Western Australia v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 3rd day November 24, 2013

White century keeps Victoria afloat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 198 (Hussey 85, Coulter-Nile 4-57) and 5 for 272 (White 110*, Quiney 53) trail Western Australia 8 for 581 dec by 111 runs

Cameron White's unbeaten 110 in Victoria's second innings helped them stay afloat, after Western Australia enforced the follow-on on the third day. Victoria are not out of the woods, however, as they trail Western Australia by 111 runs with five wickets in hand.

Victoria, who began the third day at 7 for 158, lost overnight batsmen Clint McKay and David Hussey in quick succession. Hussey was out for 85 off 122 balls, the top-scorer in an innings where only three batsmen scored in double figures. The Victoria innings folded shortly after their dismissals and Western Australia, with a first-innings lead of 383, chose to make Victoria bat again. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the most successful bowler for Western Australia, taking 4 for 57 in 16 overs.

In their second innings, Victoria lost opener Aaron Finch early but the side put up a better performance. Rob Quiney, the Victoria captain, added 49 with Peter Handscomb for the second wicket and then shared a 55-run, third-wicket partnership with Cameron White.

After Quiney's dismissal, White led the charge, making up for his first-innings duck with his 18th first-class hundred. He received good support from Glenn Maxwell and the pair steadily chipped away at the deficit. The pair added 72 runs for the fourth wicket but the quick wickets of Maxwell and Hussey meant that Victoria had slipped further by the end of the day.

White finished the day unbeaten on 110 off 123 ball with 16 fours and a six, and along with Dan Christian (10 not out) will look to fight for a draw on the fourth day.

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  • Eddie on November 25, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Bailey and North should be neck and neck to replace Bailey or Watson should they continue to fail. Both are the form batsmen of one day and first class cricket. White like Smith was picked as a spinner previously, but his batting has improved just like Smith. North has more hundreds than Watson, Warner and Hughes in test cricket, is in career best domestic form and has had success against England in the past. Bailey looks like Carberry and can only score on one side of the pitch. His 34 in the second innings was no pressure ODI stuff.

  • Peter on November 24, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Good to see you about Meety. Agree with White, he has plenty to offer & more importantly, he is in form, & not only in the short form of the game either with over 400 runs the first 4 shield games.

  • Andrew on November 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Good onya White. He is still quite a few years younger than Bailey. He is also taking wickets again too. I would like to see him considered for Test selection again if he can keep this form going.

  • Chris on November 24, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    From what I heard, Bailey did not appear any more confident at Test level to the indifferent red ball form he has shown for the past year. If Adelaide is going to spin, White could provide a good option at 6 and roll the arm over for a few. Who knows, he might make a good impression at test level playing as a Top 6 batsmen who is back-up spinner rather than lower order primary spinner.

  • James on November 24, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Finally a hundred for White.

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    With the form he has displayed this season in both the Shield and the ODD Cup, White might not be a bad option to call up if the selectors finally open their eyes and realise Watson is not a red ball cricketer, North also.

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