Kurtis Patterson upstaged his better credentialed teammates on the first day of the Cricket Australia XI tour game against Sri Lanka, compiling a near flawless 157 not out on the opening day at Hobart's Blundstone Arena.
The Australians declared their innings at 5-316 after the agreed 75 overs limit, with Tasmanian Tigers wicketkeeper Jake Doran also making the most of his opportunity with a sterling 102 not out.
Doran's 102 came from just 129 balls and included 12 boundaries on his familiar Tigers home deck in Hobart.
Sri Lanka were 0-38 at the close of play in the day-night pink ball fixture at Hobart's Blundstone Arena.
But elegant left-hander Patterson was the star.
His innings featured 21 fours and one six and was characterised by flowing stroke play - particularly through the off side.
Patterson, who has made 428 runs at 47.55 in Sheffield Shield cricket so far this season, shared a 218 run stand with Doran for the sixth wicket.
The scoreboard didn't fare so well for the current Australian players in this tour game, who are part of the squad for the first Test at the Gabba starting on Thursday.
Openers Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw, who are seemingly competing for one opener's berth in Brisbane, both failed to get out of single figures.
Marnus Labuschagne only made six and Will Pucovski, who could well bat at No.6 at the Gabba, didn't capitalise on a good start and mistimed a hook shot to fine leg for 23.
Jason Sangha also misjudged a hook shot and was out for just three.
Sri Lanka's bowlers weren't able to sustain pressure for long after a good first hour, with attack leader Dushmantha Chameera finishing with the best figures for the visitors with 3-57 off 16 overs.
Dimuth Karunaratne (26) and Lahiru Thirimanne (12) were the not out batsman for the visitors.
WHAT: Cricket Australia XI v Sri Lanka - Pink Ball Day-Night Tour Match
WHEN: THIS Thursday 17 - Saturday 19 January 2019
WHERE: Blundstone Arena, Hobart
FREE ENTRY - ALL SESSIONS - ALL DAYS
DAILY MATCH SCHEDULE
Gates Open: 1.30pm
Coin Toss: 1.30pm
Session One: 2-4pm
Tea Break: 4-4.20pm
Session Two: 4.20-6.20pm
Dinner Break: 6.20-7pm
Session Three: 7-9pm
Speaking on the CA XI, National Selector Trevor Hohns said:
“The CA XI squad is critical to our pathway system and continuing to harness identified talent at the highest possible level. The players in this squad are of interest to the National Selection Panel, as we look ahead to the World Cup and Ashes campaigns in 2019.”
Australia XI Squad
Joe Burns (c) - Queensland
Kurtis Patterson (vc) – New South Wales
Scott Boland – Victoria
Jake Doran (wk) - Tasmania
Jon Holland – Victoria
Marnus Labuschagne - Queensland
Michael Neser - Queensland
Will Pucovski - Victoria
Jason Sangha – New South Wales
Matt Renshaw - Queensland
Chris Tremain - Victoria
Charlie Wakim - Tasmania
Sri Lanka Squad
Kusal Janith Perera
Dananjaya De Silva