Cricket: Australian domestic season in full swing


Phil Hughes batting against Queensland, Ryobi Cup (sourced from cricket.com.au)

The Australian domestic cricket season has been in full swing since mid-September, and there’s been plenty of action between the states.

New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia have all registered wins in the one-day format, while Queensland must wait until November 14th to have another crack at victory.

Over in the four-day comp, Victoria has snared two victories from both outings so far, its next match starting tomorrow (October 23rd) against Tasmania at the MCG.  New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania also have wins on the board.

The domestic season has been a vital platform for some of Australia’s biggest stars, including Ricky Ponting and James Pattinson, the latter vying for a spot in the upcoming Test series against South Africa.  Gloveman Matthew Wade played a match-winning innings against Queensland, and South Australia’s new recruit, Phil Hughes, scored a beautiful 95 not out as South Australia crushed Queensland.

The domestic scene has proved to be not only an excellent platform to unearth potential national team cricketers, it has given talented cricketers the opportunity to represent their state at the highest level.  For years now the Australian first-class seen has been regarded as the best domestic cricket scene in the world.  In the past two seasons, it’s seen not only a makeover, but a huge jump in the quality of the games.  The introduction of the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League saw decent crowds and fantastic membership numbers.

Rob Quiney is seemingly on the verge of Australian selection, his phenomenal form both last season and this showcasing him as a balanced and level-headed cricketer.  While his age (30) might be stopping the selectors from immediately bringing him into the team, he is a more than able backup.

Cricket Australia has done a tremendous job in running the domestic competitions, and they get great media coverage.  There is plenty more to come, and season 2 of the BBL is looking better than the first.

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