With the Ashes just 10 days away and a number of spots, most notably the No.6 batting position still up for grabs, today marked a golden opportunity to impress selectors with round three of the Sheffield Shield kicking off.
However, several Ashes hopefuls have done their chances of selection no favours with disappointing performances with the bat today.
Matthew wade, whose position as Australia’s wicketkeeper-batsman is hanging by a thread, managed just five runs from 42 deliveries before being bowled for Victorian Peter Siddle, as his Tasmanian side was bowled out for just 172 in the first innings. George Bailey for Tassie, starred scoring 106.
Glenn Maxwell then managed just four when Victoria took to the crease, as the hosts slumped to 4-25, with Gabe Bell taking 4-8 in his first three overs.
Australian Test batsman Peter Handscomb also struggled, caught by Tim Paine off the bowling of Bell for a duck.
Veteran Western Australian batsman Shaun Marsh managed just 17, before being bowled by Joe Mennie in the first session of WA’s clash with South Australia at the WACA. Teammate Hilton Cartwright looked solid, hitting 35 runs before he was bowled by Chadd Sayers.
Meanwhile, pressure continues to mount on opener Matthew Renshaw, who hit two fours as he was caught behind after reaching just 16 runs.
However, Usman Khawaja, who looks likely to reclaim his spot at No.3, continued his stellar start the Shield season, hitting 78 not out.