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Day two of the Sheffield Shield final is underway in Alice Springs between the Victorian Bushrangers and the West End Redbacks.

Victoria began the Sheffield Shield final on Sunday by winning a crucial toss on a batsman's paradise at Traeger Park, and the day only got progressively worse for South Australia.

Needing only a drawn match to retain their crown, Victoria scored at a good rate throughout the opening day to be 3-322 at stumps.

It is hard to imagine a worse day one for the Redbacks as they seek to end their 21-year Sheffield Shield final drought against the highly-favoured Victorians, who are on track for a their third successive title.

There were four dropped catches, two missed run outs and two sessions without a wicket as Victoria put on a demoralising 224-run opening stand as the SA bowlers toiled in the blistering Northern Territory heat.