The opener hit a nearly flawless unbeaten 144, with two late wickets for James Pattinson that put Victoria in a good position as they look for three straight wins against NSW
Travis Dean is the third Victorian to who carried his racket through a Sheffield Shield innings twice after scoring an unbeaten 144 against New South Wales.
Dean played in his first Marsh Sheffield Shield match of the year after Marcus Harris was added to the testing roster, and helped Victoria 233 to 271 in response to the Blues on the third day of the SCG fight. NSW went to Stumps at 2-76 by a margin of 38, with Kurtis Patterson sticking to 43 after James Pattinson two early wickets .
Dean’s knock was the second time in the opening player’s career that he wore the bat, having done the same in a game against NSW five seasons ago.
These innings are still called Dean g e counts who carries the bat even though Victoria only has 10 clubs while Will Pucovski is injured.
Before Dean, only Matt Elliott and Bill Lawry have done this twice or more for Victoria in the 129-year history of the Sheffield Shield.
“They’re the big guys in the game, so it’s good to be featured with them,” said Dean.
“That’s an achievement. But I’m just trying to take my position on the team and do what I can when others are gone.
“What happens, happens. But when I run, it’s up to the selectors to keep going from there, if I get another game.
“This could be my only game this season and if so, I’ll be glad I played.”
The right-handed was in his 300-ball knock almost flawless, played nicely square to the wicket, but remained patient under heavy cloud cover.
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He held the innings together after Victoria fell 3-2 late on day one before rivaling Jonathan Merlo formed a 142-run stand of the fourth wicket, interrupted by a washed-out second day.
And after Merlo Ibw went to Moises Henriques when he was trapped in the crease, Dean continued.
He scored his seventh top-class hundred when he worked Chris Tremain off his pads for two runs and offered his only chance at 43 when he was dumped by Patterson on the second slip.
Pattinson hit eight limits in his entertaining 45 in a 111 -Run booth with Dean pushing visitors past the NSW first innings score.
Tremain was the best blues after doing the damage early 4-52 while spinner Tanveer Sangha wickets again with 3-60 claimed.
Victoria has beaten NSW in two previous duels last month, but the wet weather in Sydney will make it difficult for both teams to push for a result.
The game was supposed to end on Monday but had to after the positive COVID-19 – The case of Victoria all-rounder Will Sutherland to be postponed by one day at the beginning.