Victoria 3 for 233 (Handscomb 103*, Gotch 51*, Steketee 2-57) beat Cricket Australia XI 232 (Nielsen 94, Wright 30, Tremain 3-51, Siddle 2-20) by seven wickets
Peter Handscomb, Australia's No. 5 Test batsman, blazed to an unbeaten century after his fellow Ashes aspirant Peter Siddle did not give much away with the ball to guide Victoria to a bonus-point win over the Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval in Sydney.
Having kept wicket at times during Australia's unsuccessful ODI series in India, Handscomb has also taken the gloves for the Bushrangers in two domestic limited-overs matches since his return. However, it was his starburst of strokes in pursuit of the CA XI total that will have most interested the selector on duty Greg Chappell, with support from Seb Gotch.
Hurstville is a venue noted for favouring batsmen, but the CA XI were never likely to set a steep task for Victoria after sliding as low as 6 for 45 to the Bushrangers' pacemen. Chief among the wreckers was Siddle, who claimed the key wickets of Clint Hinchliffe and Max Bryant - he of the 89-ball 61 against New South Wales on Sunday - while conceding a mere 20 runs from 10 precise overs.
The young wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen, son of the former Australia coach Tim Nielsen, then prolonged the CA XI innings with a determined 94, aided by stands of 59 with Mac Wright, 53 with Mark Steketee and 59 with Charlie Stobo. Nielsen fell short of his own century in the dying overs, but he had enlarged the CA XI total just enough to ensure plenty of fireworks from Handscomb.