Neser, the Australian paceman, scored his maiden century for Glamorgan, helping them amass a massive 737 runs. This remarkable total became the highest ever second-innings score in English first-class cricket. The match against Sussex ended in a draw.
The Australian selectors controversially omitted Neser, aged 33, from the squad for the World Test Championship final against India and the first three Ashes matches in England. This decision came despite his impressive performance of taking 40 wickets at an average of 16.67 in the recent Sheffield Shield campaign.
Neser, however, has made it into Australia’s training group and stands a chance to play in the demanding schedule of five Ashes Tests, which are scheduled to take place within seven weeks. Given the potential strain on the frontline fast bowlers from both teams, Neser’s inclusion could prove valuable.
Neser showcased his all-round ability once again in a Second Division match at Hove. He scored 357 runs at an average of 35.70, which included a century against New South Wales in Sydney during the previous Sheffield Shield season. This performance served as a timely reminder to Australia’s selectors.
Neser joined Labuschagne and Carlson in scoring a century, turning Glamorgan’s 358-run deficit into a lead of 379 runs. This achievement came after Labuschagne, the top-ranked Test batsman, and Glamorgan captain Carlson had also reached triple figures in the innings.
This showpiece match serves as Australia’s only warm-up game before they embark on their mission to secure their first Ashes series victory in England since 2001.
This is published in logicalbaat, on 22 May, 2023.