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Quiney call-up timely reminder for fringe Vics

VICTORIA hopes Rob Quiney's impending Test debut is a healthy reminder of the potential of fighting for spots ahead of Wednesday's day-night clash against Western Australia at the MCG.

Chris Rogers will benefit directly from Quiney's call-up to play in the first Test against South Africa, as he regained a spot he was stiff to lose when the Bushrangers' big guns returned for the win over Tasmania late last month, which put the Vics at the top of the table.

Rogers smacked an unbeaten 64 from 37 balls in the huge win over Queensland a month ago but made way when Cameron White, David Hussey and Glenn Maxwell returned from national duty, and is the natural choice to replace his fellow left-hander at the top of the order.

The recall is a sign of Victoria's depth, and coach Simon Helmot said he and Greg Shipperd, who oversees the Sheffield Shield side, had detected an edge at training of late.

''Greg and I have been fortunate enough over the past few weeks to have what I would call combative net sessions,'' Helmot said. ''That's been very helpful. If you can have some strong competition in a training environment, that's reflective on what can happen in a game.

''It becomes quite implicit. You can have a different way of achieving a result. We've had some excellent performers over a period of time - Andrew McDonald and David Hussey - but we want our guys to keep striving and achieving what Robert Quiney's done and where Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson will be.''


Hussey, a long-time member of Australia's limited-overs teams who still dreams of playing Test cricket, also said Quiney's elevation was a reminder to never give up hope. ''You have to be making runs at the right time,'' he said. ''If you're lucky enough - you're hoping to grab that opportunity with both hands.''

Victoria has won its past two one-day matches on the back of impressive batting since it lost to WA in late September. It will be out to build on last week's five-wicket win over the Warriors in its shield match.

The out-of-form Adam Voges will be the Warriors' third skipper in as many matches, after Marcus North and then Mike Hussey. North won't play in this match for family reasons.

Shaun Marsh remains sidelined and the Warriors maintain his absence is form-related, not as punishment for his part in the Perth Scorchers' boozy night during the Twenty20 Champions League in South Africa three weeks ago. All-rounder Hilton Cartwright is a chance to make his debut.

Victoria: Cameron White (capt), Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Jayde Herrick, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Andrew McDonald, Clint Mckay, Glenn Maxwell, Darren Pattinson, Chris Rogers.

Western Australia: Adam Voges (capt), Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Travis Birt, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Rimmington, Tom Triffitt, Sam Whiteman (12th men to be named).

With aap