Scotland v Australia A, The Grange, 1st day June 7, 2013

Haddin hundred gives Aussies the edge

Callum Stewart at The Grange

Australia A 335 for 6 (Haddin 113, Siddle 85*) v Scotland

Brad Haddin proved his class with an opening day century for Australia A against Scotland at the Grange to put his side in healthy shape at the close on day one.

Haddin held the innings together while wickets fell around him and finally found Peter Siddle as a long-term partner. The pair shared 118 for the sixth wicket to gradually shrug off the game Scotland attack.

Haddin was involved in a few decent partnerships as he quietly moved past his half-century. His team-mates squandered stands that could have developed, but Haddin stuck around and played his own game. Too many short balls allowed him to deal in boundaries and in the evening session he passed his century with 11 fours.

Siddle arrived at No. 7 and played the anchor while Haddin opened up his repertoire of strokes, scoring in all corners of the outfield with ease. Siddle reached his own half-century playing his favoured cut for four that also brought up the century partnership.

The stand finally asserted Australian authority on the day that had begun with Scotland - whose attack was missing Neil Carter, Kyle Coetzer and David Murphy - winning the toss and making early inroads with the ball. Openers Jordan Silk and Alex Doolan didn't hang around, Silk finding an outside edge from Gordon Goudie to Preston Mommsen at second slip and Doolan being clean bowled by Iain Wardlaw.

Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith set about repairing the early loss. Smith nudged the singles while his partner dealt in boundaries, punishing the occasional bad delivery. Khawaja looked comfortable as the Scottish bowlers struggled to adjust to the left-hander, and when he passed his half-century in 95 balls he looked like he could push on but edged Wardlaw to wicketkeeper Matthew Cross.

While Wardlaw and MacLeod took the spoils with two wickets each, it was Goudie who was the most impressive with just 13 runs coming off his first 13 overs, including 6 maidens and the early wicket. He also claimed two important catches. But the balance of the match changed the moment Haddin stepped to the crease.

Scotland were short in the spin department, with the experienced Majid Haq out with a hamstring injury. Both Matt Machan and Moneeb Iqbal had a trundle and ironically it was a short length delivery from the latter which eventually dislodged Haddin for 113. His eyes lit up when he went to pull and connected well but not out of the range of Mommsen at midwicket who took a great diving catch with two hands.

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  • siddhartha on June 8, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Congratulations to Siddle for his maiden first class century.This guy has improved a lot as a batsman.Hopefully he will be a useful lower order batsman like Warne, lee,Gillespie etc in test matches too.

  • Dummy4 on June 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Disappointed that Khawaja couldn't go on, even more disappointed that Henriques decided to walk down the pitch when he was on 20? Hello, you have four days my son, now you have been shown up by Sidds of all people! Hope Agar is next in and shows his wares with the bat. Go on and get that ton Sidds!

    Scotland is playing a slightly understrength team here too, which again is unfortunate, I hope Ireland put a stronger xi onto the park. This match is really less of a trial and more match practice in my view, Scotland just aren't strong enough to make any great claims about performances made against them.

  • Ian on June 8, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Good to see that Pattinson and Siddle can do the job with the bat for the Ashes... I wouldn't be surprised if Siddle is our top scorer for the series.

  • Dummy4 on June 8, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    It's not a bad outcome at all. The three most likely test starters of Haddin, Khawaja and Siddle are all making runs and the other potentials have a bit of a run on the field to see what they can do. But this is a diversion as the batting is the weak link of the Aussie side. We need to wait until Pattinson, Siddle, Sayers and the supporting cast of Lyon, Agar and Henriques have a crack at the opposition lineup. I would be extremely surprised if the current score of 335 won't allow Australia to win by an innings.

  • far on June 8, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    come on Siddle get that ton

  • Peter on June 8, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Haddin's efforts were not surprising given the way he finished off the shield season. Khawaja has made a solid start to his English campaign & needs to build on this. Sidd's batting has been the revelation though. Pattinson looks more of a batsman but Siddle is delivering. First outing so not too much expected, but it is a good game to kick off proceedings.

  • Dylan on June 8, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Perhaps Siddle is the top 6 batsmen/allrounder Australia are looking for.

  • Noor on June 8, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    @Stef, yes, we're not doing too great. Almost as bad as the England Lions squad that lost every game they played in Australia last summer.

  • Dean on June 8, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    What's the issue? this is Aus A not Australia and of the 'batsmen' only 2 MIGHT play Ashes Kawaja and Haddin one scored over 50 and one scored over 100. Not quite Doom and Gloom stuff.

  • Hamish on June 8, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Two things:

    Why only four batsman? Surely it's not our bowling that needs strengthening....

    I asked this at the time, but I have to ask again... Why isn't Joe burns in the squad? He's one of the few whose average is actually above 40 (as sad as that is). Oh and on omissions, why isn't Jackson Bird in the team?

    Agree with @pat_one_back, we needed experience, and haddin obviously brings that. Not to mention that he also had a very good shield season with an average of above 50. But I wouldn't call the Bird selection 'inspired'... It was just the bleeding obvious thing to do, he and Harris are the best two seamers in the country after all (with Patto close third)

    Looking forward to seeing how Chadd Sayers will bowl, he was the best shield player by a mile; to average under 20 on the notorious batting paradise that is Adelaide is outstanding. The spin battle between Lyon and Agar will be interesting... If they get to bowl at all.

    Khawaja - as usual - didnt convert a start.

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