Blues duo torment Bushrangers

DAVID Warner and Steve Smith enhanced their chances of playing in the first Ashes Test at Gabba after both scored centuries for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the MCG yesterday.

Left-handed opener Warner hammered 104 from just 88 balls, an innings which included 16 fours, as NSW started its pursuit of the Bushrangers' first-innings of 236.

Smith, who scored his maiden Test century, an unbeaten 138, in the fifth and final Test at The Oval in August, ensured the Blues took first innings points after he scored 107. Test captain Michael Clarke made 43 as the Blues were dismissed for 353 right on stumps.

Workhorse John Hastings was the pick of the Victorian bowlers, finishing with 5-61 off 24 overs, including the wickets of Smith and Clarke.

Peter Siddle was also tidy, claiming 2-66 from 19 overs, but Test spin hopeful Fawad Ahmed may have seen his Gabba chances gone.

The leggie ended the day with 1-91 off 21 overs, Warner in particular taking full toll of any wayward deliveries.

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