South Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 24, 2012

Burns, Townsend fight for Queensland

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Queensland 3 for 135 (Burns 50*, Townsend 50*, Christian 2-22) trail South Australia 9 for 402 dec (Ferguson 164, Ludeman 78, Cutting 3-73) by 267 runs

Queensland's Wade Townsend and Joe Burns scored half-centuries and shared an unbeaten 80-run fourth-wicket stand to end the second day 267 runs behind South Australia in Adelaide. Queensland were jolted at the start of their innings when they lost their opener Alex Kemp in the sixth over. They were in a tricky situation early in the third session at 3 for 55 after Dan Christian struck in quick succession to remove Usman Khawaja, who scored 19, and Peter Forrest.

Further damage in the day was prevented, as Burns and Townsend put up a fight in the last session. Burns was the more aggressive of the two and hit eight boundaries in his half-century. Townsend, who was dropped in the slips earlier in the day, remained unbeaten on 50 off 132 balls.

Queensland had a tough session in the morning. After keeping a tab on the scoring rate on the first day, Queensland bowlers were unable to control the flow of runs as Callum Ferguson brought up his highest first-class score of 164 and shared an attacking 162-run sixth-wicket stand with wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman, who scored 78. Both batsmen were out early in the second session and the tail helped South Australia past 400 and declared immediately after the fall of the ninth wicket. Ben Cutting was the most successful bowler for Queensland with 3 for 73.

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  • Andrew on October 26, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    @DylanBrah - I agree, a Shield average of 40 should be the minimu requirement, & any County exposure should be a bonus. @Rahul_Ashok on (October 25 2012, 09:58 AM GMT) - I believe ferguson has only hit 2 tons at Adelaide. The other 6 or 7 have been elsewhere. == == == Did some rough sums, a super season (around 900 runs at about 80) could get his (Ferguson's) average above 40.

  • Mariam on October 25, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Well batted Burns, Hyclass will you put Burns innings down given it was against South Australia, you use the same logic for Khawaja so is it the same for Burns too. I don't agree that South Australia has a weak bowling attack with Lyons, Botha Christian and George and these are the same bowlers Burns dominated today and who Khawaja has dominated recently.

  • Rahul on October 25, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @Dylanbrah agree with you on Fergie, he is a good batsman but not ready for test cricket with an average in the 30s. He needs to score outside Adelaide oval to prove himself and this is a good start. Shame Hughes didn't get going today, looking forward to watching Khawaja and Burns tomorrow.

  • Dylan on October 25, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Also, I heard 'Boof' Lehmann declare Callum Ferguson a Test batsman. I disagree immensely - CA have to learn from the Shaun Marsh/Peter Forrest experiment. Long term consistency is more important than short term form. I don't want to see any more blokes averaging 35 in shield cricket play for Australia. And how Forrest played for Australia with a LA average of 24 absolutely baffles me.

  • Dylan on October 25, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Great to see Burnsy get the century. If he can continue to develop and have another strong shield season he will be knocking on the door for Test selection for sure. Don't want to rush him though.

  • Bryn on October 25, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    who was saying that australia are lacking young batsmen of test calibre? seems like there is an abundance and many more coming through

  • Roo on October 25, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    A good (& fast) innings by Burns on what so far has been a difficult pitch to get runs on at any sort of a decent rate... Christian missed out on getting Townsend early when Klinger dropped him as he'd have a 5-for by now, while Townsend has now passed his 100... Unless there are some sporting declarations this is just grinding out to a draw...

  • Andrew on October 25, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @ Moppa on (October 24 2012, 23:09 PM GMT) - well he got the ton! Now I suppose it is up to Lehman to start hypnotising him into thinking the Saffas are Sth Ozzys!

  • Andrew on October 24, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @Wozza-CY on (October 24 2012, 11:10 AM GMT) - the other bowlers were supposed to have been more impressive in the pre-season! @ katandthat3 on (October 24 2012, 20:22 PM GMT) - agree, it's interesting to hear about his work with Dean Jones, hopefully that will pay dividends. I'm a big fan of Ferguson, but I think he needs to keep this up through the entire Shield. Hopefully he'll get a run in the ODIs & if he handles that well than he'd be a chance for a Baggy Green. What is a bit annoying about him, is that he hasn't had a County stint, which IMO opinion means he is well behind Khawaja & Hughes.

  • Guy on October 24, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Agreed with all the comments so far! @John Verdal, I agree, it seems that Burns has great potential, but a note of concern (which would remain even if he makes a century today) - his Shield average against teams other than South Australia is something like 35, whilst his average against SA is closer to 100, dragging his overall average up well into the 40s. Unless we can convince him that South Africa are, in fact, South Australia, I'd like to see him make runs against a greater variety of attacks before we give him a baggy green.

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