Western Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Perth October 11, 2011

Butterworth fires, Johnson falls

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 176 (Voges 58, Butterworth 4 for 34) v Tasmania 5 for 142 (Hogan 3 for 16)

Luke Butterworth's four wickets rolled Western Australia for 176 before Tasmania battled to 5 for 142 at stumps on day one of the Sheffield Shield match at the WACA ground.

Mitchell Johnson was forced to leave the field with a rolled ankle while Ricky Ponting could make only 33 on an eventful day in the west. The Tigers captain, George Bailey, was dropped twice on his way to compiling an unbeaten 49.

The Warriors never quite recovered from being reduced to 3 for 41 as Butterworth cut through the top order in a manner reminiscent of his success in Tasmania's Shield-winning 2010-11 season. He pinned Liam Davis lbw before Marcus Harris and Marcus North edged deliveries angled across them.

Butterworth later accounted for Adam Voges, the only WA batsman to make a score of any great substance, before the innings petered out.

Tasmania's reply was kept in check by the WA seam bowler Michael Hogan, who started off by having Ed Cowan caught in the slips then adding the wickets of Nick Kruger and James Faulkner.

Johnson, who tipped the young paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile out of the WA XI for reasons of team balance, was dismissed cheaply and then bowled indifferently before he slipped in his delivery stride and walked gingerly from the field without finishing his seventh over.

Ponting looked in good touch, but failed to go on from his start, squeezing a catch off bat and pad to short leg from the bowling of the left-arm spinner Michael Beer.

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  • Tim on October 12, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Butterworth showing that the equation is simple for Australia. Straight swap, him in for Johnson. Playing on the same pitch he has dominated Johnson's efforts with bat and ball. Australia's bowling attack first test: Harris, Siddle, Butterworth, Lyon.

  • wayne on October 12, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Nice work Butters - always seems to get the important wickets at the top of the order. He should have been earmarked for higher honours since his MOM in the Shield Final a few years back, however his selection for the A side in ZImbabwe shows he is obviously on the minds of selectors now. Here's to the Tigers winning back-to-back titles!

  • Tim on October 12, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Nobody told Butterworth it's been 8 months since last season. He's picked back up right where he left off. Hopefully he and Bailey can make some big runs tomorrow. Johnson being injured, should I feel bad if I'm hoping it's serious?

  • Harvey on October 11, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    Why is Butterworth never considered for the Australian team? What more does he have to do?

  • Arnab on October 11, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Oh ricky please quit while your ahead.. and MJ injured? could be the thing that wins australia the series in SA! It is such ridiculous logic to think because he bowled well there 2 YEARS ago he would again

  • Warrick on October 11, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    I hope Butterworth can repeat his success from last year. Quite a player to have in your team, can open the bowling & is a very handy bat. The national team could use someone like that.

  • david on October 11, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    at least MJ sitting in the changing rooms, your stats cannot get any worse.dpk

  • Lou on October 11, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    "Ponting looked in good touch, but failed to go on". Sounds familiar.

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