Cricket carnage as Aussie hopefuls flop
Marcus Harris, Will Pucovski and Peter Handscomb were among the Test hopefuls who failed with the bat as Victoria collapsed in their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.
On day one in Hobart, the defending champions limped to a pitiful 8/99, with the Tasmanian pace bowlers completely dismantling Victoria’s top order.
The ugly first innings was finally put out of its misery with Victoria all out for 127 after just 41.5 overs.
Test opener Harris was the first wicket to fall, edging a full delivery from Alex Pyecroft to third slip in the fourteenth over.
Skipper Handscomb played a loose pull shot to gift Riley Meredith his first wicket of the day, caught on the boundary for 11.
Highly talented young gun Pucovski, who many are calling to make his Test debut this summer, couldn’t control a brutal short ball from Meredith, spooning a simple catch to short leg leaving Victoria reeling at 4/37.
Jackson Bird had the last laugh.Source:Getty Images
Nic Maddinson held the Victorian innings together with a top score of 69 from just 68 balls before he became the ninth wicket to fall.
Maddinson’s stunning counter-attack included two sixes off the bowling off Jackson Bird that flew out of the Hobart venue. Bird finished with 3/35.
The 27-year-old was recently selected to represent Australia A for the upcoming match against the touring Pakistan squad.
Harris is fighting to retain his spot in the Australian Test XI, with Queenslanders Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns also in contention to open the batting with David Warner. However, Khawaja and Burns failed to impress during their Marsh Cup match on the Gold Coast on Thursday, scoring 31 and one respectively.
Queensland went on to recover to post 268 from its 50 overs, losing its final wicket on the final ball of the innings.
Marnus Labuschagne continued his recent red-hot form, by clubbing a vital 87 from 89 balls.
Marcus Stoinis finished with 4/50 from his nine overs.
Handscomb hasn’t represented Australia in Test cricket since January, but still holds a Cricket Australia contract and was a member of the Australia A touring squad in July.