Tasmania 5 for 102 trail Western Australia 8 for 432 dec (Klinger 202*, Agar 105) by 330 runs
Michael Klinger scored the fifth double-century of his first-class career and Ashton Agar registered his maiden hundred as Western Australia dominated the second day against Tasmania in Hobart. By the end of the day, Mitchell Johnson had also chipped in with two wickets to leave Tasmania struggling at 5 for 102 in reply to Western Australia’s 8 for 432 declared.
At stumps George Bailey was on 20 and Tim Paine was on 2, and the Tigers still faced a hefty deficit of 330 runs after Klinger and Agar frustrated them earlier in the day. They put on 214 runs for the seventh wicket to alter the balance of power in a match that could have gone either way after day one, when the Warriors had gone to stumps at 6 for 259.
But Klinger is in the form of his life, and could not be budged from his path towards a double-century, ably accompanied by Agar. It was the first century of Agar’s first-class career and continued his development as an all-round prospect; he was eventually bowled by James Faulkner for 105, and Klinger finished unbeaten on 202 from 401 balls when the declaration came.
Johnson removed both of the Tasmania openers caught behind, Ben Dunk for 7 and Dominic Michael for 43, and he had solid support from Jason Behrendorff and Simon Mackin. Mackin bowled Alex Doolan for 13 and Behrendorff trapped debutant Jake Doran lbw for 5 and then had Faulkner caught for 1 late in the day to leave Western Australia firmly in control.
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