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Test hopefuls embrace England Lions clash

By AAP Newswire

Australia A coach Graeme Hick says the upcoming clash with England Lions shapes as a golden opportunity for a number of players to put their name up in selection lights.

The day-night first-class match starts on Saturday at the MCG and will be a chance for Test hopefuls to impress ahead of Australia's June series against Bangladesh.

"It's an important game for a few players in this side," Hick, who is also Australia's batting coach, told AAP.

"Runs and wickets count for a lot.

"I know the conditions are very different in Bangladesh but you make a hundred or take five wickets in this game, you keep your name in the hat and selectors take note of that."

Captain Moises Henriques said players would thrive on the challenge of testing themselves against international opposition.

"To challenge yourself against guys who have played international cricket, who are wanting to do the same thing you want to do - which is make that step up to the next level - it's basically as good as you can get without playing international cricket," Henriques said.

"So it is a great challenge and it'll be our only one to do so before that squad gets announced.

"We saw in Perth (against Pakistan) - you could argue that a couple of selections were made off the back of that game, so I wouldn't be surprised if that happens here."

Henriques expected batsman Nic Maddinson to be out to capitalise on his stellar Sheffield Shield performance against NSW, where he scored 95 and an unbeaten 100.

"He doesn't hide away from the fact that the BBL didn't go as well as he would have liked in terms of runs and then he was just able to bounce back straight away," Henriques said.

"First game back into red ball (cricket) he's gone 95 and 100 not out.

"I think that speaks a lot of his resilience now as well to be able to just cope with maybe not performing as well as he'd like for a decent amount of time and then he's just turned it round."

Henriques said he hadn't given up on his hopes of returning to the national team fold.

He will have limited bowling time against England Lions due to a ruptured disc but expected to ramp up his overs in the Sheffield Shield.