Matt Prior thrived in the specialist batsman's role and warmed up for the third Ashes cricket test with an unbeaten century in England's rain-hit drawn tour match against Victoria on Sunday.
Relieved of his keeping duties, Prior hit a 145-ball 102 before fading light halted play with the tourists 100 runs behind their winning target of 311 with four wickets in hand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
However England's quest to find injured Stuart Broad's potential replacement from this match, failed to produce a clear-cut favourite.
Tim Bresnan managed just one wicket in the match while fellow Ashes hopefuls Chris Tremlett and Ajmal Shahzad toiled without success.
Perth hosts the third Ashes test from Thursday.