Derbyshire v Australia A, Tour match, Derby, 2nd day July 28, 2012

Palladino surprises tourists with bat

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Australia A 362 for 4 dec and 141 for 6 (Smith 78, Wainwright 2-23) lead Derbyshire 269 for 3 dec (Palladino 106, Khawaja 56*) by 234 runs

Australia A endured a more testing second day to their tour of England, as Derbyshire nightwatchman Antonio Palladino reached a maiden first-class century and the visiting batsmen then stumbled to 141 for 6, a lead of 234.

There was comfort, however, in a brisk 78 from Steven Smith, batting a No. 3, as well as an unbeaten half-century from a member of the opposition - Usman Khawaja, who has played in six Tests for Australia, but has been given time away from the international set-up to work on his batting on the county circuit.

Australia A's bowlers would not have been pleased to see Derbyshire add more than 200 runs for the loss of two wickets, even if one of their own was at the other end for much of the day. Nathan Lyon and Jackson Bird made solitary breakthroughs, before the county declared 97 runs behind. The batsmen then experienced far greater difficulty than had been the case on day one.

After Ed Cowan's first-innings century, Australia A made changes to the batting order, opening with Michael Klinger and wicketkeeper Tim Paine. Mark Footitt removed both in his opening spell and Peter Forrest fell for 8, before Smith and Mitchell Johnson put on 72 for the fourth wicket. They fell in consecutive overs and with David Wainwright picking up his second wicket, that of George Bailey for 2, shortly before the close, all three results remain possible on Sunday.

Such disarray was preceded by the sight of Palladino thumping his way to a century inside the first session. Palladino's previous highest score in first-class cricket was 66, made while playing for Essex against Durham in 2010. Resuming on 4 overnight, he extended his partnership with Wayne Madsen to 49, before Lyon struck in his second over of the day to remove Derbyshire's captain for 34.

Palladino was joined by Khawaja, playing against a few familiar faces, and hit 12 off an over from Lyon to move past fifty. The bowler repeated the trick a few overs later, taking just 33 balls to move from 52 to 100, bringing up the landmark with a single off Lyon shortly before lunch. He only added six more runs, as he and Khawaja recorded a hundred partnership before Palladino was bowled by Bird.

Khawaja made a patient half-century, from 82 balls, adding another 69 with Wes Durston before Derbyshire declared three down, allowing their bowlers to continue the good work.

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  • matt on July 29, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I am 100% with you MattyP1979 why is Smith in the side in any format of the game he is an average player you have about why not play Khawaja or Callum Ferguson .the two Marsh brothers ,Rob Quiny , Nico Maddinson,,Aaron Finch ,,Liam Davis ,, Phillip Hughes,,,,Just to name a few and another guy who must on the outer circle with Australian selectors Steve O'Keefe what an excellent player would fill Smiths spot very easy.

  • Andrew on July 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Gee whiz that's a generous declaration from Cowan! On a pitch where ALL 3 innings so far have averaged over 4 rpo, he has basically set them 4.2 rpo to win. Interesting to see if the bowlers are up to the challenge!

  • Rahul on July 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @jezzastyles agree with you on Khawaja mate, great to see him get runs against a tough bowling attack. Khawaja played well, poor bloke, he was on his way to a century but for the early declaration. Bird, Starc and Johnson would have been tough to handle so well done to him. Also exciting to see Burns get some runs in this game.

  • Andrew on July 29, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @ jezzastyles/jkaussie - not saying it is right or wrong to change the batting line up, but is often done in these type of games, just have a look at what the Saffas did in their recently completed tour game against Worcs. @ reddawn1975 - bit rough to be wanting to drop a bloke after getting a good 70 odd whilst wickets were falling. I don't know what the NSPs plans are for Smith, I feel he is put in a terrible position, batting #7 in ODIs & not bowling, it comes across as a specialist fielding position!

  • Allan on July 29, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @Mat_Mcintosh, well said, great to see Khawaja get some runs against a very good Aus A bowling attack. He was on his way to a 100 before the team declared, good signs for him.

  • Roo on July 29, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    @jkaussie :- "I think this is the only warm up game before the games before Eng A"... No, another 3-dayer (Durham) before the two 4-day matches against Eng A... @jk :- your argument re his and Starc's average is spurious"... lol... Why?... If you had followed any of my comments, you would know that I have supported Johnson for his one day record (so not bagging him), but he is here as a bowler to get wkts & as an opener in this match that was his goal... He has taken the spot of an excellent up & coming batsman in Burns who would gain more from batting in a normal position... Johnson is 30y.o. & batting @21... Starc is 22y.o. with ave@26... Pattinson 22y.o. @30... For me, I know where our Test future is shaping from... Try putting up real stats & we can talk about it...

  • Andrew on July 29, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    There is still little sign of anything concrete coming out of Cricket Australia after the Ashes debacle. Johnson should be playing for his state and earning his way back in. (Personally, he should permanently go....

    Where is the mongrel in this team, hang on, I think I can hear England chuckling in the distance. Cricket Australia - sort yourself out...... Australian Cricket will be on the right path with the right team about the time Europe's debt crisis is solved....

  • matt on July 29, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    I think its quite clear the selectors and coaches have lost the plot there is a number of guys that should be in this squad that are not there it's great to see Usman Khawaja killing it in the runs he should be in that side instead of the much over rated Steve Smith (is that the first runs he's scored over 15 my god drop him)Australian selectors need to be sacked fresh eyes need to be in there selecting for our country the guys doing the job now are simply not up to standards.

  • Jon on July 29, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    I think this is the only warm up game before the games before Eng A, so they needed to get some batting time into the top 8, hence the juggled order. Having Paine, Smith and Johnson get a hit now means everybody has had time in the middle. @Zenboomerang - I know it's flavour of the month to get into Mitchell Johnson but your argument re his and Starc's average is spurious. Johnson is a far more accomplished batsman, with several Test 50's and a century, including a very important innings in his last test match, so he is always going to bat higher than Starc, if selected.

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    if smith doesn't get a bowl in the next innings then someone needs an uppercut.

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