Prime Minister’s XI v West Indies: Live updates from Manuka Oval

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    One of the all-time greats, Ricky Ponting couldn't crack the top team in the '90s. (AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD)

    In years gone by, this match has been the National Capital’s one big day on the cricket calendar, when the touring side take on the notional selection of the Prime Minister.

    Join me on The Roar for live updates and scintillating discussion from around 2:00pm AEDT today.

    However, with Australia taking on the West Indies in a one day international in Canberra next Wednesday, the first time the Australian team has ever played at Manuka Oval, the annual PM’s clash has taken something of a backseat this summer.

    The PM’s game still takes on an extra significance of its own, though. It’s not just today’s match, for starters. The erection of six 47m state-of-the-art HD-broadcast quality light towers at a cost of more than $5 million means that, for the first time at Manuka, it’s tonight’s match.

    Venue history aside, the match also has several little sub-plots within, all of them worthy of closer attention.

    For the West Indies, this match represents the first outing in Australia since they took out the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo last October. But this limited overs tour of Australia will also be about redemption, as the Windies look to bounce back from the series loss to Bangladesh in December.

    The Windies squad arrived in Canberra over the weekend to prepare for this match and the tour, and is largely as expected, personnel-wise.

    Darren Sammy will lead a team that is reasonably well-known locally, with Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, and Sunil Narine returning after playing in the Big Bash League, while Dwayne and Darren Bravo also return.

    The facial injury to Marlon Samuels has allowed the return to international cricket of Ramnaresh Sarwan, who hasn’t played for the West Indies in more than 18 months.

    In Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s side, the focus will largely fall on two batsmen at the opposite ends of their international careers.

    For Ricky Ponting, who will captain the PM’s XI, this match represents his final outing on the international stage. After 17 years of first class cricket and more than 560 appearances for his country, Ponting will lead a national selection one last time, and will play in only his second PM’s team, albeit 20 years after his first.

    Naturally, all eyes will also be on Usman Khawaja, as he further presses his claims for inclusion in the Test team for the tour to India.

    With so much commentary being made about Khawaja at the moment, I feel like I really don’t need to say much. Suffice to say, this match represents another opportunity for him on the national stage.

    Young Tasmanians Alex Doolan and James Faulkner will be looking to leave an impression at this level, with both of them being mentioned as possible bolters for the Indian tour. The retirement of Mike Hussey and the obsession with finding an all-rounder is opening doors all over the country.

    The PM’s side has had one forced change, with South Australian quick Kane Richardson replaced by Queensland’s Alistair McDermott. Richardson is still undergoing remedial action on his run-up after being removed from the attack during his ODI debut in Adelaide a fortnight ago.

    Local eyes will look towards former Queanbeyan, Australia National University and Test wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, who, in his fourth PM’s XI appearance, will also be keen to keep his name in front of national selectors for the tours to India and England.

    ACT Comets Captain Jono Dean was on the Melbourne Renegades’ supplementary list for the BBL, and the opening bat will also be using this match to put his name in front of state decision-makers that count.

    Young quick Nick Winter is the PM’s 12th man, a nice reward for a successful ACT grade season with local club Eastlake. Winter was also one of the leading wicket-takers at the recent national under 19s championships.

    Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, has commentated on the Australian Under-20s Championships and National Rugby Championship live stream coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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    • 11:13pm
      Rob Barrow said | 11:13pm | ! Report

      Agree with Nihar. Khawaja and Doolan continue to impress me and i think Khawaja can now get ready to get called up on Thursday with a fine 69 today. Doolan’s 87 was very good though he was dropped at 45 but still well done. Khawaja’s fielding was sharp and Red Kev has been saying for a while that the kid can field and we saw it tonight.Faulkner will be our test allrounder soon as well.

      • 1:11am
        Richard said | 1:11am | ! Report

        I’d like to believe that Rob, but with the drunken sailors at the helm at the moment you wouldn’t know who they would pick. Maybe someone who cracked a funny joke, or who has -“something about him” which translates as “well connected and on the inside” . If Cricket Australia is going to start being run by private school types then we can expect to become the same as the Wallabies. A national laughing stock.
        If we are going to be successful (against England) its really important to keep the private schools out of our national cricket set up(or at least marginalized), especially in test cricket. Leave them to oversee T20 and ODI’s where they can drink champagne and chuckle to their hearts content and take home the cash.

        We need hard core people at the heart of Australian cricket, people schooled in the public system like Bradman and Keith Millar who was from Sunshine Melbourne pre war for christ sake. We need Waughs and the Pontings and the Borders in charge of our national game at the moment

    • 11:01pm
      Nihar said | 11:01pm | ! Report

      Fantastic work by Faulkner and well desrved man of the match. Khawaja continues to impress not only with his 70 but also brilliant fielding to show that he has got this part of the game right now. I am hoping now we will see him in the Indian tour as our number 6 on Thurssday. And how good is this Deans, get him into one of the state squads.

      • 11:32pm
        Rob from Brumby Country said | 11:32pm | ! Report

        That knock by Jono Dean was the highlight of the game for me. He just slaughtered the bowlers early on and took the match by the scruff of the neck – no hesitation, no inhibitions, it was thrilling to watch. Davey Warner couldn’t have done it better. Gilly could have… Just.

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      Brett McKay said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      And that’ll do me here from Manuka Oval, it’s been a great day and evening of entertaining cricket, north of 650 runs for the day.

      Great to part of history for ACT Cricket too, nd all bodes well for the one-dayer next week.

      See you online soon…

      • 10:44pm
        Jake said | 10:44pm | ! Report

        Another dropped catch from Usman, perhaps he hasn’t been working on his flaws as much as we have been told.

        • 11:02pm
          Nihar said | 11:02pm | ! Report

          Jake that was hardly a catch, he was diving full length forward, time to give Khawaja credit where its due mate, his run out was brilliant and his general fielding today exceptional.

        • 11:08pm
          pope paul v11 said | 11:08pm | ! Report

          Yep Khawaja’s the only one wth flaws. Not like Wadey “Come on Gary this bloke’s got no idea! Oops aw crap. Sorry Nathan”.

        • 12:04am
          Rob Barrow said | 12:04am | ! Report

          I am sure Jake didn’t even see the catch it was a half chance.The Fox comentatrs said Khawaja fielded very well nd thiswill be a big plus for him in India, well done young man

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      Brett McKay said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      PMs XI 333
      West Indians 310

      Powell 92
      Sarwan 63
      Russell 54

      Faulkner the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/54.

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      Geoff Lemon said | 10:15pm | ! Report

      Some knock from Russell though. 54 from 24 balls, 3 fours, 5 sixes.

    • Columnist

      Brett McKay said | 10:14pm | ! Report

      BOWLED HIM Faulkner gets Tino Best neck and crop, and Kieron Powell isn’t coming back out, so the PM’s XI have won by 23 runs..

      • 10:32pm
        Jake said | 10:32pm | ! Report

        Hey Brett, great coverage today. What players stood out the most to you today? I’m a big fan of Faulkner and by the sounds of it really took his chance. Has Moses/Maxwell just gotten company for the vacant spot in the test team?

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      Geoff Lemon said | 10:13pm | ! Report

      Ah, Russell’s gone. Game over.

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      Brett McKay said | 10:12pm | ! Report

      GOT HIM! Russell holes out, not getting a pull shot properly, putting it down Jono Dean’s throat at deep midwicket. Another wicket fro Faulkner, he’s got 3/51 now, and could be a smokey for MotM..

      WI need 24 from 9..

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      Brett McKay said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      ON THE ROOF! RUssell puts Ahmed onto the Bob Hawke Stand roof, that one’s OUTTA HERE!!

      WI need 28 from 12..

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      Russell is killing it here, 48 from 22 balls.

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      Brett McKay said | 10:06pm | ! Report

      Fawad Ahmed back in from the Manuka Pool end

      a dot ball is followed by some sloppy fielding on the boundary, Doolan let’s it through.

      37 off 15

      • 10:07pm
        Red Kev said | 10:07pm | ! Report

        Sounds like everyone is fielding poorly

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