Tasmania v SA, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 1st day March 11, 2014

Bird takes six as South Australia struggle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 2 for 145 (Cosgrove 83*, Dunk 54*) trail South Australia 212 (McDonald 83, Bird 6-50) by 67 runs

Jackson Bird's six-wicket haul and an unbeaten 83 from Mark Cosgrove gave Tasmania the edge on the first day of their Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Hobart. Tasmania cannot make the final but South Australia are fighting for a place in the decider and at stumps they looked likely to concede first-innings points, with the Tigers at 2 for 145, trailing by 67 runs.

Cosgrove and Ben Dunk (54 not out) had put on an unbeaten 129 for the third wicket after Ed Cowan and Alex Doolan both fell cheaply to leave Tasmania at 2 for 16. But the South Australia bowlers were unable to have the same impact that Bird managed; he picked up four wickets with the new ball to leave the Redbacks wobbling at 5 for 39 after their stand-in captain Callum Ferguson chose to bat.

Andrew McDonald led the South Australian recovery with help from Tim Ludeman (15), Kane Richardson (16) and Trent Lawford, and while they pushed the Redbacks up to a more respectable 212 it remained Tasmania's day. McDonald missed the chance for a century when he fell to Xavier Doherty for 83 and Lawford finished unbeaten on 46 from 44 deliveries.

Bird returned to run through the tail and finished with 6 for 50, showing that time on the sidelines with the Test squad in South Africa has not affected his form. South Australia will need a strong performance over the next few days to give themselves their best chance of a place in the Shield final, with New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland all vying for two spots.

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  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    With the very greatest respect i would suggest that the bowling attack has done very well as is and that the fact Bird was with the team suggests he is very much on the selectors' radar.

  • Hamish on March 11, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx, injured. Out for a month or so from memory

    @creebo777, one of the few flaws from Boof so far. Ask any batsmen, a tall bowler bowling 135km/h will always hit the bat harder and feel faster than a bowler who's shorter bowling at the same speed. Worked pretty well for Mcgrath, I hear. Ask my man @R_U_4_REAL_NICK, Bird over Patto any day - although Patto was pretty good in his last test.

  • Michael on March 11, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Bird is so much better then siddle its not funny. I would then also pick bird over Pattinson because Bird would complement Johnson and Rhino better. Love the 2 of them though....wheras my love for Siddle put nicely is not as much

  • James on March 11, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Where on earth is Jordan Silk??????

  • Android on March 11, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    bird reminds me of mcgrath a lot, not sure why exactly but he just does. a heaps better bowler than Pattison and the selectors should be picking who is in form and has the best stats

  • Nicholas on March 11, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    I felt (and said at the time) that this guy [Bird] should have been given a game or two during the test series; he's way ahead of the like of Pattinson in my books. What is going on with that hair though? I know it's labelled as a "file photo" but when from? The 70's?

  • Eddie on March 11, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    has to be the one to take Rhino's spot in UAE. Pattinson can fight it out with Siddle and the others for the final spot

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    He should be near the top of the pecking order

  • Troy on March 11, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    @creebo - You may be right about the coach/selectors mindset, but it really is a load of rubbish. Bird isn't a medium pacer - just because he doesn't bowl as quick as Johnson doesn't mean he bowls slowly. Its a shame some really talented bowlers aren't considered because they are perceived as slower bowlers - Trent Copeland springs to mind. Glenn McGrath's success wasn't due to outrageous speed, it was due to good line and length and clever bowling.

  • creebo on March 11, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Aussies coach doesnt like medium pacers so i can't see him playing for Australia

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