South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 4th day November 25, 2013

Silk and Cowan score tons in draw

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South Australia 397 and 5 for 208 (Cooper 74*, Hughes 67) drew with Tasmania 291 and 7 for 390 dec (Cowan 123, Silk 104, Botha 3-90)

Ed Cowan and Jordan Silk both scored centuries for Tasmania but South Australia were able to hold on for a draw on the final day of their Sheffield Shield match in Adelaide. Phillip Hughes and Tom Cooper both made half-centuries in South Australia's chase of 285 but regular wickets kept the Redbacks from reaching the point at which they could realistically push for victory.

At 2 for 130 in the 24th over they had some hope but the loss of Hughes, who was caught off the bowling of Xavier Doherty for 67, sparked a collapse. James Faulkner picked up two quick wickets before Cooper and Tim Ludeman steadied, and when time was called, Cooper was unbeaten on 74 from 94 deliveries, with Ludeman on 18.

Earlier, Silk and Cowan carried on from their overnight half-centuries to both reach triple figures before Ben Dunk (72 off 54 balls) and Faulkner (53) helped steer the total up to 7 for 390 before the declaration came. Cowan made 123, his first century at first-class level since he was dropped from the Test side during the Ashes tour of England.

Silk, 21, continued his outstanding start to the summer - he has now scored two hundreds in the first four Shield matches of the season and averages 46.12. Silk has also had a remarkable beginning to his first-class career - he debuted in March and has already scored four hundreds and three fifties in his first nine games.

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  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Also encouraging to see Phil Hughes in such great form notching up 326 runs in his past 3 games. Some have given up on him but one can't ignore a player with an FC average of 45 forever. He had a nightmare tour of India and was overly punished for the rest of the team's failures after being picked and dropped repeatedly and forced to bat at all different positions over the past 18 months. The guy isn't even 25 so there's years still ahead for him to improve. Still think the best way for him to go would be to bat #6 with an end goal of eventually moving him up to #3 or #4.

  • wayne on November 26, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Some promising signs for the Shield this season - centuries! It remains to be seen whether this is a simple case of some guys finding form (or bowler's losing it?), a change in the quality of pitches, better weather, hunger, new shoes, etc, or whether it's really a new dawn for Aussie batting. Early signs are good, but they're early signs.

  • Andrew on November 26, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    @Dazako on (November 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT) - Lynn is a great talent. He hasn't scored a Shield ton yet though this season.

  • Andrew on November 26, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    @Warren Smith - I think when someone says "knocking the door down" - they mean batting like what Marcus North is doing. Averaging up towards 100. At the moment we have a few batsmen that have enhanced their status - but given the scarcity of runs over previous 2 seasons - we need big runs for an extended period of time. == == == re: Silk he seems to have the right temprement - but I wouldn't want him rushed, & I would love for him to be pulled out of the BBL! == == == re: Head - an amazing talent - finally starting to show what he can do, but has a lot of application issues still to learn. A big 100 could fast track that. He seems to have never seen a ball he couldn't score a 4 off - that will need to change. Should be considered for A-tours.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Jordan Silk is another from the NSW production line that couldn't get a game in Sydney. He isn't up there with Maddinson who can read the game much better but, if he's not rushed too quickly, will be a test cricketer before too long. Travis Head looks promising but like Maddinson, needs to convert fifties into hundreds. Leave these guys a year or two and they'll be replacing Watson, Rogers and Clarke when he retires.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx. I think youll find that you do. Carters, Lynn, Head, Silk, Maddinson, Patterson, Burns, Bancroft and maybe Bosisto too. Add to that the 'older' generation of Warner, Hughes, Doolan, Ferguson and Voges, Australia will soon develop a deep stable of top class batsmen. Pitches - partly to blame in the past will now disadvantage fast bowlers, making them strive to get better and allowing batsmen to cultivate the concentration required for long innings. Spinners are also now benefitting with more overs which means batsmen will become more rounded. But pitches arent the only reason that batsmen will get better. The massive amount of young bowling talent in the country will mean that over time batsmen get to face test quality bowling and this will also lift them. Looking forward to it. From a saffa.

  • James on November 25, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    @WillPilgrim: Hughes is scoring runs and we need Khawaja to do so too. 2 batsmen is not enough, we need 6-10 batsmen outside of the first XI to be knocking the door down.

  • mitch on November 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    @WillPilgrim I think you'll find that Silk and Head will play alongside Hughes and Khawaja.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Would not suggest that the pitches are flatter ! The good bowlers have definitely got wickets when they bend their backs and that s how it should always be ... Making it too bowler friendly means our batters cant construct an innings properly... Another good thing to see is the spinners coming into play in our pitches ! Boyce, Zampa and Muirhead may well be our next gen superstars in the legspin dept

  • Daryl on November 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    The whole country has got the runs, Phil Hughes scored a double last week and Chris Lynn has got a couple of tons too. Add this to Marcus Norths 500+ this season, things are looking much better for Aus batting ranks. My guess is the pitches are flatter.

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