Peter Siddle.
Peter Siddle.

Siddle, Pattinson set to bolster Vics

THE imminent return of Test bowler Peter Siddle and maybe even firebrand James Pattinson look set to make a powerhouse Victorian outfit even stronger.

A last wicket standoff which sent the Vics' Sheffield Shield clash against NSW in to a fourth day lasted just 12 balls at the MCG on Sunday morning as the home team registered a second straight win, hammering the Blues by an innings and 107 runs.

There were eye-catching performances everywhere with fast bowler Chris Tremain taking five first innings wickets, and his season haul to 14, before opener Marcus Harris compiled a sublime knock of 250 not out to add a new name to national selection conversations.

Quick Scott Boland was the destroyer in the second innings, taking 6-49 and with Siddle due back from international commitments on Monday, Victorian coach Andrew McDonald said he could be considered for next week's Shield clash with South Australia.

Pattinson also took more giant strides in his comeback from back surgery last November, bowling 10 overs for club side Dandenong and McDonald was optimistic the former Test quick could return sooner rather than later.

"It's like any injury, once they are declared fit it's about getting them back out and playing. He's building up his loads in terms of how many overs he can bowl in a game," McDonald said.

"Four day cricket is significantly different to one day cricket and two-day club cricket. That's the next step he'll have to take.

"He got 10 overs in for Dandenong, he got some runs again (46), the more cricket he gets through the more he firms in terms of a return to Shield cricket. It's just about making the right decision at the right time."

James Pattinson has been plying his trade for Dandenong.
James Pattinson has been plying his trade for Dandenong.

McDonald said Tremain and Boland were "relentless" in the win over NSW, taking 20 wickets on an MCG pitch which hadn't yielded a result since February last year.

"Chris Tremain and Scott Boland are really forming a significant partnership … some of the numbers they have been able to dish up on flat wickets has been amazing," he said.

Victorian captain Peter Handscomb said the performance of Harris should ensure the left-hander isn't completely ignored by national selectors any more.

"He's been making runs since he moved to Victoria. He had a great first season, last season he probably didn't back it up like he wanted to but still made a lot of runs," he said.

"This year, to come out and score 250 in the second game, he's really putting his hand up. It's a shame it has taken this long for his name to come up."

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