Tasmania v SA, Sheffield Shield, Hobart November 1, 2012

Faulkner skittles Redbacks for 112

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Tasmania 3 for 63 trail South Australia 112 (Faulkner 5-23) by 49 runs

James Faulkner demolished South Australia for 112 on a difficult day for the batsmen in Hobart, where Ricky Ponting and Ed Cowan also fell cheaply in the lead-up to the first Test against South Africa. At stumps on the first day, Tasmania were 3 for 63, with George Bailey on 24 and Aiden Blizzard on 17, and the Tigers needed another 50 runs to take first-innings points.

Cowan played on for 6 off the bowling of Daniel Worrall and Ponting was caught behind off Chadd Sayers for 5, to leave the Tigers at 3 for 28 after Mark Cosgrove had also departed for a duck. Thirteen wickets fell throughout the day, five of them to Faulkner, who finished with the outstanding figures of 5 for 23 from 12 overs.

Ben Hilfenhaus, who was bowling in a first-class match for the first time since April, collected 2 for 25 off 13 overs. He accounted for the debutant opener Sam Raphael, who equal top scored with 22 before he was caught at gully, and Callum Ferguson, who was caught at point for 5.

Ferguson had come to the crease after the Redbacks lost three wickets for no runs in the space of 10 balls as Faulkner provided some problems for the top order. The wickets kept coming with regularity and it was left to the captain Johan Botha (22) to push South Australia into triple figures, but they had a mountain of work ahead of them by stumps.

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  • Ross on November 2, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Cowan is doing no favours to his critics, failures in every shield game this year, I think he is feeling the pressure from the incumbents. The fair thing to do was to put him in the Aus A side and let him go toe to toe with the other batsman pushing for his spot, the selectors got this wrong.

  • Bryn on November 2, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    faulkner is threatening to take over from marsh as the best young allrounder in the world

  • Andrew on November 2, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    @CricketPervert on (November 02 2012, 01:19 AM GMT) - no comment from re: Cox, but I thought Nielsen was out of his League as coach of Oz, & probably not adding much to the current Sth Oz situation. I though t Berry was shrewd, but results don't suggest it at the moment. I would say given that Botha was not supposed to be a specialist bowler for Sth Oz (sort of stated in an article when he first signed up), him batting @ #8, would suggest that they plucked Kane out of the tail to blunt the attack, moving Botha down a positon. Or it may just of been that Ferguson was caught in the toilet???????

  • Luke on November 2, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    @ Meety on (November 01 2012, 23:55 PM GMT). I was the same as you, couldn't believe it. We used to reverse the order against Assumption College back in the day, but this is state cricket. Far too many ego's at the SACA (players, administrators and coaches). Cox and Nielson offer very little apart from chest pumping.

  • Bob on November 2, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Ken McCarron - I take it that "you have no idea about cricket" means that Azzaman333's opinion differs from yours. Starc is in the Test 12 and is obviously ahead of Faulker in the pecking order. I also think he is a work in progress potentially on his way to becoming a great bowler. Describing him as the "form bowler" in Australian cricket is based purely on T20 performances. Faulkner has been performaing consistently for years in first class cricket and is also getting better each year. Saying, as Azzaman did, that Faulker has to be on the selectors' radar is an entirely reasonable statement.

  • Andrew on November 1, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @CricketPervert on (November 01 2012, 14:24 PM GMT) - MATE, I haven't the foggiest!!! I was following the match on cricket.com - & the commentator said Kane Richardson is the new batsmen. I re-read it, checked the team sheet & was gob-smacked. I know he is useful batsmen - but I thought USEFUL in terms of a #9/10 or 11 batsmen! The only thing I could think of is, it was a blast from the past - & Berry/Botha decided to "reverse" the batting line up in the hope the pitch would settle. IF, that was the case it had moderate success as he occupied the ccrease & only got out AFTER the other opener! Surprised that it didn't make a mention in the review! At the start of last season, Kane was my pick to step up a level in Sth Oz, he had a par short form season but didn't do much in the Shield. So maybe a promotion & a wicket might get his career flying. Looking again at the batting line up it sort of looks like it was a promotion rather than a pre-match decision!

  • Trey on November 1, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Hughes was picked for Australa A match against Saffas

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    azzaman333, you have no idea about cricket. Stats don't tell the full story. Mitchell Starc is the form bowler in Australian cricket at the moment and the most improved cricketer in the country. Faulkner will play for Australia but he's a long way down the pecking order.

  • Luke on November 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Meety i'm playing in SA, tell me why a bowler/(allrounder at best) is batting first drop??? As a former Victorian i've always tried to defend Berry (he knows a winning culture), but they have been so inconsistent with their selections. They played 27 players last year. Pick 15 lads with ticker, and stick to them.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Where the hell is Hughes!?

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