Western Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 3rd day March 16, 2013

Burns gives Queensland narrow lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 6 for 179 (Burns 73*, Duffield 3-46) and 164 lead Western Australia 228 (Hussey 96, Harris 6-58) by 115 runs

Ryan Harris and Michael Hussey dueled at the WACA ground before Joe Burns fought to give Queensland a narrow lead over Western Australia at stumps on day three of the Sheffield Shield match.

Both sides must win outright to elbow their way into the competition final, and Hussey's innings gave WA first-innings points despite the best efforts of Harris, who collected six wickets to further enhance his bid for an Ashes tour berth.

Hussey would ultimately fall short of a century for the second match in as many weeks, but his innings gave WA an advantage that Ryan Duffield set about using, nipping out three wickets with his left-arm swing.

Burns held his ground and pushed the lead past 100, but more will be needed on the final day.

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  • Andrew on March 17, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (March 16, 2013, 12:20 GMT) - "Ignoring the whole Indian fiasco..." - what fiasco - I'm over it already! LOL! I actually like Putland more than Sayers, its crazy that arguably the worst side in the Shield has a pace attack that includes - George, Richardson, Putland, Sayers & Mennie. I don't believe pace is that big a deal. Brett Lee had pace - yet finished with a Test ave over 30, (although a world class S/Rate).

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Harris is in the top 3 fast bowlers!

    Pattinson, Harris and Siddle with Starc the all rounder.

    The spinners is a tough one.

    Obviously Doherty in the short form, maybe he can play in tests so he gets more game time.

    Order: 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Finch 4. Clarke, 5. Khawaja, 6. Haddin, 7. Starc, 8. Pattinson, 9. Siddle, 10. Doherty, 11. Harris

  • Alex on March 16, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Ryan Harris should without doubt be in the Ashes squad. I would say he is in the top 3 quick bowlers we have although he can only really get through 3 tests.

    Pattinson, Harris, Siddle as the fast bowling combination with Starc and Bird also coming into the reckoning.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    joe burns should be in the ashes series this season. he is not having his best season but his shield record is quite good and he is starting to score some hundreds too. i hope he performs consistently for leicestershire in uk. australia need to make some changes to the batting lineup for the ashes series. i expect burns, doolan and khawaja to be getting more chances in test arena.