Scotland v Australia A, Edinburgh, 2nd day June 8, 2013

Australia A bowlers too good for Scotland

Callum Stewart at The Grange

Australia A 372 for 8 dec (Haddin 113, Siddle 103*) and 165 for 4 lead Scotland 149 (MacLeod 51, Pattinson 3-16) by 388 runs

Peter Siddle scored his maiden first-class hundred and then the Australia A bowlers proved too much for Scotland who crumbled to 149. James Pattinson, one of a trio of likely Ashes bowlers in operation, claimed three wickets before the Australians opted for batting practice rather than a swift victory.

Siddle, whose previous best was 87, had resumed on 85 and, as the Australians pressed for a declaration, he was given a life on 93 but a sparkling cover drive brought him his hundred.

Scotland started their reply full of nerves with Josh Davey facing 15 deliveries before being caught behind for a duck. Matt Machan showed promise from the other end hitting a couple of fours off the bowling off Chad Sayers, but Freddie Coleman was run out by a superb direct hit from Nathan Lyon, and Richie Berrington soon followed, being clean bowled for 1 by Pattinson.

Lyon, who could come under pressure for his Test berth if Fawad Ahmed is fast-tracked into the main squad, was given an early bowl and beat Machan in the flight. Moneeb Iqbal lost his off stump when he shouldered arms at Pattinson and Matthew Cross, the wicketkeeper, fell to Moises Henriques when he left his bat in the air while avoiding a bouncer. When Ashton Agar claimed two wickets Scotland were in tatters at 83 for 9.

However, Callum MacLeod and Iain Wardlaw added a record 66 for the last wicket as they attacked the spinners, especially Lyon, although the offspinner finally ended their fun when MacLeod picked out deep square-leg the ball after reaching fifty.

Australia opted not to force the follow-on to allow their top order, which had not been fluent in the first innings, another chance. Jordan Silk and Usman Khawaja edged to first slip but the lead swelled to nearly 400 by the close.

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  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Well that lasted longer than I expected. To be fair the Aussies went for match practice rather than going for the kill and going 20 overs straight up of Patto/Sayers/Siddle/Henriques. There are both good and bad things to take away from the game. The good news is that Pattinson, Siddle and Haddin really stood out and look like they are match ready, with Agar looking decent enough for a test spot if needed. The bad news is that no-one else really made a strong case for themselves with performances more patchy than one would have liked. Lyon in particular was poor conceding over a third of the Scottish run aggregate.

  • Hector on June 9, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @William Levick....4 Batsmen....umm....If you compare this lot to our test batsmen then we have 5 batsmen....Siddle is better than most of the test team and most, if not all the ODI team! (on current form) Is this a worry........Geeeezzzzzz Yeah!

  • Terry on June 9, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I guess the Australian selectors would say they wanted to give as many of the Test bowlers plus both spinners a run out and that with Cowan and Rogers playing county cricket they could go in with 4 batsmen. Plus Haddin of course. And the new all-rounder PETER SIDDLE!

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    It being only the first game on tour I'm hoping it's only the batsmen being a bit rusty for the low scores. Same thing applies to Lyon - out bowled by Agar and smacked around by tail-enders with another spinner on his way, he must be looking over his shoulder and hoping for a better second innings showing.

    But why take a team like this (4 batsmen, a 'keeper, all-rounder and 5 bowlers) into the game? Shows a lack of respect and I thought it was better batsmen we need to find.

    Anyway, congratulations Mr Siddle!

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