South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield 2014-15, 2nd day February 25, 2015

Cooper and Head revive South Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 5 for 168 (Cooper 89*, Head 50) trail Tasmania 364 (Doolan 62) by 196 runs

File photo: Tom Cooper hit 11 fours in his 179-ball innings © Getty Images

South Australia recovered from a disastrous start, where they lost their top three batsmen - Kelvin Smith, Mark Cosgrove and Callum Ferguson - for two runs inside the first three overs, to finish the day with a respectable 5 for 168 at the Gliderol Stadium. The hosts however still have a deficit of 196 runs to erase after Tasmania, aided by Alex Doolan's 62, added 106 runs to their overnight score.

South Australia's revival was borne out of the efforts of Tom Cooper and captain Travis Head, who together accumulated 87 runs in 31.4 overs.

Despite the dismissals of Head and Alex Ross, Cooper chugged along, adding 66 with Tim Ludeman. Jackson Bird, who struck in each of his first two overs, was Tasmania's most successful bowler.