SA v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 9, 2012

Doolan, Cosgrove punish Redbacks

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Tasmania 2 for 354 (Doolan 141*, Cosgrove 104, Ponting 60*) v South Australia

Alex Doolan and the former Redback Mark Cosgrove peeled off centuries as Tasmania powered to 2 for 354 against South Australia on day one of the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

Only the Test opener Ed Cowan missed out on the scoring spree, adjudged LBW to SA's new captain Johan Botha in the morning session, before Doolan and Cosgrove put on 166 in a partnership that took the Tigers past tea. Ricky Ponting then accompanied Doolan to stumps in another percussive stand.

SA had opportunities in the field, as catches went down off each batsman to make a strong score. Cosgrove was put down by Botha on 47, and Doolan missed by Chadd Sayers on 37, both chances from the bowling of the Test spinner Nathan Lyon. Phillip Hughes then turfed a slips chance offered by Ponting late in the day.

The Redbacks' troubles were compounded by injury. Tom Cooper suffered a suspected broken finger when trying to stop a Cosgrove drive and spent much of the day off the field, while the left-armer Gary Putland was forced off at the start of his 16th over by an apparent hand injury. It is unclear whether he will be able to return, though Cooper is still expected to bat.

Cosgrove's century was a reminder to the Redbacks of the prodigious shot-making talent they lost when they allowed the left-hander to move to Tasmania, while Doolan showed his commendably upright and elegant technique in soaring to his highest first-class score, dotted with 22 boundaries and two sixes.

They were separated in the final session when Cosgrove was tardy getting back for a second and was run out well short of the crease, but that brought Ponting to the crease for a valuable chance to find some touch ahead of the forthcoming Tests against South Africa.

Ponting cruised along as the shadows lengthened across the oval, in reconstruction mode ahead of the introduction of AFL matches to the ground in coming years, slapping no fewer than five sixes.

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  • Fleming on October 10, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Well Ricky Ponting is back to his best...He batted magnificently for his 85 and smashed 7 sixes....Hope Ponting will be at his best against the mighty South Africans next month...Lets hope Ponting plays till the Ashes next year and scores tons of runs and centuries...Best of Luck to u Ricky the Legend Ponting....

  • Christopher on October 10, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    To those whose lack of courtesy seems inextricably tied with their judgement,I was unaware that I was required to answer anyones questions. For your elucidation, I use the maxim that when you have eliminated the impossible,whatever is left,however improbable,is the answer. I also never ask why they're fighting,but where they got the guns. It has long been in evidence in the public domain that something wasn't right with Aus cricket. There were public attacks by CA on the groundsmen and curators. There was misleading data released on grass roots support. There were selections and non-selections that defied analysis.There was the 'technique myth'. There was Haydens unrefuted public proclamation of non-investment in traditional cricket while a CA Board member- never recanted by he or CA. There were claims that only form across all formats counted.There was the age myth. There was the blase dismissal of the Ashes thrashing and the crucial link-BBL rushed in a year in advance to beat Argus.

  • Christopher on October 10, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    @Meety...theres no question you're correct with respect to slips fielding. It requires a certain economy & exactness of movement to be accomplished with regular success.Hughes movements in most respects are not those of a typical athlete. Having said that,he was a very accomplished rugby player & cricket requires a unique style of fitness & movement. Paul Nobes of Victoria & Sth Aus scored 15 x 1st class 100s & averaged 41.75 with the most front on ungainly technique I ever saw used successfully. What he had was courage,stamina,concentration & excellent attacking & defensive plans, freeing his game from doubt. Hughes continued pursuit of credibility by emulating the text book has diminished his average by 17 runs & reduced the effectiveness that saw him regularly score over 150 & have at his peak,the excellent conversion rate of 9 x 100s & 7 x 50s & S/R of 62. In my estimation,the malaise that has gripped Aus cricket comes from its appalling administration & the confusion its created.

  • Andrew on October 10, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Bold declaration from Tassie/Paine, which with the way Sth Ozzy are batting - turned into a good one! Ho Hughes heroics today!

  • Mariam on October 10, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @Hyclass you never answered my question mate, looking forward to getting your response on your top 3 young batsman.

  • Andrew on October 10, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    @Moppa on (October 09 2012, 11:19 AM GMT) - sorry, only just saw your comment re: Hughes & slips fielding. I agree he is not really a good one, I sort of think they have tried him there as he is not a good cover/out fielder! @bobagorof on (October 09 2012, 23:16 PM GMT) - I wouldn't mind too much about his weight in Tests if a) He scored plenty of Test runs, b) His slip fielding is as good as I think it is. That being said his size possibly can make selectors think he is not putting in the hard yards (with reason)!

  • Andrew on October 9, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    @ hyclass on (October 09 2012, 12:31 PM GMT) - on Hughes, I don't think he is a typical thlete either (putting it nicely). I think "they" (being the powers that be) are trying to make him a slips fielder, which IMO is a flawed strategy. I think slipsmen are very rarely MADE. I think he neds to practise on being a Short Leg, (which I think CAN be learned), & practise his general outfielding. It is a flaw of both Khawaja & Hughes (their fielding IMO).

  • Andrew on October 9, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    @Buckers410 on (October 09 2012, 10:21 AM GMT) - if you remember a few years back - say 2007 to 2011 roughly, Oz's biggest problem was, after dismantling the top order, we would either run out of steam (the off injury inspired), or lack the strategy to fire out the tail. The Saffas beat us in Oz on the back of Duminy & STEYN to bat forever. As long as our pacemen are taking top order wickets regularly - I am happy for Lyon to pick thru the tail, at this point in time his Test stats are top class, the only question I have is, due to his more modest FC stats - Is he overperforming or is he better managed at Test level? I like to think it's the latter. Bear in mind, at the Gabba he was captain (minimal credentials for that honour) & this time round a Shield debutant in Botha! I am concerned, but would need to see how that translates this summer.

  • Rahul on October 9, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    @hyclass you didn't answer macca_mat's question, who do you rate at the best young batsman in the country, we know your critisms but would like to know who you actually rate.

  • Michael on October 9, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Cosgrove following on some strong form from last season. It would be a shame if he never represented Australia again, as he is consistent and experienced. Obviously his figure doesn't fit the modern ideal, though, which works against him. Having 'run out' on the scorecard wouldn't help that impression either!

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