Australia A 480-7d & 13-1d drew with
South Africans 277-6d (Amla 53ret)
Tour Game, Sydney, Day Three
Australia’s National Selection Panel have called up Victoria opener Rob Quiney as cover for Shane Watson for the first Test against South Africa which begins on Friday. Watson was forced to withdraw from New South Wales’ recently concluded Sheffield Shield match with a calf injury and is rated as doubtful for the first Test.
Quiney has been one of Australia’s more consistent Sheffield Shield performers over the past few years and averaged more than 40 in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He also made 85 in Australia’s A first innings of their tour match against the South Africans, which finished as a draw today.
Quiney said of his call-up, “I think I've been fairly consistent in the last 18 to 24 months, so that's something I've been working on. Not such a great start in the Shield stuff for me this year (68 runs in three matches) but it's an opportunity, it comes through timing, and if it does eventuate then I'm hoping to enjoy it, soak it up and do as best I can."
National Selector John Inverarity added, “Rob Quiney has impressed the NSP with his performances in all formats in recent years. He was particularly impressive in the Australia A game that concluded at the SCG today.”
The South Africans enjoyed useful batting practice during the final day of that game, with Hashim Amla retiring on 53 and JP Duminy (31), AB de Villiers (24), Jacques Rudolph (39) and Faf du Plessis (24 not out) all making the most of time in the middle. They declared their first innings on 277 for six, leaving Australia A 10 overs to face in their second innings. They reached 13 for one as Dale Steyn dismissed opener Liam Davis for a duck.
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