Josh Hazlewood finds some form, pink balls fail to make a move and Jackson Bird presses his case for Test selection.
Daniel Cherny Test aspirant Jackson Bird says he's tried not to concentrate on the impending selection of the Australian squad for next week's first Test against South Africa, suggesting that doing so in the past has hindered his performance.
Daniel Cherny Test fast bowling contenders Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird both staked their respective claims to be in the Australian XI for next week's first Test against South Africa with impressive showings on a rain-interrupted second day of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Tasmania at the MCG.
Phil Lutton The Queensland opener has given Australian selectors a welcome headache as he withstood a Test-strength attack to make a final lunge at squad for the first Test against South Africa in Perth.
David Polkinghorne And for Usman Khawaja to "walk back in" to the side after getting axed in Sri Lanka.
Daniel Cherny and Phil Lutton The first round of the Sheffield Shield season had loomed as a bowl-off between Jackson Bird and Peter Siddle for the third fast-bowling spot in Australia's XI for next week's first Test against South Africa in Perth.
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Glenn Maxwell was shocked after his hopes of a Test recall took a major hit when he was left out of Victoria's XI for their Sheffield Shield opener against Tasmania on Tuesday at the MCG.
Phil Lutton The Blues are on top on day one thanks to Smith and fellow centurian Kurtis Patterson, while Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns withstood a late-night assault to ensure they can press their claims for a recall.
Phil Lutton Darren Lehmann made light of Khawaja's "scapegoat" comments but was serious when he said fitness and form would dictate who filled the vacancies in the first Test team to face South Africa.