Qld v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane November 2, 2012

New South Wales Test batsmen struggle

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Queensland 3 for 66 trail New South Wales 184 (Nevill 42, Feldman 4-47, McDermott 3-54) by 118 runs

Three of Australia's Test batsmen struggled on the first day of the Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane, where Queensland went to stumps in a comfortable position at 3 for 66. Usman Khawaja was on 36 and Joe Burns was on 17 and the Bulls trailed by 118 runs after Luke Feldman and Alister McDermott helped roll a powerful New South Wales batting line-up for 184.

David Warner, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke, all of whom will play in the first Test against South Africa next week, were dismissed in the first hour after the Blues were sent in. Warner made 2, Clarke scored 8 and Watson was out for 33, all to catches behind the wicket, and it wasn't until Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson came together that a steadying partnership of 69 was compiled.

Nevill made 42 and Maddinson made 36 but there wasn't a lot more resistance from the Blues against a Queensland attack led by Feldman, who took 4 for 47, and McDermott (3 for 54). Their efforts were all the more impressive given that Queensland lost two key bowlers to injuries - Ben Cutting (groin) and James Hopes (knee) - before the match.

After the Blues were dismissed, Queensland's top order also wobbled on the greenish pitch and they were 3 for 22 when Khawaja and Burns came together. Doug Bollinger, Trent Copeland and Josh Hazlewood picked up one wicket each.

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  • Andrew on November 3, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @Edwards_A on (November 02 2012, 09:23 AM GMT) - I heard that too, whilst I think Burns played & missed a bit, he was the most positive of all the innings?

  • Rahul on November 2, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Good game setup tmr, NSW will need to get Khawaja and Burns out quickly otherwise the Buills will setup a good lead.

  • Mariam on November 2, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    @ben1989 what will be good is if Qld get a 100 run lead and test the Aussie batsman out to give them a good warm up. Good batting by Khawaja and hopefully he and Burns go on to get a a big one tomorrow. A 50 on this pitch will be worth a 100 given the tough conditions and great bowling attack being faced.

  • Allan on November 2, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I went to the game today and Khawaja looked the most composed out of all the batsman. And he had to face a very good bowling attack in Starc, Watson Bollinger, Copeland and Hazelwood. Hopefully he goes on tomorrow to get a big one on a difficult pitch to put his test case forward. The selectors are watching this game closely

  • Ben on November 2, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    not the best sign a week out before the first test, hopefully QLD get out quickly tomorrow so the get another bat :)

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