New South Wales vs Western Australia, Sydney
Owing to reverse swing from Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, both of whom shared five wickets, Western Australia was shot out for 191. Spinners Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon shared the rest of the wickets. In their second innings, the hosts declared at 98 for no loss, with Daniel Hughes (53* off 48) and Moises Henriques (42* off 54) scoring fast.
Set a target of 352, on Day 3, WA was reeling at stumps at 28 for 3. Starc picked up wickets of Shaun Marsh and Matthew Kelly while Josh Phillipe’s wicket bowled by Cummins.
Scores: New South Wales 444/8 & 98/0 dec (Daniel Hughes 53, Moises Henriques 42*) lead Western Australia 191 (D’Arcy Short 51; Pat Cummins 3-31, Steve O’Keefe 3-36) & 28/3 (D’Arcy Short 14*; Mitchell Starc 2-5) by 324 runs
South Australia vs Tasmania, Adelaide
Alex Doolan’s 176 not out combined with Matthew Wade’s knock of 89 took Tasmania to 345 with a deficit of 145 runs before the declaration.
Tom Cooper picked up three wickets. Batting again, Jackson Bird took South Australia’s Jake Weatherland but a 141-run second-wicket stand between Henry Hunt (69) and Callum Ferguson (72*) helped them increase their lead. In just 27 overs, the pair took the side to 166 for 2.
Scores: South Australia 490/6 & 166/2 (Callum Ferguson 72*, Henry Hunt 69) lead Tasmania 345/5 dec (Alex Doolan 170*, Matthew Wade 89*) by 311 runs
Victoria vs Queensland, Melbourne
The hat-trick for Queensland by Mitchell Swepson accounted for Will Sutherland, James Pattinson, and Peter Siddle, wrapping Victoria’s innings declared at 300 for 9. Peter Handscomb’s 92 and 17-year-old Jake Fraser’s 51 on debut helped Victoria to get a 117-run-lead. Swepson finished with a total of four wickets. Once again, Queensland lost Bryce Street in the second over to Peter Siddle.
Scores: Queensland 183 & 3/1 trail Victoria 300/9 (Peter Handscomb 92, Jack Fraser 51; Mitchell Swepson 4-75) by 114 runs.