Vics recall Pucovski, Maddinson for Shield

Melissa Woods
Will Pucovski is back in the Victorian team after mental health issues

Test prospect Will Pucovski and Victorian teammate Nic Maddinson will return to the Sheffield Shield arena on Friday while veteran Glenn Maxwell continues his own battle with mental health issues.

Pucovski and Maddinson were granted medical clearance for the four-day MCG clash with NSW after they took indefinite leave earlier this month but there's no timeline for the return of Maxwell.

The Australian white-ball star turned out for Fitzroy in the Premier League on the weekend but hasn't trained with the Victoria side this week.

Australia A batsman Maddinson also contributed a half-century for St Kilda in his outing while Pucovski, 21, didn't play.

Bushrangers batsman Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch said he had spoken with Maxwell and believed his return would be a gradual process.

"Him having a hit-out for Fitzroy on the weekend was a really valuable step for him but he's not training," Finch said on Wednesday.

"He's OK - I don't want to speak for him but it probably took him a little bit more time than he thought to get back into it and no doubt it's going to be a gradual process to get back, whether that's next week or next month or next year."

Finch said it was a learning process for all, including Maxwell who initially passed off the issues as tiredness.

"It's not a hamstring injury or anything where you can treat the same way for everyone and everyone is learning," Finch said.

"You have to be mindful of the player making the decision in their best interest and not trying to rush them back for a particular game or a defined date."

Fast bowler James Pattinson has been named, subject to being released from Australia's Test squad while Marcus Harris also returns having missed the last Shield match with Australia A duties.

Cricket Victoria general manager Cricket Shaun Graf welcomed the return of talented duo Maddinson and Pucovski.

"We are looking forward to having Nic and Will back playing for Victoria after receiving clearance from our medical staff," Graf said.

"We'll continue to support all our players through their return to play."

Recent debutant Jake Fraser-McGurk (under 19 national championships) and Eamonn Vines have been omitted.

Victoria will be looking to register their first win of the Sheffield Shield competition, having played out a draw and three losses from the initial four rounds.

VIC: Peter Handscomb (c), Andrew Fekete, Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Jon Holland, Nic Maddinson, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain.