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Sheffield Shield: WA cruise to victory over Queensland early on day four at the Gabba

Jhye Richardson gave national selectors something to ponder ahead of next month’s first Ashes Test with a player-of-the-match performance in WA’s dominant seven-wicket Sheffield Shield win over Queensland at the Gabba.

WA completed the win with two sessions left on the final day of a rain-affected clash to move to top of the table, chasing 95 with relative ease despite losing a few top-order wickets.

Richardson finished with 5-23 from 22.2 overs in the second innings, including 13 maidens, getting Michael Neser (five), caught behind by Josh Philippe third over of the final day to cap a stellar match that included three first-innings wickets and a quickfire 35.

The 25-year-old was the stand-out on day three, getting rid of Queensland’s top-three batters – Bryce Street (six), Joe Burns (49) and Marnus Labuschagne (36) – and took his tournament wicket tally to 16 at an average of 12.5 as the home side was out for 246.

“I’m feeling really good, the plan mainly for this summer was to come back and string a few consecutive games together,” Richardson told ABC Grandstand.

“I’ve been able to do that now, albeit with a couple of setbacks with an ankle earlier and going into some back spasms.

“There’s been a little setbacks but now I’m raring and ready to go and it’s just nice to get out there and put some games together.”

Philippe was also among WA’s best performers with eight dismissals to go with a career-best knock of 129 to setup a massive first-innings lead of 151 and an unbeaten 17 in the second.

Former Australian Test opener Cameron Bancroft was the mainstay of WA’s second dig, top-scoring with an unbeaten 47 which was also his best score of the Shield summer to bounce back from a first-innings golden duck.

Debutant Jayden Goodwin (six), Test allrounder Cameron Green (15) and Hilton Cartwright (seven) all fell cheaply before Philippe came in to finish the job with Bancroft.

WA, who setup the win by rolling Queensland for 129 on day one, reached their target in 33.3 overs.

Philippe hit the winning runs with a boundary off part-time medium-pacer Street.

Green fell to Labuschagne, who was bowling medium-pacers in the absence of frontline quick Michael Neser – rather than his usual leg-spinners – after he went down with a hamstring injury on day one.

The Australian No.3 should have had a second wicket when Bancroft edged one on 37 but it was put down by gloveman Jimmy Peirson and the slips cordon.

WA captain Shaun Marsh, who sustained a left calf injury on the opening day, didn’t bat in the second innings and appears unlikely to feature in Monday’s Marsh One-Day Cup clash against Queensland at the Gabba.

Left-armer seamer Joel Paris and Queensland paceman Michael Neser both went down with hamstring injuries during the match and won’t play on Monday.

Paris is set to be replaced by fellow left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff who is firming for a return from a hip injury.

WA’s next Shield assignment is against Tasmania in Hobart from November 21.

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