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Bancroft finds Shield form for Warriors

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016 Laine Clark

Test aspirant Cameron Bancroft has a century in his sights after finally finding form in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Townsville on Sunday.

At stumps on day two at Tony Ireland Stadium, the Warriors were 3-186 in reply to the Bulls' 422 first dig with Bancroft unbeaten on 88.

But WA's axed Test allrounder Mitch Marsh failed again with the bat, caught behind for a freewheeling 14.

Warriors opener Bancroft, 24, played a patient hand on Sunday, hitting just six fours in his 198 ball knock.

It was a welcome return to form for Bancroft.

Backed publicly by Steve Waugh just last month for a Test debut, Bancroft had failed to fire in the Shield this season - until now.

His knock on Sunday more than doubled his Shield tally for the season.

Bancroft had made just 78 runs in his six previous Shield knocks.

The closest Bancroft had got to a baggy green was being selected for Australia's abandoned 2015 tour of Bangladesh.

He played a sole Twenty20 international against India in January - as a wicketkeeper.

Bancroft shared an 85-run opening stand with Jon Wells (46) on Sunday.

Queensland leg-spinner Mitch Swepson took 2-58, claiming the prized scalps of Jonathan Wells and WA skipper Michael Klinger (nine).

Earlier, allrounders Jack Wildermuth (93) and Michael Neser (68) helped Queensland reach a daunting first innings total.

The Bulls resumed on Sunday at 6-327.

Queensland's mammoth total also featured half centuries for dumped Test opener Joe Burns (68) and Marnus Labuschagne (79).

Simon Mackin (3-100) was the pick of the WA bowlers while Marsh took 2-74.

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