The Sheffield Shield is back and after some round two action, Josef Rindl picks out his combined XI.
With Victoria still undergoing a quarantine period, only two Sheffield Shield matches took place. Tasmania struck 493-8 after bowling South Australia out for 195, but Travis Head’s side fought back to earn a draw, closing out on 347-5.
Meanwhile, New South Wales’ first-innings total of 443-6 was wiped out by Western Australia’s 534, before the Sydney-based side added another 107-2 as their game also finished in a draw.
And there were plenty of star performers in both fixtures.
Sheffield Shield team of the week: round two
Sam Whiteman: 114 (Western Australia)
The Western Australia opener notched up a brilliant ton which was the foundation of his side’s 91-run first innings lead. Yorkshire-born Whiteman reached his fifth first-class century off 242 balls with 17 fours and a strike rate of 47.11. Exactly what you want from your opener.
Henry Hunt: 30 & 46 (South Australia)
Henry Hunt, 23, looked like he had all the experience of a man twice his age as his crucial runs at the top of the order helped save the game for South Australia. After a solid 30 from 89 in the first innings, Hunt saw off the new ball superbly in the second. His 47 runs came from 207 deliveries.
Travis Head: 2 & 171 (South Australia)
At three we’re promoting Australia international Travis Head. His 171 not out ensured South Australia made it to the close after conceding a big first-innings lead. A familiar face in the national side, Head backed up his half-century in the previous round with a measured century. Untroubled for much of his knock, Tasmania just couldn’t prise him out.
Cameron Green 197 (Western Australia)
It’s Cameron Green’s world, we’re all just living in it. The 21-year-old batted deep for his highest first-class score, proving why he’s touted in some circles as Australia’s next big thing. Green, often used as an all-rounder, fell agonisingly short of his maiden double century. Remember the name.
Moises Henriques: 167 & 15*, 0-32 (New South Wales)
Moises Henriques came to the crease for New South Wales with the score at 55-2. When he left, it read 323-5. The Australia all-rounder positively sprinted to 167 from 276 balls, striking 20 fours and one six.
Jake Doran: 112 (Tasmania)
Tasmania’s Jake Doran finished just two runs short of his career-best first-class total as the former Australia under-19s batsman shared a 153 partnership with captain Tim Paine. Doran, 23, has yet to break into the national side. Performances like this week’s are sure to catch the eyes of the selectors.
Tim Paine: 111*, 3 catches (Tasmania)
Last week’s totals of four and 10 were soon forgotten as Australia’s Test skipper played an innings Justin Langer would’ve enjoyed watching. Alongside Doran, Paine helped drag Tasmania from a precarious situation into an imposing lead.
Peter Siddle: 2-30 & 2-59, 6*
If you look up consistency in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of Peter Siddle. The Australian seamer is still quietly going about his business for Tasmania. Four wickets in the match with a first-innings economy rate of 1.67 and second-innings rate of 2.03, his figures stood out on a week for the batsmen.
Sean Abbot: 6-89, 60*
New South Wales seamer Sean Abbot was the pick of the bowlers taking a deserved 6-89 against Western Australia. Abbot took the scalps of Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman, Shaun Marsh, Cameron Green, Matthew Kelly and Liam Guthrie before contributing brilliantly with the bat. The 28-year-old scored 60 off 78 deliveries including two fours and four sixes.
Chadd Sayers: 3-27, 30
Chadd Sayers persevered in what was a very frustrating round in the field for South Australia. Before Paine and Doran settled in, it had been Sayers who dismissed Jordan Silk, Charlie Wakim and Nathan Ellis to reduce Tasmania to 230-5. Conceding just 27 runs off his 29 overs for an economy rate of 0.93 shouldn’t go unnoticed either.
Beau Webster: 3-26 & 0-64, 25
The spinners certainly didn’t have the best of it in round two with Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar finding themselves being hit round the park. But Tasmania’s Beau Webster found the magic formula in his first innings, taking 3-26.