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    Hussey's ton may save his Ashes spot

    The experienced left-hander hit 118 off 160 balls with 15 fours and two sixes for Western Australia.

    Sydney: Under pressure Mike Hussey scored a timely century on Friday to probably save his Test spot in the Australian side for next week's Ashes opener against England in Brisbane.

    The experienced left-hander hit 118 off 160 balls with 15 fours and two sixes to put Western Australia in the box seat to notch their first outright victory of the Sheffield Shield season against Victoria in Melbourne.

    The 54-Test veteran had been struggling to hold his Test place after scoring a total of just three runs in his previous three Shield innings.

    But his century is expected to keep him in the Australian team when selectors name their 13-man squad this weekend.

    "I know it's been out there; of course, it's been hard to shy away from but I've just been really trying to concentrate on my game, playing my best cricket," Hussey said.

    "I know that I'm playing my best cricket when I'm not letting outside influences come into my mind."

    He said it was a timely confidence boost.

    "Just to be able to get some time out in the middle, it felt like I hit the ball nicely," he said.

    Set a huge final innings target of 450, Victoria were 43 for no wicket at stumps on day three, needing a further 407 runs on Saturday for an unlikely victory.

    Earlier, Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson continued a fine match when he followed an unbeaten century in WA's first innings with 5-35 to skittle Victoria in their first innings.

    Queensland claimed a five-wicket victory over South Australia in Brisbane.

    Chasing 226 for victory on day three, Queensland reached their target with five wickets down just before stumps with Chris Lynn the batting hero with 99.

    Tasmania secured a thrilling one-wicket win in their game against NSW in Sydney on Friday.

    Needing just 90 more to win after resuming on day three, Tasmania chased down the target to finish on 167 for nine with Luke Butterworth smashing a six off Test hopeful Doug Bollinger to finish with a run-a-ball 44 not out, the only batsman to pass 40 in the match.

    Test allrounder Shane Watson snared 5-39 for NSW. Bollinger finished with 0-41 off 11.5 overs, while Test spinner Nathan Hauritz only bowled one over in the entire match, conceding seven runs.