'Poor show' in Shield matches fuel doubts over Oz batsmen's ability to handle Proteas' star-studded pace attack

Sydney, Nov. 3 (ANI): Top Australian batsmen have fueled doubts about their ability to handle South Africa's pace trio, after they scored a paltry 64 runs in most recent first-class innings of respective Shield matches.

The current round of Shield matches had been earmarked to help Australia's batsmen recalibrate to the demands of first-class cricket after the recent run of Twenty20 fixtures, but instead their poor show had triggered concerns in the Australian cricketing circuit.

A day after Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting flopped for Tasmania, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey and Matthew Wade, all fell cheaply in Shield matches, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to the paper, ominously, all five batsmen fell to nicks behind the wicket.

Apart from Hussey, who followed up a first-innings 65 with just two, all fell to a trio of pacemen uncapped at international level - Queenslanders Luke Feldman and Cameron Gannon, and Jason Behrendorff from Western Australia, the paper said. (ANI)

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