Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 2nd day October 26, 2010

Australia call as Doherty takes five

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 8 for 261 (Doherty 5-83) trail Tasmania 326 (Cosgrove 159, Wright 4-56) by 65 runs

Xavier Doherty should enter his first series for Australia full of confidence after his five-wicket haul put Tasmania on top on the second day against Victoria. Doherty has not been a regular first-class player for the Tigers in recent years and his national call-up came in the 50-over format, but he proved he has plenty to offer in the longer version as well with his best bowling since 2004-05.

Doherty finished with 5 for 83 and was largely responsible for giving Tasmania a strong chance of collecting first-innings points as Victoria ended the day at 8 for 261. Rob Quiney was on 51 and Darren Pattinson was on 23, but the Bushrangers need some serious tail-wagging in order to overhaul Tasmania's 326.

Doherty collected both openers, the left-handers Michael Hill and Chris Rogers caught at short leg, and followed with three more victims. Luke Butterworth was the only other Tasmanian bowler to claim a wicket, while Ben Hilfenhaus enjoyed a lengthy if unsuccessful stint ahead of the first Ashes Test.

Quiney, who batted at No. 7, reached his half-century late in the day after Aaron Finch (41) had been the leading scorer among the top order. The Tigers began the morning with one wicket in hand and the final pair added a further 11 before Peter Siddle grabbed his second wicket to complete the innings.