Victoria 3 for 319 dec (Dean 154*, Handscomb 137) and 0 for 38 need another 191 runs to beat Queensland 444 and 103 (Siddle 3-21, Pattinson 3-35)
Travis Dean became the first Victoria batsman in nearly 27 years to score a century on first-class debut as the Bushrangers took control on the third day against Queensland at the MCG. Peter Siddle and James Pattinson claimed three wickets each as the Bulls were skittled for 103 in their second innings, leaving Victoria with a very gettable target of 229 to win.
At stumps, Victoria had made a solid start in their chase and were 0 for 38, needing a further 191 runs for victory, with Dean again at the crease on 23 and Rob Quiney on 14. It capped off an outstanding day for the Victorians, who had declared 125 runs behind on the first innings in an effort to make a game of it.
Dean finished the first innings unbeaten on 154, having scored most of his runs during a 271-run partnership with Peter Handscomb, whose 137 was his fifth first-class hundred. Dean’s hundred on first-class debut was the first by a Victorian since future one-Test opener Wayne Phillips managed 111 against the touring West Indians at the MCG in 1988.
Victoria then needed either a declaration from Queensland or a demolition from their own bowlers, and Siddle and Pattinson provided the latter. Pattinson accounted for both Joe Burns (6) and Usman Khawaja (11) on the day of their call-up into Australia’s Test squad and Siddle, who is also part of the squad for the first Test against New Zealand, picked up 3 for 21.
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