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

Warner ton sets up comfortable NSW win

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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
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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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  • Shaggy076 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.

  • Shaggy076 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.

  • 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.

  • Chris_P 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.

  • Chris_P 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.

  • Beertjie 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)!

  • pat_one_back 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.

  • 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...

  • oval77 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.

  • on October 21, 2013, 11:14 GMT

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

  • Shaggy076 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.

  • Shaggy076 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.

  • 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.

  • Chris_P 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.

  • Chris_P 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.

  • Beertjie 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)!

  • pat_one_back 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.

  • 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...

  • oval77 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.

  • on October 21, 2013, 11:14 GMT

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

  • TheBigBoodha on October 21, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    I am shocked at the naiverty of the general public. Just go and look at what Warner does for all his other centuries. - precisely the same gesture with fist or helmet! It really is frightening that so many people are unable to realise that they are being taken for a ride by the media. The celebration was normal. Nothing here! Just like most of the other media beat ups about Warner! Personally, I wouldn't blame him if hed done something far more aggressive. I have never seen so much nonsense written about a single player. I highly recommend that people take a little time to watch media analysis program's, to see how easy it is for the media to destroy people. People need to become more savy about how they are bing manipulated.

  • Sunil_Batra on October 21, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Based on early Ryobi form I would go for

    Warner, Rogers, Watson, Khwaja,Clarke, Smith, Haddin, Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon. Logic behind this is ryobi and potential shield form, both Warner and Khawaja are doign well in shield and will do well in the side and I think Clarke is best suited to the number 5 spot. Our bowling sorts itself out with the injuries we have. But ultimately it will be about early shield runs.

  • _Australian_ on October 21, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    @Joseph Langdon. Ironically Chris Rogers was born in NSW!

  • Mary_786 on October 21, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Fantastic to see the likes of Warner, Khawaja and Smith in form in Ryobi which hopefully they translate to shield, 3 of our best young batsman.

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @ bob ..... Meanwhile Queensland are the current Domestic T20 Champs, current Domestic OD Champs and have qualified for this finals series despite the ACB making them play a daunting amount of games in minimal time, were the Sheffield Shield Champs in 2011-12 and were finalists in 2012-13.

    Not only do they struggle to get a player in the test team, despite the fact the recent thrashing of the Australian Cricket Team, there was not one Queenslander in the recent Australia A tour to Africa. The selectors preferentially selected a team that was full of NSWmen.

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @ xtra .... I guess we disagree. Cowan is not only a better batsman but also a better sportsman. Yeah mate .... I think that going out to a pub and picking fights doesn't go well on my side of the fence. Cowan showed a lot of tenacity in India while most around him were giving up. Warner has become a bit of a bunny on test pitches ..... just drop one a little shorter and wider of off stump ..... Warner chases it and its an easy catch to second or third slip.

    @ bob .... who are you trying to kid, they are all NSWmen. As for other players I think that Paine or Hartley should have been given a go be Haddin (and I like Haddin) but this was so Wade could be bought back later. Cutting was always a option .... but why would you ask .... Doherty and Maxwell selected for the Indian Tour was a joke.

  • DSPT on October 21, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Given this is the only cricket we can base selections on, I guess Warner currently has a case for the first test. But surely runs at ODI level must count more than runs at domestic level made on small grade cricket grounds. Hopefully the few Shield games in the lead up to the first test can shed some light on who to pick. If Warner fails at this, should he be selected based on his Ryobi form? Pick players in form at the time, the chance is there to be taken for the likes of Warner, Marsh, Klinger, Doolan, Usi, Cowan maybe even Cameron White is he carry's his form forward to the longer version.

    My point is they wouldn't select players like Klinger purely based on Ryobi form, than why pick Warner purely on Ryobi form alone. One rule for all. Pick the in form player at the time, if that player is Warner or someone else. Everyone than has equal chance to impress the selectors on the coming games, Warners runs should only remind the selectors he is around not cement his spot.

  • GeoffreysMother on October 21, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Warner's performance on a flat track is as relevant to the Ashes as Siddle's and Lyon's bowling figures - unless Australia are going to prepare a series of flat tracks and are going for a drawn series. Of more interest is Hauritz bowling well yet again for Queensland. What did the lad do wrong?

  • xtrafalgarx on October 21, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @Joseph Langford, Your kidding if you think Cowan is better than Warner. Cowan can't win a match of his bat, he has a low average, despite common belief he isn't patient, he only has 1 hundred and simply not good enough.

    Warner is infinity better than Cowan in all facets of batting.

  • nickvegas on October 21, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Warner is great to watch and will probably go on to play a hundred tests but needs to learn a bit of humility.

  • alstar2281 on October 21, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Warner's response to the critics in the press is to give them a gesture precisely in the manner for which the press has been critical of him. It is not your ability that causes people concern David, we all know what you can do, it is your attitude that has been questioned & all the runs in the world will not dismiss the critics if you continue to bait them with childish outbursts.

  • bobagorof on October 21, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    @Joseph Langford: Last time I checked, Cowan played for Tasmania. Khawaja plays for Queensland and Hughes for South Australia. Sure, they all originally played for NSW but their most recent Test selections have been after they moved.

    I'd love to see this list of better players from other states, though. Klinger averaged 19 last season, Bailey 18. Burns averaged 32, and in the Ryobi cup has scored 1 run from 2 attempts this season. Ferguson deserves a chance and maybe Silk if he can replicate last year, but the NSW players selected over the last year (Henriques and Haddin) were actually pretty good performers domestically.

  • wellrounded87 on October 21, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Let's not forget Warner's 123no against NZ in Hobart where he did something Matt Hayden, Justin Langer etc never did and carried his bat. Let's not forget his 180 in Per vs India that single handedly won Australia that test. Let's not forget is 119 against the worlds best pace attack in Adelaide and let's not forget his 71 at Chester-le street.

    Everyone is bashing the guy because he's not averaging 50+ but he's only 26 and he's already averaging high 30's low 40's compared to guys like Matt hayden who at the same age was averaging a whopping 24 in test cricket. Warner is a potential great and he gets a lot of flack over his apparenlty poor performances while he's getting more runs than half the batting lineup. It's a joke.

  • Mitty2 on October 21, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    @RU4REALNICK, he's young and has already scored three test centuries... More than half his FC games have been tests and no one doubts his huge potential... What are you on about? This is especially worse considering you want Mckay in our test team despite him being old and having no FC form behind him whatsoever. Give it up.

  • Mitty2 on October 21, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    @optic, keeping the failures of your young batsmen in ODI's aside (including Root recently), and the fact that when your 30+ batsmen were being rested their replacements came up well short, Smith has a huge amount of leadership potential (as remarked by all in the NSW setup), has improved his batting and technique by a mile, and obviously has potential as a spinner and is a world class spinner. Based on that ODI series, Smith would be in your first five picked.

  • millsy24 on October 20, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    auspan, agree with you. In saying that though, all the other batsmen have played on the same small ground and how many have got one 100, let alone back to back 100's.

  • auspan on October 20, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Great. So we're selecting test teams on the strength of domestic one dayers now? Never mind the fact that his games were played on the equivalent of a postage stamp. Hopefully the selectors have more sense than what is being suggested by the article and Warner himself. Not that either of them are to blame necessarily when only one day cricket is being scheduled prior to the international test season. Australian cricket has a long way to with both players and selections but this scheduling isn't helping.

  • on October 20, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    @ Nick .... thank you for pointing out the obvious though there are OD games and Innings that are "Test-like". Batsmen who get 50+ with a strike rate of 80 .... but then get criticized when the get out when making risky shots trying to lift the run rate. You just can't please some people!!

    @ xtra ....

    1) I think that it is quite valid to compare DOMESTIC vs INTERNATIONAL .... esp when we are told that most of the players in the NSW Team are Test Standard. This time last year QLD defeated a 'Test Strength' NSW but QLD Players can't get selected in the Aust. A Team

    2) Cowan is a better Test batsman than Warner.

    3) Hughes has serious footwork problems while Khawaja has been stuffed around by the ACB for 2-years. Dragged out of domestic cricket and made to sit on the bench.

    4) Watson an all rounder?? I thought all rounders had to take wickets and make runs.

    All the players that we are commenting on are NSWmen. Rogers has proven that there are better players from other states.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 20, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    And once again, short-format cricket being used to gauge the form/potential for Warner in TEST cricket! Give it up Australia! This guy is not test material at all and no amount of centuries in these shorter formats will change Warner's temperament sufficiently to be of any use in tests. Australians have learned absolutely nothing from the last Ashes thrashing. Poor Roger's is going to be left partnerless once again...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 20, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Before the last Ashes, we could have all said that Jimmy Anderson was licking his lips to bowl at Warner. Seeing that the last Ashes is all over, with England thrashing Australia 3-0, and the fact that he's been doing to Australian Ashes teams for years, Anderson is no doubt looking at Warner and the forthcoming Ashes with a smile and just thinking of it as business as usual.

  • yorkaus on October 20, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx What defines a match winnings innings in a One day match or T20? Does a 63 n.o when you are chasing 178 with 6 wickets down count as match winning? How about back to back 80's in low scoring innings? While White has not scored a 100 in the last 10 innings, by my reckoning, he has played at least 4-5 match winning innings. Of course white ball form counts for nothing when you come up against the red ball, that is when you have to turn 50's into 100's and 100's into big hundreds. That is what people talk about as match winning innings. But for white ball cricket, a match winnings innings must be judged differently.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 20, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @October 20, 2013, 12:09 GMT: Don't compare international innings to domestic for one... If someone is getting 50's in test cricket and guys in first class cricket are getting 50's no one is going to get dropped from test side. If you're playing first class domestic cricket, score hundreds in order to knock the top guys off.

    2ndly, Cowan should have been dropped a lot earlier than he was, but then again no one was knocking the door down. Hughes actually has a good conversion rate and knocked the door down when he was out of the team and deserves to be there. Though i like Khawaja, as Dylan said he needs hundreds too.

    3rdly, Watto is an all-rounder, not a specialist batsman. If he isn't bowling he is out of the team, when he is, he is undroppable, especially when no one comes even close to him as an all-rounder in Australia at the moment, Faulkner is the next best in my view and he has to work on his batting, he did well last night.

  • Optic on October 20, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    @Mitty2 I'd love to hear this argument that Smith would get into most of the international one day sides. He averages 21 with the bat and 40 with the ball lol. He's like a poor man's Samit Patel in one day cricket, he averages 11 more with the bat and is also part timer with the ball.

  • DylanBrah on October 20, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @ xtrafalgarx - Exactly. Same can be said for Khawaja. He was selected for the Ashes on the back of just 1 century in the Sheffield Shield season, and also played a number of Australia A games, and got the odd half century or 2, but couldn't convert them into a big ton. He was doomed to failure. Cowan is another example of this.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @Madan .... White was a threat to Clarke's Captaincy way back when .... now with Australia's run of 0-2-7 he won't get a look in .... he has now been dropped as captain in Victoria for Wade, a Clarke-man. @xtra .... Your comment is hilarious, why then is Watson and Hughes in the Australian side, why was Cowan kept in the team for so long?? Why can't people connect the dots that are so obvious??

  • TheBigBoodha on October 20, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    @ChrisP, it amazes me that you cannot read through the media nonsense written about Warner. Did you see the alleged "upper cut"? And if he did it I wouldn't blame him. I have never seen so much hyperbole and half truth written in an attempt to character assassinate a cricketer. It's truly disturbing. If you bother to read what actually happened in most of the alleged dramas involving him, you'd notice a very common theme - very little substance. For example the alleged infield incident in SA was so minor the umpires didn't even report . And in the last incident where he missed the game, his club side Randwick were in full support of him, and freely permitted him to do the net training session. But this stuff doesn't make great news copy, does it?

  • xtrafalgarx on October 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    @Madan, anyone who goes past 50 five times in a row and fails to convert at least one of those into a match winning innings isn't doing well enough. Half centuries are not good enough.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    why does no one spare a thought for Cameron white? he s been ultra consistent in limited overs matches so far n has gone past 50 in 9 out of his last 10 competitive innings across all 3 formats...n he s still 30... he is well worth a try for atleast the limited overs matches ...

  • srriaj317 on October 20, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    While Warner's punches and balances looked well balanced today, I'm not sure if the selectors will be impressed with his mental game yet. He got out trying to switch hit a Peter Siddle yorker. Similar to last game, there was a mini-collapse of 3/25 which might have put a bit of pressure on his team-mates...

  • on October 20, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Ironically it appears that NSW 's win has secured Queensland's position on top of the points table. Unless something unbelievable occurs in the last couple of days, Queensland has achieved the feat that I thought would have been impossible ..... and have secured a Grand Final birth and greatly needed, well deserved break that could have seen Queensland play eight games in sixteen days. WELL DONE QUEENSLAND !!!

  • Chris_P on October 20, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @BSWadeka. Hate to rain on your parade old son, but Finch isn't even in the Victorian team. He needs to score runs in first class matches (if & when he gets selected) at a rate far better than his dismal performances the past few years. One day form counts for nothing in the real stuff. As for Smith, this guy has really put in the yard yards these past few years & those who get down to the Blues matches would have noticed the gradual improvement. Seems like Warner has learnt nothing from his past indiscretions. Giving it to the media for what reason? Reporting the truth that he makes idiotic displays? Grow up Davey boy, grow up, you are not a kid any more, try for once, to gain a little humility.

  • Mitty2 on October 20, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Really good game. This Ryobi Cup has been of extreme quality (after the first few games on substandard pitches) and very entertaining. Kudos to Cricket Australia for formatting it in such a way - and it will benefit in the long term as it's kind of like a World Cup set up.

    Now is the time to realise that we have extreme batting depth in the one day format. Cameron White has scored 7 half centuries in a row. Matthew Wade is in good form as a batter. Warner has smashed two centuries in a row. Klinger is in supreme form. Smith would fit in to most, if not all ODI teams and Clarke isn't even in the team atm. And we also have S Marsh and Cooper on good form. This on top of the fact that Australia have scored above 300 in our last three ODI games. Hopefully the form of these guys translates to the Shield (in which is shaping up to be a very good season this year).

    NSW have a international standard bowling line up and a very good top order. Hopefully us Vics can come back but it'll be tough

  • on October 20, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Hmmm, I like Smith as a batsman but his captaincy has shown a few cracks in the matches I've seen. I'd like to see him make more measured choices for the bowling rather than constantly trying to trick the opposition, and the fields he has set have been occassionally sloppy. The slips cordon today looked particularly lopsided. I hope he's learning a lot atm, though, because the odds seem to be him being the next skipper for Australia and Michael Clarke may not be around much longer. (Although Bailey could be a great interim option if he cracks the test side)

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 20, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Cracking innings from Warner but also impressed by the rapid progress of Steven SMITH. Seems to be developing each day which is good news for the Ashes. Good move by the Australian selectors to keep both these players in Australia knowing that a second string team would be good enough in India.

  • Webba84 on October 20, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Already had an inkling of it since his impressive self improvement in the last India tour and only seen confirmation of it since then, Steve Smith will be the next Australian captain.

  • BSWadekar on October 20, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Comeback on cards for Ashes. My XI for Ashes D Warner, A Finch, C Rogers, S Watson, M Clarke, S Smith, B Haddin, Johnson, P Siddle, R Harris, N Lyon

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  • BSWadekar on October 20, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Comeback on cards for Ashes. My XI for Ashes D Warner, A Finch, C Rogers, S Watson, M Clarke, S Smith, B Haddin, Johnson, P Siddle, R Harris, N Lyon

  • Webba84 on October 20, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Already had an inkling of it since his impressive self improvement in the last India tour and only seen confirmation of it since then, Steve Smith will be the next Australian captain.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 20, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Cracking innings from Warner but also impressed by the rapid progress of Steven SMITH. Seems to be developing each day which is good news for the Ashes. Good move by the Australian selectors to keep both these players in Australia knowing that a second string team would be good enough in India.

  • on October 20, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Hmmm, I like Smith as a batsman but his captaincy has shown a few cracks in the matches I've seen. I'd like to see him make more measured choices for the bowling rather than constantly trying to trick the opposition, and the fields he has set have been occassionally sloppy. The slips cordon today looked particularly lopsided. I hope he's learning a lot atm, though, because the odds seem to be him being the next skipper for Australia and Michael Clarke may not be around much longer. (Although Bailey could be a great interim option if he cracks the test side)

  • Mitty2 on October 20, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Really good game. This Ryobi Cup has been of extreme quality (after the first few games on substandard pitches) and very entertaining. Kudos to Cricket Australia for formatting it in such a way - and it will benefit in the long term as it's kind of like a World Cup set up.

    Now is the time to realise that we have extreme batting depth in the one day format. Cameron White has scored 7 half centuries in a row. Matthew Wade is in good form as a batter. Warner has smashed two centuries in a row. Klinger is in supreme form. Smith would fit in to most, if not all ODI teams and Clarke isn't even in the team atm. And we also have S Marsh and Cooper on good form. This on top of the fact that Australia have scored above 300 in our last three ODI games. Hopefully the form of these guys translates to the Shield (in which is shaping up to be a very good season this year).

    NSW have a international standard bowling line up and a very good top order. Hopefully us Vics can come back but it'll be tough

  • Chris_P on October 20, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @BSWadeka. Hate to rain on your parade old son, but Finch isn't even in the Victorian team. He needs to score runs in first class matches (if & when he gets selected) at a rate far better than his dismal performances the past few years. One day form counts for nothing in the real stuff. As for Smith, this guy has really put in the yard yards these past few years & those who get down to the Blues matches would have noticed the gradual improvement. Seems like Warner has learnt nothing from his past indiscretions. Giving it to the media for what reason? Reporting the truth that he makes idiotic displays? Grow up Davey boy, grow up, you are not a kid any more, try for once, to gain a little humility.

  • on October 20, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Ironically it appears that NSW 's win has secured Queensland's position on top of the points table. Unless something unbelievable occurs in the last couple of days, Queensland has achieved the feat that I thought would have been impossible ..... and have secured a Grand Final birth and greatly needed, well deserved break that could have seen Queensland play eight games in sixteen days. WELL DONE QUEENSLAND !!!

  • srriaj317 on October 20, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    While Warner's punches and balances looked well balanced today, I'm not sure if the selectors will be impressed with his mental game yet. He got out trying to switch hit a Peter Siddle yorker. Similar to last game, there was a mini-collapse of 3/25 which might have put a bit of pressure on his team-mates...

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    why does no one spare a thought for Cameron white? he s been ultra consistent in limited overs matches so far n has gone past 50 in 9 out of his last 10 competitive innings across all 3 formats...n he s still 30... he is well worth a try for atleast the limited overs matches ...

  • xtrafalgarx on October 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    @Madan, anyone who goes past 50 five times in a row and fails to convert at least one of those into a match winning innings isn't doing well enough. Half centuries are not good enough.