Sheffield Shield 2010-11 November 8, 2010

Victoria at full strength for Shield clash

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Thomas on November 9, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    NSW deserve to lose for selecting Starc ahead of Copeland... Greenish top to start the first day, so hopefully Mark Cameron rips through the Vic top order.

  • kayleen on November 9, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Aust has so much talent in domestic cricket that selectors have to start picking players on form. Sure, some positions in thr team are given (Watson, Katich, Ponting, Clarke) but the lower middle order needs to be assessed based on form not reputation. The bowling attack is the main conern. Johnson can barely land it on the pitch right now, Siddle reminds me of Brett Lee in test...has to rty too hard and if he doesn't hit a the right line and length he just gets smashed. Hauritz is an average doestic cricket at best. Time for him to go.

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    My Saffa 2c worth :) Watson, Katich, Ponting, Khawaja, Clarke, Hussey / North / White / Ferguson, Haddin, O Keefe, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger, George Looking forward to see Maddinson, Hazlewood, Smith, Hughes, Carter, Starc and the rest of the youth brigade start dominating shield matches. Aus cricket may be struggling now but its only a matter of time before these players start making the decision easy for your cerebally challenged selectors. Destroy the brits Aus A. In fact i think the A team is possibly as strong if not stronger than the test team. The last time we saw that, Aus dominated world cricket for the next 15 yrs. Remember Aus A vs Aus in the world series final between Aus, Sa and Zim?

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Lucky for Ponting, he's playing in Tasmania and against Queensland, so he won't be tested and may be able to get some confidence (and ability) back.

    I agree with Blakey that White should bat higher up. When he played at 3 or 4 in England with Aust ODI he toned down his attack and played for the long haul extremely well.

    I disagree with Gilly4Ever on Paine. I rate him highly.

  • Adam on November 9, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    I'm with venom2709 They are the best 3 quicks we have plus a spinner (should be hauritz), but yeah the domestic games should be good this week, be heading to the G to watch.

  • Mark on November 9, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Gilly4ever. I love the irony:"we need a pure keeper in tests, none of this Haddin/Paine keeper/batsman nonsense." Given that there are not going to be too many changes, the selectors are not going to risk it, being the Ashes summer and all. Depending upon fitness, I can only see Ferguson coming in for Hussey. It will take a while for this bunch of selectors to fix this team, too much of an old boys club thing.

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    NSW will also be at full strength with Clarke,Katich and Haddin most likely to come back into the side as well.

    Not sure if Watson will be playing for NSW in this match. But he might just need to.

  • Adrian on November 8, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    White should be in the test team as a future captain. The man he should replace is Michael Hussey. White is in great batting form and has a lot of technical knowledge.

    McKay should be Australia's 4th best bowler, after Bollinger, Ryan Harris and Johnson. Given that 2 of them are carrying injuries right now, there is a chance that he'll play. Also on the Gabba, 4 fast bowlers looks like the sensible option, so his chances are pretty decent. McKay is also in great form.

    My 1st text XI: Watson, Katich (Jaques cover), Ponting, Clarke, White, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Johnson, Ryan Harris (Hastings cover), McKay, Bollinger (Hilfenhaus cover)

    Oh yeah, I can keep saying it, and keep getting ignored, but we need a pure keeper in tests, none of this Haddin/Paine keeper/batsman nonsense.

  • Michael on November 8, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    It's time for Cameron White to get selfish. He should bat at 3 or 4 and push test claims. He is the best captain in Australia but won't get picked to captain as a number 6 sheild bat!

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Is this the 1st tym Victoria aint on top in the sheffield Shield

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