Western Australia have finished the day at 5-73, chasing 395 for victory going into the
An old Bull can learn new tricks, all he needs is a pink ball.
Queensland is in striking distance of a vital Sheffield Shield win against Western Australia at stumps on day three of the day-night match at the Gabba, with the Warriors 5-73 in their second innings, chasing 395 for victory.
And the Bulls’ strong position came from a career-best performance from 35-year-old skipper James Hopes.
After Queensland – needing an outright win to stay in contention for the final – posted 391 in their first innings, Hopes ripped through the Western Australia order with 6-45 including the last three wickets which fell early on day three.
He struck early in the second innings after Queensland declared at 3-178 at tea, having Marcus North caught in an extended slip cordon for four.
Luke Feldman (3-15) then took over the role of destroyer, at one stage on a hat-trick as he claimed the wickets of Marcus Harris (4), Ashton Turner (3) and Nathan Rimmington (0) in a devastating spell under the Gabba lights.
Alister McDermott (1-11) took the other wicket, striking Cameron Bancroft (16) LBW.
Adam Voges (31) and Sam Whiteman (0) were the not out batsmen at stumps.
Hopes’ effort eclipsed his previous best of 6-50 against South Australia in 2011.
While Hopes starred with the ball, on-again, off-again Test batsman Usman Khawaja reminded selectors of his value with a second innings unbeaten 74 on return from a hamstring injury.
He came to the crease with Queensland in trouble at 1-4 after Nathan Rimmington dislodged the dangerous Joe Burns for 1, but combined with young opener Dom Michael (46) to put on an 89 run partnership.
Chris Lynn made an entertaining cameo with 39 runs including four boundaries and two massive sixes over the long boundary at deep mid-wicket, while Peter Forrest was not out on 12 when Queensland declared.
Hopes was unaware at the time that his figures were the best of his career, but credited private sessions with former teammate Chris Swan in the nets for his purple patch of form.
“I’ve been making a couple of changes to get a bit more shape away and a bit more pace,” he said.
“It’s paid off the last couple of games.”