WA will be sweating on the fitness of captain Shaun Marsh and seamer Joel Paris ahead of Monday’s Marsh One-Day Cup clash against Queensland at the Gabba, while Sheffield Shield hero Jhye Richardson is also in doubt.
Both were casualties of WA’s dominant seven-wicket thrashing of the Bulls with calf and hamstring injuries respectively, while player of the match Richardson hinted he may be rested after a marathon bowling performance.
Speedster Richardson finished with impressive match figures of 8-61 from 36.2 overs, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings to go with a quickfire 35 with the bat, to help the visitors prevail with two sessions to spare on day four.
Paris is set to be replaced by fellow left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff who is firming for a return from a hip injury, with Shield 12th man Matt Kelly another pace-bowling option available.
“We’ll see how we pull up in the next couple of days because it’s been a pretty heavy workload,” Richardson told ABC Grandstand.
“I’m certainly looking forward to then and hopefully getting up for that.”
WA chased down 95 with relative ease in the rain-affected clash, despite losing a few top-order wickets, with former Test opener Cam Bancroft (47no) finishing the job with the in-form Josh Philippe (17no).
Philippe was 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.
It was Bancroft’s highest first-class score this summer after a first-ball duck in the first innings, with debutant Jayden Goodwin (six), Test allrounder Cameron Green (15) and Hilton Cartwright (seven) falling cheaply on the final day.
Earlier in the day, WA took less than three overs to end Queensland’s second dig on 246 with Richardson getting hamstrung lower-order batter Michael Neser for five, caught behind by Philippe, to finish with 5-23 from 22.2 overs including 13 maidens.
WA, who setup the win by rolling Queensland for 129 on day one after winning the toss, then reached their target in 33.3 overs.
Philippe hit the winning runs with a boundary off part-time medium-pacer Bryce Street.
Green fell to Labuschagne, who was bowling medium-pacers in the absence of frontline quick 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.
Top-of-the table WA’s next Shield assignment is against Tasmania in Hobart from November 21.