Sheffield Shield final, Queensland vs New South Wales, day three at Allan Border Field —
New South Wales have but one option against Queensland on day three of the Sheffield Shield final: attack.
Already heavily trailing, the Blues have a mountain to climb if they want to get back in the match against the Bulls, who are 4-317 after 129 overs.
The visitors had no answer to Marnus Labuschagne on Friday, as the Test first-drop moved from 23 to finish the day unbeaten on 160. Along the way he peeled off the sixth highest Shield final score.
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Speaking to Darren Lehmann on Fox Cricket before day three, he explained why he leaves the ball in an extravagant fashion, similar to Steve Smith.
“For me, it’s about getting in the contest,” he said. “For me, leaving the ball extravagantly, or sort of over-exaggerating, is just showing energy…
“Because a leave can be quite a mundane shot but to bring energy and, also, maybe it does put pressure on the bowlers just because a bit more intensity with the leave creates a bit more atmosphere when you bat.”
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NSW took a wicket early on day one when Matthew Renshaw (34) chopped a cover drive on to his stumps off the bowling of Trent Copeland.
Queensland XI: Bryce Street, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Usman Khawaja (c), Matthew Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Wildermuth, Michael Neser, Xavier Bartlett, Mitch Swepson, Brendan Doggett
NSW XI: Daniel Hughes, Matthew Gilkes, Kurtis Patterson (c), Jason Sangha, Jack Edwards, Sean Abbott, Baxter Holt (wk), Mitchell Starc, Trent Copeland, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
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Meanwhile, former Australian coach Lehmann said the Blues couldn’t retreat into their shells and had to come out firing on day three.
“They’ve got to get wickets: simple,” he told foxsports.com.au.
“They’ve got to get quick wickets on Saturday first-up.
“They’ve got to bowl Queensland out before lunch and then bat for five sessions. That’s the only way they’ll be in with a chance.
“They’re almost 150 behind at stumps, if they were to bowl Queensland out before lunch they’d be at least 200 behind and then you’d have to bat five sessions and bowl them out on the last day.”
Meanwhile, former Australia star Andrew Symonds urged NSW bowlers to ‘start a fight’ with their rivals.
Symonds said on Fox Cricket: “They just haven’t created enough chances for themselves…
“At the end of a final particularly, have you exhausted every single avenue to try and make things happen? Yes they’re tired, it’s been a long season.
“But I’m thinking start a fight with someone, try and get under someone’s skin. See if you can get a reaction there and a bad shot out of someone.
“The NSW attack, they’ve got to just keep trying. What we’d like to see them do is try some different things now. They’ve tried what they obviously planned, stuck to it and stuck to it. But I think now they need to make a move in a different direction.”
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