Australia’s Ashes jigsaw nonetheless has a lacking piece with Usman Khawaja and Travis Head each fluffing their newest auditions.
Queensland captain Khawaja made simply 4 and South Australian skipper Head solely eight in their Sheffield Shield shootout on Wednesday.
Check ace Marnus Labushagne tuned up for the looming Ashes collection in opposition to England with one other ton, making 110 in Queensland’s 299 all out.
The Redbacks slumped to 8-93 in reply at stumps on day two at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval.
The Shield fixture is pivotal for Khawaja and Head who’re bidding for the only real remaining slot in Australia’s batting line-up for the Ashes opener beginning December 8.
Each are in Australia’s 15-man Check squad and eyeing the vacant No.5 berth.
However each blew probabilities to stake their claims in their final first-class recreation earlier than the primary Check in Brisbane.
Khawaja mustered only one scoring shot – a canopy drive boundary from Head’s bowling – earlier than wafting at a fullish supply and getting an inside edge to the wicketkeeper.
Later, Head aggressively superior to Bulls spinner Matt Kuhnemann (4-25) and tried a flashy leg-side flick solely to be caught at leg gully.
And SA wicketkeeper Alex Carey additionally flopped with the bat amid hypothesis over incumbent gloveman Tim Paine’s Check spot.
Carey tried a giant sweep shot and was caught on the boundary for simply two.
Carey’s rash dismissal got here throughout a horror Redbacks batting crash of 8-57 which gifted the Bulls the operating.
SA’s collapse adopted Queensland shedding their final 9 wickets for 120 runs after Labuschagne and opener Bryce Road (87) set a robust platform in reaching 1-179.
Labuschagne resumed on 21 after play was halted after 50 overs on Tuesday’s opening day due to an issue space on the pitch that induced inconsistent bounce.
After repairs, the pitch performed much less tips and was mastered by the Check No.3 who logged his second century of the Shield season.
“The work (curator) Trent (Kelly) put into the wicket definitely helped,” mentioned Labuschagne, who was repeatedly struck by rearing balls on Tuesday.
“You’re thinking about it in the back of your mind but after you see four or five balls go through in that area, the confidence comes back.”