Queensland captain Usman Khwaja posted a modest score against Tasmania, which did not help his chances of earning a Test recall.
Osman Khwaja’s hopes of withdrawing from the Tests have been dashed after a disappointing attempt to bat with Tasmania in the first innings of Queensland’s Sheffield Shield.
The Queensland captain was dropped from the national team in the middle of the last Ashes in August 2011 and has not played Test cricket since.
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Matthew Wade has been ruled out of the Test squad for the tour of South Africa and a shoulder injury has cast doubt on Will Pukowski’s summer, as specialist batsmen will compete for two vacancies in the Test squad for the Ashes.
The Queenslanders lost Marnus Labushagen and Joe Burns on the second day, paving the way for Khwaja to sail and prove his credentials in memory.
In any case, the 34-year-old Karen Rolton of Adelaide could not make the most of the batsman-friendly wicket at the Oval.
In the absence of Tim Payne and Wade, Tasmania wicketkeeper Ben McDermott took an amazing catch with one hand and sent Khwaja’s packing for just 20 runs on the third day.
Another former Test star in Matthew Renshaw also failed to make his mark at the crease – Renshaw failed to make just 11 runs before a Jarrod Freeman hit his pad clean before the delivery wicket.
Queensland teammates Bryce Street and Jimmy Pearson had no problem finding their rhythm. The pair won their eighth and ninth centuries on the field in seven days under Sheffield Shield cricket.
On his way to an unbeaten 143, his highest first-class score in 117 matches, including 1 three fours, three sixes.
The Bulls declared five wickets down, embarrassing Tasmania’s total of 145 runs, a follow-on stop and an impressive finish set.
If they are hoping to start their title defense with a win, the Queenslanders will have to start by defeating young Tim Ward, who scored 144 in the first innings to become the second highest run-scorer in the competition. At stumps, Tasmania was one wicket down at 5 runs and Queensland led 204.