NSW v Queensland, Ryobi One Day Cup, final October 27, 2013

Determined Queensland claim Ryobi title

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Queensland 5 for 319 (Khawaja 104, Hartley 78, Lynn 58*, Cutting 41*) beat New South Wales 6 for 317 (Maddinson 76, Nevill 70, Smith 61, Hopes 3-64) by five wickets
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Ben Cutting and Chris Lynn had the final, powerful say as Queensland showed the resilience for which they are now renowned to run down New South Wales and retain the domestic limited overs title in a pounding match at North Sydney Oval.

The knowledge that the Bulls had pyrotechnic hitting in middle order reserve kept the Blues captain Steven Smith nervous throughout the afternoon, and it was to be Cutting who reprised his earlier destruction of Victoria to ensure victory.

The final brought an end to a truncated, tournament-styled battle for the 50-over garlands, but the victors were the same side who had won earlier this year. Queensland's ability to overcome the loss of their coach Darren Lehmann to the national job and also rebound from the disadvantage of a late start due to the imposition of the Twenty20 Champions League in India spoke volumes for a team and a state lacking all the advantages of home and hearth enjoyed by the Blues. Their new coach Stuart Law can rightly be proud.

He owed much not only to Cutting and Lynn but also Usman Khawaja and Chris Hartley, architects of an opening stand of 165 that ensured the Bulls would have wickets in hand when the required rate surged towards 12 an over. They saw off most of the overs bowled by Nathan Lyon, who was once again the Blues primary bowling threat on a surface taking some spin, and Khawaja's smooth innings at the end of an encouraging three weeks earned him the Player-of-the-Match award.

No NSW batsman had been able to go on to three figures earlier in the day, a significant difference as the momentum of the innings was momentarily stalled when each well-set batsman succumbed. David Warner's run of three centuries did not continue, he and Smith both perishing to Ryan Harris, while Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson failed to go beyond the 70s.

Nevertheless, the Blues would have fancied their chances of defending 317 in the afternoon, having grown steadily in form and confidence across the competition. Their attempts to gain early wickets would be stymied by Khawaja and Hartley however, and the mounting requirement for runs per over was not of major concern to the visitors provided those wickets remained in the bank.

No great pressure could be exerted by the Blues until new batsmen began to emerge from the players' tunnel at North Sydney, but Khawaja did not exit before crafting a hundred of composure and class. For the second time in the tournament, he perished to Lyon's flight, causing Sydney spectators to perk up for the first time since the innings began.

Greg Moller did not last long, and Hartley's measured innings was ended by an outstanding delivery from Sean Abbott, angled in from around the wicket then straightening to spread the stumps. Nathan Reardon and Jason Floros also perished in the chase, and at 5 for 257 with 40 balls remaining some bold strikes were required.

Cutting and Lynn did not panic, allowing the equation to drift out to 47 for the final four overs before launching their assault. Josh Hazlewood went for 19 in the 47th over and then 17 in the 49th, Cutting putting the result more or less beyond doubt by clumping the fifth and sixth balls well over the fence. The second of these shots, a steel-wristed straight hit, recalled no-one so much as MS Dhoni.

Left with only five to make from the final over, Lynn joyously belted Gurinder Sandhu's first over beyond the fence, the Doug Walters mound and the ground itself, the ball rolling away into the parklands surrounding the oval as the Bulls careered onto the ground to celebrate a deserved triumph.

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

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  • Amith_S on October 28, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I am glad to see Khawaja come back strongly with runs and catches. I first saw him bat as a teenager for Cricket Masala at Bankstown Oval in 2007 and 2008 and you could tell back then that he was a special talent. I feel personally happy if he becomes a regular in the Australian Test team. We need a player of his class.He has timing and grace. All he needs is confidence at the highest level.

  • stuartk319 on October 28, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    I enjoyed every minute of this tournament. Other than having the final at North Sydney, well done CA on this one. Extremely well done QLD, played amazingly well as a team throughout.

    Except for the teamwork, and those who showed consistency and temperament, IMHO we really shouldn't read a massive amount into this for the Ashes.

    Khawaja and Smith were consistent. Klinger and White were somewhat consistent.

    Warner was still hit and miss. Cutting showed he could whack a ball over very short boundaries. Very smart batting, but still very short boundaries.

    Doherty was also extremely tidy in the early matches; of course he might go for a few more against Indians, most spinners do.

    Please, it was a very good tournament, but let's keep it in context.

  • Bonehead_maz on October 28, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    I wonder if next year they should have this tournament in Canberra ? Why not have the national comp in the ACT ?

  • Flemo_Gilly on October 28, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Shaggy i think we are all in agreement that Khawaja played brilliantly yesterday and that it will now come to shield runs, can't wait for the shield games to start on Wednesday. I hope Khawaja along wiht Warner and Smith get some solid shield runs.

  • Shaggy076 on October 28, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Sunil_Batra; I just say that you all write in an Identical fashion, I didnt say you were the same person.

  • Mary_786 on October 28, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @JosephLangford you make alot of sense bud, lets hope that we have learned from the mistakes and improve in them in the future. Glad to see Punter speak up as well.

  • on October 28, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    **stupid I-pad**

    To all the knockers of Queensland and Khawaja, remember one simple fact .... this is the second time that Queensland defeated NSW in this series. Yes .... I will have to listen to the repetitive bleats about how supposedly superior NSW is .... But the facts speak for themselves .... Queensland wins because they have better players and are a better team.

  • Shaggy076 on October 28, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Sunil_Batra/hycIass; Yes he was very good, I only dismissed him being picked in one-day cricket last year because he hadnt done enough to be selected. He has been very good this year how many times do I need to say that before one of you guys actually read it. I have also said there have been numerous players good this year and test selection should and wont come down to form in the Ryobi. You accuse me of being biased against Khawaja that is very rich, considering your positions. How can you dismiss the efforts of Bailey agaisnt an international side in India (yes they are roads), but laud Khawaja efforts at North Sydney on roads. Yes he is in the mix for selection to say he is over the line on the back of one day performances is ridiculous. I can make the same argument you make for Khawaja for Klinger he is a class player and been a big time performer for five seasons now (yes he had a poor one last year) but seems back to his best now.

  • Paul_Rampley on October 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    @Amith i bet that makes you very proud. I remember reading about that tournament and believe that there is a similar touranment being held this year as well. Guys like Khawaja coming from the sub continent community is just the start as we will see alot of youngsters from the south asian community follow in Khawaja's example both on and off the field as he is a good role model to have.

  • on October 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    xtra .... When has Khawaja been given a real opportunity?? Like Cowan, Hughes, Watson, etc etc. Then we have all the selecting blunders like Hughes, Quiney, Doherty, Hughes, Maxwell, Henriques, Hughes etc etc.

    Just accept the fact that Australian Cricket is in the toilet due to the entire management and leadership team .... ACB can't manage, Coaches that couldn't coach, trainers that break every bowler that crosses their path and can't rid players of technical problems, etc, etc.

    If you want to know how far Australian Cricket has been flushed just look at the ICC Batting Ratings ..... in the top 32 players Bangladesh has 3, NZ has 2, WI has 2, Australia has 1 .... the same number as Zimbabwe.

    So we can keep going down the same path or hit the reset button.

    Ps. To all the other knockers of Queensland and Khawaja, with all the "great players" in the NSW hav

  • Amith_S on October 28, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I am glad to see Khawaja come back strongly with runs and catches. I first saw him bat as a teenager for Cricket Masala at Bankstown Oval in 2007 and 2008 and you could tell back then that he was a special talent. I feel personally happy if he becomes a regular in the Australian Test team. We need a player of his class.He has timing and grace. All he needs is confidence at the highest level.

  • stuartk319 on October 28, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    I enjoyed every minute of this tournament. Other than having the final at North Sydney, well done CA on this one. Extremely well done QLD, played amazingly well as a team throughout.

    Except for the teamwork, and those who showed consistency and temperament, IMHO we really shouldn't read a massive amount into this for the Ashes.

    Khawaja and Smith were consistent. Klinger and White were somewhat consistent.

    Warner was still hit and miss. Cutting showed he could whack a ball over very short boundaries. Very smart batting, but still very short boundaries.

    Doherty was also extremely tidy in the early matches; of course he might go for a few more against Indians, most spinners do.

    Please, it was a very good tournament, but let's keep it in context.

  • Bonehead_maz on October 28, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    I wonder if next year they should have this tournament in Canberra ? Why not have the national comp in the ACT ?

  • Flemo_Gilly on October 28, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Shaggy i think we are all in agreement that Khawaja played brilliantly yesterday and that it will now come to shield runs, can't wait for the shield games to start on Wednesday. I hope Khawaja along wiht Warner and Smith get some solid shield runs.

  • Shaggy076 on October 28, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Sunil_Batra; I just say that you all write in an Identical fashion, I didnt say you were the same person.

  • Mary_786 on October 28, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @JosephLangford you make alot of sense bud, lets hope that we have learned from the mistakes and improve in them in the future. Glad to see Punter speak up as well.

  • on October 28, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    **stupid I-pad**

    To all the knockers of Queensland and Khawaja, remember one simple fact .... this is the second time that Queensland defeated NSW in this series. Yes .... I will have to listen to the repetitive bleats about how supposedly superior NSW is .... But the facts speak for themselves .... Queensland wins because they have better players and are a better team.

  • Shaggy076 on October 28, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Sunil_Batra/hycIass; Yes he was very good, I only dismissed him being picked in one-day cricket last year because he hadnt done enough to be selected. He has been very good this year how many times do I need to say that before one of you guys actually read it. I have also said there have been numerous players good this year and test selection should and wont come down to form in the Ryobi. You accuse me of being biased against Khawaja that is very rich, considering your positions. How can you dismiss the efforts of Bailey agaisnt an international side in India (yes they are roads), but laud Khawaja efforts at North Sydney on roads. Yes he is in the mix for selection to say he is over the line on the back of one day performances is ridiculous. I can make the same argument you make for Khawaja for Klinger he is a class player and been a big time performer for five seasons now (yes he had a poor one last year) but seems back to his best now.

  • Paul_Rampley on October 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    @Amith i bet that makes you very proud. I remember reading about that tournament and believe that there is a similar touranment being held this year as well. Guys like Khawaja coming from the sub continent community is just the start as we will see alot of youngsters from the south asian community follow in Khawaja's example both on and off the field as he is a good role model to have.

  • on October 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    xtra .... When has Khawaja been given a real opportunity?? Like Cowan, Hughes, Watson, etc etc. Then we have all the selecting blunders like Hughes, Quiney, Doherty, Hughes, Maxwell, Henriques, Hughes etc etc.

    Just accept the fact that Australian Cricket is in the toilet due to the entire management and leadership team .... ACB can't manage, Coaches that couldn't coach, trainers that break every bowler that crosses their path and can't rid players of technical problems, etc, etc.

    If you want to know how far Australian Cricket has been flushed just look at the ICC Batting Ratings ..... in the top 32 players Bangladesh has 3, NZ has 2, WI has 2, Australia has 1 .... the same number as Zimbabwe.

    So we can keep going down the same path or hit the reset button.

    Ps. To all the other knockers of Queensland and Khawaja, with all the "great players" in the NSW hav

  • Mary_786 on October 28, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Does anyone know if we can watch the shield games on GEM

  • Mary_786 on October 28, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Not much mention of Maddinson, but he top scored for the blues and watch out for this kid as he is a future talent for our test side.

  • Sunil_Batra on October 28, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Shaggy i look forward to the day you give Khawaja his due credit, anyway i won't waste any more time on that. We went to watch yesterday with my kids. QLD played very well indeed. But did you ever think that they win these tournaments because they don't have players away with the Aus teams, when all of the other States do? NSW was missing Clarke, Haddin, Watson, Starc, Cummins..And Khawaja was absolutely brilliant against a very good bowling attack. .He got his runs against a good bowling attack, Bollinger, Sandhu, Hazelwood, Lyon is nothing to sneeze at. Felt sorry for Warner as he was given out on a big no ball today? Mmmm. He is another NSW product isn't he? I would like to know though why the other states aren't producing their own. As for the Khawaja debate, in my opinion he desrves not only to play in Brisbane but play for the full series as we need to give our best young players a real crack at the top level. So glad that Gem was showing the entire tougnament.

  • hycIass on October 28, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @Shaggy your points on Klinger and white are fine bud, its your constant attack on Khawaja that's frustrating, you never cut the kid any slack even when he does well. I agree with Edward and Paulrampley. I saw an interview with Khawaja the other day and he seams to have sorted out his life and his cricket. He seemed very focused and determined and that has translated to runs. He is such a classy player and his elegant style is great to watch. Hope he is playing in Brisbane. If he makes a shield ton or two the selectors would have to select him. And yes i have been watching his fielding (which many people have critisized) closely this series and he has taken a few superb catches and overall seems more comfortable and confident in the field

  • Sunil_Batra on October 28, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @Shaggy its really easy to dismiss Khawaja's fans by accusing them of being the same person, there are better ways to win an argument then dismissing all the folks on this blog. Bottomline is that you said Khawaja was not a good 50 over player, well he showed you he is. Its not the big scores that have impressed so much. I mean most of these games were at the playpen at North Sydney. It was the manner of his scoring, the finesse and timing of a potentially top class batsman. His fielding was dynamic, almost out catching most wicket keepers in claiming wickets. Khawaja by the end looked dominant, looked confident, looked test material.This kid is ready to show us what he really has got, and its a lot better than the offerings of Bailey, White, Marsh etc. This kid is a test batsman in the making and i hope he also gets a real go in the test series and also in the ODI team as he needs more then 2 games to show what he has got.

  • Shaggy076 on October 28, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Mary_786 ; I still stand by those comments there is no way Khawaja should have been in front of Hughes, Warner, Finch, Klinger, Fergusson for the one day team last year. His performances this year have been very good in the one-day game however, the Australian team is playing very good cricket in the one-day format and it is hard to break in. However if a spot opened up I would have no issue with him taking it, although I think Warner will go back in first.

  • Shaggy076 on October 28, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    hycIass - You make a very valid point about the left handers why dont we pick an inform right hander like Klinger or Bailey instead. You say remember he has only been given 9 tests - well I got news for you Klinger has just as good first class record and has no tests. You get a test you need to perform because there are other capable players out there. Dont blame the coach for only averaging 19 in tests in England, some blame should be put on the player.

  • Shaggy076 on October 28, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Jono_Makin; And they all write the same way by saying so and so is 100% correct, cant believe so many different people write in the same grammatically incorrect pose. You should say I agree with your opinion as they are only opinion pieces and cannot be 100% correct. hycIass - Yes. AhmedESat - No you are incorrect, I supported Khawaja to take his place in India on Hussey retirement however, could see why the selectors went with Henriques when Watson was unable to bowl. However, since the start of the indian tour he has played numerous tour games and Australian games and with no performances of note, in fact until this Ryobi cup his performances over the last 6 months were average. Then on the verge of playing a test in India, he doesnt do a task set down by the coach, no matter how remedial if I was in his privlidged position I would have done the task. I'm not anti Khawaja I am anti the Khawaja press he receives here when players of similar ability dont get the same representation.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 28, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @Amith_S. Be careful what you wish for. Khawaja at the very best has 1 shot at test cricket left. If he is lucky enough to even get a look in after this, he sure better be ready to grab the opportunity. He is a good player, but i personally don't think he is ready. He needs a season or two of Shield cricket and if he gets a look in again.

    If Khawaja gets a crack and messes up again, you can bet your life that's the last we see of him in test cricket, so he better make sure he is red hot ready if and when he gets another crack!

  • Edwards_Anderson on October 28, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @ AhmedEsat i echo your words. @Paulrampley like you i also want to get behind our young batsman, i love seeing Khawaja, Smith, Warner gettting runs, its just what we need and i think all these 3 will be in the Brisbane test based on domestic runs.

  • Mary_786 on October 28, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @AhmadEsat i also remember reading Shaggy's Khawaja's comments for the last year. When Khawaja got selected for ODIs last year Shaggy said Khawaja was only a test player but now he showed his class in Ryobi. Shaggy, folks appreciate seeing both sides of the coin, i for one didn't think Khawaja was good at 50 over cricket and said so last year but he showed me that he is very much suited to the shorter format as well.

  • Mitty2 on October 28, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @landl47, have always loved your irrelevant points about Australia's fast bowlers, Hazlewood beat Hartley on a numerous occasions, even got a dropped catch off him and looked threatening but just isn't a good death bowler. Sandhu got a plumb lBW decision turned down and Cutting (in perfect batting conditions I might add) has never been a good white ball bowler (compare 24 average to 32 average) and had a bad day on a pitch that would have to be the smallest in Australia, by far.

    I forgot to talk of Lyon's performance. If memory serves me correct he's played one or two ODI's and didn't do too badly (didn't take many but was economical) but atleast he flights it. Doherty doesn't know what flight is and just darts it, Beer's a hack and doesn't turn it, and Ahmed's control is on and off. We really have no better option than Lyon considering SOK is not good with the white ball. Lyon has improved his control immeasurably since India and is still an attacking bowler - why not?

  • AhmedEsat on October 28, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Shaggy you have always been anti-Khawaja as I remember differing with you on a number of occassions. You have never expressed the hope that he would succeed....ever!

  • Paul_Rampley on October 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    What has impressed me most about Ussie is that he has gone back after being dropped and just scored consistent runs. He was asked to improve his fielding and he has fielded beautifully in gully and slips, fantastic attitude and it will serve him well in the Australian team. And i also notice the usual critics are out and about, cummon guys its time to applaud and get behind our young batsman, not put them down even when they are performing.

  • hycIass on October 28, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @JonoMakim champ i don't have a underscore in my name and i also use the word champ, does that mean i am also the same person as the other people, seriously mate there are better ways to debate. Bottom line mate Khawaja has earned his chance with runs and performances. He was very positive against spin and i was very impressed by his innings yesterday. He was working Lyon all over the ground with singles and got out trying to hit a six on the longest boundary of the ground. I love the positive intend he is showing. Also take note that all our left handers i.e Rogers, Hughes, Cowan struggled against Swann so that's not a new thing for left handers, the key is that they work on their weaknesses and Khawaja is doing that vey well. Surely he is at top of the pecking order now and if he continues his form into shield he is a must for Brisbane

  • Mary_786 on October 28, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Thanks Edward i think Khawaja is letting runs do his talking and the usual critics are commenting on this page as well but like you i won't waste time trying to convince them. The selectors are the only ones that need convincing and Khawaja is doing a great job at that.

  • hycIass on October 28, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @edwardsanderson is spot on with his comments on Khawaja. Khawaja was the best batsman in Shield competition three years ago. He was handling all forms of bowling the Shield could direct at him comfortably with his stylish along the ground hitting, ideal for test cricket. But along came Arthur, who quite frankly played games with this kid's head.Remember he has had only 9 tests divided into three packages, which is crazy if you are trying to assist a player to adjust to test cricket. He was then consistently made 12th man or reserve batsman while lesser lights were given longer individual periods producing nothing of substance. Yet when a position appeared, Arthur would suddenly bring in Maxwell or Henriquez or have Wade as 6th batsman. Meanwhile Khawaja remained the perennial reserve batsman, even denied the chance to return to Shield cricket.Along comes the Ryobi Cup and seven games and seven days of batting and he has shown his class and is back to his best. He is back to his best.

  • on October 28, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @Everyone_with_an_underscore_in_their_usernames, are you all the same person, Champ? Or is it simply a co-incidence that most of you are huge Khawaja fans and call each other 'Champ' a lot?

    Ussie's major problem is against spin bowling, he simply can't read the length of it and has no solutions for it... We see that in Lyon's figures.. Lyon beat him a couple of times before he got him out here and as soon as he walks back into the test team and out to bat he's going to be facing up to an offie, simple as that. If he can ever work it out he'll be a fine batsman but there's a long road in front of him yet.

  • Amith_S on October 28, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Shaggy i have to go with EdwardAnderson on this one, Khawaja has been very unlucky and has had a raw deal. Khawaja's excellent innings certainly won't do him any harm. It's almost l assured him of Ashes selection provided he scores in shield. It has move him to the front of the queue in selectors minds and one excellent Shield innings on top of his Ryobi Cup form should assure him of selection. I think the selectors have narrowed down the couple of positions up for grabs (1 and 5) to Warner, Bailey and Khawaja. Other contenders will need to do something outstanding in the Shield or Australia A matches to jump ahead of these three. , I'd love to see him given an extended run in the side to see once and for all if he is up to Test cricket. This pattern of giving him a couple of matches then dropping him is cruelling his confidence and he is one of our best young batsman so get him in and as Punter said early in the week show confidence in our best young batsman.

  • duralsumo on October 28, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Having been a sceptic of the competition at the beginning I can admit I was wrong. Pity the sixteen cricketers (I can be corrected on this) were playing in India. Have them then in for the whole series it would have been a class act to watch. Further have each team play each other twice and the final on a proper cricket ground. All in all Cricket Australia experiment passed the test on this one. Further having a decent crowd watching the game gave it atmosphere.

  • Thefakebook on October 28, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    The Bulls 2 seasons in a row now,wow keep up the good work guys!

  • Shaggy076 on October 28, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Edwards_Anderson; My question to you is have you followed what other batsman in AUstralia are doing. Do you think Klinger, Bailey, Hughes, Warner etc deserve a chance or have you only watched Khawaja. Do you know what these others are doing? Also did you forget to follow Khawaja as he averaged 19 in tests in England and in warm-up games in India and England where he averaged below 30. Yes he appears in good form but you don't pick a test side from a performance in a one-day game. I at one stage thought Khawaja was destined to succeed at test level but having watched his meek performances in test I am starting to believe he does not have the mental toughness to succeed at that level.

  • ShutTheGate on October 28, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @ Edwards_Anderson

    Would you put Khawaja in the top order instead of say Warner or would you put him at number 6?

    I can't see him being as effective down the order.

  • brisCricFan on October 28, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I meant Cutting not Lynn by the way... the one off the last ball by Lynn was right off the mea.. right off the middle of the bat!!

  • Edwards_Anderson on October 28, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Mary very good analysis champ, you have obviously followed Khawajas career closely. You are right in that he has never been afforded the opportunity to fail. Arthur kept him 12th man for so long and would bring in any other player when an opportunity would come up. Best example was the last SCG test when watto was injured and in a dead rubber we ended up playing 5 bowlers instead of giving Khawaja a crack even though he was already in the squad as backup batsman. Against Swann all our lefties struggled including Rogers so they will all have to work hard aginst him. Yesterday Khawaja was milking Lyon for singles very well and only got out when he tried to hit him for a 6 to the biggest boundary at the oval and good to see him show intend there. He is building up very well and we need to nurture this kid and give him a full series to show what he has got because he does belong at the top level. His fielding looks great and and he is looking confident.Give him a extended run

  • ShutTheGate on October 28, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @ Land47

    I think that Faulkner will get the nod over cutting, Sandhu and Hazelwood for the ashes squad. I'd be surprised if Mitchell Johnson isn't at least in the squad as many high profile greats including Glenn McGrath have publicly stated that he should be selected.

    I think that Khawaja will make the squad but as the spot open is number 5 or 6 I'd suggest that he won't make the starting 11 as I think there are concerns over Khawaja versus Swann. I'd love to see a Bailey versus Swann contest.

  • brisCricFan on October 28, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    @landl47 Lets remember that the average $1 postage stamp has about the same dimensions as North Sydney Oval and probably longer straight boundaries. Hard for bowlers to be too economical. The 6 hit by Lynn off the second last ball was more a leading edge than a deliberate shot. Take nothing away from Qld's achievement, they were the consistent team in the tournament.

    I agree Khawaja needs to put some runs on with the red ball but at the same time, he deserves to be mentioned... he has been given two very small opportunities already but we haven't seen his best. Tell him the jobs his or tell him he needs a couple of solid Shield years before consideration again, you can't leave the players guessing either, its got to be unsettling.

    Bowlers... get the red ball and make a claim... MJ has to be the front runner; Harris if he can stay fit, Siddle as the workhorse; Faulkner hasn't done himself any harm either. But personally I don't think hes a long form player YET!

  • Bonehead_maz on October 28, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    @ landl47 on (October 28, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

    Was actually the first 50 ver game I've been to this century. It was a good toss to win. The track there was an absolute belter, that started just a little "tacky" Ryan Harris (as one would expect) made use. All other quicker bowlers were in for a caning ! I actually thought Hazlewood looked dangerous (between the dispatches). Anything near a normal attacking length was cannon fodder. Can tell as much from runs here as from Maxwell in India !

  • landl47 on October 28, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    I didn't see the game (couldn't even find a dodgy stream, darn it!) but based on the scorecard a couple of thoughts come to mind. First is that Khawaja's last first-class game was the fourth test of the Ashes series, in which he got 0 and 21 and Australia lost. I'd suggest he needs some FC runs before he becomes a test candidate again. If short-format runs are the criterion, Bailey walks into the test side.

    Second is that three of the bowlers in the game I've seen talked of as possible test players. Sandhu's figures were 9.1 overs, 62 runs; Hazlewood 10 overs,87 runs; pride of place to Cutting, 7 overs 70 runs. Compare that with Harris, who actually is a test player, 8 overs 40 runs (and 2 wickets). Obviously, a List-A state game isn't comparable to a test, but none of the three hopefuls made much of a case.

    Let's see how the Shield goes. I'm looking forward to seeing who makes runs and how many, so we can see how the pitches are playing.

  • Insult_2_Injury on October 28, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Khawaja showed his style and consistency through this 4 week slogfest by playing cricket shots. Rod Marsh watched the tournamnet, we can only hope his recommendation is to give the guy the summer to settle in to the 3 spot. We see what Bell achieved by regularly getting a game when his form didn't warrant it, but the fan and media carping has some merit in toughening players up, just as much as what happens in the middle. Good luck Usman, you're the long term number 3 for Australia.

  • picket23 on October 28, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    @Jagger- Cuttings shot was off the middle of the bat, as evidenced by not only the tv footage but also the fact that the ball was hit out of the ground. He rolled his wrist outwards toward the end of the shot to hit it with a straight bat. This doesn't mean anything, just thought I'd point it out.

  • ShutTheGate on October 28, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    What a great finish which sets up an exciting start to the Sheild season.

    With the likes of Khawaja, Warner and Cutting in great form in the Ryobi cup and the likes of Finch, MJ and Bailey in great form in India and at least two ashes spots up for grabs I think we'll see a great contest.

    Personally I'd go with Bailey of Khawaja for number 6 assuming that Bailey gets a respectable score when he returns from India. But it's good to see blokes on the fringe putting their hand up for selection.

  • on October 28, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Well done the bulls. Winners of the domestic comp two years in a row. Certainly justifies all the Bulls players in the Australian one day team..... Oh wait....

  • wellrounded87 on October 28, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    @ thE_baCk_beNcHer on (October 27, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

    First of all if a batsmen gets big scores in 3 out of 10 innings that is pretty damn consistent. Let's look at Clarkes 10 most recent innings. 75, 22, 105, 7, 28, 6, 21, 187, 30, 28.

    Looks like 3 good scores and 7 bad ones to me.

    Further more Warner got 3 big centuries in 4 innings what more do you want from him? to get a ton every single game. Steady on.

  • on October 27, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Just quietly how good has Nathan Hauritz been in the One Dayers. Surely he is a better option in our ODI side than wither Fawad or X. he will only be 34 when the 2015 WC arrives. I say give him the next 2 years to feel settled in the ODI setup.

  • Amith_S on October 27, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    @Sunilbatra well said champ, Khawaja was kept for far too long on the sidelines by Arthur, now he is starting to shine and show that not only is he a very good batsman but a very good fielder as well.

  • Paul_Rampley on October 27, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Well done to bulls and fantastic batting Khawaja in pressure situation. Khawaja is ticking all the correct boxes and really hope to see him in the Brisbane test. Now for some shield cricket.

  • dunger.bob on October 27, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Re. Khawaja: The ABC radio court jester, Kerry O'keefe, said something the other day that has somehow taken root in my mind and starting to make sense. God help me.

    He said he believes that the only spot for Ussie in the Test side is as an opener. Kerry thinks he needs to face fast bowling early in his innings because he's just too vulnerable against spin to come in down the list. He also said that Ussie hasn't got the sparkling feet required of a number 6 so it's right at the top of the order or nowhere at all.

    The more I think about it, the more sense it seems to make. .. Rogers can't last much longer. Maybe Ussie is the answer to that little problem. Or maybe I'm just as mad as the Skull is.

  • Mary_786 on October 27, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    @Jagger Khawaja wass the only one who got to a 100 mate, its pressure to make 100 in a final and he did it front of Marsh, Clarke and Inevariy watching. Its better then the runs being scored on the bowling graveyards in India by our batsman. He was all class yesterday and i think he will take his form into shield as well. And if you want to see an example of his fighting ability watch highlights of his top score in the Lords second innings when all failed except him and Clarke. Also watch his 100 last year in Hobart where he got 140 odd while Tasmania were all out for 90(batting lineup which included Bailey, Doolan, Cosgrove). Credit is due here mate, lets not try to find negative where none exists.

  • on October 27, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    khawaja needs to make big scores. In the ashes series he has made for double digit scores out of 6, but his highest score was only 54. He needs to show more concentration. Looks like selectors really got sick of seeing pretty 20's, 30's or 40's being wasted through stupidity really - like missing a straight ball, or stepping out to swann to smash him over extra cover despite a rough patch outside off and clarke being at the other end. He is also a very poor player of spin bowling, one of the reasons why he doesn't convert his starts into big scores. I would prefer Ed Cowan over Khawaja. It wouldn't be fair to drop watson after making 170 odd - even though it was on a dead rubber. rogers, cowan, watson, smith,clarke,wade, faulkener, siddle, pattinson, johnson, and lyon. If ryan harris is fit than he replaces pattinson. Mitchell johnson looks in good form so lets give him a chance.

  • Shaggy076 on October 27, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    I don't think anything can be taken from one-day form when it comes to selection, if you did how could you separate Hughes and Baileys form for Australia, with Khawaja, Warner, Klinger and White in Australia. There are still a lot of people in the mix -and shot a ball cricket does not present good test form. Some pieces to the puzzle will be answered in the next couple of weeks but both Bailey and Hughes seem to be in great form but don't get an opportunity to show it in red ball cricket which will only create headaches for the selectors.

  • on October 27, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Jagger ...... WOW!!!!

    Khawaja scores a century against a bowling attack that consists of Bollinger (ex-Test Player), Lyon (Test Player), Hazelwood (on the cusp of being a Test Player*), and Abbott (highest wicket taker in the Tournament). He did this at better than a run a ball.

    Did Smith (current Test Player) score a century?? No!! Did Warner (current Test Player**) score a century?? No!! Did Maddinson (on the cusp of being a Test Player***)?? No!! Did any other player in the finals teams score a century?? No!!

    He gets out trying to loft a ball from Lyon, who in my opinion should have received MOTM if NSW won, over mid on .... in an attempt to break up Lyon's Length and maintain the run rate .... Which is a necessity in this game and knowing that there were still 9wickets in the pavilion.

    So Khawaja scores a faultless century, something that no one else achieves on match day, at better than a run a ball against quality bowling

  • Bonehead_maz on October 27, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Congratulations to the Bulls. A nice welcome back for Law :). Solid match (if you're not a seam bowler) pretty good tournament. I was a bit concerned about some umpiring......... hope that isn't indicative of the summer to come. Had never really watched Lynn, Patterson, Neser or Abbot play before this tournament - they all look ok. Was VERY impressed with Nathan Lyon's bowling yesterday. Very frustrating for me to see someone batting better than run a ball, near risk free, suddenly launch down the track, to inside out someone over Mid off ? What are these guys thinking ? When will they realise 180* will win the match and a lot of respect ? (I thought same other day when Warner decided to bat right handed for some reason and threw his wicket).

  • pat_one_back on October 27, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @PrasPunter Khawaja scored a match winning 65 in a chase of 300 plus in BOWLER friendly conditions???? @Joseph Langford, seems the curator saw this match coming 20 + years ago and started preparing flat batting tracks at the Oval back then for practice huh? Settle down Khawaja fans, a Nth Sydney oval ton, final aside, ain't no thang...

  • Jagger on October 27, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Before anyone gets too carried away, left me offer an alternative view. Remember the game was played at the North Sydney Oval. It is a tiny ground and offered little for the pace bowlers. Ben Cutting actually hit a straight six with the leading edge of his bat in that match. We won't see any of that in The Ashes. And neither should we.

    Khawaja was caught off a full blooded lofted drive, well inside the boundary. To call it a soft dismissal is as far as my humility will take me.

    We don't need dime-a-dozen, flat-track-bully, flashy pilots with pea hearts in the Ashes team. We do need excellent fielders who can tough it right out with the bat. Steve Waugh style. Khawaja has a long, long way to go yet, and with the socialist party being rolled by a clear majority, the bleeding hearts and racially aligned are going to struggle to get their own way for the next decade to come.

    Unfortunately we are still going to have to wade through their banal comments.

  • on October 27, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Queensland were goners after the first innings.These players are the future of Austrailia.

  • Chris_P on October 27, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Good stuff by both sides, as well as the other sides. The quality was pretty good all round by all states. this type of format is the way to go, there was plenty of interest all the way through the tournament & some outstanding efforts by youngsters. Pretty impressed by Cutting in this format, he deserves to be in the squad for the ODI's at least.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on October 27, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Congrats to QLD. Usman is bright future for Australia. Warner is inconsistent. He'll fail 7 out of 10 time he bat. Ben Cutting is a huge hitter of the ball. HE is next for the limited overs cricket playing fr Australia. Usman should be in Ashes

  • HatsforBats on October 27, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Congratulations to QLD, a good win, and all said and done I'd say the comp was a success. Obviously the solitary city location is unfair but I think the condensed format has added some spice. Great performance by Khawaja, I've previously heavily criticised him for seemingly lacking spine and a general lack of positivity, hopefully he can bring the mindset he displayed today into the test arena. When Watson eventually breaks Cutting is a quality player.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 27, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    @Sunil. While i like Khawaja, i don't think rushing him back will do anyone any good. Unless he gets back to back hundreds in the shield, i would like to see him have an entire season and string together a few hundreds on the trot and get confidence back because he probably only has 1 shot left now. It would be hard for him to come back if he gets dropped a third time so they have to make sure he is ready.

    It's going to be very interesting to see who gets picked for that no.6 spot. Even if it is Bailey, he can still hold down the spot for a few years yet and could end up playing 50-70 tests if he does well as we have seen from Huss. So the selectors want to make sure they get it right because there would be no gaps left till Rogers retires or someone falls out of form.

  • Mary_786 on October 27, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Well done bulls and Hopes and Law in leading the team to victory. Khawaja has been brilliant and his performance both with bat and fielding says it all, good signs for him for the coming ashes.

  • Sunil_Batra on October 27, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    @Praspunter well said mate, i think the reason Khawaja never really got much of a chance was because of Arthur, with boof around players get picked on form and runs and Khawaja has earned a recall based on letting his bat do the talking. And wonder what Arthur is thinking about Khawaja's fieling now, fantastic catch today which changed the game as Smith was on 61 and looking to get a big century. Hopes has to be one of the most underated allrounders going around and Hartley continues to impress.

  • Dazako on October 27, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Australia may loose the cricket, rugby, and soccer, but as long as QLD is still beating NSW, all is right in the world.

  • on October 27, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    White man of the series? What a joke!

  • on October 27, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @cccrider .... Khawaja for me.

    White had a higher average but he didn't score a century in the final.

    Warner scored the most runs but had a lower average (67.6) than both White (77.4) and Khawaja (71).

    There was no way they were going to give the MOTS to a Queenslander.

  • OneEyedAussie on October 27, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    A great match that will be good for domestic cricket in Australia. Fantastic hitting from Cutting and Lynn got the Bulls over the line. Classy century from Khawaja too.

  • PrasPunter on October 27, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I think the Aus selectors have done gross injustice to Ussie Khawaja. Come on, he was one of the architects of the superb victory against SA when we chased down 310, scoring a brilliant 65 under bowler-friendly conditions. Wondering why on earth was he dropped after that. Thankfully with Boof around, one would expect Ussie to get a longer run in the team. Please give him atleast 5 tests in a row.

  • cccrider on October 27, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    From a Qlder - just how did White beat Warner for man of the series? Bizarre.

  • Flemo_Gilly on October 27, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Khawaja is letting his bat do the talking, surely if he takes this form into sheild then he is a lock in for Brisbane, and selectors need to consider him strongly for the ODI squad for the world cup. His fielding is something that hasn't been mentioned but his catch in gully to remove Steve Smith was sublime. @xtrafalgarx you are correct in that he needs to be given a longer run in the Aussie side as he is one of the class acts that we need in the batting lineup.@Mitty i think he will beat Hughes and Bailey to the position based on this form. Glad to see that Marsh and Inevarity were watching him in the stands as well. Bulls are a perfect example of how a champion team can beat a team of champions.

  • on October 27, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    QUEENSLAND WINS!!!

    In a competition designed for NSW to win the Queensland Cricket Team has audaciously posted one of the greatest domestic cricketing triumphs in recent cricketing history. Forced to play a belligerent schedule of qualifying matches designed that would cripple most other states Queensland finish at the top of the table .... only to play the Team that finished 3rd on the table .... who get home ground advantage and prepare a concrete pitch to favour their batsmen.

    And look at the players in the NSW Team that Queensland defeated ..... Players that we are monotonously told are of international quality or on the cusp of that status.

    So tell me all you pundits ..... Lynn, Hartley and Cutting in the Australian A Team that plays England in Hobart ..... Captained by Hopes!!! Or are you going to continue to banish Queenslanders to the bleaches?!?!?

  • hycIass on October 27, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Fantastic win by the mighty bulls, they continue to win year after year. Khawaja was fantastic and surely he has to be up there in the equation for the Brisbane test, i am predicting he will take his form into sheild as he looked a class above today, how good was his catch at gully to remove Smith. And Cutting has to be picked in the ODI squad, his lower order hitting has been very consistent. Shame warner got out on a no ball.

  • on October 27, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Well done to the Bulls, as noted by others they have a strong team and culture and are deserving winners, playing solid, sensible cricket today and just focussing on batting well they mowed down a big target easily in the end. I think the most heartening part of it for me is seeing Chris Lynn finding his feet again after suffering the notorious second season blues last summer. I hope Cutting can rediscover his spark with the ball as he is just so dangerous with the bat and seems to be finding consistency with it too.

    For NSW I think their young batsmen just showed a little inexperience today, pushing a little too hard at times and losing set batsmen through the innings but you can see the promise in their top 5 for the future and I hope these blokes get plenty of cricket and runs this year. I'm impressed by Abbott, copped some tap late but he bats and bowls pretty well for a 21 y.o. Lyon was very good, the one white ball spinner who knows how to flight it, get him into the yellow!

  • scarab666 on October 27, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    NSW has paid the price for promoting inexperienced and immature players into their side at the expense of more seasoned performers. Well done to Qld and how well is Khawaja playing since his departure from NSW and all its politics.

  • on October 27, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Full credit to Queensland - the most deserving side won. They looked like the best in the comp. Likewise, much respect to NSW. They fielded what looked to be one of the youngest teams in the comp and held their own throughout. After what we've been through it may sound crazy but I think the future's looking much brighter for Australian cricket.

    And I hope Ussi getting his ton will silence some of his critics. I don't think he's necessarily ready for the test side (give him another domestic season imo) but he's definitely part of the teams future.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 27, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    @Mitty2. I think with the block format, the quality of cricket got better as the tournament went on and it was a good finish. I've been quite happy with the new structure of the Ryobi Cup, not everyone is happy but there arn't many better solutions. For the first time in a long time we had 5-6 real inform batsmen.

    About Uzzie, his real problem is that he finds it hard to bring this sort of confidence onto the international arena. A few more matches without being dropped would help i guess but that's the way it is at the moment.

    Maddo is still far to hit and miss for my liking. There were as many good shots as there were swings and misses. He got away today, but he needs to now work on his mindset and defensive technique, hopefully the shield block of matches will help him with that.

  • DickCam on October 27, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Too bad a couple of poor umpiring calls hampered NSW (Warner out off a blatant no-ball, Hartley given not out plumb LBW). Having said that, poor bowling at the end and some sloppy fielding didn't help NSW.

  • Mitty2 on October 27, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Quality match. The quality of the Ryobi's been high and this match was a suitable finish. Qld yet again prove why team culture is paramount. They may not have the best players, but they always play very well as a team and always prove the doubters wrong. Based on paper, you'd think 9 times out 10 NSW and Vic would smash Qld...

    Khawaja's innings was of the highest quality, with his only mistake being beaten just once. He's looking much more confident than he was playing for Australia. Such form should be translated to the Shield games coming up and he will look to best Hughes and Bailey. In fact such motivation for Ashes spots should mean an exciting two rounds of the Shield.

    Cutting proving why he's so invaluable. Sure he got hit with the ball, but he's far superior with the red ball, and he has now won two matches for Qld. I can imagine him lining up at the Gabba if the selectors go conservative and don't play MJ.

    Maddo's innings was very good too - he's a huge prospect.

  • Mitty2 on October 27, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Quality match. The quality of the Ryobi's been high and this match was a suitable finish. Qld yet again prove why team culture is paramount. They may not have the best players, but they always play very well as a team and always prove the doubters wrong. Based on paper, you'd think 9 times out 10 NSW and Vic would smash Qld...

    Khawaja's innings was of the highest quality, with his only mistake being beaten just once. He's looking much more confident than he was playing for Australia. Such form should be translated to the Shield games coming up and he will look to best Hughes and Bailey. In fact such motivation for Ashes spots should mean an exciting two rounds of the Shield.

    Cutting proving why he's so invaluable. Sure he got hit with the ball, but he's far superior with the red ball, and he has now won two matches for Qld. I can imagine him lining up at the Gabba if the selectors go conservative and don't play MJ.

    Maddo's innings was very good too - he's a huge prospect.

  • DickCam on October 27, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Too bad a couple of poor umpiring calls hampered NSW (Warner out off a blatant no-ball, Hartley given not out plumb LBW). Having said that, poor bowling at the end and some sloppy fielding didn't help NSW.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 27, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    @Mitty2. I think with the block format, the quality of cricket got better as the tournament went on and it was a good finish. I've been quite happy with the new structure of the Ryobi Cup, not everyone is happy but there arn't many better solutions. For the first time in a long time we had 5-6 real inform batsmen.

    About Uzzie, his real problem is that he finds it hard to bring this sort of confidence onto the international arena. A few more matches without being dropped would help i guess but that's the way it is at the moment.

    Maddo is still far to hit and miss for my liking. There were as many good shots as there were swings and misses. He got away today, but he needs to now work on his mindset and defensive technique, hopefully the shield block of matches will help him with that.

  • on October 27, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Full credit to Queensland - the most deserving side won. They looked like the best in the comp. Likewise, much respect to NSW. They fielded what looked to be one of the youngest teams in the comp and held their own throughout. After what we've been through it may sound crazy but I think the future's looking much brighter for Australian cricket.

    And I hope Ussi getting his ton will silence some of his critics. I don't think he's necessarily ready for the test side (give him another domestic season imo) but he's definitely part of the teams future.

  • scarab666 on October 27, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    NSW has paid the price for promoting inexperienced and immature players into their side at the expense of more seasoned performers. Well done to Qld and how well is Khawaja playing since his departure from NSW and all its politics.

  • on October 27, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Well done to the Bulls, as noted by others they have a strong team and culture and are deserving winners, playing solid, sensible cricket today and just focussing on batting well they mowed down a big target easily in the end. I think the most heartening part of it for me is seeing Chris Lynn finding his feet again after suffering the notorious second season blues last summer. I hope Cutting can rediscover his spark with the ball as he is just so dangerous with the bat and seems to be finding consistency with it too.

    For NSW I think their young batsmen just showed a little inexperience today, pushing a little too hard at times and losing set batsmen through the innings but you can see the promise in their top 5 for the future and I hope these blokes get plenty of cricket and runs this year. I'm impressed by Abbott, copped some tap late but he bats and bowls pretty well for a 21 y.o. Lyon was very good, the one white ball spinner who knows how to flight it, get him into the yellow!

  • hycIass on October 27, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Fantastic win by the mighty bulls, they continue to win year after year. Khawaja was fantastic and surely he has to be up there in the equation for the Brisbane test, i am predicting he will take his form into sheild as he looked a class above today, how good was his catch at gully to remove Smith. And Cutting has to be picked in the ODI squad, his lower order hitting has been very consistent. Shame warner got out on a no ball.

  • on October 27, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    QUEENSLAND WINS!!!

    In a competition designed for NSW to win the Queensland Cricket Team has audaciously posted one of the greatest domestic cricketing triumphs in recent cricketing history. Forced to play a belligerent schedule of qualifying matches designed that would cripple most other states Queensland finish at the top of the table .... only to play the Team that finished 3rd on the table .... who get home ground advantage and prepare a concrete pitch to favour their batsmen.

    And look at the players in the NSW Team that Queensland defeated ..... Players that we are monotonously told are of international quality or on the cusp of that status.

    So tell me all you pundits ..... Lynn, Hartley and Cutting in the Australian A Team that plays England in Hobart ..... Captained by Hopes!!! Or are you going to continue to banish Queenslanders to the bleaches?!?!?

  • Flemo_Gilly on October 27, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Khawaja is letting his bat do the talking, surely if he takes this form into sheild then he is a lock in for Brisbane, and selectors need to consider him strongly for the ODI squad for the world cup. His fielding is something that hasn't been mentioned but his catch in gully to remove Steve Smith was sublime. @xtrafalgarx you are correct in that he needs to be given a longer run in the Aussie side as he is one of the class acts that we need in the batting lineup.@Mitty i think he will beat Hughes and Bailey to the position based on this form. Glad to see that Marsh and Inevarity were watching him in the stands as well. Bulls are a perfect example of how a champion team can beat a team of champions.

  • cccrider on October 27, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    From a Qlder - just how did White beat Warner for man of the series? Bizarre.