Fixture News | 4th May 2007
Hussey looking for repeat performance
David Hussey wants more of the same from the Notts Outlaws when they travel to Worcester for their next Friends Provident Trophy match.
Friends Provident Trophy
May 6: Worcestershire Royals v Notts Outlaws
Start time: 10.45am
The Aussie, who is acting as stand-in skipper for Notts until Stephen Fleming returns to Nottingham, described the Outlaws win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks as ‘perfect one-day cricket.’
And he expects his side to maintain their standards against the Royals to push on with their quest for a semi-final place in the competition.
He said: “I think we have set the standard of how to play in one-day cricket now and I expect us to keep producing that in every game.
“Against Northants it was almost perfect, apart from my batting [Hussey was out for four], so it’s important we take it on from there.
“Our batting came about nicely - we set the platform at the top of the order, Bilal Shafayat got a well-deserved hundred and let the big hitters do their thing at the death.
“That was pleasing because it was the batting which let us down against Yorkshire. Our bowling and fielding has been pretty good in both matches and we’ve certainly improved on our standards since I first arrived at Notts.”
AJ Harris is recovering from his bruised heel and is extremely doubtful for the match. Mick Newell has named a provisional squad of 13, with the XI who emerged victorious against Northants last week accompanied by Paul Franks and Ryan Sidebottom.
Gallian, Shafayat, Wagh, Hussey (wkt), Patel, Read (wkt), Ealham, Swann, Clough, Ferley, Shreck, Franks, Sidebottom.
Worcestershire one to watch:
Phil Jaques - Another Aussie filling his boots on the county circuit, Jaques seems destined to make the step up to regular international cricket with the retirement of Justin Langer.
Another left-handed opener who scores runs for fun, the 28-year-old averages just under 57 in first-class cricket and has enjoyed profitable spells with Northants and Yorkshire in the past.
He might actually have become an England international, as he holds a British passport, but eventually opted for his home country after his first season in county cricket in 2003 - where he scored more than 1400 Championship runs for Northants.
A dangerous customer at the top of the order, Jaques has hit nine centuries in one-day cricket, at a rapid strike-rate of 90.