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Queensland skipper Usman Khawaja has further boosted his Ashes credentials with a Sheffield Shield half-century on a day when his teammates crumbled at the Gabba.
Khawaja's 70 saved the Bulls from complete embarrassment against Western Australia, who rolled the hosts for just 129 in their first innings after winning the toss.
WA reached 2-108 in reply at stumps on Wednesday, with talented allrounder and long-term Test prospect Cameron Green unbeaten on 48 alongside Josh Philippe (36 not out).
WA lost Shaun Marsh in the fourth over when the veteran hobbled off the field on six after suffering a calf injury while running between the wickets.
Queensland paceman Michael Neser also limped from the field midway through an over late in the day, while WA quick Joel Paris bowled just nine overs due to hamstring trouble.
Earlier, Khawaja came to the crease with Queensland reeling at 2-8 after Paris removed opener Bryce Street and Test No.3 Marnus Labuschagne (both ducks) in consecutive balls.
He grafted to lunch and then took the long handle to the WA attack while batting with the tail.
Khawaja, who has hit two Shield centuries already this season, was the last to fall when he was caught at fine leg off Lance Morris - the pick of the WA quicks with 4-21.
Khawaja earlier this week brushed off criticism from former Test captain Ian Chappell, who said the 34-year-old was a "good player against mediocre bowling" but would struggle against England.
Only two other Queenslanders, tailenders Gurinder Sandhu and Mark Steketee, made it to double figures.
"He (Khawaja) went about it in a really sensible way. He was losing wickets around him. We dropped him, one opportunity. But around that, he left the ball really well," WA quick Jhye Richardson, who took 3-38, said.
"He's always been a class batter. There's been no doubt that he's a class player."
The Bulls wobbled to 5-46 at lunch, with Joe Burns (eight) and Matthew Renshaw (nine) among the scalps.
In reply, WA lost opener Cameron Bancroft to the first ball of the innings from Neser.
Teenage debutant Jayden Goodwin, the son of former Zimbabwe international Murray Goodwin who played 71 ODIs and 19 Tests, was undone by Sandhu for 10.
But Green, coming off scores of 68 and 31 not out in WA's six-wicket win over South Australia, steadied the ship in an 89-run partnership with Philippe. He also took 1-25 from eight overs with the ball.