Australia v England - 3rd Test: Day 3
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 28: Scott Boland of Australia appeals successfully for LBW to dismiss Jonny Bairstow of England during day three of the Third Test match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 28, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Australia v England - 3rd Test: Day 3

Will Pucovski will continue his push to return to the Australian set up alongside a host of international experience in Victoria's opening Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia.

The match, to get going on Thursday at the Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide, will see nine players across the two teams with international experience take to the field in a blockbuster early summer clash.

Pucovski will be aiming to steal the headlines though as he comes back from yet another lay off thanks to concussion.

The top order batsman played his solitary Test for Australia at the end of the 2020-21 summer against India, scoring 72 runs across his two innings, however, he averages over 50 with the bat in first class cricket.

The 24-year-old has played second XI cricket to launch his summer, before playing for Victoria in two List A fixtures, scoring 64 in the first against New South Wales, and 5 in the second against Western Australia.

He will be joined in the Victorian squad for the four-day clash by other Australian hopefuls Scott Boland and Marcus Harris. Boland was in sensational form last summer, but could well have fallen back behind the trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the pecking order, while Harris would need to overthrow either Usman Khawaja or David Warner at the top of the Australian order.

Nic Maddinson, Jon Holland and captain Peter Handscomb are the other international experienced players in the Victorian squad, although Holland is no guarantee to play with young spinner Todd Murphy also included in the travelling party.

The Redbacks, on the other hand, will be bolstered by Travis Head and Alex Carey until the start of the ODI series against England in November, with Head to captain the side.

They are joined by Wes Agar, who has played 50-over cricket for Australia, but arguably all eyes will be on Henry Hunt, in what could be a duel between he and Pucovski at the top of the order, with the two openers both displaying brilliant qualities with the bat.

The home side also have experience in the form of Jake Lehmann and Jake Weatherald, while Harry Conway also makes his debut for the state having transferred from New South Wales.

All of Nathan McAndrew, Brendon Doggett and Thomas Kelly were unavailable through injury for the South Australian side.

South Australia squad
Wes Agar, Jordan Buckingham, Jake Carder, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, David Grant, Travis Head (c), Henry Hunt, Jake Lehmann, Ben Manenti, Nathan McSweeney, Jake Weatherald

Victoria squad
Peter Handscomb (c), Scott Boland, Travis Dean, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Jon Holland, Nic Maddinson, Todd Murphy, Fergus O'Neill, Mitch Perry, Will Pucovski, Matt Short, Will Sutherland