Sheffield Shield | Aussies go all out ahead of 2019 Ashes

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NSW advanced from their overnight 2-103 to reach 5-189 at the Gabba, a lead of 154 runs.

Hughes fell just before lunch for 68 after a watchful 218-ball innings, while Henriques was dismissed for a counterattacking 78 off 116 balls. The pair put on a match-high partnership of 119 for third wicket, before part- time spinner Marnus Labuschagne collected the crucial wicket of Henriques. Paceman Billy Stanlake made it a double breakthrough with the dismissal of young batting star Jason Sangha for a duck.

Labuschagne, a rush-in for Australia during their rough-and-tumble home summer, was put through the ringer with the bat, collecting a pair for the Bulls batting at number three.

The 24-year-old was taken out by Sean Abbott in both innings, shelling out a catch to Trent Copeland in the first before being trapped LBW in the second.

Not the afternoon Marnus was wanting.

Not the afternoon Marnus was wanting.Source:Getty Images

Michael Neser (2-54) picked up Hughes in the final over of the session. After they posted 185 in the first innings, Queensland have little margin for error against the second-placed Blues in a match that must win if they are to stay in contention fora Shield final berth.

HARRIS GOES BANG FOR VICTORIA

Victorian batsman Marcus Harris is gunning for an Ashes berth.

Victorian batsman Marcus Harris is gunning for an Ashes berth.Source:AAP

Test opener Marcus Harris has continued his good form for Victoria on day one of the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Junction Oval in Melbourne.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Victoria bounced back from two early dismissals to reach 2-127 at lunch.

Harris and Nic Maddinson led the way for the Shield leaders with both finding the boundary with regularity.

Harris was first to reach his half century — his fifth of the Shield season — to be unbeaten on 69 at lunch.

Maddinson posted his half century just before lunch to be 50 not out. There was no such good news for young Ashes aspirant Will Pucosvki who was dismissed for a five-ball duck, while out-of-form opener Travis Dean went for two.

Peter Siddle’s Ashes hopes took a hit with the veteran paceman named to carry the drinks for the Vics, with Andrew Fekete promoted to the starting side. Tasmania fast bowler Riley Meredith collected both early wickets to return 2-31 off eight overs.

Australia Test captain Tim Paine didn’t travel with the Tigers to Melbourne due to soreness, with Matthew Wade to taking overas skipper and wicketkeeper.

— with AAP