Quiney pledges to pick the right ball

ROB Quiney’s maiden Test innings left him feeling ill, and he has vowed to bat with more composure if he is given a second chance in Adelaide.

Quiney will be named alongside all-rounder Shane Watson in a 13-man squad for the second Test, with Watson’s selection subject to him being fit enough to bowl.

Quiney wants a chance to atone for his role in Australia’s top-order collapse in the drawn series-opener at the Gabba, where he was out for a memorable nine hooking Morne Morkel.

The shot could have been six – Dale Steyn took a juggled catch on the fine leg boundary – but the Victorian admitted he should have shown more restraint at 1-30, and so early in his own innings.

”It was an amazing experience to play your first Test match. I do feel a little ill, I guess, because I didn’t make runs,” Quiney said. ”It’s all good saying you played a Test match but I said from the start I wanted to contribute. The dream is reality now, so if I do get to play another Test I’ve really got to contribute to the team, and I didn’t help things out lasting 12 balls after Dave [Warner] got out. It wasn’t great. It’s something I want to hopefully get another crack at.

”I get nervous every time I go out to bat and I was actually expecting to be more nervous than I was. I just thought, ‘watch the ball and have really good intent’. I thought I had that, and it’s all good having intent but you’ve got to last more than 12 balls.

”I’m still going to try and take that similar intent and if I get another go, it’s just obviously about getting through 20 or 30 balls and assessing the situation and trying to bat deep.”

Quiney contributed in the field, taking three catches and bowling 11 overs in the absence of Watson, despite not having bowled for Victoria since the end of the 2010-11 Sheffield Shield season.

The selectors’ insistence that Watson be able to bowl means Quiney could keep his spot for the second Test in Adelaide, starting on Thursday, where he averages 50.25 in the shield.

”I was lucky enough to get back-to-back hundreds there last year, so if the wicket is similar, hopefully, but it’s a different situation and a different attack. I guess you’ve still got to take the positives into the game,” said Quiney.

If he plays in Adelaide, he expects to feel more composed when he walks in to face Steyn and Morkel.

”You don’t have all that hype surrounding [a debut], so if I’m playing I’m batting at three and I’ve got a job to do. If I do it, happy days, it means I’m getting runs and the team’s getting runs. If I don’t, it’s my own fault and I’ve got to hold myself accountable for that position.”

The selectors are expected to announce an unchanged 12, plus Watson, with left-arm quick Mitchell Starc in contention to break into the team at the expense of Ben Hilfenhaus.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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