Josh Philippe century gives WA Shield lead

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Young talent Josh Philippe notched his highest first-class score and second career century as Western Australia heaped further Sheffield Shield pain on Queensland at the Gabba.

The 24-year-old wicketkeeper, who has played three ODIs and 10 Twenty20 games for Australia, showed his long-form nous with 129 as WA posted 281 in their first innings.

The Bulls were 0-1 in their second dig, still trailing by 151 runs, before rain brought an early close to play.

Philippe, who has been likened in batting mannerisms to the prolific Steve Smith, brought up the milestone not long after lunch on Thursday after resuming day two on 36.

He took a particular liking to Matt Kuhnemann, launching three sixes off the left-arm finger spinner.

"I'm really enjoy batting at the moment and it's nice to spend some time out in the middle," he told reporters.

Philippe said he's worked on technical aspects of his game after two failures in Australia's 4-1 Twenty20 series loss to Bangladesh in August.

"I changed my (batting) position a little and it's helped my decision-making, especially outside off stump. Having a more consistent footwork pattern is allowing me to soak up more pressure."

Philippe fell victim to the second new ball taken by Mark Steketee, who finished the pick of Queensland bowlers with 4-74 from 22 overs.

He earlier combined with Test allrounder Cameron Green (53) for a 99-run stand that dragged WA out of a spot of bother late on day one.

Queensland were forced to turn to 14 overs of seam-up bowling from top-order batters Marnus Labuschagne and Bryce Street after an injury to spearhead Michael Neser.

Neser, who is on the fringe of Test selection, was forced from the field late on Wednesday after tweaking his right hamstring.

Queensland physio Martin Love confirmed Neser had suffered a low-grade strain and will be assessed again to determine when he can return.

Love was optimistic Neser would be available for selection in the first Ashes Test on December 8.

WA skipper Shaun Marsh batted with a runner late in his side's innings, having retired on Wednesday afternoon due to a calf injury, and was left stranded on 10.

WA resumed Thursday at 2-108 but were quickly dealt a double blow when Steketee had Green edging to second slip before clean bowling Hilton Cartwright (0) a few overs later.

The visitors rolled Queensland for 129 on day one, an innings headlined by 70 from in-form Test hopeful Usman Khawaja.

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