Neser returns after missing two Shield games while on paternity leave following the birth of son Hugo while Steketee was forced out of the Bulls outright win over Tasmania in Townsville due to a heel injury.

Steketee claimed his first career 10-wicket haul in the game against South Australia in Adelaide where he sustained the bruised heel while bowling in borrowed spikes after he had playing kit stolen prior to the game.

The duo replaces allrounder James Bazley and paceman Blake Edwards, who are both currently playing in Queensland’s first Toyota 2nd XI competition game in more than 12 months.

Queensland, coached by Darren Lehmann and Ryan Harris, was on top of the contest against South Australia on the second day, declaring their innings at 7-404.

There were centuries to Bulls squad members Sam Heazlett (102), Jack Clayton (102no) and South Brisbane top order batter Aryan Jain (108).

The home side was bowled out late today for 223, with Edwards claiming 4-53 and left-arm paceman Matt Willans and wrist spinner Jack Wood each claiming two wickets.

The Shield game at the Gabba is the first match to be played at the venue this season and will be followed on Monday by a day/night Marsh One Day Cup game between the two teams, with play starting at 1.35pm.

Reigning champions Queensland currently sit in second spot on the Shield ladder, with WA a point behind them in third spot. Victoria is atop the ladder after defeating NSW outright in two games.

Marsh Sheffield Shield

Queensland v Western Australia

Tomorrow - Saturday

The Gabba, 10am start daily

Usman Khawaja (c)

Joe Burns

Matthew Kuhnemann

Marnus Labuschagne

Michael Neser

Jimmy Peirson

Matthew Renshaw

Gurinder Sandhu

Mark Steketee

Bryce Street

Connor Sully

Jack Wildermuth

(12th man to be named)

 

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