Tasmania v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Hobart December 1, 2013

Abbott gives NSW victory chance

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New South Wales 264 (Copeland 58, Patterson 54, Doherty 3-37, Gulbis 3-74) and 0 for 43 need another 212 runs to beat Tasmania 354 and 164 (Cosgrove 81, Abbott 4-36)

Sean Abbott helped give New South Wales hope of victory on the third day in Hobart, where they finished the day on 0 for 43 chasing 255 to beat Tasmania. Abbott picked up 4 for 36 as the Tigers, with the notable exception of Mark Cosgrove, struggled to post a big second-innings score and finished all out for 164.

Cosgrove was the only Tasmania batsman to pass 20, and he struck 12 boundaries in his 81 from 106 balls before he was caught behind off the bowling of Abbott. Doug Bollinger, Gurinder Sandhu and Steve O'Keefe each collected two wickets as Cosgrove's colleagues failed to follow his lead, after the Blues had earlier added 64 to their overnight total.

New South Wales began the day on 5 for 200 but the overnight half-centurions, Trent Copeland (58) and Kurtis Patterson (54) added little in the morning. Abbott chipped in with 33, including three fours and two sixes, as New South Wales reached 264 in their first innings. At stumps, they were 212 runs from their target, with Ryan Carters on 26 and Nic Maddinson on 17.

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  • PAUL on December 2, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Is there anyone on the planet who can explain the absence of Steve O'Keefe from our national team.....this season 21 W @ 20 ? Has been our best spinner for quite a few years now.

  • Peter on December 2, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @Moppa. Actually when you watch him play, his batting looks far better than his bowling. He isn't just a bowler who can bat, this guy has genuine talent with the bat, not sure why he hasn't been able to show it at fc, but he does possess a very good technique & we all know how well he hits the ball.

  • Jason on December 2, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    SOK should be playing both 20/20 and ODI's for sure. It would be harsh on xavier doherty as he as performed on those formats lately, but we must be thinking tests instead of 20/20 and ODI's etc. Lets be honest, the whole country cares about tests so far ahead of the other formats.

  • Graham on December 1, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Mitty2 - Before this innings he had 10 wickets at an average over 30, he has been very serviceable but dominant is way over the top.

  • Peter on December 1, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    @Mitty2. Like you, I didn't rate Abbot the few times I had seen him, but he has really surprised me as well. His batting always looked better to me but it's good to see when young guys put in & do the hard work. Agree with Hughes, it's only a matter of time when he will repeat this success at test level, he is far too good to ignore. SOK is, I'm afraid, out of the selectors line of thinking. I still think Doolan can improve, I do rate him.

  • Guy on December 1, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    I agree @Ben Williams, I think Abbott was misleadingly described as an 'all-rounder' when he first came on the scene. Whereas, it seems (with a FC batting average of 13 and one interstate 50 in all formats), he's simply a bowler who can bat a bit.

  • Hamish on December 1, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Abbott has been dominant this whole year in both formats. He's quicker than you think and when I watched him in one of the Shield games at the 'G he was all over the Vics with some sharp bouncers. Has been a real surprise package for one supposed bits and pieces all rounder..

    SOK in the wickets again - this time as the lead spinner and more importantly, taking the crucial wickets of Doolan and Cowan. It's getting repetitive but it's so clear that he's in the top 2 spinners in the country and should at least be our ODI spinner.

    Doolan is in the Ferguson bracket I reckon. Really classy but doesn't churn out enough FC centuries. Hughes is the next best by far.

    Carters is showing his massive potential and if there's anything to knock Silk about - it's that he gets out early a lot.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    I've always considered Abbot a "Bit's & Pieces" player, but he's really starting to change that view, interesting to see if he can convert to the international arena in a yr or so's time..

  • James on December 1, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Abbott is a great talent, he has got a bit about him with the bat as well but he has stalled in that regard, that is one area where the BBL might help him.

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