Tasmania v SA, Sheffield Shield, 3rd day November 29, 2015

Bird takes five but South Australia on top

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Tasmania 284 (Dunk 115, Bailey 112, Benton 3-45, Worrall 3-86) and 3 for 42 (Doran 22*, Bailey 6*) need another 460 runs to beat South Australia 7 for 600 dec and 185 (Ross 56, Bird 5-69, Rainbird 4-50)

Jackson Bird picked up 5 for 69 (file photo) © Getty Images

Jackson Bird's first five-wicket haul in 18 months might help him regain the attention of Australia's selectors, but it is unlikely to help Tasmania avoid defeat in their Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Hobart. At stumps on the third day Tasmania were 3 for 42 in their second innings, chasing an unlikely target of 502, with Jake Doran on 22 and George Bailey on 6.

The day had started with Tasmania on 4 for 240 in their first innings and Bailey, who began the morning on 93, went on to raise his 16th first-class hundred. However, he was out for 112 soon afterwards and the lower order struggled; the final six wickets fell for 44 runs on day three and the Tigers were dismissed for 284.

South Australia, who had piled on 600 in the first innings, were dismissed for 185 in their second as Sam Rainbird claimed 4 for 50 and Bird picked up 5 for 69. It was the first five-wicket haul Bird had collected since March 2014, when he claimed 6 for 50, also against South Australia in Hobart.