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October 11, 2012
Victoria 6 for 174 (Wade 70*, Siddle 51*) lead Queensland 149 (Khawaja 28, Hastings 4-41, Siddle 3-36) by 25 runs
Matthew Wade showed he has no intention of giving up his Test place easily and Peter Siddle confirmed his growing reputation as a cricketer of allround merit as Victoria claimed first innings points over Queensland on a rain-shortened day two of the Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane.
Under overcast skies on the Gabba surface to play host to the first Test between Australia and South Africa, Wade went on from his overnight 38 to an unbeaten 70 before the showers forced an early abandonment.
Having taken the gloves from Brad Haddin when the senior man left the Test tour of the West Indies for personal reasons, Wade did his best to remind the selectors of how capable he can be with the bat.
He was helped by a dropped chance, Usman Khawaja putting Wade down in the slips from the bowling of Ben Cutting when the wicketkeeper had made 40. The reprieve ensured Victoria would go into the lead.
Siddle meanwhile maintained an outstanding start tot he summer with the bat as well as the ball, notching an undefeated half century to go with his 87 against Western Australia in Perth. Wade and Siddle will be hopeful of clearer skies on day three for the chance to extend the Bushrangers' lead before bowling again.
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