Derbyshire v Australia A, Tour match, Derby, 1st day July 27, 2012

Cowan hundred leads strong opening day

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Derbyshire 57 for 1 trail Australia A 362 for 4 (Cowan 109, Bailey 81*, Burns 74*) by 305 runs

The Australia A batsmen, led by captain Ed Cowan, enjoyed a productive start to their tour of England as they made 362 for 4 against Derbyshire. Cowan laid the platform with 109 and the middle-order built on his work with brisk half-centuries from George Bailey and Joe Burns.

Batting is Australia's biggest concern at the moment and one of the major aims of this trip for Australia A is build knowledge and expertise in English conditions ahead of next year's Ashes. Cowan, who currently holds one of the opening slots in the Test side, prepared for this trip with a short spell with Gloucestershire and carried his good form into this match as he reached three figures off a spritely 123 balls.

Following the early loss of Michael Klinger, caught by fellow Australian Usman Khawaja off Mark Turner, there were substantial partnerships throughout the innings. Cowan and Peter Forrest, who is one of four players in this team who were on the recent one-day tour, added 89 for the second wicket before David Wainwright, the left-arm spinner, removed Forrest for the first of his three wickets.

Shortly after reaching his hundred Cowan was stumped off Wainwright but Bailey, Australia's Twenty20 captain, played a forthright innings that included 12 fours and two sixes to keep the momentum going. With an eye on the future Joe Burns, a highly-rated 22-year-old from Queensland, began his tour promisingly with a brisk 74 including three sixes, two of which came in three balls off Wainwright in the last over before the declaration.

In reply, Derbyshire made a steady start against Mitchell Johnson and Jackson Bird - the former well known to English audiences and the latter who has 53 wickets in eight first-class matches at 16 - but Matt Lineker fell shortly before the close to Mitchell Starc.

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  • Andrew on July 28, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Not a good day in the office for Oz. It puts Oz's 1st innings in perspective. There is an outside chance for a result in this match - although Oz's total is deceptive. Good day for Khawaja! Also you would think that Palladino will be a little bit happy about his day out. A maiden FC ton a gainst an attack containing 3 Test bowlers!

  • Mark on July 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Unfortunately, this match is showing just how poor Aussie cricket now is. Crumbling against the might of Derbyshire?????????????. Smashed around by a guy who has never scored a 100 in 10 years of county cricket. Bleak times ahead for Australian cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    gee, the aussies only taking 3 wickets against Derbyshire, who is gonna stand up and be counted in the bowling ranks, well done on not taking Waqar as bowling coach, just lost a master of fast bowling, fantastic, just imagine all the experience we could have gave to our up and coming fast bowlers, whats dennis lilliee doing these days, or steve waugh??? seriously, the aussie bowlers need inspiration from a bowling great who was there hero when they were young!!! winters mite be a good coach but sometimes you just need a fast bowling great to bring the emotion out of a quick to show what there made of. im telling you now,,,,only a Wasim will resurrection Mitch's career.

  • Mariam on July 28, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Great to see Khawaja geta 50 not out against a strong Aus A bowling attack, promising signs for the youngster.

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @Zenboomerang... Okay, maybe i need to restate/clarify that. The NSP are seemingly clear in their direction to me, in that they keep on picking Johnson and Forrest, that is a clear direction and you could add Smith to that list too. What is unclear, and what is seemingly bothering you, is whether or not that's a good idea.... hahaha ;) I'm not sure it's the best direction either. I could possibly see Forrest doing a job in the test team for instance but you are right in that he has no place in the odi team, but i strongly suspect the selectors have been picking he and Bailey in the odi team to hasten their progression at international level... With Johnson I have no idea, but as KP said it's no bad thing to have a few hard heads around the squad. Cheers.

  • Roo on July 28, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Jono Makim :- "i'm not so sure the NSP is unclear where they are going"... OK - Forrest in the ODI team?... One of the worst OD averages & s.r. records among the Ryobi Cup last season - check his stats... Johnson being brought back to ODI's before getting any FC cricket above better performing bowlers... I could go on "ad nauseum" if you would like me too... Not trying to be critical of your comment, just tired of NSP gambles lately (may have potential - rather than good recent form)... Do appreciate your comments lately & most are excellent :) ...

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @Zenboomerang, i'm not so sure the NSP is unclear where they are going. I think they're making some things quite clear now, patterns are appearing in their selections. It's pretty clear that Bailey, Forrest and Cowan for instance are going to be given every opportunity to make the next level with the bat........................ @Randyoz, I'm not too concerned that Khawaja, Hughes and others aren't in the A side, they'll be getting even more experience just playing county matches, Hughes in particular is scoring heavy runs and that will do as much for them in terms of becoming better cricketers as being a part of the A tour would have.

  • Roo on July 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    @Jared Hansen... Fully agree - it was more of a rhetorical question, thank you for a v.g. reply :) ... With Inverarity, Marsh, (guessing Arthur, De Winter) being there they are treating these games as a fact finding mission - don't have any problems with Johnson playing & getting a run as we all need to now how his mental strengths & changed bowling action are going... Just for me, Johnson will unlikely ever open for Oz in Tests in the future, while Starc will have many opportunities (if given the chance)... Just getting tired of the NSP approach to picking teams without a clear idea of where said teams are going to in the future, let alone looking at recent form...

  • Andrew on July 28, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @Jared H - I think Starc he has been seen more as a change bowler, I can't remember whether he got the new ball in the WIndies or not (think he may of), but his other 3 tests he didn't, & he doesn't always open the bowling for NSW, about half & half. For Yorkshire he opened in the short forms, but I think he was a change bowler mostly in FC games.

  • Andrew on July 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - sorry my first comment didn't make it (so it makes the start of my comment on (July 27 2012, 21:58 PM GMT) a bit weird - I said something along the lines of the order for a spinning spot would be 1. Lyon, 2. Beer (not convinced), 3. Holland (not yet but just by his inclusion in this team), 4. O'Keefe (my favourite for next shot should Lyon be injured), 5. Boyce (prefer ahead of Holland), 6. Hauritz (dunno if he was that bad in the 1st place?) then probably Krezja, then Doherty although I would prefer Cullen Bailey get a crack before those two! @Jono Makim - it would of been a great marker, had Hughes played. @FatBoysCanBat2 - at about the same time Maddinson & Beaton debuted & have sort of stalled, whereas he has tracked well. Converts his 50s into 100s fairly well. @kevinpp24 - re: correction - LOL! When I read your 1st comment I thought you just must of been a real Burns fan!

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