SA v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide

Doolan, Cosgrove punish Redbacks

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 9, 2012

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

Johan Botha celebrates the wicket of Ed Cowan with Phillip Hughes, South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, day one, Adelaide, October 9, 2012
Johan Botha claimed the wicket of Ed Cowan but it was an otherwise barren day for SA's new captain © Getty Images

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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Posted by stFleming 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....

Posted by hyclass 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.

Posted by hyclass 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.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by Mary_786 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.

Posted by Meety 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)!

Posted by Meety 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).

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by Sunil_Batra 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.

Posted by bobagorof 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!

Posted by Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on (October 9, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

I made my way down to the Adelaide Oval (or what's left of it given the current construction works) after work to watch the final hour of play yesterday. Punter was in punishing form and I won't be surprised if he makes a fine century. The sixes were flying. The wicket was clearly not offering much for the bowlers.

Posted by lazysnoopy787 on (October 9, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Lyon took a 5-for and 13 wickets in 5 innings in west indies. His last two test yields 12 wickets for 204 runs. If this is hopeless than I don't know what is average bowling attack @Buckers410

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

i am still ashamed to be South Australian

Posted by raghavan88 on (October 9, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Though the Adelaide Track is a typical subcontinental surface with little for the bowlers except a bit of turn at the end of the game,I think Oz do have some batting reserves in Cosgrove.Hope Hughes too gets back his natural technique which was spoiled by Nielsen.

Posted by hyclass on (October 9, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

@Meety...with respect to Hughes, I've long suspected that he fatigues in the last half hour of play. His 4 scores in the 190's all saw him dismissed in the last half hour of the day and I've seen him lose his wicket in shorter innings late in the day. I don't believe for a minute that he's a natural athlete and he needs to work assiduously to bring his fielding up to standard.@redneck has posed the question on everyones lips with respect to the appointment of Botha as skipper. I could understand a great fast bowling international all-rounder, but the dubious off spin of Botha forces the retention of two spinners whenever Lyon is available. I can hardly think of a less effective combination on a flat wicket. Lyon is useful where the wicket is taking turn, but to find him bowling on the first day under such circumstances smacks of a failure of administrative decision making and leadership at the Redbacks.As @Wozza-CY has pointed out,it will mean a flood of 100's but what value are they?

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Botha must be wondering what he has signed on for while Phil Hughes must be licking his lips in anticipation! Feel a bit sorry for Lyon as he obviously should have had a couple of wickets. Looks like Punter is going to smash the ball to all parts tomorrow....... @Hyclass, can't help but think you are spot on about Cosgrove, there seems to be a complete lack of ambition there.

Posted by Mary_786 on (October 9, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

@Hyclass your views are informative,love to know your views on who you think are are best young batsman at present. In your comments you have put down Forrest, Khawaja, Hughes and now Cosgrove but would love to get your view on who you think are the top 3 young batsman in Australia who are pushing for that test spot. My thinking is that it would be Hughes, Khawaja, Burns and Forrest, what do you think?

Posted by Moppa on (October 9, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Let's not do a Hauritz on Lyon - whilst I'm a bit disappointed in the figures he's been churning out in recent weeks, it's too hard to tell without seeing the match how he's going and we need to give him an extended run and have some faith as he's by far the best option we have going. @Meety - Hughes is no slipper and should be well away from that area if he ever gets back in the Test team, so I wouldn't worry too much. @everyone - in general, as an ex-pat South Australian, I'm very disheartened by the weak state of Redbacks cricket, even with a team chock-full of imports (Hughes, Christian, Cooper, Lyon, Ludeman, Miller)

Posted by Chris_P on (October 9, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

@Meety. Miller came with big wraps for his all round abilities so he is really under the pump to perform. Like you, I am also concerned about Lyon's form to date. On his own turf, he should be able to perform better. Where have the Redback quicks gone? I bet Cosgrove enjoyed his innings! Hoping Punter gets a big one.

Posted by Meety on (October 9, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

From bits & pieces I saw on the Stream & read - Sth Oz created chances, as they did against QLD in the 1st session. Obviously though, in most cases at the Adelaide Oval, if you don't make the most of your opportunities, you pay for it! @Rowayton - Lyon was dropping short the longer the day went on, I think he had a couple of close LBWs overturned, but I am a bit worried about his last 2 matches. All up. tough day at the office for Sth Oz, hard to see them winning a match any time soon, wonder if they'll bring back George & Richardson anytime soon? I think Miller better have some good innings with the bat soon, as the 62nd over, (his 3rd) was pretty ugly reading (4,4,4,4,04)! == == == Hughes needs to sharpen up in the slips, he dropped Punter (I think) very late in the day!

Posted by redneck on (October 9, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

another long year coming up for sa! glad the 'brains trust' felt the need to import a south african spinner as captain, meaning we have to play 2 spinners now!!! bowling first at the adelaide oval with only 2 quicks and a all rounder was always going to be an up hill task! why a team that has played every one of its home games at this venue for over 100 years, thought 2 quicks would be enough is beyond me? have george and richardson been visiting mrs berry out of hours? if not what have they done? 2nd game in row overlooked and its not like sa won or even came close to winning their last match

Posted by Buckers410 on (October 9, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

where's Peter George. They need better bowling stakes and maybe a better spinner. Lyon is a worry and I would give him 1 more sheild match to do somthing or we should be playing 4 quicks or looking for another spinner. Lyon did nothing in the carrabean, nothing in the Aus A tour to Eng and nothing last summer, except for finish off the tail with two four fers, but Clarke can do that. New spinner Im thinking...

Posted by Rowayton on (October 9, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Terry Wise, as a Canberra boy I'm a bit biased towards Nathan Lyon but the article says he had both Cossie and Doolan dropped. If they'd been held, after which he might have got another, 3 for 90 on a first day in Adelaide would look pretty good. Not his fault that they can't catch.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (October 9, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Whilst it is an obvious belter of a pitch and I acknowledge SA attack is one of the weakest going around, it's still go to see so many triple figure scores already this season. There must be nearly as many centuries scored so far this season as there was the whole of last season! Last year there were so many 60's, 70's & 80's with no one converting regularly. So it's encouraging to see hundreds again. (Although SA's fielding may have helped for these ones).

Posted by hyclass on (October 9, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Sth Australia has easily the weakest attack in the country as it has done for the last 3 seasons and on an Adelaide wicket,will be relying on generous declarations to take any points. Runs against this attack have dubious value at best other than to notionally raise confidence. In many peoples minds,Cosgrove's slack run-out cancels out his hundred by reinforcing long held views over his attention to fitness and detail.Its shame that a man of his considerable talent cant find it within himself to pursue true professionalism before opportunity passes him by.The standing of the Sth Aus attack which is strengthened by Christian, is put in perspective by Qld numbers 7 and 8 making 100s last game and Doolan,an honest but modest performer recording his highest first class score. Only self destruction by boredom threatens a massive first innings total by a Tasmanian team that bats down to number 9 to some degree. Ponting gives every indication that he will take advantage on this occasion.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Lyon's bowling must be a worry for Australia and their already average spin options.

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

is SA the weakest team in Aus domestic!! No names especially in the bowling dept raise eyebrows!!!! or have they all disappeared to play CLT20??

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Why would a team bring in Botha? The guys is not first class material.

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