BCB XI v Australians, tour game, Fatullah

Hastings, batsmen set up easy Australian win

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April 7, 2011

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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 celebrates the fall of a wicket with his team-mates, BCB XI v Australia, April 7, 2011
John Hastings rattled the hosts with a hat-trick © Associated Press

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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Posted by VivGilchrist 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.

Posted by hyclass 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.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by whitesXI 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by VivGilchrist 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.

Posted by hasib9 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

Posted by Okakaboka 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.

Posted by whitesXI on (April 8, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

Not to take anything away from ponting's steller career, but what can he really be hoping to achieve by staying in the team? Our domestic competition is one of the most competitive in the world and has some young gun players chomping at the bit to be selected for aus (admittedly some have failed epicly in their attempts once in the squad) now should be the perfect time to blood some of these players, not prolong ponting's deluded fantasies of playing another ashes tour

Posted by banaus on (April 8, 2011, 2:50 GMT)

Just note how many player from Bangladesh main team played in this match! don't write off Bangladesh yet!!

Posted by Meety on (April 8, 2011, 0:55 GMT)

@banglacricketfan - I'd have Raqi ahead of Siddique in ODIs (Siddique looks on the improve in Tests though). @ stationmaster - mate, I think Pup will be TESTED well in truly BEFORE the Ashes! Test series IN SL AND Sth A, home series v India! Not much tougher then that!!!

Posted by Meety on (April 8, 2011, 0:51 GMT)

@Afzal Zakaria - this "acadamy" side is stronger then thee Bang A side with players much closer to National selection then what is in SA. The gap IS NOT that big between Oz & any of the other sides in ODIs or Tests. If it was why were India 5 wickets down with 80/90 runs to go at a run a ball in the WC semi & won by only 1 wicket in one of the recent tests??? @Something_Witty - I was very keen to seen D Hussey in the side with the view to bowl 4 to 7 overs. I think his "nude" balls (LOL), would of worked & his fielding & batting would of been better then Krezja. I would never have used the term "specialist" though. But between White, Pup, Smith & D Hussey - we could of bowled 15 overs of spin a match & had depth in batting with Lee @ #10! @ jameswayne - MJ was our leading wicket taker early in the tournament & Tait was good early too. Perhaps he didn't rate Hastings high enough, he'll have to live with that.

Posted by Meety on (April 8, 2011, 0:41 GMT)

@ VivGilchrist - I agree with what you said except I think Smith is worth the investment. People forget it took S Waugh 5 or 6 years of below par performances before he paid the selectors back in spades! @Wozza-CY - yeah, I thought it was a good strategy to run with Tait, he was a part of a W/Cup winning squad. I think he (Tait), needed to be rested more often, & thats where I think Hastings should of gotten a game, v minnows. But by the time we lost to Pakistan I wanted Hastings to play against India ahead of Tait. @ cmonaussiecmon - Pup's record as captain in ODIs is significantly better then his overall career average. @din2383 - get over yourself! Who cares! @Okakaboka - whilst I was banking on White to contribute more with the BALL (& bat), you have to consider he was bowling when the match was done & dusted. @Afzal Zakaria - this "acadamy" side is stronger then thee Bang A side with players much closer to National selection then what is in SA.

Posted by bobagorof on (April 7, 2011, 23:36 GMT)

@ din2383: Who mentioned India, mate?

Posted by bobagorof on (April 7, 2011, 23:32 GMT)

Good to see Hastings getting a go, and doing well. I don't know much about him but he has a decent domestic record and is youngish (25) so he may be able to fill the Shane Lee/Ian Harvey/James Hopes role with tight bowling spells and quick runs down the order. I was disappointed he didn't get a game in the World Cup but he has a chance now to show what he can do.

Posted by CNBAS5 on (April 7, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

Good Luck to Aussies in the three ODIs against a weaker pace attack...beware they have strong spin bowlers who can surprise any team.

Posted by CNBAS5 on (April 7, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

Now it's time time for Ricky Ponting to make a mend on his captaincy debacles (selection of players) in the recent past and start scoring centuries...may be one day he will catch up with the little master in the number of centuries if he continues to play as long as he possibly can. He clearly said the he had the wisdom dawn out on him looking at Sachin's rise in the past two years. Good Luck Ricky.

Posted by stationmaster on (April 7, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

Ponting STILL showing why he's one of the best in the World, and I'm English ! He has plenty of years left in him I reckon. Michael Clarke's real test will be the ashes - that's the melting pot, the gladiatorial arena, that he must prove himself, not weak fringe sides. Can't wait to see it unfold.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

It is the right time to replace White.Ferguson is the right replacement.

Posted by britishcricketfan on (April 7, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

If there are any postives from this match for Bng, then it is Raqibul Hasan. He really should be in the team for the ODI's because he can stay at the crease for a long time and can get runs without hitting boundries. He's also a v.good fielder.

Posted by sandeepgov on (April 7, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Three hundreds in three matches for Ricky. That's my guess.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

to the aussie fans who are getting carried away by hastings and the super performance of their squad in bangladesh...the west indies thrashed the living daylights of Bangladesh:)

Posted by jameswayne on (April 7, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

John Hastings proved what Ponting is all about as captain.Load of rubbish.Ponting backed Tait right through the world cup even though he was in horrible form but his arrogance is what proved to be the downfall of Australia.His insistence with out of form players like Tait, Johnson, White and disregard for in form players like David Hussey, Ferguson and Hastings has forced him to relinquish the captaincy which he totally deserves.It was plain stupidity on the part of Ponting to bowl 3 pacers who bowled at 150 kph in subcontinent conditions and create fear in the batsmen when it was clearly the opposite.The faster the ball came, the faster it went from the bat to the boundaries.On top of it, Tait and Johnson bowled rubbish throughout the tournament and deserve to be dropped.

Posted by Something_Witty on (April 7, 2011, 18:13 GMT)

@Okakaboka, it's very easy to sit back and judge with the benefit of hindsight. Hastings had done very little to stake his claim in the team, and Tait had been a key weapon over the past year in the ODI side. The suggestion of using D Hussey as a specialist spinner is still just as silly as it was then. Someone who bowls part-time round arm darts is NOT good enough to be a specialist spinner in an ODI side. England made the same mistake when they thought Michael Yardy could do the job for them.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

It defeats all manner of logic how John Hastings didn't get to play even a single match at the World Cup..one would of course argue that this is only one match but perhaps such person should perhaps look at footage of the matches he played before the world cup...

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

this brad haddin is in super form

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Honestly this is absurd they scored 308 against an academy team not even the bangladeshi A team coz ther are in south africa ha ha and there is people in here making silly comments about proper team selection and how australia could have won the world cup .......Let's face it there is a big gulf between Australian and India now ..........

Posted by popcorn on (April 7, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

The Ponting we know is back!

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (April 7, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

that shuvgot Hom guy balled well . Ban need good attacking baller. Perhaps they should let this Hom guy a chance in their national side .

Posted by dsig3 on (April 7, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

Aus have lost so much faith in white that they have resorted to bowling him in a desperate attempt that a BD player will take pity and surrender his wicket. Bravo Duke, a hatrick is a hatrick no matter the opposition.

Posted by Piyush_Advani on (April 7, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

I really wanted John Hastings to play the QF against India in place of Shaun Tait.No disrespect to Tait,but he's always been a scattergun and his form is a bit like Jimmy Anderson,brilliant on one day,horrible on the next.And Ponting played so fluently!I really want him and Sachin to continue for a couple of years at least.Then we'll see who'll be the leading run scorer in Test cricket.

Posted by din2383 on (April 7, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

malcom sppeed comment abut sydney test 2008 are ruubish 2006 champion trophy he said india is pathetic team thet cant use their population he termed newzeland better than india .now india are world champion in 50 and test no1 .india had dethroned australia in every format of crcket u listening mr speed.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

@Okakaboka: mate, you are spot on. You echoed my words.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

Why didn't we use Hastings in the World Cup again???

Posted by Okakaboka on (April 7, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

Well, did I not say Hastings would have been a 10 trillion times better performer than old spray gun Tait. So if Hastings had played.....and we used D. Hussey as our Spinner....I would suggest we would have won the world cup. That is even with still carrying passengers like White, Smith, and Johnston. The writing is on the wall.... The selectors are just WRONG! And even for his great performance today, a good argument can be put up that Hastings shouldn't even be in the squad. That said, he made everyone else look ordinary. How come White was our most effective spinner tonight......after he has decided he can't bowl any more. What are the coaches and pschologists doing? Can someone tell Cam White he can still bat and to stop imitating barnyard chickens.

Posted by cmonaussiecmon on (April 7, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

Is the Mike Hussey form about to create a tornado again? He's in brilliant form. No discredit to Ponting, clarke and haddin, but more of these performances could prove that he can continue almost till tendulkar's age. he's definitely got the potential. Congrats Hastings, wonderful. He's got plenty of promise too. Great game for Clarke, an unofficial first ODI with the full-time captaincy. He certainly didn't succumb to the pressure and hype leading up to this match, the debate over the captaincy. He's responded beautifully. Well done.

Posted by Bytheway on (April 7, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

And John Hastings did not get a game in the World Cup........hummmm

Posted by Wozza-CY on (April 7, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

Hate to brag but in my last past I tipped Hastings bowling to effective on the sub-continent. He never bowled a ball in anger there and whoever it was responsible for not even TRYING Hastings in the WC there or selectng Tait over Hastings, be they selectors, captain or coach, all I can say is a big....DOH!!...

Posted by RakeshDash on (April 7, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

Instead of all the pre-series hypes, we will do this and that, better BD concentrate on its own game. Ricky, Watto and Lee will tear you apart.Mr Siddons definitely need a break...and also his overrated players except a few.

Posted by stevejohnson1010 on (April 7, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

My prediction for this series is : 3-0 to AUS.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

It may have been a comfortable win but 21 extras is not acceptable from a full strength Australian team.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 7, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

Hastings bowling was a plus BUT ... White fails AGAIN while Ferguson sits on the bench,smith continues to get spanked, and we've relied on 3 guys 34+yo to get our runs. Our moron selectors have made this tour a waist of time by not blooding new talent.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

For Bangladesh's 2nd team to pull of a score of 218 against Australia at full strength, is excellent news! This means that the Bangladeshi cricket team have a chance of pulling off a win!

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