Derbyshire v Australia A, Tour match, Derby, 2nd day

Palladino surprises tourists with bat

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July 28, 2012

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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

Tony Palladino bowled Derbyshire to victory with 5 for 50, Derbyshire v Glamorgan, Derby, 4th day, July 14 2011
Fast bowler Tony Palladino scored his maiden first-class century © PA Photos
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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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Posted by reddawn1975 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.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by Sunil_Batra 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.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by Paul_Rampley 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.

Posted by zenboomerang 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...

Posted by VB_Andy 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....

Posted by reddawn1975 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.

Posted by jkaussie 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.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

smith scoring runs, i hope he get more of a bowl and takes wickets

Posted by MattyP1979 on (July 29, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

I can understand why CA wants Mitch to regain some form. He is at that age now when he should be at his peak, but he seems to have lost it altogether. They wont want to rush the gifted youngsters in but i fear that will happen. I believe for the next few years Aus will be opting the 90's English selection process of chop and change. Cowan looks decent so he will be dropped, and can any tell me why you keep backing Smith, seems a nice guys but the lad bowls pies and can't bat.....????

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 29, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Good to see Khawaja in the runs for Derbyshire - I hope he scores a mountain of runs in the near future - I'd love to see him back in the Test side - if only the ACB treated him with half of the understanding that they did MJ, he may well have cashed-in against an uninterested and lacklustre IND and carried that form to WI as well (where most of our batsmen failed to stamp their authority). If he's not the best young talent locally, just hope he's given the opportunity to prove himself again.

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 29, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

I can't understand Ed Cowan not opening the batting - more runs in English conditions aren't going to do his chances any harm, are they?? Have to agree with RandyOZ, MJ must be "one hell of a bloke", because the whole ACB establishment just seem to support him 100%, give him free rein and so on. The softly-softly approach hasn't worked with him in the past - and every opposition team now thinks of him as having a "glass jaw" - I'll be very surprised if he manages to claw his way back into the Test side - he's had a plethora of chances already, so the only way back for him is a host of wickets at the domestic level, forget about the batting side of things. I'd like to see Paine gets some runs on this tour. Don't know about Forrest, personally, I think the ACB are kidding themselves if he's the "next cab on the rank" for the Test team, but I've been wrong many-a-time before.

Posted by Mary_786 on (July 29, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

Great to see Khawaja get some runs against a very good bowling attack in Bird, Starc and Lyon. Promising signs for the classy left hander. He was well on his way to a 100 had they not declared.

Posted by RandyOZ on (July 29, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

Agree with zenboomerang. Makes about solutely no sense. Johnson must be a top bloke because be seems to have a lot of mates in the Australian setup.

Posted by zenboomerang on (July 29, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

May as well jump up & down on my soap box again... lol... I can understand pushing up Smith & Paine so they got a bat, but why Johnson to no.5 - can anyone make any sense of that... Starc has a better batting average, so why not push him up?... & whats with putting Burns at no.9?... Surely he needs more time in the middle with the bat - more than Cowan & Johnson... With so many selectors on duty, why these flights of fancy with the batting order, especially as we have two 4-day games coming up against Eng A... Can't see how you get any team unity & balance out of this...

Posted by Meety on (July 29, 2012, 1:15 GMT)

I think this day will be just about the top his highlights reel!

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