Langer scores 23 in farewell innings
Western Australia's Justin Langer said farewell to the WACA with a big first-innings century in the Pura Cup match against Tasmania and now the run chase could be made for Tasmania's Michael Di Venuto.
Going into Sunday's day three, the Warriors have a lead of 284 after Langer's 131 helped set up a big first innings score of 372.
Thanks to four wickets to Brett Dorey and three to Ben Edmondson and another retiree, Mathew Inness, WA skittled the Tigers for 207 and advanced to 3-119 at stumps on day two, including Langer's 23.
Di Venuto top-scored in the first innings with 64 and if Tasmania can restrict WA to close to 400, it could be set up for the opener to say goodbye to Australian cricket in match-winning style.
While the 34-year-old feels it's a little early to dream of that outcome just yet, he gives his side a chance of if they bowl well in the morning.
"The wicket is good, it's a fast outfield and there will be plenty of time in the game for us. It will just be a matter of applying ourselves and seeing what we can come up with," Di Venuto said.
"It will be a big chase and the challenge will be there, so it would be nice to spend some time out there and we will see what happens. It's a bit early to think about those dream scenarios, especially when I still have to go out and face the new ball."
Di Venuto watched as Langer piled on the runs in WA's first innings and knows that feeling after he scored a century last week in his farewell to Bellerive Oval.
While he never felt comfortable in the first innings, he takes encouragement from it and hopes to build on it.
"I can't say I ever felt comfortable at the wicket during the innings. I found it quite difficult, but hopefully in the next innings the clouds disappear to negate the swing and we can see some normal WA sunshine," Di Venuto said.
"It was nice to guts it out for a while, though. It was a pity I didn't hang around for a bit longer, but that happens.
"In my last game at home I got a 100 so I know what that feeling is like and hopefully in the second innings I get a few."
Di Venuto rates last year's Pura Cup triumph as his career highlight and has decided to retire now to take up a local player's contract with English county side Durham.
"I'm playing off my Italian passport, which rules me out of cricket here. That's the major reason for the retirement and so I can cut down my cricket to six months of the year," he said.
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