Aaron Hardie, an all-rounder, did a great job for Australia A against New Zealand A by scoring a hundred. He did this to make a case for being on Australia’s Test team. At the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, Hardie hit 115 out of 160 balls. There were fifteen boundaries on his knock. Later, Australia’s all-rounder, who was 24 years old, was out by Logan van Beek.
He scored more than half of Australia A’s 253 runs, and Caleb Jewell also made a big difference by hitting seven fours and one six in 66 balls out of 93. At the end of the first day, the hosts were 37/1 and 216 runs behind. The best bowler was van Beek, who got four wickets in 21 overs for 72 runs. Kuggeleijn got three wickets for 53 runs.
The chairman of selectors, George Bailey, and his team have been keeping an eye on Hardie for a few years. But his innings against New Zealand A will make his case stronger after Western Australia had another great season (WA).
Aaron Hardie’s good play in domestic cricket keeps going.
He hit an unbeaten 174 in the 2021-22 Sheffield Shield final against Victoria, proving once again that he can play well in big games. He also got four wickets and scored 45 important runs, which helped Western Australia win both the Sheffield Shield final and the Marsh one-day cup 2022-23 in March.
Coming into the match, opener Matt Renshaw, who had played two Tests on Australia’s recent tour of India, failed to build on his success in the first game in New Zealand. New Zealand’s Scott Kuggeleijn was the one who got rid of him after only two runs.
The 27-year-old batted in the middle order during the four-game Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India and against South Africa at the SCG in January. The best way for him to get back on the Test team is to bat first.
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