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Victoria seek elusive one-day title

Brydon Coverdale

October 7, 2010

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Aaron Finch anchored Victoria's chase, Central Districts v Victoria, Champions League Twenty20, Centurion, September 15, 2010
Victoria are hoping for a big season from Aaron Finch © Associated Press

Victoria will on Friday begin their quest for the one title that has escaped them in recent seasons, as they kick off their Ryobi Cup campaign in Perth. However, they will be without their star opener Chris Rogers, who returned from the county season with a knee-cartilage injury and will be rested for at least the first game.

The Bushrangers have won the past two Sheffield Shields and four out of five Big Bash titles, but have made the past four one-day finals only to lose every time. The new split-innings format made its debut at the Gabba on Wednesday, and Victoria's captain Cameron White is keen to master the concept as early as possible.

"It's the one that's eluded us over the last couple of years," White said of the limited-overs competition. "It's an exciting new format, with some good little changes in there. It's something to look forward to - a bit more innovation and tactics, a game within itself, almost."

The Victorians have named two potential one-day debutants to take on Western Australia, with their backup wicketkeeper Ryan Carters included as a specialist batsman. The promising allrounder Will Sheridan has also been selected in a group that boasts plenty of experience at the top of the order.

But their Sheffield Shield batting line-up could look a little different this season, following the mid-season retirement of Brad Hodge from first-class cricket last summer. The veteran opener Nick Jewell might still be in the mix despite giving up his state contract, and the Bushrangers are hoping that Aaron Finch will step up as a first-class performer.

"Finch has played half a dozen games now, so we're looking to him to take over that pivotal No. 3 role," David Hussey told ESPNcricinfo. "Hopefully he's got a big future ahead, not only with Victoria but with Australian cricket as well. It's a bit of a transition, if Nick doesn't play and without Brad Hodge. We've got experience with a new blend of youth."

For the Ryobi Cup match, the Warriors have named the fast bowler Brett Dorey, who had been under an injury cloud leading in to the season after a long lay-off due to an Achilles tendon problem. Their squad also includes the uncapped batsman Tom Beaton and the spinner Michael Beer, who moved from Victoria during the off-season and could debut against his former state.

Victoria squad Brad Hodge, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Cameron White (capt), Andrew McDonald, Ryan Carters, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Will Sheridan, Clint McKay, Peter Siddle, Shane Harwood, Bryce McGain.

Western Australia squad Shaun Marsh, Liam Davis, Wes Robinson, Adam Voges (capt), Luke Pomersbach, Tom Beaton, Mitchell Marsh, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ashley Noffke, Aaron Heal, Michael Beer, Brett Dorey, Michael Hogan.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 13:27 GMT)

dirk nannes has retired only plays T20 cricket now and rob quiney is in horrible form and wont fit into this powerhouse batting attack...have you watched this new form? its not too bad its actually quite good and IPL isnt everything mate thats all you indians care about even your international players prefer test and odi cricket

Posted by MattWests on (October 7, 2010, 12:01 GMT)

Hope both new boys get a run, would be great to see 3 ex Canberra cricketers make Domestic One Day debuts in the same week. Good luck to the both of them, and the Vics

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 10:13 GMT)

wher is Dirk Nannes in the Victorian attack??? Rob Quiney is missing too. Good to see Cameron White returning

Posted by Runster1 on (October 7, 2010, 8:03 GMT)

wat a disgraceful format. split innings. are CA trying to kill ODI cricket even further? this is hybrid boring confusing T20 cricket. If you want to see real T20 cricket, watch the IPL...

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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