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Bollinger not fazed over Test snub
By Joe Barton
18:56 AEST Tue Nov 27 2012

A day after being cast aside as being outside the top ten pacemen in the country, Doug Bollinger sent a timely reminder to Test selectors with a ruthless Sheffield Shield spell at Manuka Oval.

If selectors had wanted to fire up the 31-year-old by overlooking him in Australia's 14-man squad picked for Friday's WACA Test, their actions had the desired effect.

It took Bollinger just three deliveries to rip the heart out of the Bulls top order, trapping both Wade Townsend and former teammate Usman Khawaja lbw for ducks - both so plum they prompted almost instantaneous reactions from umpire, and former Test seamer, Paul Reiffel.

Bollinger (2-39) owned the opening hour, and had a catch dropped off his bowling, before twin half-centuries to Queensland pair Nathan Reardon (71) and Chris Hartley (66) helped the Bulls punch their way to 7-198 before rain washed away the final hour of play.

His Test snubbing effectively put Bollinger behind all six bowlers picked for Perth, including uncapped pair Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings.

Throw in injured trio Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Ryan Harris, along with Australia A paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile and the Shield's leading wicket-taker Tasmania's Jackson Bird, and Bollinger seems a long way off Test reckoning.

With Test selector Andy Bichel watching on, Bollinger returned to the traits which earned him his 12 Test caps and 50 wickets - he was snarling, angry and fast - and was more interested in letting his bowling do the talking.

"I'm a little bit disappointed but hopefully I can get another go, if not that's the way it is and I'll just keep playing for NSW and take as many as I can," Bollinger said.

"I've just got to keep running in and bowling and keep enjoying it, that's the main thing.

"And if I get another call-up that'd be fantastic but at the moment I'll try and get as many as I can because wickets do all the talking."

And more of the same is bound to catch the selectors' attention, according to the day's top run-scorer Reardon.

"He's obviously a quality bowler ... you don't play Test cricket not being a good bowler," Reardon said.

"If he keeps bowling like that I don't think Test cricket will be too far away again for him."

Reardon lamented the way he and Hartley, who put on 117 after coming together at 4-18, were both dismissed by debutant leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-30) and said the Bulls were behind the eight ball after day one.

"We had a chance there to get back into the game but me and Harts and (Nathan Hauritz, 4) all got out pretty cheaply which didn't help," he said.

"(My dismissal) was a bit of a rush of blood ... it would've been nice to have a chance there to go on and make a big hundred. I probably threw it away."

NSW left-armer Josh Lalor (2-28) also performed strongly in the morning session.


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