Australia A cruised to a big win on the fourth day of the unofficial Test against South Africa A at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
They ran out 197 run winners despite being severely more inexperienced, especially in terms of international cricket. Only Glenn Maxwell had played Test cricket from the Australians, whereas seven of the South Africans had played for their country in Tests, totalling 90 matches.
Here’s how all the Aussie boys performed.
Matt Renshaw, QLD, 20 years old
The young opener impressed against a strong new-ball attack (which included Vernon Philander), especially with his second-innings 94 (128).
Averaged 43 with the bat last Shield season and can really put his name in lights if he can build on his 738 runs from last year.
Kurtis Patterson, NSW, 23
The talented left-hander set up the game with 74 (146) in the first innings in a big partnership with Stoinis. Fell cheaply in the second innings chasing quick runs but the job had been done by the openers.
Had his best Sheffield Shield to date in 2015-16, hitting 737 runs and averaging 53.
Marcus Stoinis, VIC, 26
The powerful all-rounder might consider himself unlucky to miss out on the MOM award after his big 120 (170) in the first innings, the fourth century of his first class career. Has already made debuts in ODIs and T20s for Australia and the third form mightn’t be too far away either.
Joe Mennie, SA, 27 – Man of the Match
What an outstanding match from Mennie. He boosted the Aus A total in the first innings with 50 (88) from number eight, and then took 2-27 from 20 overs in SA A’s first innings. His excellent control was the perfect foil for his team mates Tremain and Worrall, who are more attacking bowlers.
In the second innings he struck on regular occasions and finished with a well deserved 5-38 (12.4).
Chris Tremain, VIC, 24
A break-out season for Victoria last year (36 wickets) earned Tremain a call-up to the ‘A’ side, and he looked right at home immediately. 5-75 (23.3) in the first innings, including the scalps of Test players Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma, followed by 2-27 (12) in the second made for a hugely impressive return.
Cam Bancroft, WA, 23
Scored 34 (73) and 71 (125) in another, and now expected, good match. Aussie colours this season.
Pete Handscomb, VIC, 25
Not the best match for the Victorian (4 off 30 and 14 off 15) but he did record the victory as skipper. Will get plenty more chances.
Glenn Maxwell, VIC, 27
A typical Maxi match, missing out in the first with a duck and exploding in the second with 38 (22). Took a brilliant caught and bowled in the first innings too.
Sam Whiteman, WA, 24
Did everything he needed to do, with 40 (54) in the first innings, but nothing more. Four catches for the match.
Dan Worrall, SA, 25
Took only one wicket in the first innings with 1-79 (23) but broke South Africa A’s chase almost before it began with two wickets in the first over of its chase of 361. Finished with 2-46 (12) in the second innings.
Mitch Swepson, QLD, 22
Wasn’t a whole lot of assistance for the leggie, but he got a wicket in each innings. 1-57 (11) and 1-23 (4) is good start at the next level for Mitch.