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October 10, 2012
Victoria 6 for 103 (Wade 38*) trail Queensland 149 (Khawaja 28, Hastings 4-41, Siddle 3-36) by 46 runs
Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, two of the men who will carry Australia's hopes in the upcoming Test series against South Africa, helped demolish Queensland for 149 on the opening day at the Gabba. However, by the close of play the Queensland fast bowlers had put the Bulls back in a position from which they could push for first-innings points as Victoria's batsmen also struggled in the conditions.
At stumps, the Bushrangers were in trouble at 6 for 103, although Matthew Wade (38 not out) and Siddle (12 not out) had steadied somewhat in a 35-run partnership late in the day. Victoria's decision to name the batsman Aaron Finch 12th man and include the spinner Jon Holland, who didn't bowl a ball in the first innings, might have hurt them as Alister McDermott and Luke Feldman ran through the top order.
They picked up two wickets each, as did Ben Cutting, as the Victorians found batting difficult at the venue that will host the first Test between Australia and South Africa in a month's time. Siddle and Pattinson will both be keen to be part of that match after their work in this game; Siddle picked up 3 for 36 and Pattinson grabbed 2 for 29 as they removed all of Queensland's top five between them.
However, it was John Hastings who finished with the best figures - 4 for 41 - as he caused problems for the lower order. Usman Khawaja's 28 was the top score for Queensland, although surprisingly in such a low total eight men reached double figures, but were unable to capitalise on their starts.
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