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Cricket: Prime Minister’s XI Performance Review v South Africa at Manuka Oval

Credit to this side with an abundance of young talent thrown into the ranks.

You see how Jason Behrendorff can change variation & bounce wiped out South Africa’s top-order.

The same went to another youngster in Blake Edwards who caught Aiden Markram & Fahaan Berhardien as his two victims.

It may not be an attacking ball like hitting the stumps.

But B.Edwards’s a great exponent of bowling short-ish balls as long the line & length’s right.

That saw Markram & Berhardien struggle to reach the ropes.

Don’t forget Usman Qadir too who picked up three wickets.

He brings plenty of spin on the table plus the wrong-un.

That beauty ball Qadir made saw Dwayne Pretorius misjudged the drive by knicking the stumps.

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Plus what about Josh Phillipe with the bat and gloves?

Not only he picked up three catches plus a stumping having not kept wicket regularly.

But his primary strength’s is the batting with the free-flowing approach.

He whacked several eye-catching boundaries when using the pace, full face of the bat and rotating the strike.

These fundamental techniques helped Phillipe score these shots all inside the batting manuals that are on the book.

Jason Sangha too threw an all-around performance despite not playing in the 50-Over Cup last month for New South Wales.

He helped himself & George Bailey form a partnership which helped PM XI reach nearly on the run home.

Although, he may be gutted not to finish the match with him or get a 50.

But Sangha at least demonstrated glimpses with 1 & 2s plus a four and two decent sixes over the rope.

Don’t forget he picked up a wicket too on David Miller with his part-time leg spin.

And of course George Bailey.

Whatever his stance it is, it’s excellent by himself as long as he justifies how he makes runs.

It proved evident tonight when he steered the PM XI home with a well-deserved 50 at the end of the match.

Plus he’s great with his leadership skills too as the captain.

Sure the youngsters will learn a thing or two from Bailey.

Phillipe, Sangha & Behrendorff should keep up from what they displayed today because it’s not too long for them to knock on the selector’s eyes and earn their spot in the Baggy Green.

Even they should play during their upcoming ODI campaign v South Africa starting this Sunday.

These three would’ve been useful to revive Australia back up top after what happened with David Warner & Steve Smith.

But with their squad finalized last week, we’ll wait & see how they cope before considering them in case of injuries or poor form.

Apart from that, well done on their performance.


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