Brisbane: Justin Langer pressed his claims to stay in the Australian Test team knocking up 96 runs in a West Australian run feast against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield on Thursday.
| Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist and Langer were out in the 90s to rash shots but WA were in a strong position at stumps on the second day after the first day was lost to rain. At the close, Queensland was 41 for no wicket in its first innings in reply to WA's 360 for eight declared. Langer had himself to blame for missing his century, reaching 96 before he was bowled trying to slog Adam Dale. Gilchrist had a similar ending, skying Andrew Bichel to Dale at wide mid-on. Following another century from Tasmanian Jamie Cox on Wednesday, the pressure tightened on Langer to retain the Test position he won from dumped opener Michael Slater in the last match of the Ashes tour to England. Slater made a quickfire 19 for New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but it was unlikley he did enough to earn a Test recall. At stumps on day two, NSW was 168 for two in reply to Tasmania's first innings of 504, which was most notable for Ricky Ponting's 126. Slater needed to match Langer's innings to have any hope of earning selection for the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba on November 8. Greg Blewett kept in the hunt for a Test recall with an unbeaten half century for South Australia against Victoria at Adelaide Oval Thursday. At stumps on day two, SA finished at 139 for two in reply to the Victorians' first innings total of 334. With a top order Test spot up for grabs following the recent axing of Michael Slater from the Australian team, Blewett came in at number 3 for SA and hit nine fours on his way to 78 not out from 129 deliveries. |