Australians 205 for 6 (S Marsh 118*, Voges 52, Warrican 3-69) trail WICB President's XI 382 (Dowrich 78, Chase 76, Chandrika 74) by 177 runs
Shaun Marsh shored up his Test spot while a trio of more certain selections failed to spend much time in the middle as the Australian tourists were made to battle by the WICB President's XI in Antigua.
Chris Rogers, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin were among those to fall cheaply, while Mitchell Marsh was also only briefly at the wicket though he bowled impressively in the morning to help round up the locals for 382.
It was left to Shaun Marsh and his Western Australia state captain Adam Voges to add weight to the innings, their century stand guiding the tourists through the middle of the day at a steady rate.
Voges' best chance of squeezing into the Test team may actually have been at Marsh's expense. He played well in the company of the middle-order incumbent, eluding one caught-behind appeal before looking notably irritated to be given out lbw to Jomel Warrican, one of his three wickets.
Marsh was crisp in his strokeplay and notably calm at the crease, not distracted by the flurry of wickets that followed Voges' exit as Mitchell Marsh was out hooking and Haddin soon followed.
Steven Smith was not chosen for this fixture but he was seen playing gamely in the nets against Mitchells Starc and Johnson in a manner befitting a No.3 batsman. By contrast Clarke came to the middle at the fall of the first wicket after Rogers fell to a stunning gully catch by Carlos Brathwaite and manged only 15 before a poorly devised pull shot skewed into the off-side field.
In all, the Australian batsmen looked rusty, and most will have plenty of work to do in the nets between now and the first day of the Test series in Dominica next week.