NSW v Victoria, Ryobi Cup, North Sydney Oval October 20, 2013

Warner ton sets up comfortable NSW win


New South Wales 3 for 314 (Warner 138, Smith 65*, Nevill 53) beat Victoria 8 for 311 (Wade 85, Hussey 71, White 50, Hazlewood 4-57, Abbott 3-61) by seven wickets

David Warner mimed an upper cut in the direction of the North Sydney Oval press box upon reaching a century that set New South Wales on their way to a commanding defeat of Victoria. If the Sydney newspapers have provided motivation for Warner, it is the nation's bowlers feeling the greater sting, as a second coruscating hundred in as many matches confirmed the opener's resolve to keep his place in the Test team, and also to help the Blues triumph in the domestic limited-overs tournament.

There had been some regret about Warner's similarly brazen 139 against Queensland on Thursday, for his dismissal hastened a batting slide and a loss to the Bulls. This time, against a Bushrangers attack including Peter Siddle and John Hastings, Warner's opening stand of 202 with a measured Peter Nevill put the Blues well and truly on course for a win that the captain, Steven Smith, secured with another innings of composure, maturity and dash.

While the composition of the team for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane is still some way from being decided, Warner's runs and the manner of their making will help convince the selectors of his value. Rod Marsh was on hand to glimpse Warner against Queensland, and on Sunday it was Darren Lehmann who saw his fellow left-hander swatting Siddle to all parts, though perishing to an impudent switch-hit attempt that neither batsman nor coach will want to see repeated.

"I've always kept backing myself, I've used the stuff in the media that the papers always write as a positive for me, it keeps me going," Warner said of his celebration. "From the get-go, I've been feeling good, in the nets I've been playing very well, but you can't get them in the nets, you've got to come out and perform.

"I just backed myself, played my strokes and it's good to see the boys all of us gelling together and playing so well. Smithy has got four half-centuries so far and he's done the job for us. For me, it's about being still, I've done that on both occasions now, trying to be as consistent as I can, hopefully we can come out on Tuesday [against South Australia] and back it up to get another win on the board."

NSW have now secured a place on the competition's top three alongside the Bushrangers and the Bulls. It remains to be seen who will finish top of the table and thus go straight to the competition decider, avoiding the elimination final between teams two and three. Victoria have lost a little of their earlier momentum, and can do no better than second. Queensland can be tipped out of the top rank by losing to Tasmania on Tuesday, provided the Blues beat the Redbacks by a wide enough margin in a day/night affair at Drummoyne Oval.

Sunday's match followed a pattern familiar to anyone who has watched limited-overs matches at North Sydney over the past 20 years. Victoria were sent in by Smith, who watched Gurinder Sandhu and Josh Hazlewood exploit a little early life in the pitch to have the openers Marcus Stoinis and Rob Quiney offering catches to the cordon with only 29 runs added. It was a passage in sharp contrast to the early progress of the Blues in their chase.

From there conditions eased, and a trio of efficient innings by Matthew Wade, Cameron White and David Hussey hurried the Bushrangers to a tally beyond 300. The termination of White's innings via a skier to Steve O'Keefe on the midwicket boundary was critical, preventing him from continuing on the sharp upward trend of his scoring after a subdued start.

Victoria's total was duly prevented from reaching a mark beyond the range of Warner and Smith on a balmy Sunday afternoon. The hosts wobbled briefly following Warner's exit, Nevill and Maddinson both out to indeterminate strokes, but Smith sized up the task with typical thoroughness before closing it down with considerable flourish.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Graham on October 22, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    joseph Langford; Queensland are simply a good all tound team that hasn't been effected by national selection. They were pretty much last in both the Ryobi and Shield last season before winning the last couple of games and getting both titles. There best batsman are Khawaja and Burns (Khawaja has been tried and still in the mix, Burns I agree should have been on the A tour but hasn't done enough for national selection yet), Hopes who is an outstanding first class player but not quite good enough in either discipline to be picked on that alone, Hartley (could easily say he has been very unlucky as he is a quality gloveman which Wade and Haddin lacks), then bowling Cutting who must be close, injury has held him back at times, personally think there are better than McDermott and Harris who is our best bowler. So yes a very good side but I don't believe any of them have been harshly treated by the Australian selectors.

  • Graham on October 22, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Sunil_Batra - if your basing on early Ryobi form what about Klinger. THen your assuming runs in shield well except for last season Klinger has scored a lot more shield runs then the other two you have mentioned. However if your looking at current one-day form (which I don't believe you should) then Klinger, WHite, Bailey and Hughes will all be in front of both Warner and Khawaja. Lets just wait to see who scores some shield runs.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    @Joseph Langford, who are all these Queenslanders you'd put in the Aussie team? Forrest, Burns, Lynn, Hopes, Hauritz, Gannon? Somehow I don't see it. You could argue a case for Cutting and Hartley to be there on the fringes but that's about it. As it is Khawaja and Harris are there in the team. Qld are winning lots and often but I'm not sure that would continue if all of our internationals suddenly went back to domestic level for the whole season. Full strength Victorian and NSW teams would be very hard to beat with their first xi's available.

  • Peter on October 21, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @Joseph Langford . I half agree with you re: Warner/Cowan. In Australia: Warner, overseas: Cowan. In tests, Warner averages 50 in Australia & 25 overseas. Agree with Watson, his first class returns for the past 4 seasons are very poor. MoHe, for one, has out performed him on the field. As with Beertjie, the Indian selections were abhorrent , I said so at the time & wasn't surprised. Haddin's selection was purely for experience. Agree Tim Paine should be next man in, perhaps after The Ashes series. Watching Wade keep is grating, although his batting has been sensational in the Ryobi Cup. He actually has first class form far superior than a lot of the other contenders.

  • Peter on October 21, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha. I can't read through the media nonsense? You mean he didn't hit Joe Root? You mean he didn't miss a game for his club side, which, by the way, did NOT support him in his decision. He let his club side down badly, & even went to the races the very same afternoon he was supposed to be on the field! No team, certainly no Sydney grade team would wish to field with 10 players. Wow, have you even played cricket before? Even now, although not playing in Sydney grade any more, I would be livid if one of my team mates didn't turn up to field & went to the races in instead leaving me one short. The SA incident didn't rate in my opinion, but the other 2 did. He is exciting to watch but his attitude is not where it should be, this is also pretty well known around the Sydney Grade clubs as well.

  • Mashuq on October 21, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Agreed @Chris_P on (October 20, 2013, 9:24 GMT) that "One day form counts for nothing in the real stuff", but it is good to see David Hussey in the runs. If he has a very good start to Shield I'd pick him for the Ashes to solve the middle order conundrum - at least until someone like Burns comes through. Don't think there'll be a repetition of that India selection debacle again @Phil Wood on (October 21, 2013, 11:45 GMT)!

  • Patrick on October 21, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @Joseph Langford, can't find tenacity stats on CricInfo? I guess because runs are what batsmen are measured on. And how exactly are you measuring sportsmanship, does Cowan walk, no, does he retract ambitious appeals, no, does he chirp from short leg, absolutely. Competitive sport is played hard and to win, Australians aren't alone, if you want unsporting, refer to Eng's recent penchant for stretching of every rule for physical advantage and mental upper hand. You'd seem to have us field a team of mediocre dandelions, I guess there'll be plenty of seats at the ashes for the Barmy army with just you and 11 mothers cheering Australia to defeat.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    As an England fan I can only hope that Australia do continue to select test players on the back of one-day performances. After all it has proved so successful in recent years...

  • James on October 21, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Warner's got something quite special about him, it wasn't just his batting but his fielding in the ashes really impressed me this summer. He's a livewire and Australia need that with so many other prima donnas snarks and handbags in their team. I also liked how he responded to our crowd giving him some friendly stick. He's exciting to watch, and as an Eng fan I'm looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Ashes.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    @Australian ..... I think that Chris Rogers' father played for NSW

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