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Head leads from front as Redbacks show spine

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Redbacks captain Travis Head is aiming for more quick wickets in day two of their Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania Tigers at Gliderol Stadium.

South Australia enjoyed an impressive final session on day one, taking 5-42 to leave the Tigers on 6-268 at stumps.

An inspired performance with the ball from the South Australia captain helped the Redbacks rip through Tasmania’s middle order on the opening day. Head, 21, was instrumental in dismantling the visitors’ line up, taking 3-49 from his 15 overs as the Tigers collapsed in the final session.

He captured the all-important wicket of Dominic Michael (97), as well as Beau Webster for a duck and Ben Dunk (9) as the Tigers at one stage lost 5-42.

“I think I just got a bit lucky, the bowlers put them under real good pressure today,” Head said.

An early wicket in the morning session will leave the Redbacks with just Tasmania’s tail end to finish off.

“Hopefully we can get Hilf (Ben Hilfenhaus) out in the morning and then get into the quicks,” Head said.

“And keep them hopefully under 300.

“As we’ve seen last game there’s runs on the board, there’s a really good wicket.

“There’s a bit of grass on it so it’s a bit quicker than last week and a bit more bounce and carry.”

Tigers captain Alex Doolan is on 21 and will be joined at the crease when play resumes by Elvan Gulbis who has recorded just a single.

– AAP

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