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.
The Australians declared their innings at 5-316 with Tasmanian wicketkeeper Jake Doran also making the most of his opportunity with 102 not out.
Sri Lanka were 0-38 at the close of play in the day-night 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 the Sheffield Shield cricket so far this season, shared a 218 run stand with Doran for the sixth wicket
"I finished the first part of the Shield season feeling like I was batting quite well," Patterson said.
"I've had four weeks off to freshen up. It was really good to come out against a really good side on a good wicket at a nice ground.
"There was no extra motivation (to make the Test team) it's just nice to be there or thereabouts."
Patterson has now made a century at the WACA before the BBL break, a century in club cricket in Sydney last weekend and his 150 on Thursday.
The scoreboard didn't as so well for the Australian players in this 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, 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.
Australian Associated Press