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Watchful Wade leads Tas Shield fightback

By AAP Newswire

Matthew Wade dug in for an unusually watchful innings as he seeks to shore up selection for next week's First Test against Pakistan while helping Tasmania stave off defeat against South Australia at Adelaide Oval.

Wade ended day two of their Sheffield Shield clash on 53 not out off 147 deliveries, with opener Alex Doolan scoring at a similar rate for his unbeaten 87.

Tasmania reached 2-176 at stumps off 68 overs, still trailing South Australia by 314 runs.

The Tigers' scoring contrasted with the home side as South Australia declared at lunch after amassing 6-490 in just four sessions.

Tasmanian opener Beau Webster was the first to go, lbw to Wes Agar for 32, while George Bailey was caught at the wicket off the bowling of Joe Mennie for one.

South Australia opener Jake Weatherald was unable to rediscover his form from day one and added just three to his overnight score to fall for 198 and miss a maiden double century.

Replacement wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen, standing in for Alex Carey on Australia A duty, added a rapid-fire 64 not out off 80 balls down the order to allow for an early declaration.

Day one was marked by a South Australian record stand of 293 for the first wicket, eclipsing the previous mark set 52 years ago, with rookie opener Harry Hunt contributing 132 for his maiden century.