Shaun Marsh and his Western Australia teammates will be aiming to make amends for their recent shaky form when they take on Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield clash at the WACA Ground, starting Thursday.
Marsh's spot in the Test side is in grave doubt after he managed scores of just seven, 0, three, and four in Australia's 1-0 series loss to Pakistan in the UAE.
The 35-year-old will line up for WA this week, and is desperate to end his run drought.
He won't be the only batsman aiming to make amends.
WA were embarrassed in their opening Shield match of the season, with crippling batting collapses handing Victoria an innings and 45-run victory at the WACA.
The Warriors slumped to 4-42 in their first-innings score of 208, and they were reeling at 5-45 early in their second dig before making it to 261.
Stand-in skipper Ashton Turner (0, 2), Will Bosisto (15, 5), Jon Wells (9, 7), and Hilton Cartwright (7, 14) were among the batsmen who failed to fire.
Warriors coach Adam Voges is optimistic his team will respond strongly against Tasmania.
"We've had a really good discussion about that," Voges said of the recent batting collapses.
"The guys have spoken a lot about making sure we are really strong with our defence.
"I think we got exposed a bit with by the Victorian attack. We probably weren't good enough technically a lot of the time.
"You're obviously pretty flat with the performance. But it's one game in a long season, so hopefully we can bounce back."
Marsh will need to produce a big score to ease the growing pressure on him.
Voges has tried his best to get Marsh in a relaxed mood leading into this week's Shield game.
"It's great to have him back in the squad. We all love having Shaun when he's available," Voges said.
"The energy in the group has been really good. Everyone's excited to have him back."
WA will also be bolstered by the return of paceman Jhye Richardson.
Tasmania enter the match full of confidence after crushing Queensland by 246 runs at the Gabba.
Australian Associated Press