Sheffield Shield, Tasmania v Victoria March 17, 2013

Silk, Faulkner power Tasmania into final

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Tasmania 6 for 369 dec (Ponting 104, Cosgrove 81) and 7 for 325 dec (Silk 127, Ponting 86, Cosgrove 50, Ahmed 4-122, Herrick 3-97) beat Victoria 358 (D Hussey 112, Rogers 73, Gulbis 5-104) and 225 (Quiney 55, Faulkner 5-56) by 112 runs
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A storming final day lifted Tasmania from the bottom rungs of the Sheffield Shield table to the top, their victory over a free-falling Victoria handing the Tigers a third consecutive appearance in the final and the priceless advantage of hosting it.

Set 337 to win and host the final themselves after leading the table for much of the summer, the Bushrangers lost their wickets in two clumps either side of an 80-run stand between David Hussey and Peter Handscomb. James Faulkner again showed his knack for vital wickets, claiming five as Tasmania maintained their standing as the most consistent domestic side in the country.

Tasmania had a stiff task ahead of them at the start of the day to achieve a result on a good pitch, but bold innings by the youngster Jordan Silk - a century in only his second Shield appearance - and Ricky Ponting allowed captain George Bailey to declare for the second time in the match.

They ultimately won with more than 10 overs to spare, before Queensland's win over Western Australia in Perth ensured the final would be played between the Tigers and the Bulls for the second season in a row, only this time in Hobart rather than Brisbane.

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 20, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    @blink182alex on (March 18, 2013, 13:53 GMT) - no worries although Burns should play for QLD! @Jono Makim - once upon a time Oz did play Probs & Poss (maybe 70yrs ago?). Anyways, to me the benefit is lining players up in similar circumstances. I can't stand that Beer is still considered ahead of SO'K, (& Doherty effectively too). This means that neither Hauritz nor SO'K are considered in our top 3 spinners. I s'pose that unless the Possibles have a strict selection criteria (leading run or wicket takers), that they still could pick Beer to line up against Doherty. That aside, I think that it adds a bit more credibility to the selection process as there seems to be a considerable difference between what the average fan thinks is FORM & what the NSP thinks. As far as allrounders go, we have quite a few that are selectable on one discipline, but do well in the other.

  • POSTED BY on | March 18, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    australia need to make few changes to the squad for the ashes squad: first team: 1.warner 2.hughes 3.clarke 4.watson 5.khawaja 6.burns 7.wade 8.harris 9.pattinson 10.siddle 11.fawad ahmed

    reserve team: 1.cowan 2.silk 3.doolan 4.s.marsh 5.fergusson 6.haddin 7.henriques 8.agar 9.starc 10.sayers 11.bird

  • POSTED BY blink182alex on | March 18, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    instead of a probables v possibles, you could do an all star game at the end of the season / start of a new season, where the winners of the shield for example QLD, play an 11 made up of the best players not from QLD in the season. so it would be something like this:

    QLD v Shield 11 - 1. Rogers 2. Cosgrove 3. Doolan 4. Ponting 5. Burns 6. Ferguson 7. Ludeman 8. SOK 9. Faulkner 10. Butterworth 11. Sayers

  • POSTED BY on | March 18, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @Meety, i'm not so sure about a probables versus possibles type match, for me that is just too much of a one off event. There is already too much selection based on one-off performances for my liking. I'd much rather just see a guy like Rogers who has had a great season put into the team, most likely down at 5 or 6 to play a Mike Hussey type role. He is the one guy with bucketloads of experience in England plus great current form where you could so, okay, he can make a difference. Apart from Punter and perhaps Haddin, no-one else this shield season has done enough to force themselves into the side.

    On the allrounder thing, I think we already have a few good ones in Watson, Starc and Pattinson. I just hope Watto gets back to bowling soon, he is something of a passenger in the side otherwise.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 18, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (March 18, 2013, 5:23 GMT) - I really like Ferguson, but I only put him in as he has done enuff this season for the theoretical chance of playing in a Prob v Poss match. I do think Ferguson has been unlucky not to play more ODIs. @Mitty2/handyandy - to me, three types of allrounders 1) Perfect allrounder who is a genuine dual specialist i.e K Miller, I Khan etc, 2) Batting allrounders i.e Symonds, Kallis, 3) Bowling allrounders Pollock, Vettori. Outside of those categories, you have useful bits n piece players or specialist who dabble. A trend developing in Oz at the moment is, we have a heck of a lot of the type 3s - bowling allrounders. In domestic Oz cricket we have Hauritz, Cutting, Krezja, SO'K, NC-N, Faulkner, & Butterworth that fit in that category & if Starc had of got 1 more run - I's put him in there as well, I now even rate Copeland as a type 3 allrounder. I think that as we are struggling with our batting post-Ponting/Hussey - we need type 3 allrounder @ #8.

  • POSTED BY Showbags88 on | March 18, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    From what I've seen of Jordan Silk so far he will be a good player in the future for Australia. Looks technically sound at the top of the order and plays with the full face of the bat, and is a serious gun in the field (is still only 20). That was an impressive hundred against a good Victorian attack. There is some good young batting talent around the country atm like Silk, Burns, Maddinson, Harris and others. The future is actually pretty bright (just the current crop aren't performing).

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 18, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    @meety.. Don't think I could possibly agree more with you on that. Even the squads are perfect, and I wouldn't generally want ferguson in any team but we have no one else that is better than him to replace him from the non selected

  • POSTED BY handyandy on | March 18, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    I agree Mitty.

    If I had to pick an allrounder for the Australian team at the moment it would be Faulkner.

    He could just about warrant a spot in the team as a bowler.

    O'keefe is also in the same category.

    Compare this to Henriques and Maxwell who would really never be considered just for their bowling or batting skills alone.

  • POSTED BY BaggyGreen2 on | March 18, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    We wouldn't have won, if Faulkner & Silk were playing in India now, where they should be) But well done Tassie, well deserved.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 18, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Said a few times now, they should play Possibles v Probables to select a squad. So I would definately recommend one before the Ashes tour. The Possibles (players not currently in the Test squad & are available for selection) would be (IMO) 1. Rogers (c), 2. Cosgrove, 3. Doolan, 4. Ferguson, 5. Burns, 6. Silk, 7. Ludeman, 8. O'Keefe (vc), 9. Faulkner, 10. Cutting, 11. Sayers, 12th Butterworth (had him until I realised I didn't have a spinner). Given I think that Warner, Clarke, Siddle, Wade, Pattinson & Starc are the only certainties to tour - my Probables would NOT contain them & thus be; 1. Cowan (vc), 2. Hughes, 3. Khawaja, 4. Watson, 5. Smith, 6. Henriques, 7. Haddin (c), 8. Johnson, 9. Harris (if fit he would of been in India IMO), 10. Lyon, 11. Bird - 12th Doherty. The venue would have to be somewhere like AB Oval - with plenty of grass on it. See who performs best.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 20, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    @blink182alex on (March 18, 2013, 13:53 GMT) - no worries although Burns should play for QLD! @Jono Makim - once upon a time Oz did play Probs & Poss (maybe 70yrs ago?). Anyways, to me the benefit is lining players up in similar circumstances. I can't stand that Beer is still considered ahead of SO'K, (& Doherty effectively too). This means that neither Hauritz nor SO'K are considered in our top 3 spinners. I s'pose that unless the Possibles have a strict selection criteria (leading run or wicket takers), that they still could pick Beer to line up against Doherty. That aside, I think that it adds a bit more credibility to the selection process as there seems to be a considerable difference between what the average fan thinks is FORM & what the NSP thinks. As far as allrounders go, we have quite a few that are selectable on one discipline, but do well in the other.

  • POSTED BY on | March 18, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    australia need to make few changes to the squad for the ashes squad: first team: 1.warner 2.hughes 3.clarke 4.watson 5.khawaja 6.burns 7.wade 8.harris 9.pattinson 10.siddle 11.fawad ahmed

    reserve team: 1.cowan 2.silk 3.doolan 4.s.marsh 5.fergusson 6.haddin 7.henriques 8.agar 9.starc 10.sayers 11.bird

  • POSTED BY blink182alex on | March 18, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    instead of a probables v possibles, you could do an all star game at the end of the season / start of a new season, where the winners of the shield for example QLD, play an 11 made up of the best players not from QLD in the season. so it would be something like this:

    QLD v Shield 11 - 1. Rogers 2. Cosgrove 3. Doolan 4. Ponting 5. Burns 6. Ferguson 7. Ludeman 8. SOK 9. Faulkner 10. Butterworth 11. Sayers

  • POSTED BY on | March 18, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @Meety, i'm not so sure about a probables versus possibles type match, for me that is just too much of a one off event. There is already too much selection based on one-off performances for my liking. I'd much rather just see a guy like Rogers who has had a great season put into the team, most likely down at 5 or 6 to play a Mike Hussey type role. He is the one guy with bucketloads of experience in England plus great current form where you could so, okay, he can make a difference. Apart from Punter and perhaps Haddin, no-one else this shield season has done enough to force themselves into the side.

    On the allrounder thing, I think we already have a few good ones in Watson, Starc and Pattinson. I just hope Watto gets back to bowling soon, he is something of a passenger in the side otherwise.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 18, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (March 18, 2013, 5:23 GMT) - I really like Ferguson, but I only put him in as he has done enuff this season for the theoretical chance of playing in a Prob v Poss match. I do think Ferguson has been unlucky not to play more ODIs. @Mitty2/handyandy - to me, three types of allrounders 1) Perfect allrounder who is a genuine dual specialist i.e K Miller, I Khan etc, 2) Batting allrounders i.e Symonds, Kallis, 3) Bowling allrounders Pollock, Vettori. Outside of those categories, you have useful bits n piece players or specialist who dabble. A trend developing in Oz at the moment is, we have a heck of a lot of the type 3s - bowling allrounders. In domestic Oz cricket we have Hauritz, Cutting, Krezja, SO'K, NC-N, Faulkner, & Butterworth that fit in that category & if Starc had of got 1 more run - I's put him in there as well, I now even rate Copeland as a type 3 allrounder. I think that as we are struggling with our batting post-Ponting/Hussey - we need type 3 allrounder @ #8.

  • POSTED BY Showbags88 on | March 18, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    From what I've seen of Jordan Silk so far he will be a good player in the future for Australia. Looks technically sound at the top of the order and plays with the full face of the bat, and is a serious gun in the field (is still only 20). That was an impressive hundred against a good Victorian attack. There is some good young batting talent around the country atm like Silk, Burns, Maddinson, Harris and others. The future is actually pretty bright (just the current crop aren't performing).

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 18, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    @meety.. Don't think I could possibly agree more with you on that. Even the squads are perfect, and I wouldn't generally want ferguson in any team but we have no one else that is better than him to replace him from the non selected

  • POSTED BY handyandy on | March 18, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    I agree Mitty.

    If I had to pick an allrounder for the Australian team at the moment it would be Faulkner.

    He could just about warrant a spot in the team as a bowler.

    O'keefe is also in the same category.

    Compare this to Henriques and Maxwell who would really never be considered just for their bowling or batting skills alone.

  • POSTED BY BaggyGreen2 on | March 18, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    We wouldn't have won, if Faulkner & Silk were playing in India now, where they should be) But well done Tassie, well deserved.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 18, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Said a few times now, they should play Possibles v Probables to select a squad. So I would definately recommend one before the Ashes tour. The Possibles (players not currently in the Test squad & are available for selection) would be (IMO) 1. Rogers (c), 2. Cosgrove, 3. Doolan, 4. Ferguson, 5. Burns, 6. Silk, 7. Ludeman, 8. O'Keefe (vc), 9. Faulkner, 10. Cutting, 11. Sayers, 12th Butterworth (had him until I realised I didn't have a spinner). Given I think that Warner, Clarke, Siddle, Wade, Pattinson & Starc are the only certainties to tour - my Probables would NOT contain them & thus be; 1. Cowan (vc), 2. Hughes, 3. Khawaja, 4. Watson, 5. Smith, 6. Henriques, 7. Haddin (c), 8. Johnson, 9. Harris (if fit he would of been in India IMO), 10. Lyon, 11. Bird - 12th Doherty. The venue would have to be somewhere like AB Oval - with plenty of grass on it. See who performs best.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 18, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    What a finish to the season! Well done Tassie.

  • POSTED BY on | March 18, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    australia ashes squad should be: 1. clarke 2. watson 3.warner 4. hughes 5.burns 6.khawaja 7.doolan 8.haddin 9.wade 10.agar 11.fawad ahmed 12.henriques 13.siddle 14.harris 15.pattinson 16.bird 17.starc

  • POSTED BY left_arm_unorthodox on | March 17, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Ponting has 80 first class hundreds now. He ought to play a couple seasons of shield and country cricket, fill his boots and make it to 100 100s. He's good enough still at 1st class level.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | March 17, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    @Bhragzy7, it was only 3 or so years ago i think that Victoria had a period of almost a decade where they won EVERYTHING

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | March 17, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Will be good to see Alex Doolan, Joe Burns, Ryan Harris and James Faulkner perform in the Shield final as an Ashes trial.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 17, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    On a different note Fawad Ahmed is just booting his ashes call up.I was not in favor of him but the more I see him bowl the more he looks like a guy who will trouble the English in their back yard.Hope he gets a chance.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 17, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Everybody thinks Bulls are out of it or what? Listen bulls may pull and awesome treble crown this season as the already got the BBL and Ryobi cups.I support both teams but I'm a huge fan of Punter,Paine,Faulkner,Cossie,JJ Kreza,Hilfi and so on.Would love a close gam,e but a Tigers's win.;)

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker i mean jordan silk should be picked in Australia A squad for uk tour not the ashes squad. lots other batsmen are playing in county cricket like burns, doolan, khawaja, voges , cowan, bailey. it makes room for up and coming young batsmen like silk and other players like fergusson, smith, s.marsh, etc.

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | March 17, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    silk has only played a couple of first class matches, give him a full season or two to prove himself over time

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    i think two deserving team have reached the shield final. i looking forward to players like doolan, burns, faulkner, harris and young jordan silk who has been outstanding in all the matches he has played so far. maybe a big hundred in shield final mike earn him a place in australia a squad for uk tour.

  • POSTED BY Bhragzy7 on | March 17, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Firstly it pains me to leave this comment as I am a Victorian, but people complain at the fact that there are 9 NSW men in the current team, with only Sidz and and Doerthy not ever represented NSW. Normally I would question why not more Victorian are there ... but it seems that they have built the culture of buckling under pressure in and around finals which highlight in all formats this season and past 7 seasons. Great crickets are big game players, they are able to take games and win them for their side when it counts. This is was Pointing trade mark, but seems a quality that severly lacks in the Victorian Side and changes need to b made before the culture will change , time to go captain

    Players like Harris, Faukner have these qualities ... with Future looking good in the form of Burns, Silk, Agar, Sadhu preforming well under pressure.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | March 17, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Come on Punter you can do it.

  • POSTED BY MrKistic on | March 17, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Geez it's hard being a Victorian around finals time.

  • POSTED BY InvisiblePJs on | March 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Being a displaced Taswegian living in Queensland I am looking forward to the upcoming final!

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 17, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    James Faulkner has a FC bowling average of just over 22, and a batting average of 27 and Steve o'keefe has a bowling average of 26.5 and a batting average of 30.. If we wanted all rounders who could be said to actually specialize in a department and be the best among that department, why haven't these guys been selected? Neither henriques or Maxwell make the team as a bowler or a batsmen, and yet they're selected..

    I don't think that Faulkner would do too well as a bowler in england however, as he, like siddle relies on movement off the pitch.. Not swing. But he is very accurate and is very suited to Australian conditions and would prosper in SA, and would still be a handful in England.

  • POSTED BY boehj on | March 17, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I'd love to see Punt get a big one in the final. It's going to be a great match.

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  • POSTED BY boehj on | March 17, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I'd love to see Punt get a big one in the final. It's going to be a great match.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 17, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    James Faulkner has a FC bowling average of just over 22, and a batting average of 27 and Steve o'keefe has a bowling average of 26.5 and a batting average of 30.. If we wanted all rounders who could be said to actually specialize in a department and be the best among that department, why haven't these guys been selected? Neither henriques or Maxwell make the team as a bowler or a batsmen, and yet they're selected..

    I don't think that Faulkner would do too well as a bowler in england however, as he, like siddle relies on movement off the pitch.. Not swing. But he is very accurate and is very suited to Australian conditions and would prosper in SA, and would still be a handful in England.

  • POSTED BY InvisiblePJs on | March 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Being a displaced Taswegian living in Queensland I am looking forward to the upcoming final!

  • POSTED BY MrKistic on | March 17, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Geez it's hard being a Victorian around finals time.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | March 17, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Come on Punter you can do it.

  • POSTED BY Bhragzy7 on | March 17, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Firstly it pains me to leave this comment as I am a Victorian, but people complain at the fact that there are 9 NSW men in the current team, with only Sidz and and Doerthy not ever represented NSW. Normally I would question why not more Victorian are there ... but it seems that they have built the culture of buckling under pressure in and around finals which highlight in all formats this season and past 7 seasons. Great crickets are big game players, they are able to take games and win them for their side when it counts. This is was Pointing trade mark, but seems a quality that severly lacks in the Victorian Side and changes need to b made before the culture will change , time to go captain

    Players like Harris, Faukner have these qualities ... with Future looking good in the form of Burns, Silk, Agar, Sadhu preforming well under pressure.

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    i think two deserving team have reached the shield final. i looking forward to players like doolan, burns, faulkner, harris and young jordan silk who has been outstanding in all the matches he has played so far. maybe a big hundred in shield final mike earn him a place in australia a squad for uk tour.

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | March 17, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    silk has only played a couple of first class matches, give him a full season or two to prove himself over time

  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker i mean jordan silk should be picked in Australia A squad for uk tour not the ashes squad. lots other batsmen are playing in county cricket like burns, doolan, khawaja, voges , cowan, bailey. it makes room for up and coming young batsmen like silk and other players like fergusson, smith, s.marsh, etc.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 17, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Everybody thinks Bulls are out of it or what? Listen bulls may pull and awesome treble crown this season as the already got the BBL and Ryobi cups.I support both teams but I'm a huge fan of Punter,Paine,Faulkner,Cossie,JJ Kreza,Hilfi and so on.Would love a close gam,e but a Tigers's win.;)