There has been a sobering reality check on the depth of the country's batting stocks but the summer will not go completely to waste for Kurtis Patterson after he again reminded selectors of his class.
Australia A were soundly beaten by their English equivalent, the England Lions, at the MCG after another poor performance with the bat on Tuesday.
Kurtis Patterson made 94 not out for Australia A against the England Lions.Credit:AAP
Dumped from the side for the Ashes despite a century in his last Test, the left-hander has not had many opportunities to press his claims due to injury but this knock will keep his name prominent with Trevor Hohns, Justin Langer and George Bailey.
Queensland's Jack Wildermuth also enhanced his reputation with scores of 50 not out and 37 to go with two wickets, though Mitchell Marsh appears the frontrunner in the all-rounder category.
Test discard Marcus Harris failed in both innings while Usman Khawaja made starts without kicking on.
Young gun Will Pucovski missed the game due to concussion but may have held his place in the pecking order.
Paceman Mark Steketee was the pick of the local seamers with his four wickets inspiring Australia A's fightback on the second day, but he would be very much a bolter if picked to tour Bangladesh.
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