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Maddinson century puts Vics on top at MCG

By AAP Newswire

Unwanted by his old state and signed almost as afterthought by his new one, Nic Maddinson has scored a stunning unbeaten century on Sheffield Shield debut for Victoria.

The home side are in charge at 3-311 against Western Australia at stumps on Friday's opening day at the MCG, thanks largely to Maddinson's superb innings in his first Shield appearance since his acrimonious split with NSW.

The three-Test batsman blasted two sixes and 21 fours, amassing 159 from 282 balls. He made the most of the chance that only came due to Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch wearing the baggy green in Adelaide.

"I'm just grateful for the opportunity I was given by Victoria," Maddinson said.

"I knew, coming in, it was going to be tough for me to play Shield cricket but, with those three guys getting selected, it opened a hole and I was making runs at the right time.

"I feel confident in my game at the moment, so it was just about making sure I was making the right decisions, especially early against the new ball ... I feel like my game is in really good order."

Cameron White will resume on Saturday with Maddinson. White's 65 not out came from 112 balls and included 10 fours.

Maddinson survived a scare on 92 but his reprieve came at the expense of Glenn Maxwell.

In a freakish dismissal, WA seamer Matthew Kelly dropped a sharp return chance off Maddinson, but the ball took a big deflection off his hand back onto the stumps with non-striker Maxwell out of his crease.

Maxwell had batted impressively coming in up the order at No.4 but had to depart on 57 from 91 deliveries.

Victoria raced to 0-62 after stand-in skipper Travis Dean won his first Shield toss and elected to bat.

But WA applied the brakes when Dean (16) and Will Pucovski (1) departed.

Dean is filling in for regular captain Handscomb, preferred in the Test XI at the expense of Mitch Marsh, who has returned to lead WA.

Marsh was expensive in his opening spell, conceding 25 runs from three overs, but tightened up to return 0-58 from 14 overs.

Allrounder Marcus Stoinis was the pick of the bowlers with 1-30 from 16 overs with six maidens.

The visitors are without spinner Ashton Agar, who has been rested.

The Vics are just over eight points clear at the top of the table, heading into round six, with WA third.