Ricky Ponting is eager to play another season for Tasmania and wants to return to the WACA Ground.
Ponting's sublime 76 yesterday - the only half century on a tough WACA pitch that made batting a virtual lottery - has put the Tigers in a powerful position to push for another Sheffield Shield final.
Tasmania ended the second day at 9-238 - a lead of 352, which would require WA to produce one of the four best chases in the ground's history to move from the bottom of the ladder.
WA were dismissed for 97 in their first innings, with Tigers seamer Luke Butterworth (5-35) continuing his love affair with the ground.
Ponting was sceptical that any team could survive for long enough to overhaul a substantial target and pointed to his own struggle and that of WA veteran Mike Hussey to underline the difficulty of batting on the exceptionally hard but grassy surface.
"The wicket had nothing to do with me getting out today but even the batters who have got off to a decent start have got deliveries that just got them out," he said.
"There is a lot happening in the surface. The way I approached it was that if there was anything overly full or short you had to capitalise on it because if you let the bowlers dictate they were a chance of knocking you over.
"Butterworth and (Ben) Hilfenhaus and (James) Faulkner in conditions like that are as good as anyone in the country."
Ponting provided the clearest indication that he intends to play on next summer following commitments to the Indian Premier League and Surrey.
"I would love to come back and play another season," he said.
"I would like to keep playing, but I will see how we finish off the season.
"I love coming back and playing for Tassie and playing finals.
"I said when I retired from international cricket that I would see how Tassie finished off the season.
"We have got a bit to play for as far as the shield is concerned."
Ponting had a tough battle against Burt Cockley in trying conditions in the first innings, but was in command throughout his second dig of 76 as Tasmania looked to build an impregnable lead.
Cockley was twice tugged for trademark sixes as Ponting raced to a run-a-ball 50. The champion batsman had an 80th first-class century in his sights until he perished against the flow of play.
Attempting yet another of the swivel pulls that have been so lucrative throughout nearly two decades at the pinnacle of the game, Ponting top-edged a Ryan Duffield short ball to sky a catch to mid-on.
It was Duffield's second wicket, after accounting for opener Ben Dunk in his second over, and he soon added another valuable scalp when George Bailey fell lbw for 13.
WA shield pioneer Charlie Puckett (42 wickets) is the only bowler to better Duffield's tally of 40 wickets in his first eight matches and the left-armer's record of 34 wickets in his first six games at the WACA is only surpassed by Victorian Alan Connolly.
Yet for all of Duffield's impressive return, his impact does not match Butterworth.
Bowling in a channel that makes batsmen play at virtually every ball and rarely straying from a length that keeps them guessing about whether to play back or forward, Butterworth continued his love affair with the WACA.He claimed two wickets late on the first day, then cleaned up the WA lower order with his customary relish. Few visiting bowlers extract as much life from the WACA and it is little surprise that only Test duo Alan Davidson and Neil Hawke have taken more wickets than Butterworth's 22 at an average better than his 17.27 at the ground.
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