South Australia v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, 4th day November 16, 2013

North guides Western Australia to draw

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Western Australia 434 (North 110, Agar 93, Whiteman 65, Botha 4-120) and 3 for 202 (North 84*, MR Marsh 65*) drew with South Australia 601 (Hughes 204, Klinger 125, Head 98)

Marcus North maintained his surprising resurgence as an opening batsman as Western Australia played out a high-scoring draw with South Australia in the first match at a redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

While a rare crowd of 17,201 took in the Oval's new, AFL-approved vista, its drop-in pitch failed to deteriorate quickly enough to afford the bowlers enough variation for a result, allowing North and Mitchell Marsh to play out the final afternoon in relative comfort after conceding a 167-run first innings deficit to the Redbacks.

SA had batted swiftly in the morning to try to build their lead, following Phillip Hughes' monolithic 204, a century for Michael Klinger and 98 for the young left-hander Travis Head.

The Warriors were thus left with little option but to play out the day for a draw, something North and Marsh accomplished after the innings wobbled with the losses of Cameron Bancroft, John Rogers and Shaun Marsh. North now has scores of 45, 118*, 50, 37, 110 and 84* since moving up to open in the Sheffield Shield this season after a long career in the middle order.

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  • Prasanna on November 17, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    So, will North get a second chance with the test XI given his strong shows ? After that brilliant debut ton, I thought that we have unearthed another technically brilliant leftie who will be around for another 5 years. Not sure why his career went south.

  • Hamish on November 17, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    @Beertjie, I would absolutely love an attack of Harris, Siddle, Lyon and SOK for Adelaide. Although that's 100% not going to happen.

  • Brenton on November 17, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Hughes was the leading FC run scorer on the recent England tour, this sort of form normally would mean you are in the test team, but not Australia.

    Warner has a lot to prove, personally I think he should be at 6 with Hughes opening. Hughes could have easily gone for the slog and gotten out shortly after making 3 figures (as Warner would have) but he pushed on.

    This game was probably 4 sessions from a result. It's not unusual in recent years for an Adelaide test to make it down to the wire.

  • Mashuq on November 17, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @Moppa on (November 17, 2013, 6:06 GMT), agree that our bowling may need tweaking for Adelaide. I'm not a Watto fan, but if he bats well at the Gabba and is able to bowl at Adelaide, MJ might need to skip Adelaide and return for the WACA. So who would replace him. I'd prefer not to take a leftie seamer like Faulkner unless Watto was not able to bowl. Swann would love bowling into the rough outside the right-hander's off-stump. SOK would be a natural pick or perhaps a good reverse swinger. Any ideas?

  • Guy on November 17, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    @landl47, I'm going to the Adelaide Test so hope that they get a bit more life into it in two and a half week's time. However, the Adelaide Oval has been pretty flat for recent Tests and I think it will be hard going for whoever bowls first. Having said all that, I think these are the two worst attacks in the Shield, which explains much of the story. Good, disciplined bowling can take wickets at the Adelaide Oval - not the sort of bowling M.Johnson provides.

  • James on November 16, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @Land, Rednwhite. The wicket is a new drop in pitch and Langer (WA Coach) did say that it has a long way to go before it is right for the test. However i disagree on your sentiments about Hughes. He is a good nice kid, and he IS a fighter and he is mentally stronger than you think.

    Yes, he still has yet to prove it at test level, but i believe in time he will. If anyone of our young batters has got what it takes to trouble England as much and Ponting did, it's Hughes.

  • Sean on November 16, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Urrgh! landl47 is right. If hughes can score a double century on it, then may god have mercy on us all.

  • John on November 16, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Don't tell me this is what the wicket will be like for the second test. Or was the bowling really that bad?

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