James Pattinson showed plenty of aggression in a frightening spell of bowling as Victoria claimed five second-innings wickets to stay in the hunt after day two of their Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia.
Western Australia reached 5-76 at stumps on Friday, an overall lead of 105 on an MCG pitch offering assistance to the pace bowlers.
Tom Triffitt is 20 not out and Adam Voges is unbeaten on eight.
Victoria had resumed on Friday on 0-21 in reply to the Warriors’ 248 and the home side were dismissed for 219 at tea, including No.10 Clint McKay’s 65.
McKay (2-20) followed up his career-best score by claiming the early wickets of debutant Sam Whiteman for a duck and Test batsman Mike Hussey for three in the Warriors’ second innings.
Jayde Herrick removed opener Marcus Harris (29) caught at second slip with the score on 47 and two runs later Test quick Pattinson struck a double blow.
Marcus North (13) fended a rising delivery to third slip and Mitchell Marsh was bowled between bat and pad for a third-ball duck.
Pattinson finished the day with 2-19 from 10 overs in an encouraging performance ahead of next week’s first Test against South Africa in Brisbane.
Earlier, Western Australia’s fifth-gamer Jason Behrendorff took a career-best 4-29.
The 22-year-old left-arm quick’s victims included Victoria’s top order of Chris Rogers (43), Peter Handscomb (13) and Cameron White (duck).
McKay’s 65 came off 51 balls and included six fours and two sixes, which were both off the bowling of spinner Michael Beer.
Pattinson (18) and fellow tailender McKay added 83 runs for the ninth wicket after the Bushrangers had been 8-135.
Victoria’s other major partnership was the fourth-wicket stand of 71 between Rogers and Aaron Finch (34).