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

New South Wales Test batsmen struggle

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.