A Sheffield Shield round wedged between two clashes with South Africa should have offered Australia's selectors the chance to clarify their thinking heading into the final Test.
A double ton from young Australian batsman Peter Handscombe for Victoria against New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield may have secured him a Test call up.
Australia middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja has put forward a strong case for his retention in the Test team with a Sheffield Shield ton.
Australia have been forced to make changes to their Test squad with the news that opening batsman Shaun Marsh has a fractured finger and is out of the series.
Australia have named their Test squad to take on South Africa in November, with paceman Joe Mennie earning a call-up, while Joe Burns and Jackson Bird miss out.
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels that batsmen Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns are not diverse enough in their play, and that their batting needs to be beyond reproach.
Australia Test opener Joe Burns is working on taking his innings past the shine of the new ball, after being dropped during the series against Sri Lanka in favour of Shaun Marsh.