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Pucovski shines as Vics dominate Redbacks

By AAP Newswire

Will Pucovski has enhanced his reputation as a Test batsman in-waiting with a fourth Sheffield Shield century, but the classy No.3's sole focus remains enjoying his cricket with Victoria.

Pucovski's well-crafted 123, a masterful 224 to Nic Maddinson and an impressive 116 from Marcus Harris helped the Vics to 6(dec)-616 against South Australia on day two of their season-opening encounter at Junction Oval.

The Redbacks were in early trouble on Friday but recovered to be 2-102 at stumps.

Opener Henry Hunt (62no) showed admirable poise to score a half-century in his first-class debut, Travis Head is alongside him on 27.

Pucovski's fourth Shield ton in his 15th first-class match included 10 fours.

The 21-year-old learned a lot playing for Australia A in England this year, but Test selection isn't something he's concerning himself with just yet.

"I just want to keep enjoying it, it's great to be back playing Shield cricket for the Vics, I just want to try to get through 10 Shield games and see where that takes me," Pucovski told reporters.

"(National selection) is out of my control, it's not something that I decide.

"It's obviously been a goal of mine from when I was five-years-old, but it doesn't worry me too much. I'm not going to lose sleep over it.

"As long as we keep winning games here and I keep enjoying it that's all that worries me, to be honest, so I'll focus on that."

Maddinson and Harris gave national selectors plenty to think about with superb knocks after skipper Peter Handscomb won the toss.

Having notched his fourth hundred in six Shield matches on Thursday, Maddinson recorded his maiden first-class double-ton in Friday's morning session.

He shared a 220-run opening partnership with Harris, who gave his chances of holding onto a Test opening spot a shot in the arm.

Aaron Finch blasted six fours and four sixes in a quickfire 57 from 44 balls, with Handscomb (30) and Glenn Maxwell (43) falling as the Vics looked for quick runs ahead of a declaration.

Victoria have a slight injury concern after Finch suffered a back spasm while batting and rested while his teammates took to the field.

Vic quick Chris Tremain impressed with 1-14 from 10 overs, with five maidens, while James Pattinson (1-36 off 12 overs) removed Jake Weatherald with the first ball of SA's first innings.