Bailey breaks free after summer in the wilderness
Cullen Bailey's first Sheffield Shield game in more than a year has been a success with his career-best figures allowing South Australia to chase outright points against Queensland. The legspinner Bailey held a Cricket Australia contract in 2007-08 but was barely used by his state over the past two seasons.
However, he has returned in excellent condition and impressed with 5 for 90 before the Bulls declared at 8 for 300, 189 behind the Redbacks. The home side then built their advantage to 7 for 143, with Michael Klinger raising a half-century and Chris Swan taking 3 for 28, before closing their innings.
The Bulls survived two overs before stumps and cut three from their victory target of 333. A win for South Australia might move them to fifth while a Queensland success would shift them closer to a spot in the final.
Ryan Broad held Queensland's first innings together with a watchful 84, but miscued a pull off Bailey shortly after Andrew Symonds had holed out to long-off. Symonds, who hit Bailey for six as part of his 27, is carrying a knee injury and will see his doctors in Melbourne after the match.
Swan completed Bailey's collection, which also included Martin Love and Chris Hartley, when he edged to first slip. Bailey's previous best was 5 for 146 in 2005-06 when he started to be noticed by the national selectors.