With Victoria in the box seat heading into the final round of the Sheffield Shield with a 'home' final in Alice Springs all but wrapped up, the race for second place is fiercely contested between the four sides who sit below. 

The Queensland Bulls and West End Redbacks enter the final round separated by just 0.46 points on the ladder, meaning simply that a victory against Tasmania won't guarantee the Redbacks a spot in the decider.

An outright New South Wales victory against Western Australia in Perth will almost certainly guarantee the Blues second place. 

But should the Bulls defeat Victoria at Allan Border Field and New South Wales lose, the Redbacks will require more bonus points in the final match to surpass them on the ladder.

The West End Redbacks will have full confidence making a second consecutive finals appearance after securing a berth last year under the bonus-points system having earned almost nine points – worth one-and-a-half wins – in the final round last season to vault from fourth to first and earn hosting rights for the final.

Mennie speaks about returning to the squad

The side will be boosted by the return of fast bowler Joe Mennie after suffering a head injury, and Emerging Redback and Futures League bowler Nick Winter will replace Kane Richardson in the side.