Derbyshire v Australia A, Tour match, Derby, 1st day

Cowan hundred leads strong opening day

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July 27, 2012

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Derbyshire 57 for 1 trail Australia A 362 for 4 (Cowan 109, Bailey 81*, Burns 74*) by 305 runs
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Ed Cowan survived until stumps, West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Barbados, 2nd day, April 8, 2012
Ed Cowan began Australia A's tour with a hundred © AFP
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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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Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by Brumby90 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Mary_786 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by zenboomerang 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 :) ...

Posted by   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.

Posted by zenboomerang 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...

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

@zenboomerang I agree, Johnson shouldn't have gotten the new ball but I can understand why it happened. It comes down to him being a very expensive investment for Cricket Australia, and us desperately trying to wring something of value out of it. Yes, he has a bad track record as an opener, yes he's of questionable form and fitness, but just like we want batsmen to get exposure on this tour we want to try and get Mitch in wicket-taking form, so he gets the ball when it's most dangerous. Incidentally, no I don't think it's going to work...

Posted by kevinpp24 on (July 28, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

lol I'm confused with Joe burns and Jackson bird, I meant to say Bird's stats were philanderesque BTW Burns has brilliant stats as well. Its always good to have a strong Aus side, strong teams are always good for cricket.

Posted by jonesy2 on (July 28, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

yeah the best spinner in the world playing for aus a is pretty weird among other weird selections. as long as they dominate and everyone gets some time to perform

Posted by zenboomerang on (July 28, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

So why did Johnson open the bowling?... Starc has good county form & had a good Oz summer, so why Johnson who has missed 6+ mths of cricket given the new ball?... Starc is the current best lefty playing FC in Oz - for me... Johnson doesn't have a good record in Eng & has to prove his creds again before ever getting the new ball before Starc in the longer formats & for this tour...

Posted by FatBoysCanBat2 on (July 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

@Meety: I have followed Joe Burns career since he made 140no on first-class debut and it seems that the sooner Australia pick him in the Test side the better. He just continues to churn out runs at this level and he seems quite a distance ahead of the other young Australian batsmen in-terms of talent and his ability to make scores regularly.

Posted by kevinpp24 on (July 28, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

It'll be good experience for Aus A players, M Johnson in 'A' tour is good as well. I think you always need couple of experienced Batsmen and bowlers to help out the youngsters or else it'll all be doom and gloom. @ behind_bowlers_arm, yep I saw Joe burns stats it's philanderesque and it always excites me to see quick bowlers emerge, doesnt matter which country he is. @ meety, Doherty in tests is an awful selection but he's pretty good in ODIs. Don't get deceived by is stats, most of the time he play in unresponsive tracks unlike Sub-cont spinners. He's good to go until Aus find an able spinner in ODIs.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

@Meety, spot on..... Going to be real interesting to see how Ussie goes today. Shame Phil Hughes didn't play against South Africa.

Posted by Aussie_nrz on (July 28, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

I think Alister McDermott, Ben Cutting, N. Coulter Nile and Jon Holland should be used as bowlers in next match. Steve Smith can be replaced with Liam Davis for next match if needed. Select best bowlers from matches against Derbyshire and Durham and give them chances against England lions.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (July 28, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Looking forward to watching Khawaja bat against a very good Aus A bowling attack. I was surprised Cowan declared so early robbing Burns of his century, don't think that was right because the goal is to give all batsman a bat including Paine, not to win the game as this is just a warm up to the big games against the Lions.

Posted by Mary_786 on (July 28, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

Looking forward to watching Khawaja bat, he will have his work cut out against Starc, Jackson, Lyon and Johnson, it won't be the easy bowling attack that the Aus A batting attack got, so a century for him will be worth alot more then Cowan's.

Posted by RandyOZ on (July 28, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

Will be great to see how Khawaja goes. He has a point to prove as he could argue he should be in that side. For all the famed English bowling strength, as Meet said that was below Redbacks standard.

Posted by Meety on (July 27, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK - in fact there is more chance of Smith & Maxwell playing as the lead spinner before Doherty in a test (IMO)! @Behind_the_bowlers_arm - re: Burns. I was hoping he'd start the tour well. I am not going to get excited about this day of cricket, as the Derbyshire side's attack that was fielded - would be below Sth Oz by a long way in quality, (although fairly experienced). That being said, I was really happy that started well, suddenly he has a career FC batting average nudging 50. Should he take his chances, he has a strong chance of a Baggy Green, the NSP are in the market for new blood! @Chris_P - spot on. I seriously doubt his inclusion in this squad is anything other than a fact finding mission for Lyon. == == == All up a bit of fun for the Ozzy batsmen, raining 6s & 4s. Really just a sighter for future battles just around the corner. England have obliged & selected a reasonably strong batting line up, although I think bowling is a shade light! (IMO).

Posted by Chris_P on (July 27, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

@JG2704. Lyon is playing, I would suggest, purely for experience. He started his first class career only in the last 2 years & hasn't played many games at that level. Every game he plays adds to his experience & a stint playing in England would only add value.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (July 27, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Like Cowan , Lyon is playing though a Test player to get experience on English wickets prior to the Ashes. Its a bit of a mixed team that way but still dont understand Johnson playing rather than someone like Cutting. Good to see Joe Burns do well today. Great experience for him.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 27, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

@JG2704: Australia'a treatment of their spinners is shocking. I wouldn't be surprised if Doherty gets picked ahead of Lyon in tests as well.

Posted by JG2704 on (July 27, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Just wondering whay Lyon was playing for Aus A - Thought he was established 1st teamer. Also it'll be interesting to see how Khawaja gets on.

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