Qld v WA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane February 5, 2013

Warriors in sustained fightback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 111 and 5 for 240 (Marsh 84, Voges 72, Hopes 2-25) lead Queensland 168 (Hogan 4-43, Coulter-Nile 3-41) by 183 runs

Western Australia's recovery after a wretched first innings against Queensland was sustained on day two of the Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane, resulting in a 183-run lead with five wickets remaining.

Ending the Bulls' first innings swiftly on the second morning, Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges then combined for a reprise of their stand in the domestic limited overs match that preceded this one, guiding WA to a position from which victory is a distinct possibility, albeit on an easing surface.

The Warriors faced a grim scenario when play resumed, the Bulls leading by 33 with James Hopes and Chris Hartley at the crease. However the visitors rounded up the remainder of Queensland's innings for the addition of a mere 24 runs, Michael Hogan and Nathan Coulter-Nile sharing the spoils.

Batting a second time WA lost early wickets, and Michael Hussey's departure for his second low score in as many days left them three wickets down and only five runs in credit. However Marsh and Voges played sturdily to add 162, before Alister McDermott and Hopes struck late in the day.

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  • Andrew on February 6, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    @Shuraim on (February 6, 2013, 2:39 GMT) - your more than entitled to your opinion, & there are quite a few people who would agree with you. IMO - Marsh runs too hot & cold. Some of that is due to inopportune injuries, some maybe due to commitment - not for me to judge. I don't rate the BBL as any sort of form guide for a batsmen. Marsh slaughtered a 90-odd in the BBL in a return from injury in Dec 2011, got drafted into the Test team v India & his scores read like binary code. The List A ton has more weight with me, & does give him some credibility for an ODI slot, but NOT Tests! He needs to blitz well into next Shield season for me to change my mind on that! @crh8971 on (February 6, 2013, 3:29 GMT) - more or less my thoughts! @

  • Cameron on February 6, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    @Meety - I agree with you. The guy is closing in on 30 has a first class average of 35 and has only made 7 hundreds. Those are the stats of a journeyman state player not a test cricketer. The short format stuff is nothing but noise at this stage. Lets see him put together 5 good scores out of 8 innings at Shield level including at least one hundred before he even gets talked about again.

  • Shuraim on February 6, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    @Meety Maybe your right but he's been the leading run scorer in the Bbl hit just hit a brilliant hundres in a ryobi cup match and now this. Surely mate if he finds the lost form back he's the deserves to be in north given he's more aggressive of the 2 batsmen I mentioned.

  • Andrew on February 5, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Good fightback by WA. @Shuraim on (February 5, 2013, 17:19 GMT) - dunno about the first part, but I certainly hope NOT in regards the 2nd part - at least not in the short term.

  • Suraj on February 5, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    On Top" is a pretty generous claim, having seen the bowling for the last two days at the ground it's pretty safe to say the ball has stopped swinging and the pitch is easing up. Nothing away from the great knocks from Marsh and Voges though, well played fellas. Could be a rare 4 day game in Shield where spinners can play a part. Let's see if young Agar is worthy of his plane ticket and Delhi Belly.

  • Noor on February 5, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    It's about time that Marsh started to get going again. He's one of the obviously talented players we need for our bench. I hope he has a good rest of this season, and then maybe heads up north for a stint in a county side.

  • Shuraim on February 5, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    S.Marsh back in form with a series of big scores across all three formats this season means exit time for Cowan and Khawaja.

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