Eng Lions v Aus A, 1st unofficial Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day August 8, 2012

Cowan leads strong Australia A reply

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Australia A 127 for 1 (Cowan 77*, Klinger 36*) trail England Lions 315 (Woakes 92, Patel 55, Morgan 50, Johnson 4-47) by 188 runs
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The Australia A captain Ed Cowan continued his productive tour of England, leading a strong reply from the visitors after the allrounder Chris Woakes scored 92 to push England Lions to 315 on the second day at Old Trafford. Mitchell Johsnon picked up 4 for 47 in an encouraging, controlled display, and at stumps Australia A were 127 for 1 in their reply, with Cowan on 77 and Michael Klinger on 36.

The only wicket claimed by the Lions was that of the Western Australian opener Liam Davis, who was lbw to Stuart Meaker for 4, before Cowan and Klinger built their unbeaten 111-run partnership. Cowan brought up his half-century from 80 balls and finished the day within sight of his second century of the tour, and Klinger started slowly before launching the spinner Simon Kerrigan for a pair of sixes straight down the ground.

It was a strong reply from the Australians after they were frustrated by Woakes, who came to the crease at 142 for 5. Woakes was keen to prove his Test credentials, having played for England in one-day and T20 cricket last year, and he put together two half-century stands, first with Samit Patel, who made 55, and then with the No.10, Meaker, who scored 22.

Woakes was impressive down the ground and fell just short of what could have been his third first-class hundred of the year when he was caught at mid-off from the bowling of Johnson, the final wicket to fall in the innings. It was a promising bowling display from Johnson, who was playing just his second first-class match since Australia's tour of South Africa last November due to a long injury lay-off.

Earlier, he had bowled James Tredwell to add to the two wickets he picked up on the first day, while the Tasmania fast bowler Jackson Bird collected two wickets, Patel caught at slip and James Harris lbw. The Victoria left-arm spinner Jon Holland started the day well, having Craig Kieswetter lbw for 16, but it was his only success of the day.

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  • Meety on August 11, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    @landl47 - I'm talking career stats.That is facts, no tampering with time frames, just start of career to current!

  • Matt. on August 10, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    sarcasrm @pat_one_back, sarcasm, you have to believe me

  • landl47 on August 10, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    @Meety: you can't possibly hope to get away with that! Over the last two years, from when both England and Australia played Pakistan in England, Johnson has played 13 tests, taken 35 wickets (2.69 wickets per match) for 1600 runs, an average of 45.7. In the same period, Anderson has played 24 tests, taken 106 wickets (4.41 wickets per match) for 2588 runs, an average of 24.4. Broad has played 21 tests, taken 86 wickets (4.09 per match) for 2181 runs, an average of 25.4. To suggest that at this point in their careers (and Johnson is the oldest of the three) they are comparable is frankly ludicrous. Johnson was a good bowler three years ago, but he isn't now; Australians (including the selectors) just seem unwilling to accept the fact.

  • landl47 on August 9, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Great to see Kerrigan doing so well, and Tredwell is proving a useful mentor. No surprise, unfortunately, in seeing Australia's batting struggle; this always looked a fragile batting side. However, Hughes' innings the other day- carrying his bat for Worcester- is a ray of hope. As I've said before, Hughes has too much talent not to become a good test player once he has his technique sorted out and, like many others before him, a season in English county cricket may prove to be the turning point in his career. As for Mitch Johnson.... 26 overs, 4-47 in the first innings, 9 overs, 0-55 in the second. Maybe he has an evil twin?

  • Meety on August 9, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @Jono Makim - Cowan (& to a lessor extent Ali Mac), is the shining light on the tour. Another ton would of been impressive - though 99 is good enuff! @landl47 - I know his last couple of years (MJ) has not been glorious, however atm his stats are still comparable to Broad & Anderson & in terms of S/R he is superior. @Mat_Mcintosh - they folded too meakly, but I am happy Khawaja & Hughes are playing County cricket & not in the A-team as this ultimately opens up more options.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on August 9, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    I think Woakes is the genuine all rounder England have been missing to balance the side, I agree not express pace but gives some variety. Jones2 you are a darling a veritable Les Patterson & who is this Johnson fellow for Aus A he will be a world beater :)

  • Mary_786 on August 9, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    As Oz fans we got too ahead of ourselves, like the game against Durham our batting fails yet again. Going from 120 for 3 to all out for 270 odd is not good enough. Its a shame that the likes of Quiney, Khawaja and Hughes are not in the batting lineup as they would strengthen it alot.

  • mikey76 on August 9, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    I think it's time woakes got a go at number 6 for the third test. He looks a good player and England need to take 20 wickets to win the test match. As for Aus A a quick declaration and Kerrigan and tredwell from either end should wrap up an easy win. Typical Johnson performance too, good in the first innings, abysmal second time round!

  • bumsonseats on August 9, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Lyon did seem abit out of his depth. 270 seems a good total to leave the aussies to win. would have liked tto have seen a full strength lions. as most of the counties complained about the # of players available during a series of county fixtures were i believe only 2 would be taken from any side. i would have liked our strongest team against the strongest aussie team.

  • MartinC on August 9, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Great to see Kerrigan perform. Old Trafford is a wicket which encourages the spinners and its Kerrigans home pitch but even so this is a guy who will be pushing for a Test place in the next year or maybe 2.

    Spin is the area were Australia are really struggling in the bowling area - their seamers are decent (if not great) while England and Swann, Panesar, Kerrigan, Briggs and Borthwick among others all of whom would walk into the Aussie Test side.

  • Meety on August 11, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    @landl47 - I'm talking career stats.That is facts, no tampering with time frames, just start of career to current!

  • Matt. on August 10, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    sarcasrm @pat_one_back, sarcasm, you have to believe me

  • landl47 on August 10, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    @Meety: you can't possibly hope to get away with that! Over the last two years, from when both England and Australia played Pakistan in England, Johnson has played 13 tests, taken 35 wickets (2.69 wickets per match) for 1600 runs, an average of 45.7. In the same period, Anderson has played 24 tests, taken 106 wickets (4.41 wickets per match) for 2588 runs, an average of 24.4. Broad has played 21 tests, taken 86 wickets (4.09 per match) for 2181 runs, an average of 25.4. To suggest that at this point in their careers (and Johnson is the oldest of the three) they are comparable is frankly ludicrous. Johnson was a good bowler three years ago, but he isn't now; Australians (including the selectors) just seem unwilling to accept the fact.

  • landl47 on August 9, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Great to see Kerrigan doing so well, and Tredwell is proving a useful mentor. No surprise, unfortunately, in seeing Australia's batting struggle; this always looked a fragile batting side. However, Hughes' innings the other day- carrying his bat for Worcester- is a ray of hope. As I've said before, Hughes has too much talent not to become a good test player once he has his technique sorted out and, like many others before him, a season in English county cricket may prove to be the turning point in his career. As for Mitch Johnson.... 26 overs, 4-47 in the first innings, 9 overs, 0-55 in the second. Maybe he has an evil twin?

  • Meety on August 9, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @Jono Makim - Cowan (& to a lessor extent Ali Mac), is the shining light on the tour. Another ton would of been impressive - though 99 is good enuff! @landl47 - I know his last couple of years (MJ) has not been glorious, however atm his stats are still comparable to Broad & Anderson & in terms of S/R he is superior. @Mat_Mcintosh - they folded too meakly, but I am happy Khawaja & Hughes are playing County cricket & not in the A-team as this ultimately opens up more options.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on August 9, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    I think Woakes is the genuine all rounder England have been missing to balance the side, I agree not express pace but gives some variety. Jones2 you are a darling a veritable Les Patterson & who is this Johnson fellow for Aus A he will be a world beater :)

  • Mary_786 on August 9, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    As Oz fans we got too ahead of ourselves, like the game against Durham our batting fails yet again. Going from 120 for 3 to all out for 270 odd is not good enough. Its a shame that the likes of Quiney, Khawaja and Hughes are not in the batting lineup as they would strengthen it alot.

  • mikey76 on August 9, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    I think it's time woakes got a go at number 6 for the third test. He looks a good player and England need to take 20 wickets to win the test match. As for Aus A a quick declaration and Kerrigan and tredwell from either end should wrap up an easy win. Typical Johnson performance too, good in the first innings, abysmal second time round!

  • bumsonseats on August 9, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Lyon did seem abit out of his depth. 270 seems a good total to leave the aussies to win. would have liked tto have seen a full strength lions. as most of the counties complained about the # of players available during a series of county fixtures were i believe only 2 would be taken from any side. i would have liked our strongest team against the strongest aussie team.

  • MartinC on August 9, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Great to see Kerrigan perform. Old Trafford is a wicket which encourages the spinners and its Kerrigans home pitch but even so this is a guy who will be pushing for a Test place in the next year or maybe 2.

    Spin is the area were Australia are really struggling in the bowling area - their seamers are decent (if not great) while England and Swann, Panesar, Kerrigan, Briggs and Borthwick among others all of whom would walk into the Aussie Test side.

  • zenboomerang on August 9, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Well, I thought I was finally over Oz stuffing up the batting order in these UK series... WTF... Burns burnt again... Coopers left out to dry without a drink... CA & the NSP - what were you ever thinking?... Is every game just that to you?... A game without a future?... Argus come back & sack the lot of these asinine experts...

  • jmcilhinney on August 9, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    OK, now Bairstow is in at 3 so the Lions are presumably still going to try to score some runs quickly. Maybe if he goes cheaply too then they will cut their losses. From the point of view of his chances of playing for England though, a good solid innings here from Bairstow would be better than a swashbuckling ODI-style one.

  • jmcilhinney on August 9, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I was just commenting that Morgan opening indicated that the Lions were going to try to score some quick runs and set a but of a target for Aus A in the last couple of sessions. He just got out though so I wonder whether that will still be the plan. They may as well, given that the actual result of this match doesn't really matter. That said, maybe batting properly and ending with a draw is better practice than having a swing and shrug if you get out. Given that all these players would want to play Test cricket, they should probably play the same way they would if this was a real Test match.

  • on August 9, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I think Cowan is coming through this with top marks, following up his talk with runs is critical and he's doing it. I just hope that he can break through with a big score in his next couple of matches. I don't really understand why Paine has been pushed up the order in front of Burns and Cooper? Hope Burns gets a score here, it's really a very big opportunity for him as there's no other young middle order batsmen getting about with better stats than he has.

  • landl47 on August 9, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    @Meety: Johnson stacked up very well against Broad and Anderson in 2008/9, but if you examine their respective performances from 2010 onwards, Johnson has got (a lot) worse and they have got better. Now it's not close. Yes, I was having a bit of fun at RO's expense! @jonesy2: how crazy of me not to recognize that Bird is a better bowler than Trueman, Botham, Willis, etc. After all he's played one innings of representative cricket and taken 2-75 against an England 2nd XI- the kind of figures England's bowlers can only dream about.

  • pat_one_back on August 9, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @Matt A bit early for an MJFC reunion don't you think President

  • Matt. on August 9, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    One controlled display from MJ.....all past sins erased......get him back in the national team!

  • on August 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy I'm sure they would take that hard

  • RednWhiteArmy on August 9, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I wonder how the spin camp is going? I wouldnt want to be sharing a tent with any of 'em

  • whitesXI on August 9, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Is nobody else annoyed at the last line about Holland's only success being the wicket of Kieswetter? For the majority of the match Holland was Aus A's most economical bowler, I know the stats don't always reflect this but IMO it's usually the most restrictive bowlers that cause wickets to fall whether they get the breakthrough themselves or by causing batsmen to attack somewhat recklessly the bowler at the other end resulting in the wicket. Sorry to rant but it annoys me when bowlers only get credit for stats, ie most wickets, rather than good productive bowling and consistency. Plus Kieswetter is a quality scalp for a spinner on day 2 anyway

  • jonesy2 on August 9, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    landl47 -- bird is a better bowler than any english man who has ever played the game of cricket sooo..

  • satish619chandar on August 9, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Woakes is in very good form.. He along with Finn and Onions are in form of life.. Sadly, there is no vacancy in England team as Broad, Anderson and Bresnan had done enough trio.. Wish they stay in same vein and make use of any chances they get.. Especially Woakes who for no reason got dumped from T20 setup after winning a game and almost the second one.. For Australia, Cowan is in terrific form.. It augurs them well for the next Ashes.. The likes of Bailey and Forrest need to put in more effort and try to secure the future vacant slots..

  • Meety on August 9, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    @landl47 - agreed with the 1st half of your comment, (& assume the last part is a pre-emptive strike). As for MJ, the reality is, whilst you might not rate him, he stacks up well against Broad & Anderson, bowlers I assume you do rate. Not sure why you think Bird can't be a part of Oz's future? He's young & only a yr older than Woakes. As for Lyon, his wickets were bairstow & Compton, 2 potential England players in the next Ashes, & 7/281 on tour in conditions he'd be fairly unfamiliar with. As I said previosuly, I agree with Woakes, he really has to be considered for the 3rd test. I've hardly seen much of him, but what I have seen, he seems to be a bloke that can do almost anything & I think will end up being more of a useful allrounder than Flintoff, in a more batting centric way!

  • Dashgar on August 9, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @Landl, I was surprised to see Johnson and Bird as the only 2 quicks given that McDermott, Starc and NCN were all on form in the warm ups. That Johnson bowled the best shows that the lions allowed him to settle and attack them. Lyon isn't going to run through sides on day 1 pitches in England but he can provide breakthroughs. Let's see him bowl in the second innings. Cowan again proving he's a quality opener. Probably going to end up averaging over 60 in the English summer. Not bad given he's never played here before.

  • maddinson on August 9, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Starc is in Australia for their camp in Darwin

  • on August 9, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    2-101 38 overs,job done.....

  • Hippiantor on August 9, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Good to see Cowan in the runs again. Hopefully Burns will make a good score too. Lyon's figures weren't great, hopefully he comes good in the 2nd innings. @landl47, IMO Aus A best bowling attack would be Starc, McDermott, Lyon, Johnson and Smith as the allrounder. Maybe they wanted to give Starc a rest as he played in the two warm-up games. Aus future lies in Starc, Pattinson, Cummins, and McDermott

  • jmcilhinney on August 9, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    From the Lions' improved display and that of Australia A, it appears that batting may have been a bit easier on day 2, which the forecast suggested may be the case. That makes Morgan's decision to bat seem rather odd. Maybe he was keen to bowl last on a wicket liable to turn but, unless there are some contrived declarations, that may not end up being the case anyway. Nice to see Woakes score some runs. I'd really like to actually see more of him play to get a first hand gauge of whether he could bat a 7 for England and bowl and therefore help the balance of the team. He's a genuine bowler, if not exactly express, so would give the other three quicks some respite and his batting at 7 after Prior still provides a strong batting lineup. It still leaves the question of which three quicks to play but his batting means leaving Bresnan out is not such a big deal. It's certainly one possibility but the England selectors don't really look like going that way.

  • Meety on August 9, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Good day at the office for Oz, hopefully they'll push on tomorrow. Woakes was the real winner for England so far, & would be a good #6 or #7 option for the 3rd Test. He seems to be a confident lad, & I would say he'd have impact on debut!

  • landl47 on August 9, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Woakes is beginning to build up impressive credentials as a batsman. 6 centuries and an average of 37 at the age of 23 would be respectable numbers for someone wo didn't bowl at all, but for a player who has 248 wickets @24 they are the numbers of a true all-rounder. He might yet turn out to be a better batsman than bowler. Good innings by Cowan in reply, he has looked good on this tour. However, if Mitch Johnson is this side's best bowler, there's a problem. I don't know why Starc isn't playing (unless he's hurt): surely he must be Australia's future rather than Johnson or Bird? Oh, and RandyOz- 2-101? Not much sign of Lyon having the Lions batsmen 'hoping about' (sic) there, unless they were hoping he'd bowl some more.

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  • landl47 on August 9, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Woakes is beginning to build up impressive credentials as a batsman. 6 centuries and an average of 37 at the age of 23 would be respectable numbers for someone wo didn't bowl at all, but for a player who has 248 wickets @24 they are the numbers of a true all-rounder. He might yet turn out to be a better batsman than bowler. Good innings by Cowan in reply, he has looked good on this tour. However, if Mitch Johnson is this side's best bowler, there's a problem. I don't know why Starc isn't playing (unless he's hurt): surely he must be Australia's future rather than Johnson or Bird? Oh, and RandyOz- 2-101? Not much sign of Lyon having the Lions batsmen 'hoping about' (sic) there, unless they were hoping he'd bowl some more.

  • Meety on August 9, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Good day at the office for Oz, hopefully they'll push on tomorrow. Woakes was the real winner for England so far, & would be a good #6 or #7 option for the 3rd Test. He seems to be a confident lad, & I would say he'd have impact on debut!

  • jmcilhinney on August 9, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    From the Lions' improved display and that of Australia A, it appears that batting may have been a bit easier on day 2, which the forecast suggested may be the case. That makes Morgan's decision to bat seem rather odd. Maybe he was keen to bowl last on a wicket liable to turn but, unless there are some contrived declarations, that may not end up being the case anyway. Nice to see Woakes score some runs. I'd really like to actually see more of him play to get a first hand gauge of whether he could bat a 7 for England and bowl and therefore help the balance of the team. He's a genuine bowler, if not exactly express, so would give the other three quicks some respite and his batting at 7 after Prior still provides a strong batting lineup. It still leaves the question of which three quicks to play but his batting means leaving Bresnan out is not such a big deal. It's certainly one possibility but the England selectors don't really look like going that way.

  • Hippiantor on August 9, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Good to see Cowan in the runs again. Hopefully Burns will make a good score too. Lyon's figures weren't great, hopefully he comes good in the 2nd innings. @landl47, IMO Aus A best bowling attack would be Starc, McDermott, Lyon, Johnson and Smith as the allrounder. Maybe they wanted to give Starc a rest as he played in the two warm-up games. Aus future lies in Starc, Pattinson, Cummins, and McDermott

  • on August 9, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    2-101 38 overs,job done.....

  • maddinson on August 9, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Starc is in Australia for their camp in Darwin

  • Dashgar on August 9, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @Landl, I was surprised to see Johnson and Bird as the only 2 quicks given that McDermott, Starc and NCN were all on form in the warm ups. That Johnson bowled the best shows that the lions allowed him to settle and attack them. Lyon isn't going to run through sides on day 1 pitches in England but he can provide breakthroughs. Let's see him bowl in the second innings. Cowan again proving he's a quality opener. Probably going to end up averaging over 60 in the English summer. Not bad given he's never played here before.

  • Meety on August 9, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    @landl47 - agreed with the 1st half of your comment, (& assume the last part is a pre-emptive strike). As for MJ, the reality is, whilst you might not rate him, he stacks up well against Broad & Anderson, bowlers I assume you do rate. Not sure why you think Bird can't be a part of Oz's future? He's young & only a yr older than Woakes. As for Lyon, his wickets were bairstow & Compton, 2 potential England players in the next Ashes, & 7/281 on tour in conditions he'd be fairly unfamiliar with. As I said previosuly, I agree with Woakes, he really has to be considered for the 3rd test. I've hardly seen much of him, but what I have seen, he seems to be a bloke that can do almost anything & I think will end up being more of a useful allrounder than Flintoff, in a more batting centric way!

  • satish619chandar on August 9, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Woakes is in very good form.. He along with Finn and Onions are in form of life.. Sadly, there is no vacancy in England team as Broad, Anderson and Bresnan had done enough trio.. Wish they stay in same vein and make use of any chances they get.. Especially Woakes who for no reason got dumped from T20 setup after winning a game and almost the second one.. For Australia, Cowan is in terrific form.. It augurs them well for the next Ashes.. The likes of Bailey and Forrest need to put in more effort and try to secure the future vacant slots..

  • jonesy2 on August 9, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    landl47 -- bird is a better bowler than any english man who has ever played the game of cricket sooo..