Melbourne: New South Wales will be boosted by seven Australian Test players in Saturday's Pura Cup cricket final against Victoria in Sydney.
This year's interstate final will feature Australian cricket's two traditional rivals, with the teams winning the competition 66 times (NSW 35-31) between them in 105 seasons.
Both sides finished level on 39 points after the regular 10-match season, with NSW hosting the final due to a greater runs quotient.
NSW, known as the Blues, will field a near-Test strength attack of Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Nathan Bracken and leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, against the Victorians, who feature only one player with Test cricket experience, batsman Brad Hodge.
The Blues' batting is headed by Test stars Michael Clarke and Phil Jaques, while skipper Simon Katich is the season's leading run-scorer.
Player-of-the-year Katich has amassed 1,328 runs, just 136 runs behind Michael Bevan's all-time record of 1,464 set in the 2004-05 season.
NSW coach Matthew Mott denied the disparity of internationals made the Blues favourites, but said home ground advantage would favour his team.
"They have been the form side all year, they've contested (the finals) of all three (domestic) competitions, so we're certainly not underestimating them and we're expecting a very tough match," Mott said Friday.
He added that the returning one-day international players -- Clarke, Clark, Lee and Bracken -- had fitted in well and would not have an unsettling effect on the team.
"It's just a buzz for the other guys to get a chance to play with these great players," Mott said.
Victorian batsman David Hussey, brother of Test star Mike Hussey, enjoys an extraordinary record against the Blues, averaging 73 over 17 innings, including four centuries and six 50s.
"The Victoria-NSW rivalry is massive and you really get yourself up, because it is a huge time every time you play against each other," David Hussey said.
"The whole focus has been on them, their star-studded attack and their Test players back in the fray. For our team to do well, we just have to focus on what we can control and execute our skills to perfection."
Leg-spinner Bryce McGain is pushing MacGill for a place on Australia's May tour to the West Indies following the retirement of Brad Hogg.