• Jason Regan

Test hopefuls at work in Sheffield Shield

Teenage legspinner Tanveer Sangha from NSW has emerged as a future spin option for Australia with a test hopeful falling cheaply in Adelaide.


Tanveer Sangha of the Blues reacts after bowling a delivery during day 1 of the Marsh Sheffield Shield cricket match between New South Wales and Victoria at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

Sangha and white-ball star Adam Zampa spun NSW to a 174-run win over Victoria at the SCG.


Zampa, who avoided the need to quarantine by flying into Sydney after helping Australia win the Twenty20 World Cup for the first time, finished with figures of 2-44. Fellow legspinner Sangha was even more destructive in the rout, snaring 4-21 from 7.2 overs to finish the hosts' leading wicket-taker.


Sangha removed James Seymour and Matt Short in the space of three deliveries as Victoria, pursuing a target of 345, collapsed to be all out for 170 in 32.2 overs. Sangha, who was part of Australia's T20 squad earlier this year, and wicketkeeper Baxter Holt were both impressed while making their one-day debut for NSW.


Holt's unbeaten 41, coming off just 21 balls and featuring consecutive sixes off James Pattinson, helped his side take 96 runs off their final 10 overs. Chris Tremain (27 not out), Daniel Sams (21) and Hayden Kerr (43) also cleared the rope as NSW finished with a flurry of boundaries.


In Adelaide, Queensland test star Marnus Labuschagne hit a ton but his Queensland captain Usman Khawaja fell cheaply against South Australia.


Marnus Labuschagne of the Bulls continues his preparation for the Ashes (AAP Image/Jono Searle)

Khawaja, who is in a shootout with SA skipper Travis Head for a spot in Australia's team for the first Test against England, made just four on Wednesday. Labuschagne's 110 - his second Shield century this season - came as the Bulls were bowled out for 299 at tea on Wednesday's second day of play in Adelaide.


Khawaja faced 17 balls with just one scoring shot - a cover drive for four from Head's off-spin. Khawaja was out two overs after lunch when pushing forward to a fullish Daniel Worrall ball and getting an inside edge to 'keeper Alex Carey.


Australian selectors will no doubt be watching Travis Head and Alex Carey with both set to bat in the game on Thursday.


And four second-innings wickets from WA's Jhye Richardson wasn't enough for the Sandgropers to claim victory in Hobart with Tasmania winning by 4 wickets.


Caleb Jewell of Tasmania bats on day 4 against Western Australia (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)

Tasmania was guided home in their second innings run chase of 318 by skipper Jordan Silk (83*) and 10 game youngster Lawerence Neil-Smith (22*).


Richardson's 4 for 56 in the second-innings followed figures of 4 for 53 in the first innings and has him firmly in contention for selection to play in the first Ashes test in Brisbane.


WA allrounder, and test incumbent, Cameron Green made a 54 in the second innings and took 1 wicket for the match in 19 overs of bowling to keep his name in the front of the test selectors minds.