Queensland press home advantage against SA

Glenn Cullen
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Retiring Callum Ferguson was left carrying the can usually reserved for Travis Head as Mitch Swepson spun Queensland to an imposing position against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

The Redbacks crumbled to finish day two at 9-154 at ACH Group Stadium, still 342 runs behind the Bulls on first innings.

Ferguson, 35, who'll retire after this game, was not out on 11 with nightwatchman Lloyd Pope unbeaten on 0.

In what has been a difficult season start for the Redbacks, Test batsman Head spared their blushes twice with big scores that helped them dig in for draws.

But he couldn't quite go on with it on Monday.

Head (37) was out lbw to Swepson (5-55) - who is increasingly looking like the No.2 spinner in the country - as SA lost regular wickets in pursuit of Queensland's 5(dec)-496.

Quick Brendan Doggett finished with 3-20.

Earlier, Matthew Renshaw and Jimmy Peirson bludgeoned centuries to put SA on the back foot.

Renshaw made his biggest contribution of the season for Queensland, finishing 168 not out, while wicketkeeper Peirson (109) registered his breakthrough first-class ton.

The big score was a welcome return for Renshaw who had last scored a century for Queensland in March 2018.

"It's nice to get a hundred on board, it's been a long time without one," Renshaw said.

After slipping to 2-11 on day one, the Bulls had three consecutive centurions in the match, with former Australia Test bat Usman Khawaja cracking 131 on day one.

Something of a forgotten man of Australian cricket - having last pulled on the baggy green two-and-a-half years ago, Renshaw showed his capabilities when in-form during his 230-ball innings (18 fours and 5 sixes).

Chadd Sayers was the pick of the SA bowlers with 2-98.

"Our efforts are fine, no issue with that, but we need to be better," SA coach Jason Gillespie said of his side in the field.

But batting was a different story.

"By and large we got ourselves out and there's no hiding from that," he said.