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Home sweet home for Victoria

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 4:00PM AEST | by Damien Souness, Omnisport

Victoria are relishing the chance to return to the MCG when they host Tasmania in their first Sheffield Shield home match of the season starting Tuesday.

The Bushrangers, who have taken maximum points from road trips to Western Australia and Queensland, are the only team in the competition with a perfect record.

"It's nice to be back at home, especially when we've played our first two games at arguably the two toughest venues in the country," captain Cameron White told reporters on Monday.

White said spinner Jon Holland, who injured his shoulder while playing club cricket at the weekend, had been ruled out and would undergo further scans on Monday.

"It's very disappointing, not only for Jon but for the group," he said.

"He's one of the more popular members of our squad, so hopefully he gets a positive outcome and he's back on the park soon enough."

All-rounders Andrew McDonald and Glenn Maxwell have been named following their return from the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa, posing a selection headache for Victoria.

"With Glenn Maxwell and Andrew McDonald coming back this week it makes it even tougher," White said.

"The 14 really good players that we've got available at the moment don't fit into 11.

"But the playing group is well aware of the situation and they understand the position we're in at the moment."

The match could be the last for wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and seamers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson before they join the Test squad.

"Those three guys have probably been our best three players in the first couple of games," White said.

White, who made an unbeaten 98 for Richmond at club level on Sunday, hopes a series of impressive Shield outings can lead to an international return.

"Everyone knows I didn't play that well last summer," he said. "(But) since then I feel as though I've played pretty well.

"I feel like I'm in a good position to play well, it's just about playing some games in a row, which I haven't done in a long time.

"I have to make runs to put my case forward. They can't pick me for no apparent reason and I think they've made that quite clear."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 22 October, 2012 3:13PM AEST

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