Sheffield Shield final 2009-10 March 16, 2010

Victoria hope Cameron White's alright for final

Victoria are hoping their captain Cameron White will be able to switch into first-class mode when they chase consecutive Sheffield Shield wins this week. White has spent most of the year with Australia's limited-overs sides and has returned from New Zealand to lead his state against Queensland at the MCG from Wednesday.

Instead of aiming for a boundary or more an over he will have to operate much more cautiously over five days with his tactics and strokeplay. While players shift formats regularly during a season, White's jump will be a significant shock as he hasn't appeared in a first-class match since before Christmas.

"Cameron White coming back to turn his head from white-ball cricket into red ball is a big ask," Victoria's coach Greg Shipperd said. "It's a huge challenge in terms of your psychology.

"It's a five-day game and you need to make good decisions for long periods of time, it's something we managed to juggle particularly well this season. Hopefully he's able to switch on, on Wednesday. As a captain he played a terrific final for us last year and will be keen to do it again."

White scored a century in the rain-affected draw against the Bulls at the Junction Oval in 2008-09, which secured the trophy for Victoria. The venue this week is the MCG, where the hosts are unbeaten in their past 13 first-class matches.

The Bushrangers are also in their ninth consecutive domestic final in all three formats, making them strong favourites against a developing and inconsistent Queensland side. Victoria's line-up has also changed, with Brad Hodge and Dirk Nannes retiring from first-class cricket, and Shipperd wants the duties shared.

"Everyone in the side has got a responsibility to do their job, from the opener pairing in Nick Jewell and Chris Rogers, to David Hussey, to the emerging boy Aaron Finch," he said. "Andrew McDonald is still wanting to show the cricket world he's one of the best allrounders in the business, and our aging pace bowling attack, they've got a job to do."

Shipperd and the Victorians are aware of Queensland's desire to win back the trophy after last year and he is most worried by their bowling attack. "Ben Cutting had a terrific season and Chris Swan and Luke Feldman move the ball," he said. "Our batting has to be on guard." Rogers has been cleared to play despite a broken hand while the legspinner Bryce McGain has held on to his spot.

If the Victorians click, they should have the power to grind down Queensland, although they have had some slips at the last stage. "Our hunger for competition speaks for itself in that we've been in 13 of the last 15 finals," Shipperd said. In the eight previous deciders they have won twice, with those victories coming in the Twenty20 competition.

Victoria squad Chris Rogers, Nick Jewell, Rob Quiney, David Hussey, Cameron White (capt), Andrew McDonald, Aaron Finch, Michael Hill, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Damien Wright, Bryce McGain, Darren Pattinson.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • R on March 17, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Brade Healey - umm...we've established that Victoria are the South Africans of domestic cricket. Besides, who in today's XI is good enough for the Test side? Victorias top 3 (Quiney, Jewell, and Finch) all average under 40 - with Quiney under 30. Hussey is quality, but he is 33 this year. Perhaps he should have been selected years ago but today there is no point, go for a younger bloke. White is a an above average batsman who everything thinks can bowl...he's a pie chucker. McDonald had a run in the Test side, useful bowler, horrible, horrible batsman. Wade is one to watch for the future. Hastings is ok, no better than the current Test squad though. Wright is well into his 30s. Pattinson is English. And Bryce McGain? Don't make me laugh. How you could think these blokes could just walk into the Test side and succeed is beyond me, Hussey excepted. Oh, and Hodge, who should have been picked 10 years ago, but guys like Clarke, Hussey, Martyn etc were in the way...

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Andrew - must be sad to come from somewhere that losing is such a regular occurence. Why can't people see that this current Victorian squad is one of the greatest ever. They have been consistently brilliant in all three forms for the last five years. Not even NSW, with all their international players can boast that sort of form. Maybe the Australians would still be the number one test nation if they picked from winning Victorian teams instead of struggling NSW losers.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Victoria is for sure gonna win this...this is d only Consistent team n d best in australia domestic circuit.....white will be able to switch from d shorter to d longer formats..hoping that he n David hussey perform well in d absence of Hodge

  • Ganesh on March 16, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Isn't Cameron White turning up for Royal Banglore Challengers? They desparately require his services...Come on Mr. Mallaya, send an SOS!!!

  • andrews on March 16, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Victoria have in fact won one final out of their last seven over the three competitions-the 20/20 this year over SA. They did not win the sheffield shield final last summer, but won the comp on the back of a draw.

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