Victoria at full strength for Shield clash
Victoria's Peter Siddle and Clint McKay will have their final chances to impress Australia's Test selectors before the Ashes when they face New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield at the SCG from Wednesday. The Test squad is due to be named on November 15, two days before another round of first-class matches, so players on both sides will be keen to show their worth.
Siddle has been strong but not overly successful since returning from back stress fractures, while McKay is in form after collecting 5 for 33 in Australia's ODI win on Sunday. McKay, who has played one Test, isn't expecting to be in the first Ashes squad, but there are enough injury doubts around players like Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris that he is an outside chance of sneaking in.
"At the moment I wouldn't have thought so," he said of being chosen. "I haven't been in the last two Test squads, I don't think it's going to change there ... With the Shield game against New South Wales, I just have to continue to bowl well and try to do the best I can."
Cameron White and John Hastings, the state's other one-day players, will join McKay and Siddle in the side to face the Blues. Jon Holland, the left-arm spinner, replaces Bryce McGain, while Will Sheridan and Damien Wright have been dropped. Victoria have six Shield points, while New South Wales are on top with 12 from two outright wins.
Victoria squad Aaron Finch, Robert Quiney, Michael Hill, David Hussey, Cameron White (capt), Andrew McDonald, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Clint McKay, Darren Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Jon Holland.