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November 25, 2012
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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