On a day when the Melbourne Cup drew in once-a-year punters and professional gamblers around the country, the Queensland Bulls will back themselves to rebound from a winless start to their JLT Sheffield Shield summer.
The Bulls and WA Warriors were unable to prevent their Shield match today fizzling out to a draw, after the visitors elected to bat on this morning to finish their first innings with a total of 540.
Despite a brief wobble through the losses of Australia batting hopefuls Matt Renshaw and Marnus Labuschagne, another Test aspirant in Joe Burns held firm as the match finished in a draw just after tea with the Bulls 2-135.
Burns, who finished 80 not out to go with his first innings 49, said the team would not panic in spite of recording a loss and two draws to start their title defence.
"We're the type of team that backs itself,'' he said. "We stick with our processes and our plans, so we need to be better at doing that for our next game."
The Bulls have a brief respite before travelling to Canberra to tackle NSW on a Manuka Oval pitch expected to be closer in nature to Allan Border Field than the Gabba.
"We had a pretty good insight into how we might prepare for Canberra but obviously it comes down to how well we prepare and then play."
Burns said he was putting thoughts of Australian call-ups to one side, preparing to focus on enhancing his early season run of form,
His recent Bulls Masters Premier Cricket outings with Norths has seen him record scores of 216, 65 and 106 in three trips to the crease.
"I was happy to spend some time in the middle and make some runs," he said. "I feel like I'm hitting the ball well – I've been fortunate enough to make a double hundred and a hundred in club cricket, so I've spent some quality time in the middle, so it feels really natural when I'm out there.
"It's just a matter of switching on and probably making sure I'm mentally fresh and I'm engaged in the game when I get out there, and just batting long periods of time."
The Bulls attack bowled more than 1000 balls in the Warriors innings, with leg-spinner Mitch Swepson bowling 42 overs and Labuschagne 28 (with each claiming two wickets) and paceman Brendan Doggett delivering 31.
Quick Mark Steketee finished with 3-84 from 25.2 overs.
Defending champions Queensland are without a Shield win this season after their third round clash with the second placed Warriors fizzled to a draw.
The match was called off early in the last session of the final day with the second last placed Bulls 2-135 in their second dig, Burns was 80 not out as the hosts led by 43.
WA batsman Will Bosisto was named man of the match after his career high 167 not out helped the Warriors post 540 in their first innings while Test allrounder Marsh struck 151.
Warriors skipper Marsh revelled on the benign deck to give a not so subtle message to selectors after being overlooked for Australia's one-day series against South Africa following a dire Test series against Pakistan.
He embraced the chance to regain his batting mojo at the small AB Field ground along with Queensland's Test aspirants Burns and Renshaw.
The former Australian openers provided selectors food for thought ahead of the India series with Burns also hitting 49 in the Bulls' first innings which featured Renshaw's fine 89.
But Labuschagne missed out, dismissed for 10 on Tuesday to add to his first innings dig of 11.
Labuschagne made a surprise Test debut against Pakistan in their ill-fated series in UAE under new coach Justin Langer but his future appears uncertain after failing again.
Queensland looked wobbly at 2-76 in their second dig on Tuesday - still trailing WA overall by 16 runs - when Labuschagne was trapped in front by Marsh for 10.
But Burns stepped up with 12 fours and a six in his 85-ball stand to ensure a draw.
"I am hitting the ball well. Every game is a chance to push for Australian selection," he said.
Earlier, Bosisto was the last man standing when WA were finally dismissed with an unlikely 92-run first innings lead.
His 377-ball knock featuring 22 fours was his second ton of his 19-game first class career.
Bosisto had shared a 185-run sixth wicket partnership with Marsh to rescue WA who were at one stage reeling at 3-42 in reply to Queensland's 9(dec)-448.