Labuschagne century powers Bulls at Gabba

Marnus Labuschagne has cracked a century in Queensland's one day cup match against SA.
Marnus Labuschagne has cracked a century in Queensland's one day cup match against SA.

Marnus Labuschagne's hot streak has continued with the the Queenslander crafting a dominant 135 as the Bulls posted 9-295 in their one-day clash with South Australia.

The Bulls were staggering early when Usman Khawaja (five), Matthew Renshaw (0) and Joe Burns (0) all fell with the score on 24 after the Redbacks opted to bowl on a lively Gabba deck.

In-form Wes Agar (5-69) took the first four wickets, including that of opener Max Bryant (five), with Khawaja and Burns both chopping balls onto their stumps during his sharp opening spell.

But incumbent Test No.3 Labuschagne was unflustered, partnering with Jimmy Peirson (48) for an aggressive 110-run stand that shot the hosts back into the contest.

Labuschagne ended a run of eight half centuries without reaching triple figures since replacing a concussed Steve Smith in the second Ashes Test by launching Adam Zampa into the stands over mid-on.

Michael Neser (34 off 28) then chimed in before Ben Cutting (27 off 19) did the same in a whirlwind knock that gave the Bulls a sizeable total to defend.

Kane Richardson (0-38 from 10 overs) proved hard to get away while Zampa (2-66) nabbed Peirson's wicket just as he was set.

Labuschagne's 127-ball knock followed a brisk, unbeaten 72 against SA which was his third half century from four Sheffield Shield innings this season.

The calm knock cemented his status as one of the country's form batsmen before month's first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba, for which he is almost guaranteed selection.

Vying for Test recalls of their own, Queensland teammates Burns and Khawaja did themselves no favours.

Matthew Renshaw missed out too, only able to shake his head when given out lbw to a delivery that appeared to be sliding down the legside.

Australian Associated Press