Western Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 4th day October 14, 2011

Johnson takes five in Warriors' win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 176 and 4 for 437 dec beat Tasmania 206 and 382 (Bailey 116, Ponting 87, Cosgrove 50, Johnson 5-69) by 25 runs

Mitchell Johnson warmed up for Australia's Test tour of South Africa with a five-wicket haul that set up victory for Western Australia in a tense finish in Perth. A century from Tasmania's captain George Bailey gave his side every chance of chasing down their target of 408, while Ricky Ponting made 87, but in the end the Warriors closed out a 25-run win as the shadows fell over the WACA.

Johnson, who rolled his ankle on the opening day, finished with 5 for 69, including the key wicket of Bailey, who was caught in the slips for 116. Johnson also picked up Tom Triffitt, caught down the leg side, in the same over, and from a strong position needing 79 runs with five wickets in hand, the Tigers were suddenly in trouble at seven-down.

The last pair, Luke Butterworth and Adam Maher, put on a 26-run stand that got Tasmania with sight of their goal, but Western Australia's win was confirmed when Butterworth was bowed by Michael Beer for 34. Beer had earlier picked up Ponting, who had been dropped by Johnson on 23 during a 149-run partnership with Bailey.

Bailey brought up his hundred - his 12th in first-class cricket - from his 221st delivery, and he had help in the middle order from Mark Cosgrove, who made 50. But in the end, the Tigers had to settle for first-innings points.

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  • Andrew on October 16, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    Good stuff MJ, nice little tune up for the Saffas.

  • King on October 15, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Will we see an article from Dan Brettig in praise of Johnson now?

  • Warrick on October 15, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    This is the best of Aussie domestic cricket! A challenging target, some great individual performances, and the result was very close after 4 full days, with either side the chance of winning. Congrats to both captains - WA for making it a challenging but possible target, and TAS for chasing hard and going for it. Super stuff.

  • Rajaram on October 15, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    When wil the consistent George Bailey get a chance to play for Australia? Has he missed the bus? I would think not - going by the Argus Review.

  • Rajaram on October 15, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    This is good news for Australia - both Mitch and Punter ahead of the tour to south Africa in conditions similar to South Africa have done well.

  • Garry on October 14, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    I love the Fox coverage of State OD cricket, shame we can't get highlights of Shield cricket, this would have been great to watch.

  • Asitha on October 14, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    yeah Mitchell Johnson is a talented player n he should be in south africa now.., SL condition a lot diffrnt than SA.. wrong decision frn Aussis

  • Bryn on October 14, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    brilliant stuff. nice way to warm up for the saffas for ricky and mitch

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