Ross fights as Hopes turns back the years
South Australia 9 for 191 (Ross 81*, Zampa 57, Hopes 4-50) v Queensland
Alex Ross led South Australia's revival on the first day of a rain-affected match against Queensland at the Gabba, where the veteran James Hopes combined with Queensland's younger fast men to trouble the Redbacks. At stumps, South Australia were 9 for 191, with Ross unbeaten on 81 and hoping to reach his maiden first-class century, with only the No.11 Nick Benton still to come.
Hopes had struck with the last ball of the day when he had Chadd Sayers caught for a duck, finishing the day with 4 for 50. Earlier, Billy Stanlake and Mark Steketee had each claimed two wickets as Queensland reduced the Redbacks to 6 for 55 after Chris Hartley won the toss and sent South Australia in.
Hopes, 37, has relinquished the Queensland captaincy but showed that he still has plenty to offer the side, getting rid of South Australia's skipper Travis Head, and Tom Cooper. He also broke the 123-run partnership between Ross and Adam Zampa, the only stand that rescued the Redbacks. Zampa was caught behind for 57.