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Victoria have recovered from a stunning top-order collapse as their Sheffield Shield match against NSW started a day late because of COVID-19 scare.
After NSW were sent in and made 233 on Saturday at the SCG, former Victorian paceman Chris Tremain tore through his old side with three wickets in two overs.
Opener Travis Dean and Jonathan Merlo, who were recalled for this game, stopped the rot with a crucial stand of 66 that took Victoria to 3-68 at stumps in their first innings.
Dean and Merlo had made 32 apiece.
Tremain, who returned to his native NSW last year after six seasons playing for Victoria, struck with the first ball of the Victorian innings.
James Seymour tried to let the ball go, but only managed an inside edge onto his stumps.
Two balls later, Peter Handscomb went to whip Tremain off his pads and was judged lbw for a duck.
The Victorian captain was fuming at the umpire's verdict and might also fall foul of the match referee.
In Tremain's next over, Matt Short fended at a superb delivery outside off stump and NSW captain Kurtis Patterson took a sharp chance at second slip to remove him for two.
After three overs, Victoria were teetering at 3-2 before Dean and Merlo mounted their rescue mission.
Tremain had claimed 3-23 from 10 overs.
Earlier, opener Daniel Hughes top scored with 70 and No.8 Hayden Kerr made an unbeaten 62 in the NSW innings.
Former Test paceman James Pattinson was among four bowlers to take two wickets, unleashing the perfect inswinger to bowl Peter Nevill for one.
The game started a day late after Victorian Will Sutherland returned a positive COVID-19 test.
Play was postponed before the toss on Friday when Sutherland tested positive, prompting the entire Victoria squad to be isolated.
Each member of the visiting party was retested with 10 returning negative tests on Friday night before the remaining six visitors were cleared on Saturday morning, allowing the match to start at 10.30am.
Sutherland will remain in quarantine in Sydney for 10 days, with the fully-vaccinated allrounder said to be only experiencing minor symptoms.
The decision to go ahead with the match is a major moment in Australian sport given it is the first case of a positive test for a vaccinated player before any major sporting event.
"While it is impossible to remove all risk from this situation, Will was relatively non-infectious during his periods of interaction with members of the Victorian team," Cricket Australia's chief medical officer Dr John Orchard said.
"As such, and due to their compliance with biosecurity protocols, all members of the Victorian squad have been deemed casual contacts."
The match will run from Saturday to Tuesday, with a 50-over match to still be played on Wednesday.
Rain is forecast for the coming days in Sydney.