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Bushrangers ready to strike

The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers will look to strike early on the second day of their Bupa Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland at the Gabba.

After winning the toss and sending the Bulls in, the hosts were 6-306 at stumps, with stand-in skipper Chris Hartley (41 not out) and Ben Cutting (38 not out) sharing an unbeaten 65-run seventh wicket stand.

Having opted to field four quicks, including former Test paceman Clint McKay who returned after a 10-month absence from the line-up through injury, the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers were hoping to make the most of some early movement but the Bulls went into lunch at 1-80.

During a strong opening stand, Ryan Broad put on 64 with Andrew Robinson before skipper Andrew McDonald (1-46) provided the initial breakthrough by trapping the former in front for 32.

But the Bulls appeared to be cruising in the middle session at 1-138 before Robinson's (78) impressive innings, which featured 13 fours, drew to a close at the hands of McKay (1-63).

He was one of wicketkeeper Ryan Carters' three catches for the session as Queensland stumbled,  with Peter Forrest caught behind off Darren Pattinson (2-57) for one and Wade Townsend (22) followed him shortly after in the same manner to leave Queensland in a precarious state at 4-154.

Shortly after the Bulls had stumbled to 5-185 when Joe Burns (26) was trapped in front by Jayde Herrick (1-47), who had shared the new ball with Peter Siddle (0-58), but Nathan Reardon (49) combined well with Hartley before holing out to Rob Quiney off spinner Glenn Maxwell while trying to bring up his half-century.

Maxwell finished the day with 1-20 from his five probing overs, but with the Bulls also passing 300, the onus will be on the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers to strike early this morning before chasing first innings points.

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