Khawaja pulls Bulls from brink

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

ASHES hope Us­man Khawaja res­cued Queens­land from dis­as­ter but there was no respite for Bulls opener Matt Ren­shaw in their Sh­effield Shield clash with NSW in Bris­bane yes­ter­day.

Reel­ing at 2-5, Khawaja’s 51 helped Queens­land re­cover to be 5-129 on day two with a 41run lead over the Blues. Mar­nus Labuschagne was not out 56.

Khawaja is in fine form be­fore his ex­pected se­lec­tion as Aus­tralia’s Test No.3 for the Ashes opener next week.

He backed up his im­press- ive 78 not out that dom­i­nated the Bulls’ 183 first in­nings.

But Test opener Ren­shaw failed again when caught down the leg-side off a fired up Doug Bollinger for just one. Ren­shaw, who made 16 in the first dig, now has 70 Shield runs at 11.66 ahead of the first Test.

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