South Australia vs Queensland, Sheffield Shield, 1st day, Adelaide February 21, 2011

Debutants sparkle on both sides

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 0 for 7 (Harris 4*) trail Queensland 347 (Burns 140, Richardson 4-79) by 340 runs

Kane Richardson and Joe Burns put on sterling performances on debut to ensure their sides were on equal footing after the first day. Richardson, who was Man of the Match in the Ryobi One Day Cup against Queensland last week, took a wicket in each of his first three overs to carve up the Queenland top order.

Burns' maiden innings came sooner than he may have expected with the score on 3 for 11 in the eighth over. He combined with the experienced James Hopes to post a fourth-wicket partnership of 149. Hopes clipped a ball back onto his stumps after lunch to depart eight runs short of a century but Burns was unmoved and batted through the rest of the innings. He enjoyed a 52-run stand with another debutant, Jason Floros, and shared an eighth-wicket stand of 51 with Chris Swan, whose run-a-ball 37 took Queensland past the 300 mark.

Richardson removed Swan to claim his fourth wicket of the innings, with Christian taking the catch at second slip. Christian then added a run-out to his two wickets to end the Queensland innings.

South Australia will resume on 7 without loss on day two.

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  • Andrew on February 23, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    Feldman reminds me (in terms of application/tenacity/skill), of Siddle. Not the most abundantly talented pacer going around but you know you're going to get 100% commitment. Handy tail ender too!

  • Andrew on February 22, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    @Warren Smith - true re: sink or swim. Problem was that it wasn't just that there was 11 cricketers that dominated the World, there was another 20 or more playing 1st class cricket & others just below that top notch level. With better contracts - they stayed longer then would of been the case 30 yrs ago (all power to them), this meant that young talent wasn't coming through. Then all of a sudden they ALL retired in the space of a couple of seasons. So we still have the talent - but the grizzly/seasoned pro isn't as common - nor is the fringe Test players either. There has been a very noticable shift towards Youth (good thing), but in the short term the "hardness" that has been a feature of Oz domestic cricket for 100yrs is not quite there. A few seasons that will change, what worries me is - I don't think we have enough teams to accomodate the talent. NSW pace attack - Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Copeland, Clark, Cameron, Abbott, Bollinger, Coyte, Cockley! I think ACT or NT need a side!

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Mostly im worried that Cooley will be overseeing young bowlers at the academy. In 2 years he was never able to get Johnson right and i think its fair to say that his sucess in 2005 with the 'English' was down to some alchmey rather than coaching skill.

    On another note, i believe that all the youngsters coming through will have the net result of a stronger fc competition and once again toughen them up by playing youngsters against seniors. Something thats been missing while 11 australian cricketers sominated the world for 15 years. Academies grow skills, but also mollycoddle talented youngsters who dont learn how to fight. Let them sink or swim against the seasoned adults.

  • Garry on February 22, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Exciting times but the shield isn't as strong at the moment like the 90's as the top cricketers are either away more or injured. It's still a good standard mind you. Butterworth, Hogan, Faulkner, S Marsh, Voges, Finch, Bailey, Cowan, Klinger should be considered soon while the talent coming through in the next few years like M Marsh, Maddinson, Cummins, Richardson, Beaton, Lynn, Burns, Floros, Hazelwood, Pattinson etc are looking good. Agree with a few of the other comments in that they need to get the selections right and make sure the coaching and fitness teams are seriously looked at. I'm worried that Nielson will be overseeing the next lot.

  • Andrew on February 22, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Also - don't forget 2 young allrounders from Tassie Faulkner & Butterworth. Butterworth has been around a while but is still young.

  • Andrew on February 22, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    @Warren Smith/Something_Witty - I was amazed by Richardsons short format stats, to then translate into a Shield game is fantastic. I am pleased that Casson is bowling again (& taking wickets), he is a better 1st class cricketer than Doherty & Beer. Don't forget Cutting from QLD - he is a bit injury prone at the moment - but he is a GENUINE swing bowler. Batting is less dominant then bowling at the moment. I think Lynn has had a great debut season & Tom Beaton from WA is one to watch too. The only concern I have is that the Shield stats aren't translating to good Test results like they use to. Once upon a time an average of 50 in the Shield meant you could a) average 70 in County cricket, b) average 50 give or take in Tests. Early days but Smith, Khawaja Hughes & North haven't done well with the bat yet have great domestic stats. Maybe its just an anomoly, our bowlers WILL be looking over their shoulders very soon!

  • Ralph on February 22, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Have to agree with @Warren Smith ... some very good talent in the wings, but they do need to get their fitness sorted so they can bat and bowl for long periods without copping an injury. As for Johnson, Hilfenhaus, Siddle & Bollinger, unfortunately the Aussie selectors exercise far too much caution when it comes to making any changes (might involve admitting they're wrong), so don't hold your breath expecting any of these young guns to play anytime soon (more's the pity).

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    @ Something_Witty I agree - im a saffa who watches Aus cricket very closely and the numbers of young bowlers coming through the ranks is startling! I believe that very soon, Johnson, Hilfenhaus and Siddle will have to be playing to full potential to keep their spots. Unless johnson rediscovers his swing (and becomes the most dangerous bowler in the world in the process) he will not be good enough either. Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Pattinson, McDermott for the teens. O Keefe, Copeland for the 20 somethings. Rich rich pickings. Some talent showing in the batting too, but much thinner and seemingly mostly unable to play long innings. M Marsh, Keath, Lynn, Madinson with Ferguson and S marsh playing better in the middle order. Get the selections right and the coaching / fitness experts sorted and Aus will dominate for a long time again.

  • John on February 21, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Burns looks really good. Richardson just looks like a star for the future. (Another one!)

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