Tim Paine is 9 not out with Tasmania 6/258 at stumps on Day 1 of the match at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.
Mitch Starc took the wickets of Matt Wade and Caleb Jewell with some nice cutting delivers on a very flat wicket at what is very much a grade cricket ground after the match was moved from the famous SCG.
The NRL has been blamed with the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm playing a semi final 3 weeks ago at the SCG. Sadly for cricket the ground cannot currently be used.
The match on the weekend is big for Paine, David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitch Starc and Nathan Lyon in particular as they continue to push for early season form ahead of the Gabba test match in November with Pakistan.