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Australia Ashes hopeful Sean Abbott impresses for NSW, Marnus Labuschagne hits Sheffield Shield ton for Queensland

13:26  27 october  2021
13:26  27 october  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

Usman Khawaja scores big Sheffield Shield century for Queensland against South Australia

  Usman Khawaja scores big Sheffield Shield century for Queensland against South Australia As Will Pucovski's concussion threatens to rule him out of this summer's Ashes series, Usman Khawaja makes a statement in the Sheffield Shield, reaching 158 not out on day three against South Australia.Khawaja's unbeaten 158 and Jimmy Peirson's rapid 89 not out steered the Bulls to 4-370 in their second innings at stumps on day three.

Sean Abbott has kick-started his Ashes audition with a six-wicket haul for New South Wales against Victoria on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash in Sydney.

Test batter Marnus Labuschagne also impressed ahead of the men's Ashes series beginning in December, with a century for Queensland in its match against Tasmania in Townsville.

Abbott — who was a member of Australia's extended Test squad in the 2020–21 series against India — claimed 6-38, as Victoria crumbled to be all out for 199.

New South Wales will resume its first innings on 2-43 on Thursday, having lost openers Daniel Hughes (8) and Matthew Gilkes (25) in an 18-over burst after the change of innings.

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Abbott's first victim was incumbent Test opener Marcus Harris, who fell for 9 in the sixth over when he feathered an edge to New South Wales wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.

He returned to the bowling attack late in the morning session, dismissing former Test batsman Peter Handscomb (15) and opener James Seymour (34) in the shadows of lunch.

Matt Short (2) was Abbott's fourth dismissal, while the right-arm quick celebrated the fifth five-wicket haul of his Shield career with the removal of Scott Boland (5).

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Nic Maddinson was the only Victorian batter to trouble New South Wales, with an innings of 87, but he was Abbott's sixth wicket when he was caught by debutant Tanveer Sangha.

The teenage Sangha enjoyed a productive first-class debut, with his leg spin earning the figures of 3-44.

Khawaja adds another ton to Ashes push

  Khawaja adds another ton to Ashes push Usman Khawaja's 119 has put Queensland in complete control of their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania, while also boosting his hopes of a Test recall.Khawaja departed for 119 in the shadows of lunch on day two of the Bulls' match against Tasmania in Townsville.

Test spinner Nathan Lyon took 1-59.

Abbott will find it hard to dislodge Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc from Australia's first-choice Test attack.

But there are several tight turnarounds during a five-Test series squeezed into six weeks, ensuring rotation will be on the radar of national selectors.

"I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been thinking about [Ashes selection]," Abbott said.

"I was in the last couple of Test squads.

"But we've only ever really got what's in front of us … there's plenty of wickets still to take."

Labuschagne, Khawaja star for Qld

Marnus Labuschagne posted his 19th first-class century and Usman Khawaja continued his push for an Ashes call-up to put Queensland in the box seat against Tasmania.

Queensland reached stumps on day one on 3-311, with Labuschagne (136), Joe Burns (79) and Khawaja (63 not out) helping the home side dominate with the bat.

Labuschagne stars again to punish Tasmania

  Labuschagne stars again to punish Tasmania Queensland have set Tasmania a daunting victory target of 438 runs after declaring their second innings at 1-132 on day three of their Sheffield Shield match.The Tigers collapsed to be all out for 182 early on day three in Townsville on Friday, having resumed on 4-150.

Labuschagne had logged scores of 32, 8 and 45 in Queensland's first two Shield matches this season, while he was out for 6 in a one-day cup fixture against South Australia.

Those scores represented a rare down patch for a player who averages 60.8 in the Test arena, but Labuschagne put those recent struggles behind him against Tasmania in a knock that featured 15 fours and a six.

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Khawaja scored 174 against South Australia earlier this month and he will be aiming to post another big score to boost his credentials for an Ashes call-up.

The 34-year-old has not played a Test since 2019.

Burns's half-century ensures he will also remain on the radar of national selectors as the race for spots in Australia's Ashes squad heats up ahead of the opening Test at the Gabba beginning on December 8.

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Twist in Pucovski future after latest 'setback' .
Will Pucovski could still make a surprise appearance at the Gabba in December, according to Cricket Victoria.CV has released an update on the 23-year-old's recovery from his latest concussion, confirming Pucovski won't play this week's Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales, but CV's general manager of cricket performance Shaun Graf remains hopeful the batter can play two matches before the first Ashes Test "to allow Australian selectors to make a judgement.

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