Tasmania v WA, Sheffield Shield, Hobart November 25, 2012

Bird stars as Warriors skittled for 67

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 2 for 201 (Dunk 71*) lead Western Australia 67 (Harris 21, Bird 6-25) by 134 runs

Justin Langer's first day as Western Australia's Sheffield Shield coach could hardly have gone worse as Jackson Bird led a Tasmanian destruction of the Warriors batting order in Hobart. Western Australia were skittled for 67 and to make matters worse for the visitors, the Tigers proceeded to pass their total with only one wicket down and went to stumps in a commanding position.

Tasmania finished the day at 2 for 201, with Ben Dunk unbeaten on 71 and George Bailey on 42, and their lead had already ballooned to 134 runs. Michael Beer picked up both wickets, Mark Cosgrove and Alex Doolan each for 42, and Mitchell Johnson didn't do his Test prospects much good with 0 for 50 from 12 overs on a pitch that Bird had enjoyed working on earlier in the day.

Bird took a career-best 6 for 25 as the Western Australia batting order failed completely. Marcus Harris (21) and the recalled Shaun Marsh (11) were the only men to make double figures and it continued the trend of sides struggling on the first day at Bellerive Oval - in the three matches there so far this season, the teams batting first have made 112, 95 and 67.

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  • ronald on November 26, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Spot on Pazman. The disturbing thing is that no one in grade cricket is scoring consistently enough and in a style to suggest they would make the step up to Shield level, so the pathetic performance of the players you highlighted still gets rewarded with continued selection

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    Considering that the lowest score by a Tasmanian batsman is 42 and the WA total was 67 says something more about the calibre of the WA batsmen than the pitch I think.

  • Jason on November 26, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Senior players have let them down this season?!?!? Lets says the past 3-4 seasons. Voges and North have been below par for first class players for 2-3 seasons now. Very inconsistent. Have a pattern of making 3-4 scores below 20 then making an 80 or 100 here and there. Voges in particular has been poor. His last 10 scores for Notts yielded one above 35 and 8 of the remaining 9 innings were below 10! Now for WA this season he has had 11 innings for 192 runs at 17.4. With 3 scores above 20. But he is now the SKIPPER! Amazing! Another issue is the off-field issues with WA selectors/admin staff over the past decade letting Chris Rogers, Katich and David Hussey move interstate and more recently de-listing Wes Robinson

  • Bryn on November 25, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    jackson bird is surely a chance for a test debut at the WACA if we go with 4 quicks? his first class career has been nothing short of stunning.

  • Andrew on November 25, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @ronnydog on (November 25 2012, 10:10 AM GMT) - no comment on whether The Wall would work or not, but 10/10 for originality!

  • ronald on November 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Clearly WA cricket is at its lowest ebb since used to get thrashed regularly in the early 1950s. Maybe it's time to revisit the early 60s and bring in an experienced overseas player to act as a role model. Would have to be a retired test cricketer as all current players are so busy these days. Maybe someone like Rahul Dravisd who would still be highly capable at Shield level

  • Lou on November 25, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    The senior players for WA are such a let-down this season. Sure some of the younger players aren't doing a lot, but between them Marsh, North and Voges have a load of first class experience and ALL Of them out of form at once. A clean-out won't help as the second 11 matches have shown that the batting talent just isn't there or at least hasn't been given contracts for the season.

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