Fixture Type: TOM 4
Venue: New Road
Fixture Date: Tuesday 2 July – Friday 5 July
Start Time: 11:00am
Results: Match Drawn
WORCESTERSHIRE v AUSTRALIA REPORT
Shane Watson scored a century before lunch as the Australians, who won the toss and batted first, scored 340-4 against Worcestershire at New Road before rain brought an early end to the first day.
Watson, who became the first player to hit a century before lunch at New Road since Lou Vincent against Essex in 2006, brought up his hundred off 94 balls, containing 14 fours and 2 sixes, as he and Chris Rogers put on 170 for the first wicket before Watson was caught by Shantry at deep square-leg for 109 off 111 balls when attempting to slog-sweep Moeen Ali.
Rogers and Ed Cowan then took the score past 200 and then, with the score on 207, Jack Shantry accounted for Rogers when he drew a leading edge and was caught at cover by Alexei Kervezee for 75 off 127 balls. Australia’s captain Michael Clarke looked in good touch as he and Cowan put on 97 for the third wicket until Clarke was run out by Kervezee at square-leg for 62 off 88 balls.
Cowan was then dismissed in unfortunate fashion for 58 off 114 balls when he stumbled in the middle of the pitch and was run out by a distance from the throw of Matt Pardoe, with the score on 322, and then the two former Worcestershire players, Steve Smith (21*) and Phil Hughes (10*), added a further 18 runs before the rain arrived after 81.5 overs.
Worcestershire’s guest player Nick Compton and Daryl Mitchell both scored half-centuries as Worcestershire, in reply to Australia’s 396-4 declared, ended the second day on 246-7, trailing by 150 runs.
The morning began with Steve Smith, 68 not out off 96 balls, scoring 47 of the additional 56 runs as Australia declared on 396-4 after an hour’s play. Compton and Matt Pardoe took the home side to lunch on 36-0 but after lunch Pardoe was out for 16 when he edged a cut shot off James Faulkner to Phil Hughes at fourth slip, with the score on 48.
40 runs later Moeen Ali (10) was adjudged to be caught low down by Michael Clarke at slip off Ashton Agar by the two umpires, Peter Hartley and Ismail Dawood, but then Compton and Daryl Mitchell added 92 runs for the third wicket, with Compton taking 94 balls for his 50 whilst Mitchell only took 50 balls.
But on 180-2 Jackson Bird suddenly took off with a spell of 4-4 in 19 balls as Worcestershire collapsed to 187-6. Compton tamely pulled a short ball straight to Shane Watson at mid-wicket for 79 off 181 balls, with 10 fours, Alexei Kervezee was trapped lbw for 4, Tom Fell got an outside edge and was caught by Shane Watson at first slip and finally Mitchell glanced the ball to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who dived to his left, for 65 off 88 balls, with 12 fours.
Ben Cox hit five fours in his 25, before he was caught at slip by Clarke off Agar, with the score on 225, and then Gareth Andrew (24*) and Jack Shantry (6*) saw out the remaining overs of the day by adding a further 21 runs.
Michael Clarke and Phil Hughes both shone with the bat as the Australians enjoyed more time at the crease on the third day at New Road.
At the start of the day Worcestershire added two more runs before Gareth Andrew was adjudged to be caught down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off Ryan Harris for 24.
Harris then bowled Jack Shantry for 13 and Worcestershire were all out for 284 when Chris Russell was bowled by James Faulkner for 4, with Charlie Morris hitting 4 fours in his unbeaten 25.
Ed Cowan and Shane Watson opened the second innings for the Australians and Moeen Ali took the first wicket by trapping Rogers lbw for 26. Cowan made 34 before he was out lbw to Shantry, with the score on 74, but then Hughes and Clarke both played aggressively as their third wicket partnership of 132 contained 19 fours and 3 sixes, with Hughes reaching his 50 off 68 balls, with Clarke getting to his 50 off just 45 balls.
The partnership was broken by Russell, who bowled Hughes for 86 off 84 balls, with 13 fours and 3 sixes, and then Clarke took another 45 balls to complete his century off 90 balls as he and Steve Smith added 115 runs for the fourth wicket until Clarke was caught by Andrew off Shantry for 124 off 98 balls, with 16 fours and 3 sixes, and two balls later Smith was caught by Alexei Kervezee at deep mid-wicket off Ali for 43.
Soon afterwards Australia declared on 344-5 and Worcestershire were faced with a target of 457 runs to win.
Nick Compton and Matt Pardoe took the opening stand past 50 before Compton was stumped by Haddin off Ashton Agar for 26 and at the close Worcestershire were 64-1, with Pardoe on 34 and Ali on 2.
Half-centuries from Daryl Mitchell, Matt Pardoe and Tom Fell ensured that Worcestershire came away with a creditable draw against the Australians at New Road.
Starting the day on 64-1 Pardoe and Moeen Ali added a further 50 runs in the morning, with Pardoe reaching his 50 off 105 balls before he was caught at slip by Michael Clarke off James Faulkner for 57 off 119 balls, with 10 fours.
Ali was trapped lbw by Faulkner for 35, with the score on 135, and 9 runs later Alexei Kervezee was bowled off an inside-edge by Ryan Harris for 2 to leave the home side on 144-4.
But Mitchell and Fell both batted well by putting on 77 for the fifth wicket, with Mitchell taking 133 balls to reach his second half-century of the match, before the captain was out for 54 off 156 balls, with 7 fours, when he was caught at mid-on by Faulkner off Harris.
Fell then went to his maiden first-class fifty off 109 balls and along with Ben Cox they added an unbeaten 53 for the sixth wicket as the two teams eventually shook hands at 5pm, with Worcestershire on 274-5, with Fell on 62 off 121 balls, with 10 fours, and Cox on 25 off 24 balls, with 3 fours and 1 six.
WORCESTERSHIRE (284 & 274-5) DREW WITH AUSTRALIA (396-4d & 344-5d)
Worcestershire Team: Nick Compton, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Daryl Mitchell*, Alexei Kervezee, Tom Fell, Gareth Andrew, Ben Cox+, Charlie Morris, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell