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Beau Casson claims catch of the day

Philip Henderson The first wicket is yet to come, but Beau Casson at the very least guaranteed himself a memorable Test debut in the field.

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Sheffield Shield final: NSW on the cusp of remarkable turnaround

Final countdown: Moises Henriques takes a screamer at Blues training in Canberra on Thursday.

Andrew Wu The adage that Australian cricket is strong when NSW is strong could not have rung more true in a summer where both country and state have made giant strides in the long climb back from the outhouse...

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Craig Simmons raises eyebrows with ruthless knock for Perth Scorchers

Craig Simmons

Andrew Wu The man who knocked out the star-studded Sydney Sixers, Craig Simmons, has provided the latest fairytale story of a club cricketer who has hit the big time through the Big Bash League.

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Nathan Lyon: How he survived the spin-cycle test

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Daniel Lane Had the strip of worn grass the Lyon brothers used as their backyard pitch been pancake-flat rather than sloping, the chances are the man proclaimed Australia's new king of spin would be a tradesman...

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Lyon ready to face Test against the world's best

Daniel Lane NATHAN LYON says he won't be intimidated by South Africa's formidable batsmen when bowling to them on the pace-friendly Gabba for the first Test next month.

Lyon keen to sink his teeth into Proteas

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 02:  Nathan Lyon of the Redbacks bowls during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between the Queensland Bulls and the South Australian Redbacks at The Gabba on October 2, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) not for download

Daniel Lane NATHAN LYON insists he won't be intimidated by South Africa's world-class batting line-up or bowling to them on the pace-friendly Gabba for the first Test next month.

Ponting has high Test hopes for Hauritz

Tom Wald Ricky Ponting has backed Nathan Hauritz to become a Test mainstay following the off-spinner's call-up to the national one-day and Twenty20 squads.

Philipson hungry for new Twenty20 deal

Wayne Heming Recalled batsman Craig Philipson plans to use the domestic Twenty20 competition as a springboard back into Queensland's one-day and Sheffield Shield line-ups.

MCG pitch 'unlikely to help spinners'

Sam Lienert Off-spinner Nathan Hauritz's hopes of earning a recall to the Australian side would not have been buoyed by the words of MCG curator Cameron Hodgkins.

Warriors need to step up, says Moody

Western Australia coach Tom Moody believes not much will separate the injury-hit Warriors from last-placed NSW at the SCG on Tuesday.

Blues looking longingly at Redbacks

James Dampney NSW captain Dominic Thornely feels he has the perfect model the Blues should be mirroring as they try to get their struggling cricket team into form.

Overlooked Beau battles for attention

Daniel Brettig Beau Casson is a victim of the desperate spin cycle that has wrong-footed national selectors as much as the players themselves, chairman Andrew Hilditch says.

Tassie must belt Blues to stay in touch

Paul Carter Tasmania needs maximum points from the Sheffield Shield match on Tuesday against cellar-dwellers NSW to stay in touch with competition Victoria and Qld.

Injury puts Casson in doubt for Blues

Beau Casson's tough start to the season continues with the spinner in doubt for cellar-dweller NSW's Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania on Tuesday.

New-look Hauritz leads way for Australia

It's every spinner's nightmare when a batsman comes after you and Nathan Hauritz never knew quite what to do.

Ponting backs Hauritz to shine

Daniel Brettig Australian captain Ricky Ponting says it's likely that Nathan Hauritz will play in Friday's second cricket Test against New Zealand at Adelaide Oval.

Bulls on top against Blues at SCG

A career-best performance from paceman Chris Swan helped give Queensland first day honours over NSW in their Sheffield Shield cricket clash at the SCG.

NSW win toss, elect to bat against Qld

New South Wales have won the toss and elected to bat on Friday, the opening day of the Sheffield Shield cricket match against Queensland at the SCG.

Blues hope Kiwi thumping flows through

Adrian Warren NSW will be keen to generate some much needed momentum in a so far pointless month of domestic competition when they face the Bulls in a Sheffield Shield match.

Cameron White urged to bowl himself more

Adam Cooper & Adrian Warren Victorian captain Cameron White has been urged to bowl himself more if he wants to secure a place in the Australian Test side as a leg spinning allrounder.