A five-wicket haul for Jackson Bird has put the Tasmanian Tigers firmly in the driver’s seat against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
At stumps on day two, the Tigers were 2-79 and leading by 220 runs over the Redbacks.
Earlier in the day, Tasmania resumed at 8-228 with Jake Doran unbeaten after scoring his maiden first-class century yesterday.
He was the first man to depart in the morning session, caught and bowled by Adam Zampa for a magnificent 114.
Bird, having been released from Australia’s Ashes squad and replacing Riley Meredith in the Tasmanian line up, added a very handy 42 runs for the final wicket with Gabe Bell, pushing the Tigers’ total to 282 all out.
Bird finished with 26, while Bell was not out with a circumspect 16 from 75 deliveries.
Bird then got off to the perfect start with the ball, removing Redbacks opener John Dalton with the first ball of the South Australian innings and then sending Callum Ferguson packing two balls later, also without scoring.
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Travis Head offered the bulk of the South Australian resistance with 80 from 91 balls, while Jake Weatherald offered 23 at the top of the order. But the rest of the lineup struggled, with no other batsmen making it to double figures.
The Redbacks were eventually skittled for 141, handing Tasmania a big lead as the visitors went into their second dig.
Alex Doolan and Jordan Silk put on 30 for the first wicket, before Doolan was caught at cover off a leading edge for 14.
Jordan Silk was out for 29 when he chipped an Adam Zampa offering to cover, but George Bailey (32*) and Doran (1*) saw the Tigers through to stumps.
The full South Australia vs Tasmania scorecard is available here.