New South Wales 3 for 151 (Katich 70*) trail Queensland 467 (Hayden 179, Noffke 50, Clarke 3-22, Clark 3-79) by 316 runs
Matthew Hayden's powerful 179 combined with the inability of New South Wales' all-star attack to finish off the tail left Queensland with a healthy lead of 316 at stumps. In reply to 467 the Blues were 3 for 151 with Simon Katich unbeaten on 70 and Dominic Thornely on 7.
Katich's 103-ball effort gave his side some hope as Mitchell Johnson's first chance with a red ball in some time - he took 0 for 70 from 15 overs - was costly. Phil Jaques (34) did not convert his start but probably has the Test opening slot sewn up anyway after his main opponent Brad Hodge failed in Melbourne.
It was a tough day for Australia's contracted bowlers; Lee finished with 0 for 113 and Stuart MacGill 3 for 183 from 36 overs as Queensland moved to 467. Ashley Noffke was again useful with 50, while Chris Hartley (34) and Johnson (33) each contributed as the last four partnerships added 146.
Michael Clarke's part-time spin was required to clean up the lower order; he took 3 for 22 while Stuart Clark finished with 3 for 79, including the vital wickets of Hayden and Andrew Symonds, who made 44. Hayden hit two sixes and 20 fours on his way to 179, adding 76 to his overnight score.