Marnus Labuschagne was again the immovable object while returning Mitchell Starc showed glimpses of his irresistible force as first-day honours were shared between NSW and Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.
Test star Labuschagne (117) made it back-to-back Shield tons as the Bulls finished Friday on 7-274 at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval.
Starc, rested for NSW’s first game, captured 2-71 off 20 overs in his first long-form game since January.
At one stage he struck Labuschagne on the arm with a vicious, rising delivery and he also reminded his Test teammate to stay in his crease while at the non-striker’s end.
“I think we were both just getting the blood going,” said Labuschagne, adding there was no ill will from either incident.
“I was a little bit out of my crease there and we had a little bit of a chat to each other and I was pretty much sitting back waiting for the short ball.”
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The Blues won the toss and elected to bowl but made only one breakthrough in the first session when the frugal Harry Conway (1-24, 17 overs) dismissed Bryce Street (22), caught by Nick Larkin at third slip.
Things ramped up in the middle session as Sean Abbott (2-56) had Test opener Joe Burns caught behind for 29 before clipping Usman Khawaja’s (4) off stump with a lovely ball that nipped off the seam.
When Starc removed another former Test batsman in Matthew Renshaw (8), Queensland were teetering at 4-115. From there it was the Labuschagne show.
The growing skill of Mitchell Swepson in recent years has come as a delight to many: those who instinctively just want a leg spinner in the side no matter what (hi, Warnie), those who predicted Swepson would come good years before he actually did (hi again, Warnie), and most of all… Queenslanders.
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