form, skill, and commitment did not deserve to be picked ahead of some other bowlers for the wcup, which just highlights the stupidity of our selections. Two sprayguns in one team was not going to work. As for Lillee, your right, they are chalk and cheese - one had the heart of a lion and the other has the heart the size of a pea. Ones commitment deserved to play for Aus, the other has cheapened the badge.

  • Christopher on April 9, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    Anyone with the capacity to view cricket in an intelligent,dispassionate manner will be well aware that our 1st class competition is as healthy as at any time in its history.It is only the subject of conversation because the selection,coaching, administration AND captaincy of australian cricket have refused all accountability and have made shield cricket and pitches a scape goat.These same state cricketers are not being selected to play for australia and are unable to respond.How often in the last 3 years have we been astonished and frustrated by the ineptitude displayed in selection and coaching?This last season saw australia in the grip of unusual weather conditions that made the preparation of excellent pitches difficult and slowed outfields and run scoring.There were still many outstanding batting and bowling performances.It may seem old fashioned but selecting players only if they perform brought us our success.Integrity may be out of favour but success cannot exist without it.

  • Andrew on April 9, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    I don't know what NSW selectors will do when Starc & Hazlewood are fit again with Stu Clark (I know he is past his best but I think his experience is vital), Copeland & Cummins. Spin bowling is pretty tight too with, Hauritz & O'keefe + Casson making a return late this season. 3. There is more YOUNG talent playing Shield cricket then any time since World Series cricket right now! Who knows where QLDers like Lynn, Burns & Feldmen will be in 1 or 2 yrs time. WA has Beaton, M Marsh, Coulter-Niles. SA with Richardson, Lyon, O'Brien, Christian & a (resurgent?) Cullen Bailey. Tassie with its 2 allrounders Butterworth & Faulkner. Victoria's Pattinson & Wade, (who I in my mind is ahead of Paine in the race to replace Haddin). In the past Shield sides have been choc-full of seasoned veterans still peaking, (M Hussey), with some on the way out, (Gillespie/Bichel), & the odd young up & comer (Pup or Punter). Interesting times ahead me thinks!

  • Andrew on April 9, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    @whitesXI/Glaser re: Domestic comp. I don't believe ANY of our Test players started thinking they were TOO good to play Shield cricket. I think that pulling out of Shield cricket was a productive of a heavy schedule, a schedule that has our best cricketers out of the country when the Shield Final is on. I think the problems our domestic cricket has are; 1. Alot of very good test players retired in a short period of time, players that had long careers - starting back around when M Waugh retired, the list is very high profile. It was hard going to get a spot in a Shield side let alone get to tour with a development squad. Suddenly (in a few short years), heaps of spaces became available, thats created a slight vaccuum, I don't think it is too far below past standards. 2. I think there is a talent imbalance, with a large chunk of young talent being produced in the one state, NSW, (I know this will pizz Victorians off!). TBC!

  • Andrew on April 9, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - yeah well you are entitled to that opinion re: Tait. The example you used with Lillee is chalk & cheese in some ways, Lillee was injured early in his career. Also - Lillee was a great of the game & to be that good you're born with a hunger few would possess. I think you need to walk a mile in somebodys shoes before you make comments like that IMO. How do we know that he hasn't had career ending injuries that would of stopped most cricketers. The selectors (& no way am I a fan of them), rolled the dice & came up busted! Theory was right & early on in the Cup, I thought he would get better, he went the other way. Spewing, but I'd like to think he did his best.

  • Alex on April 8, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    @ Leigh Glaser - I maintain that our domestic comp is still world rated, look at how our champions t20 teams go compared to the world even with our best playing for the IPL teams. But my point remains shouldn't we be using this time to determine who among our up and comers can face the pressure of international cricket, rather than have ponting play past his prime which doesn't get us anywhere

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Come on whites X1, we once had the stongest domestic comp. in the world but not any more. That went when the test players began to think that they were too good to play shield or grade. The result being as you said some monumental failures of young guys when they have been called up. They weren't getting the hard cricket at lower levels by playing regularly against the best, so when called upon it was too much for them. Until the attitude of test players change and they stop acting like prima donnas our cricket will go nowhere.

  • Basil on April 8, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    @Meety, please don't stick up for Tait - he was nurtured by CA and he let them down. He has a heart the size of a pea. To only restrict himself to T20 shows where hi$ heart i$. Dennis Lillee when faced with a career ending back injury went on a fitness regime and re-modeled his action to prolong his career. We can't expect that of Tait...he's already a millionaire.

  • Hasib on April 8, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Shahriar Nafees, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 5 Alok Kapali/Raqibul Hasan/Shuvagoto Hom, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Surawadi Shuvo, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Abdur Razzak

  • Hector on April 8, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    @Something_Witty....Um, no...I maintained from day one Tait and Krejza were NOT up to scratch. The writing was on the wall even in the practice games. Tait HAD lost a significant amount of pace from last year. Siddle is now quicker.....not that this is relevant... and the speedgun can be misleading. His now almost sidearm deliveries actually read higher than actual speed. As much as we might Not like to admit it, there is no doubt in my mind (and most other bloggers) that D. Hussey would have been less expensive and got more wickets than old half tracker Krejza. I don't want to see him represent Australia ever again in any form....He ain't got it!!!! Yes, you are right in Hussey not being an adequate spinner...no doubt about it...but he was the best option that was selected in that squad thanks to SFB Hilditch not giving O'Keefe a run. Even young Maxwell from Victoria would have been better. And there, we would have had a batsman who could have caused major satellite disruption.

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