Slater misses another opportunity to impress selectors

Published: Sunday, December 16, 2001, 21:38 [IST]
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Sydney: Test discard Michael Slater missed another opportunity to press for a recall to the Australian side as New South Wales (NSW) struggled to save its Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia (WA) in Sydney on Sunday. Slater contributed just 24 runs on the third day, walking the tightrope in 59 typically eventful minutes. At stumps, NSW was 188 for three in its second innings, still trailing WA's imposing first innings of 578 by 175 runs overall. A draw is the best possible result for NSW, but losing Greg Mail (59) after four hours of defiance and Michael Clarke (17) near stumps were major blows. WA will jump past NSW into second place on the competition standings with an outright win, a fact Blues' captain Michael Bevan will be well aware of when he continues his patient 242-minute knock on Monday on 78 with Mark Higgs, who is yet to score.

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