The Blues started last season poorly, losing their first three matches as a result of batting collapses.
Former New South Wales Blues opening batsman and one-time Test player Nic Maddinson has earnt a reprieve, being named in Victoria’s squad for the JLT one-day cup.
Starting this Sunday, Victoria have picked up the discarded top order batsmen after he failed to pick up a state-based contract in New South Wales this season.
After being dropped by the Blues, no other state came to the party, although the Victorian authorities have stated they didn’t find out about the ditching early enough to offer Maddinson a contract.
However, being added to the one-day squad could give Maddinson a chance to push for his playing future.
Maddinson once played three Tests for Australia during the 2016-17 summer, while he has also played six T20 international games for the nation, never quite fulfilling the potential he has been tipped to have by many.
Maddinson has been included in a 14-man squad which will be led by Peter Handscomb, with Glenn Maxwell, Scott Boland, Cameron White and Chris Tremain also all appearing in a side which is destined to be favourites for the tournament.
Victorian squad for JLT one-day cup
Peter Handscomb, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Sebastian Gotch, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Tom O’Connell, Matt Short, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Cameron White
Queensland have also named their squad, with Chris Lynn set to make his return to list-A cricket as captain of the side.
Lynn will be joined by discarded Australian Test batsman Joe Burns, as well as a strong bowling attack of Mark Steketee, Billy Stanlake and Mitch Swepson.
Chris Lynn (c), Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Luke Feldman, Sam Heazlett, Charlie Hemphrey, Lachy Pfeffer, Jack Prestwidge, Billy Stanlake, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Sam Truloff, Jack Wildermuth
Other squads named today include South Australia and Tasmania.
The Redbacks have elevated Jake Lehmann to captain, with a strong squad set to feature names like Alex Carey, Callum Ferguson, Kane Richardson and Chadd Sayers.
Jake Lehmann (c), Alex Carey, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Spencer Johnson, Joe Mennie, Harry Nielsen, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa
George Bailey once again leads Tasmania. Youngster Jake Doran will get a run, as will Jordan Sink and Matthew Wade in the batting order, while James Faulkner and Jackson Bird are also featured.
George Bailey (c), Jackson Bird, Nicholas Buchanan, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, Jordan Silk, Aaron Summers, Matthew Wade, Beau Webster