Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, MCG October 23, 2012

Ponting eyes ton as Tasmania dominate

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Tasmania 3 for 315 (Doolan 95, Ponting 89*, Cosgrove 56) v Victoria

Ricky Ponting continued his promising start to the season with an unbeaten 89 against a Test-class Victoria attack as Tasmania dominated the opening day at the MCG. Ponting and Alex Doolan, who made 95, were the stand-outs for the Tigers after the openers Mark Cosgrove and Ed Cowan both batted well, and having been sent in by Victoria's captain Cameron White, Tasmania were 3 for 315 at stumps.

George Bailey was on 13, having joined Ricky Ponting late in the day when the otherwise steadfast Doolan was bowled by Peter Siddle, missing the chance for his second century of the season. Ponting was eyeing triple figures by the close of play, having gradually worked his way into his summer with 9, 34 and 85 not out in the Shield so far, and less than three weeks from the first Test against South Africa it was an encouraging sign.

Ponting struck 10 fours and a six against Victoria, whose seven bowlers had all played for Australia in either Test or ODI cricket. James Pattinson, Andrew McDonald and John Hastings all went wicketless, as did White, and the first breakthrough didn't come until Tasmania had scored 90, when Cosgrove top-edged Glenn Maxwell and was caught at deep backward square leg for 56.

Cowan showed patience and made 42 from 135 balls but didn't capitalise on his start, caught at slip off the bowling of Clint McKay. But that brought Doolan and Ponting together for their 151-run partnership and with Tim Paine, James Faulkner and Luke Butterworth all still to bat, Victoria faced the prospect of conceding a hefty score on the second day unless they could make early breakthroughs.

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  • Andrew on October 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (October 24 2012, 03:22 AM GMT) - if you bothered to look closer, Victoria at no stage reached their quota of overs, they ran overtime. The 121 overs by Lunch included an early start - doh!

  • Tahir on October 24, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Ricky Ponting still a excellent batsman. He is scoring runs frequently. He should be included in ODIs as well. It is not good to drop a legend batsman due to bad performance in few matches. His replacement P. Forest also failed in England. Come on selectors and pup, please include punter in ODIs squad.

  • mitch on October 24, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    HAHA YES PUNTER!!! Proving once again that age is no barrier. People that are calling on him to retire are insane. This also shows how going back to play domestic cricket can be a world of good.

  • Imran on October 24, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    He was in awesome touch! Lots of runs down the wicket.

  • Roo on October 24, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    To all those that said Oz cannot have a 4 seam attack because they are too slow must be looking foolish now... Vic's have played 2 matches with 4 & 5 seamers yet their over rate was good - lunch day 2 with 121 overs bowled... & those that tried to compare with the '80's WI's its chalk & cheese - completely different work rate these days...

  • Roo on October 24, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Punter 162n.o. is consolidating his Test position & against a 5 seamer attack which is as good as any in the comp... Seeing that the Vic's easily beat Qld with a 4 seam attack at the Gabba this must also show that the MCG is playing easier than Adelaide Oval atm - though Siddle & Patto bowled inconsistently, but McKay & Hastings bowled beautifully, while AB has been his usual steady self... Really think the Vic's made a mistake leaving Finch out for the extra seamer, now we'll see how well they handle the Tas bowlers... Pity no comms section for the Qld v SA game - Ferguson (164) played a innings that has been missing for a long time, Cooper not selected, no Richardson, no McDermott - lots to talk about...

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Go Ricky Thomas. Starting to show what a short sighted decision it was to drop him from the ODI side.....................

  • Peter on October 23, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I love it when cricket goes back to grass roots level i.e. sheffield shield cricket with all the players available. Good test for all players concerned.

  • Scott on October 23, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    I saw most of Ricky's innings, and he played beautifully up until the time I left. Even though I'm a Victorian, I hope he goes on and gets his century. We did miss Dutchy today though, as evidenced by the fact Cameron White had to bowl himself after Maxwell took a little bit of stick.

  • Anthony on October 23, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    This is good the see. the Vic boy's needed to be out there toiling for more than 2 sessions. Shows just how poor WA and QLD are this season. Second day will be very important in the context of the Shield season.

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