Cricket Australia XI captain Joe Burns isn't keen on the term 'bat off' to describe the three-day day-night tour match against Sri Lanka in Hobart starting on Thursday.
But he does agree that any big scores could have extra significance for some players.
Burns is one of four batsmen in the three-day, pink-ball match who were included in a revamped 13-man Australian Test squad for the two-Test series against the tourists which begins at the Gabba next week.
With Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb dropped after the series loss to India, there are at least these two vacant Test batting spots to be filled.
Ex-Test openers Burns and Matt Renshaw and uncapped 'young gun' Will Pucovski all have the chance at Blundstone Arena to press their claims, while Marnus Labuschagne can shore up his spot after his 38 in the recent Sydney Test.
''I'm not sure about a bat-off," said Burns on Wednesday, playing down the idea of competing against teammates.
"The make up of the team suggests that would be the case, but for me it's just a chance to play a long-form game and get stuck in against the pink ball."
Burns, who has made 472 runs at an average of 47.20 in the Sheffield Shield this season, said he felt no more pressure than he would going into a Shield game.
"Your performance in every game is always under the microscope. I haven't thought about it too much... but it is nice to be recognised for your performances in Shield cricket."
For Sri Lanka the match is vital preparation under day-night conditions, the format that will be used for the Gabba Test.
The tourists lost a two-Test series in New Zealand earlier this month.
To ensure maximum exposure to the conditions under lights and the pink ball, the Sri Lankan management requested they be able to use more than 11 players in the match against the CA XI.
As a result the game will not have first-class status, something that doesn't concern Burns greatly.
"We'd prefer the match to be first-class, but it definitely won't change the way we bat and bowl," he said.
Despite speculation, Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusinghe said his team had no special plan to bowl short-pitched deliveries to Pucovski, who has a history of concussions.
"He looks a good player but we have no specific plans for him in this game. We'll be sticking to an overall game plan." he said.
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