Victoria have won five of their last six One-Day Cup games against Tasmania, including each of their last two meetings; a streak the Tigers will be keen to break.
Tasmania have, however, won two of their last three One-Day Cup games outside of Tasmania, including their most recent fixture (against NSW in October 2019) and they will be aiming for consecutive wins outside their home state for the first time since September 2018.
Sam Rainbird could be a key player for the Tigers, having taken six wickets at a strike rate of 17.3 against Victoria in his One-Day Cup career; his best against any team in the competition.
Tim Paine may also be eyeing off a piece of Tasmanian cricket history, being just 35 runs away from being just the fourth man to score 2,500 one-day runs for Tasmania.
The Tigers have named a 13-player squad to face Victoria:
Tim Paine (c / wk)
Tim Paine returned a negative COVID-19 test on Sunday, and after reporting as asymptomatic has returned to full activity with the group and, hence, is available for selection.
Ben McDermott unfortunately sustained a left hamstring injury during the warm-up before the fourth T20I in New Zealand. He has since returned to Tasmania and is undergoing tests to determine whether he will be fit before the end of the season.
In consultation with Cricket Australia team staff, Matthew Wade has not travelled to Melbourne in order to as manage his load following a hectic schedule of cricket through the 2020/21 summer.
Riley Meredith is unavailable for selection due to the complexities around state border restrictions. If Riley was to play in this match it would impact the Victorian squad being able to travel to Perth for their upcoming fixtures against Western Australia, and so, for the greater good of the season being completed as planned, Tasmania has agreed to not select him for this match.
The playing XI will be confirmed at the toss tomorrow.