Peter Siddle's chance to impress Australian selectors was hindered by intermittent rain at the MCG on Wednesday.
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.
Nick Ansell Charlie Locke is determined to make the most of a fresh start.
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.
Jon Pierik The message is loud and clear. Australia's top cricketers are complaining there are too many matches, and the need to satisfy bilateral agreements and television contracts is diluting the honour of representing your country.