Queensland 5 for 79 (Khawaja 27, Bird 2-15) trail Tasmania 186 all out (McDermott 37, Neser 6-57) by 107 runs and five wickets
Test incumbents Matthew Wade and Matt Renshaw both fell cheaply as ball dominated bat on day one of the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Queensland in wintry conditions at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
After the captain George Bailey chose to bat first, the Tigers could improve only marginally on being shot out for 63 by Western Australia in round one, cobbling together 186 in the face of six wickets for the accurate seam and swing of Michael Neser. Wade, who needed a score to keep up in the race for Ashes wicketkeeping duties, was bowled by Luke Feldman for nine.
Renshaw, who has also been struggling for runs in recent times though not considered as doubtful to play at the Gabba as Wade has been, could only make it to one before edging Jackson Bird, another Test contender, to Alex Doolan in the slips. Former Test opener Joe Burns was also out cheaply, Marnus Labuschagne was run out by a brilliant Jordan Silk direct hit, and the captain Usman Khawaja made it as far as 27 before edging Sam Rainbird and giving Wade his first catch of the game.
Gabe Bell then chimed in to pin Sam Truloff lbw, leaving Jack Wildermuth and Jimmy Peirson with plenty of work to do if they are to gain parity with the hosts' first innings on day two.