South Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 20, 2011

Khawaja ton ensures Blues salvage a draw

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New South Wales 217 and 5 for 402 (Khawaja 101, Maddinson 77, Henriques 65*, Hughes 61) drew with South Australia 9 for 478 dec

Usman Khawaja's second century saved New South Wales from potential defeat as they played out a draw with South Australia in Adelaide. The Redbacks took the only points from the match thanks to their hefty first-innings lead but Khawaja, Moises Henriques and wet weather prevented them from pushing for victory.

The Blues started the day 67 runs behind with eight wickets in hand, and they needed to bat for several more hours to be safe. Khawaja did exactly that, his five hour-innings of 101 the key for the visitors, and it continued his excellent preparation for the Test tour of South Africa after he also scored a hundred in Saturday's Ryobi Cup match.

Khawaja was eventually lbw to the offspinner Nathan Lyon, but Henriques (65 not out) and Peter Nevill (28 not out) batted out the rest of the day as New South Wales ended up at 5 for 402, with a lead of 141. The match was called off early due to rain, which also caused a delay earlier in the afternoon and ensured

That combination of factors scuppered the Redbacks, whose day had started brightly when Simon Katich was out for 20, having added only one to his overnight score, when he edged to slip off a wide delivery from Daniel Christian. The acting New South Wales captain, Ben Rohrer, was lbw to Gary Putland for 29, but the South Australians couldn't find the run of wickets they needed.

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  • kieran on October 22, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    People calling for Hughes to be dropped and Marsh to be retained, you must be kidding. Marsh has no significant record to speak of that even suggests he should be in the team! He has always been inconsistent and showed it again in SL, whilst Khawaja (who scored a century in the warm up!) missed out. If anyone is going to be opening for Aus I am glad that it is the guy with a first class average of 51, 5000 runs, and 17 hundreds.

  • Andrew on October 21, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    re: Hughes debate. Proof will be in the pudding in Sth Africa. If he gets a ton during the series - he will have confirmed his spot in the side, I think there is more pressure on Watto, as he was ordinary in SL. If Watto doesn't perform (batting-wise), we may see a significant re-shuffle of the Ozzy batting line up for the home series v NZ. IMO - Hughes is the most talented young opener in the world. Whether he ever lives up to that rap, time will tell. He has poor stats against the Poms, I think he gets a B+ against the Lankans, & currently is an A+ v Saffas. He has some domestic form heading into the tests, which he didn't have when called into the Ashes. He has the openers position until well into the India series IMO. Should he not perform & gets dropped, he will need 3 or 4 years in FC cricket to fine tune his game. C'mon Hughesy!!!!

  • Mariam on October 21, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Kempsy21, i agree with your comments, hughes should be out and marsh and Khawaja in. Hughes will fail in SA, they won't bowl hiim wide ofoff stump again.

  • Shubash on October 21, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    The ideal Aussie batting line up for me (1-7): 1. Watson 2. Marsh 3. Khawaja 4. Huss 5. Clarke 6. Ponting 7. Paine/Wade Marsh has shown that he can open, so he should. Huss is in great form and should be ahead of Clarke, who plays best at 5 anyways. Punter's on his way out. He's in great touch at the moment, but he would benefit from moving down the order and playing a bit more freely, at least down to no. 4. Haddins past his best, time to get some new keeping talent in. Also, Aus have plenty of batting talent to come as was obvious in this game (Maddison, Blizzard, Christian (allrounder), Ferguson). Aus should follow the Argus review and reward those who do well and drop those who arent performing (Haddin/Hughes).

  • Terry on October 21, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    A hardworking determined century to save a match. More please! The more contenders for the Test team the better and Khawaja will be there sooner rather than later. Players like Maddinson just need to keep scoring and get themselves noticed with piles of runs. Same for more experienced players like Callum Ferguson.

  • Christopher on October 21, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    @kempy21.According to Wisden,Hughes holds the record for the youngest player ever(134 years) to score 2 100s in the same Test,scoring 275 runs in the 2nd Test v SA & an 1100+ Test wicket attack led by one of the greats in Steyn. Hes a Steve Waugh medallist.A Bradman Medalist.A Shield Player of the year.Has 17 1st class 100s,3 in Tests including 126 his last Test innings.His batting average,Strike rate & number of centuries are greater than Watson,his opening partner,who is considered a successful Test batsman.His 1st class ave is 51.Its on public record that following his 1637 runs in 9 games with 8 centuries, leading into the England Lions game in 09, he was forced to change both his technique & his approach by the coach.It failed & he was dropped.He continued to be unable to play his own game at Test level while the coach remained.Its no coincidence,that on Nielsen announcing his retirement,Hughes and Clarke played with a freedom not seen in years.Marsh has a far inferior record.

  • David on October 21, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @kempy21 - you said "once again hughes gets a game without any real achievement at level". are you kidding? he has 3 hundreds in 13 games and is coming off a MATCH SAVING hundred.if he keeps going at this rate he will finish his career with 30 centrues. that will make him one of the all time greats. some people just cant be pleased - they seem to clutch at straws and find any excuse under the sun to critisize. seriously mate - get off his back. shaun marsh jumped the queue unfairly when khawaga was obviously next in line, he did well and there has been nothing but enouragement from the australian public (which was deserved after he took his chance). get off hughesys case and give him a fair go. he deserves to be there.

  • Ajay on October 21, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    For me,Still no-no for Usman in Aussie side. Aussie side looking quite balaced Moises Henriques can be other contention.

  • Cain on October 21, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    @mari2619, S Marsh can replace Hughes now IMO. Once again Hughes gets a game without any real achievement at Test level. Top 6 for the first Test in SA should be Watson, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey and Khawaja. I agree with @jonesy2 that we have an embarrassment of riches, but surely that makes competition for spots hotter. Perform or you're out. Please don't let the door hit you on the way out Phil.

  • clint on October 21, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Young Maddinson is who should be mentioned as a possible Austrailian rep above of Khawaja and Hughes.

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