Quiney wants another chance to impress

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Explosive batsman Shane Watson is still waiting to pass a fitness test
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Explosive batsman Shane Watson is still waiting to pass a fitness test

Australia batsman Rob Quiney is hoping he did enough on debut to hold onto his spot when the second Test against South Africa commences in Adelaide on Thursday.

Quiney could only manage nine runs in his first innings for Australia, but a strong fielding performance and some handy part-time bowling impressed many and gave selectors a headache ahead of the second Test of the summer.

"You only get a small amount of opportunities and I really want to take them," Quiney said.

Shane Watson's status is the great unknown, with Quiney or a fellow batsman in the firing line should Australia's vice-captain be passed fit to play. While Quiney acknowledged the return to fitness of Watson could only strengthen Australia's cause, he remains hopeful that he will be given another chance to perform.

"If Shane gets fit then it is going to be beneficial to the team. But if he doesn't get up and is still unfit then I feel ... I have got a job to do now so if I do get the chance I will knuckle down and get some runs."

Quiney was disappointed he could not contribute more on debut, but said he would change little if he is picked again.

"Cricket is a funny game and it can turn around pretty quickly," he said. "If the ball down fine leg went two metres to his right or left I could have made more runs. I will just be trying to adapt to the conditions provided at Adelaide Oval and go about my business as I know how.

"I have only had one innings in Test match cricket so if I can get another couple of innings hopefully I can turn that around and get some runs and more importantly help contribute to a win also."

Quiney made two centuries against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield earlier this year, but the 30-year-old believes his good recent record on the Adelaide pitch will count for little if he does happen to line-up against the Proteas.

"I did all right there last season, but it is a different season and a different bowling attack," he said. "In the Shield set-up it has favoured the batsmen, but the pitches for Test matches are often different."

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