Nevill responds to Test axing with 179*

Tasmania 5 for 107 (Copeland 4-29) trail New South Wales 5 for 495 dec (Nevill 179*, Henriques 115, Patterson 71, Gibson 65*) by 388 runs

Peter Nevill was unbeaten on 179 when New South Wales declared (file photo) © Getty Images

As Australia moved towards victory without him in Adelaide, Peter Nevill reminded the national selectors of his batting prowess by striking an unbeaten 179 against Tasmania on the second day in Hobart. Nevill was the top scorer in a New South Wales total of 5 for 495 declared, and another former Test player – seamer Trent Copeland – then destroyed the Tasmania top order.

At stumps, the Tigers were wobbling at 5 for 107, with Beau Webster on 30 and Jake Doran on 17, and a massive task remained for Tasmania to make the Blues bat again. Young fast bowler Harry Conway removed Jordan Silk for 22 but the rest of the wickets all fell to Copeland, who finished the day with 4 for 29 from 16 overs.

The morning had started with New South Wales on 3 for 288, with Moises Henriques on 94 and Nevill on 73. Henriques moved to his fifth first-class hundred before he was bowled by Cameron Stevenson for 115, but Nevill had plenty of batting left in him.

He scored his seventh first-class century and occupied the crease for 331 deliveries for his unbeaten 179, which was the second-highest score of his career – his best, an unbeaten 235, also came against Tasmania in Hobart two summers ago. He had support from Ryan Gibson, who in his second first-class appearance finished unbeaten on 65.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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