Unable to line up in the second Test against India in Adelaide because he has not fully recovered from injury, Lee Friday slammed 74 not out, his highest score for his state and his second-best first-class total.
Lee's explosive hitting boosted New South Wales to a respectable first innings total of 287 after they had been languishing with 67 for five wickets on the opening day of the clash with Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Victoria replied with 16 without loss.
Brad Haddin (76) and skipper Mark Waugh (44) also played major roles in the New South Wales recovery.
Medium-pacer Ian Harvey did the early damage for Victoria in the absence of Matthew Inness, who withdrew because of glandular fever. Harvey removed openers Greg Mail (0) and Phil Jacques (four) in his first two overs and finished the day with 3-57.
Paceman Andrew McDonald chimed in with 3-63.