Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane November 8, 2013

Cowan and Silk push Tasmania ahead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 407 and 2 for 130 (Cowan 56*, Silk 51) lead Queensland 303 (Lynn 81, Forrest 68, Hartley 52, Fekete 4-74) by 234 runs

Ed Cowan and Jordan Silk scored half-centuries to give Tasmania a strong advantage on the third day of their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland in Brisbane. At stumps, the Tigers were 2 for 130, with a 234-run lead, and the Tasmania captain George Bailey was at the crease on 9, giving him one last chance to impress the national selectors on Saturday morning, alongside Cowan on 56.

James Hopes trapped both the Tasmania openers lbw, Silk for 51 and Mark Cosgrove for 11, but the Tigers remained in control after taking first-innings points when Queensland were bowled out for 303. The debutant Andrew Fekete claimed 4 for 74 for Tasmania but it was the left-arm spinner Clive Rose who got rid of the two most threatening Queensland batsmen.

Chris Lynn, who had started the day on 74, added only seven to his tally before he was caught off the bowling of Rose for 81, and Peter Forrest made 68 before he too was caught off the bowling of Rose. Queensland were not helped by the absence of their debutant batsman Nick Stevens, who was unable to bat due to an injured knee, while the fast bowler Luke Feldman was unable to bowl late in the day due to injury.

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  • David on November 9, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Surely chris lynn and cameron white should be at the top of the list to fill any vacancy in the test batting line up

  • Eddie on November 9, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Good to see both Lynn and Burns back in form after poor seasons last year. They are both promising prospects. If they can finish off this season well and have another good start next year, I would definitely be thinking test team opportunities.

  • Eddie on November 9, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Bailey does not convince me in the long form where his limited overs batting style doesn't fit. His mostly leg side batting will be exposed big time against Engliand. Cowan again failed to go on with it, but at least he didn't run someone out. To me Cosgrove is the man for the next few years, still only late 20s, very experienced against the England bowlers with his fantastic County career. I would replace Watson with him, or at least have him in the squad and put in Cam White as the number 6. Excellent fielder, good part time spin, mature head on his shoulders, and in the form of his life after a good Ryobi cup and now being consistent in the shield

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Bailey only made 75 runs for the match which is (what most would be thinking is) below par. He had a monster ODI series but trying to pick Test players based on ODI form doesn't make much sense. Leaning towards Cam White over Bailey makes more sense since he is in just as good OD form and has made 83. 61, 48 and is currently on 21 in the Shield. However, I fear that White may be on the list of players who will never play for Australia again.

  • Murray on November 8, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Cowan gets a nearly a double Cowan and a Cowan. Silk a double Cowan and nearly a Cowan. Cosgrove, Hartley, Lynn and Forrest all get Cowans. Only goes to show Cowan's the better Cowan ? lol Unheard ofs get the wickets ...... strange match.

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Silky with with a century, and half century this match... great prospect.

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @Jeremy303 I'm not sure that Cosgrove is the best bet. Doolan would be a great fit at 3 or 6, but Bailey would be my overall choice because he has the weight of runs. For wicketkeepers, I reckon Haddin's place could be under threat. I didn't think Paine's keeping was all that good on the first day of the 'A' game, and neither has Wade's form or keeping impressed me. Hartley, on the other hand, has had a couple of seasons of solid contributions with the bat. He mayn't be spectacular, but neither was Wally Grout, Don Tallon or Ian Healy with the bat.

  • Khawaja on November 8, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    how about Lynn since he did play well against england and australia need a new wicketkeeper if haddin's show in india is anything to consider....slot in hartley and any bowler... fekete or gannon...anybody with a five wicket ability

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @Jeremy303 don't think Bailey has time to make a big score. He'll be pushing on for a declaration before lunch.

  • Jeremy on November 8, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Lets see if Bailey can get a big score and stake him claim for the test spot. Otherwise I'd still pick Cosgrove ahead of him (despite only getting 11 today).

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