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

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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  • Andrew 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

  • John 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.

  • John 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?

  • Andrew 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.

  • Rob 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 :)

  • Mariam 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.

  • michael 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!

  • david 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.

  • Martin 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.

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