Western Australia 5 for 310 (Whiteman, Inexperienced 56, Agar 51*, Pope 5-94) v South Australia
Lloyd Pope, the lone frontline spinner on South Australia’s contract listing this season, bagged all 5 wickets to fall on the opening day however Western Australia held the honours with a stable top-order show that included three half-centuries, one coming from the a lot talked-about Cameron Green.
Cameron Bancroft, trying to bounce again from a horror 2019-2020 season, and Sam Whiteman placed on a gap stand of 106 earlier than Pope modified the complexion with two strikes earlier than lunch. After a wicketless center session, the place Inexperienced and Shaun Marsh consolidated, he chipped out three extra in 4 overs after tea to depart Western Australia wobbling on 5 for 215 however an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 95 in 25 between Ashton Agar and Josh Inglis reclaimed the benefit.
Whiteman dominated the opening stand, scoring the primary half-century of the Sheffield Defend season off 87 balls, however Bancroft had began to discover a contact of fluency when he was bowled by an outstanding googly from Pope. The legspinner, who now not has the flowing purple locks after a winter trim, then had Whiteman neatly taken at leg slip with the final ball earlier than lunch: figures of 5-0-32-Zero had changed into 6-0-41-2.
The tempo of the day modified within the afternoon as South Australia managed to maintain a maintain on the scoring price in beneficial batting situations whereas Marsh and Inexperienced, who already has three Defend a whole lot in 16 matches, performed steadily.
Nonetheless, within the first over after tea Marsh gave Travis Head his second catch at leg slip and Pope his third wicket which was quickly adopted by Inexperienced, lbw with a straighter supply for a composed half-century, and Ashton Turner edging a drive to the keeper.
It was the second five-wicket haul of Pope’s first-class profession which is just six matches previous, following the 7 for 87 he claimed towards Queensland in his second outing throughout the 2018 season. He remained inconsistent all through the day, conceded 4 and a half an over, however confirmed his skill to supply wicket-taking deliveries.
Nonetheless, it put the onus on the seamers to maintain the run price beneath management and through a last session that introduced 123 runs off 34 overs, Agar and Inglis had been in a position to make the most of a tiring assault to wrestle again management. Agar, who was given the No. 6 position in an endorsement of his all-round potential that would curiosity the Australia selectors, went to his half-century shortly earlier than the shut.