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White leads Twenty20 final push

Victoria will have skipper Cameron White and strike bowler Shane Harwood available for today's important Twenty20 clash against WA at the MCG.

The pair, who made their international Twenty20 debuts for Australia against England last night, give the Bushrangers a full-strength team for their last round-robin match.

Today's winner will earn the right to host Saturday's final, but Victoria would still get through in defeat if South Australia can beat Queensland today.

The Bushrangers take red-hot form into the match after they smashed the previously unbeaten Bulls by 88 runs at the MCG on Sunday night to continue their record as the only state team not to have been beaten in this form of the game.

With the temperature expected to be in the mid-30s, a crowd of more than 20,000 is expected to cheer the Bushrangers home.

White, who holds the world record Twenty20 score, 141 not out off 70 balls, bolsters an already potent batting line-up that blazed 195 against Queensland on the back of a sizzling 65 off 46 balls from acting skipper Brad Hodge.

Forgotten leg-spinner Bryce McGain may find himself back in the Victorian team next week for the first time in more than three years.

McGain, 34, will be on the selectors' list of possibles when they pick the team to play New South Wales in the Pura Cup match at the SCG from Tuesday.

The Prahran leggie played the last of his three first-class matches in November 2003 against Queensland at the Junction Oval.

But the retirement of Shane Warne and loss of White to the Australian one-day team put McGain back in the mix.

"He may play in Sydney. We'll certainly be looking at it," coach Greg Shipperd said yesterday.

"With Warne and White not there, he is the next best leg-spinner in Premier Cricket, so he is certainly in the mix."

McGain has taken six wickets for Victoria, his best being 3-46 against Western Australia at the MCG in 2001-02. McGain has an impressive 25 wickets at an average of 18.80 for Prahran this season.

Alternatively White's place could go to an extra batsman, Michael Klinger, Robert Quiney or Aiden Blizzard.

source - news.com.au
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