Australia A v England Lions, Hobart

Burns leads way in thumping win

Daniel Brettig

February 18, 2013

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Australia A 7 for 315 (Burns 114, Ferguson 74, Clarke 4-54) beat England Lions 193 (Taylor 79) by 122 runs

Joe Burns reaches his century, Australia A v England Lions, Hobart, February 18, 2013
Joe Burns anchored Australia A with a measured innings © Getty Images
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A pair of notable reinforcements made little difference to the England Lions as they were pummelled once more by Australia A in Hobart, this time by 122 runs.

Alex Hales and Stuart Meaker were called into the team having played for England during the northern winter, but neither was able to make much impression on the hosts, who glided to a strong total after being sent in thanks to Joe Burns' century and a neat 74 by Callum Ferguson.

James Taylor provided the only semblance of resistance for the Lions in their chase, which petered out in the face of a consistent display that had John Hastings, Alister McDermott, Cameron Boyce and the captain Aaron Finch all claiming two wickets apiece.

The visitors were notably sloppy with the ball, conceding no fewer than 28 wides, as opposed to the six delivered by the hosts. Australia A's only concern was a second injury to emerge from the series, Nathan Coulter-Nile diagnosed with an adductor strain and sent home to Perth to recover.

Setting off in pursuit of their distant target, the visitors had a touch of good fortune when Alex Hales was turfed by Hastings in the slips, but Richardson soon had the wicket in any event, coaxing another edge that was held by Tim Paine behind.

Varun Chopra and James Taylor prospered for a time, but Chopra was deceived by a faster ball from Finch and bowled, before Ben Foakes failed to take advantage of being grassed first ball by Paine when he was run out, Taylor failing to respond to the striker's call.

From there the innings slipped away meekly, Boyce gaining some useful turn for his two wickets while Hastings was accurate and McDermott sealed the win with consecutive yorkers.

The Lions' XI had been bolstered by the inclusions of Hales and Meaker, both England representatives during the southern summer, and the latter struck with the third ball of the match, squaring up Finch and drawing an edge to Chopra in the slips.

It was a rare delivery of the requisite new-ball precision however, as Burns and Alex Doolan made merry on a warm Hobart morning. They feasted on a steady diet of balls directed at leg stump or wide outside off, and they seemed in little danger of being separated until Doolan called Burns through for a single to short fine leg and was run out by Craig Overton's direct hit.

Ferguson, recovered from a groin strain that kept him out of game one, joined Burns for a busy partnership that reaped 128 runs, again with a minimum of risk though Foakes appeared to grass a pair of half-chances standing up to the stumps.

Burns reached his maiden century in limited overs matches, a strong display after walking to the wicket early in the day, and his departure signalled the start of late innings festivities that would reap 104 runs from the final 10 overs. Ben Cutting struck the most telling blow, swinging a Meaker slower ball over square leg and clean out of the ground. It was to be a neat summary of the result.

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Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@brusselslion on (February 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT) - whilst he has been known to exagerate a bit, Hilfy is #9 on the ICC rankings & Lyon is ranked ABOVE Panesar!

Posted by brusselslion on (February 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

jonesy2 on (February 18, 2013, 14:10 GMT): "..all my statements are playing out." Oh how true: "Hilf world top 5 bowler""Lyon 2nd best spinner in the world!!!" I see that you have added a few more gems: "world class stars like ferguson, burns, boyce, NCN, mcdermott, hastings etc". Keep 'em coming, mate!

Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (February 19, 2013, 2:33 GMT) - some of those wides I think was partly the keeper's fault as some of the deliveries Foakes missed should of been taken & they went for 5 runs. That said it was 16 wide balls which is too many. IMO - the out of season "excuse" is not valid for ODIs as part of a test tour, as there is "theoretical" enuff tour games to compensate.I do believe that the fact the Lions are relatively inexperienced at International level & came in for just List A games - does cut them some slack, that said Meaker (bowled 3 wides in the first over), has been touring a bit & so I don't think he fits the "inexperienced" category.

Posted by PFEL on (February 19, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

Aaron Finch bowling himself a full 10 overs. That's interesting. He could be the next Darren Lehmann-type bowler.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 19, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

I don't necessarily go for the whole "out of season" excuse either because every overseas tour is out of season from that point of view. That said, most of these Lions players are not regular international cricketers so playing overseas after not having played for months would have some impact. When all's said and done though, while this is obviously not the strongest Lions team possible, the results have been disappointing. Hopefully the experience can help some of the key players improve but the performances have not been great, especially from the bowlers. 28 wides is not acceptable under any circumstances.

Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

@OhhhhhMattyMatty on (February 18, 2013, 20:20 GMT) - "... No Bresnan, no Onions, no Shahzad, no Hildreth, no Carberry, no Patel, no Briggs, no Tredwell, no Woakes, no Bairstow, no Panesar, no Wright, no Harris, no Compton, no Dernbach, no Morgan, no Bopara, no Kieswetter and no Davies..."

Thank God they didn't send that squad - for ODI purposes its even WORSE! LOL!

BTW - Woakes & Morgan ARE playing in NZ!!!! Doh! Also, you are so funny, thinking Dernbach will actually IMPROVE this squad - LOL!

Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

@dunger.bob on (February 18, 2013, 12:02 GMT) - I have high hopes for him too, but it is not his time (IMO) YET, at Test level. He got out TWICE to Agar in the last Shield game. The thing that dissappointed me is, he looked like he threw his innings away. Possibly due to some BBL hangover, but he really needs to finish the Shield season strongly. I'd rather him hitting that ton against Victoria. @blink182alex on (February 18, 2013, 13:52 GMT) - all very relevant points. Being out of season for an ODI tour is dificult, (see Oz in Eng). The purpose of this tour proabbly was with the 2015 W/Cup in mind + some support for the NZ tour. That said, some of the Victorian sides that were fielded were 3rd rate, & any loss against that "quality" is not good. The Oz A sides are very strong, Ferguson & burns would be in my ODI squad, & I am a fan of Cutting. @WheresTheEmpire on (February 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT) - sort of true, but say Oz tour of India is not really out of season for example.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

@Si Baker, great to see you think England can discount 18 year old Overton for this years Ashes,lol! in fact the very young lad has done well on the tour so far! probably just six years too soon!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

You know the Aussies are struggling when their fans start using an England Lions loss as proof of their 'dominance'. Two Ashes in a row and an ODI win last year. Bring on the back to back series this year, i'm sure Jimmy Anderson is trembling in his boots about facing stars like Khawaja, Cowan, Warner and Wade.

Posted by OhhhhhMattyMatty on (February 18, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

(Ignoring 1st teamers!) No Bresnan, no Onions, no Shahzad, no Hildreth, no Carberry, no Patel, no Briggs, no Tredwell, no Woakes, no Bairstow, no Panesar, no Wright, no Harris, no Compton, no Dernbach, no Morgan, no Bopara, no Kieswetter and no Davies. Almost an England 5th XI!!! Only Taylor and Hales would be in an England ODI 2nd XI out of those lot!

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (February 18, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

What is it with the Lions and picking a tried and tested failure at the top level every tour? For years we kept picking the dreadful Rob Key, this probably destroyed the international chances of very talented openers like Lyth and Godleman. And now we keep picking Rikki Clark, tried and many times failed for England - and while he gets a full bat and bowl every game, Bairstow is left to rot as twelfth man for the first eleven. Surely it would serve English cricket better if Bairstow got knock after knock after knock through the winter, while Clark is used as the specialist fielder in NZ.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Now then jonesy, been a while, not had much to say recently? Nothing from you over on the Ind A v Aus game, is that cause you didn't do very well? For the record, this probably isn't our A side, if our first XI is Cook Compton Trott KP Bell Root (for argument's sake) Prior Broad (again for argument's sake) Swann Anderson Finn, then we leave out Morgan, Woakes, Tremlett, Onions, Patel, Panesar, Bairstow, Buttler, Harris, Tredwell, Briggs (who is injured), Luke Wright, etc... The Aus A side has so many capped players comparatively, for us people like Rikki Clarke, Craig Overton, Chris Wright, Topley, Foakes et al would not even be considered if there wasn't an England tour on (and consequently for each of the squads, 'squad players' are needed). Not unexpected, to be honest.

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (February 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

I don't understand this latest "out of season" excuse. Most series in other countries are played out of season.

They are cricketers, not fruit.

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 18, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

burns should be in india right now not belting woeful touring teams. this was embarrassing a few smashings ago i dont know what it is now but i couldnt be enjoying it more, all my statements are playing out, in a nutshell: australia with huge depth and huge talent, england with simply none. did that stuart meaker guy play for england or was the next england (sth africa) bowler to show he has nothing? 1-70 off 9 overs, ouch. where do england go now? west indies? or keep searching south africa for a diamond in the rough so to speak because right now they only have fools gold at best. or maybe im being harsh when you look at who they were up against, world class stars like ferguson, burns, boyce, NCN, mcdermott, hastings etc. @ Si Baker, that was brilliant well done ha

Posted by blink182alex on (February 18, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Bear in mind England Lions side are out of season, and this can play a factors as we saw with the WI in the recents odi's, and also Aus in England for the odi's last year.

However, the Aus A side looks pretty strong and is far better than the Lions. With the exception of spin bowling, i think Australia has FAR GREATER strength in depth than England, however England have a more balanced better quality test side, take out Cook, KP, Prior and Anderson and it becomes a very average side.

Posted by Jay32 on (February 18, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

This time last year Australia had no depth in both batting and bowling. The emergence of Cutting,NCN,Ali Macdermott, James faulkner and kane Richardson has given Australia much needed depth in the ODI bowling department. For tests, Joel Paris, Ali Macdermott, Cameron Ganon, Chad Sayers and Ben Cutting are good prospects. In the batting front, Nic Maddinson, Joe Burns, Travis Head , Scot Henry, Mitchell Marsh ,Kurtis Patterson , Alex Doolan , Callum Ferguson and Shaun Marsh will be part of Australia's batting depth. To simply put England Lions boys have lost to our country's bowling and batting depth. Period

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 18, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

@ Meety on (February 18, 2013, 8:37 GMT) : Agree with you all the way re Burns. I've got high hopes for him and would like to see him in the frame sooner rather than later... send him to India tomorrow in fact. I would rather see a specialist batsman at 6 than some bit's and pieces all-rounder which is what we're going to get it seems. .. re. this game If the idea was for the English to draw upon this pool of players if reinforcements are needed over in NZ, they might have to look at Plan B.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

As paradoxical as it might seem, this has been a splendid tour for the Lions, as it now means we can simplify the selection process for the upcoming Ashes double-header by crossing several players - Overton, Wright, Clarke & Coles, for example - off our list of Possibles, while from an Aussie perspective the success of Burns, Ferguson, Finch, Marsh, McDermott et al will merely serve to cloud already muddy selectorial waters still further. It was also encouraging to note that Alex Hales nudged the England selectors yet again by contributing a devil-may-care eight, while Stuart Meaker highlighted his international credentials once more by going for an insouciant eight an over. Finally, should England ever require a like-for-like replacement for Jade Dernbach, then, with two wickets on the tour at 138 each & an economy rate of over 6 RPO, Chris Wright's their man.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 18, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Well done to Burns, but not much can be gathered from a ton against the English Lions, in 5 games Quiney, Carters, Marsh have also made tons against them and several other scores of high 50's. Time to get these Australian A players back playing state cricket so they can push there respective cases for upcoming cricket tours.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (February 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

what's rikki clarke doing in d eng lions team??

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 18, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

This is without a doubt, a conclusive indictivative statement; of the dismal state that Australian cricket is in. The five long years of English dominance just continues to cloud over our player's minds. Just look at how England pummeled us when we had oh so much preparation and oh so many players in contention for tests in the 2012 odi series. The cupboard is truly bare in all aspects of our youth, just look how miserly the aus A team performed against the likes of south Africa, Sri Lanka and the lions, the talent of players is without a doubt, at it's lowest ever ebb. This series doesn't matter anyway, it's not like its showing the talent and differences in the respective country's youth anyway. Us Australians can content ourselves with a meaningless A tour against england's second XI, having had four less test losses than England from the same amount of games and not being demolished by Pakistan and SA. but the truth is, we haven't yet beaten a minnow Indian team, so we're horrible.

Posted by Meety on (February 18, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Assuming England will turn their fortunes around over in NZ, but at the moment, ODIs are looking pretty shabby for the Poms. The Lions under pressure to win a match. @Jayzuz on (February 18, 2013, 7:43 GMT) - where did you get that quote from? == == == Burns has shown why he probably should of got an ODI game INSTEAD of Khawaja. Burns is all class, although I wish he was playing the Shield match. He's got to be near considered for a touring squad soon. == == == No surprises that Ferguson scored runs again. He should definately be in the batting line up of a full strength Ozzy ODI side.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 18, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Well, this is just getting embarrassing now.

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