Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry delivered a timely reminder to selectors as England closed in on victory in their Ashes warm-up game against Western Australia in Perth.
Opening the batting in the absence of captain Alastair Cook, who is nursing a sore back, Carberry hit a solid 78 from 100 deliveries in an innings that featured 12 boundaries.
The 33-year-old will hope that his battling knock has helped to underly his batting prowess as he bids to earn a coveted top-order batsman’s spot ahead of the Test series, which begins in Brisbane on November 21.
The hosts, resuming the second day’s play on 369 for four, finally declared on 451 for five.
England were 137 for two when Carberry was dismissed by Ashton Turner.
The tourists closed day two on 270 for two – 181 behind their hosts.