Australian Test aspirants depart early on day one of tour game versus Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka celebrate the dismissal of Joe Burns for 4. © Getty

Three batting hopefuls chasing Test spots this month all failed to press their claims on day one of the tour game against Sri Lanka in Hobart, with the Queensland trio of Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne and Matt Renshaw dismissed inside 11 overs.

The 14-Test batsman Burns, leading the Cricket Australia XI, was the first wicket to fall when he edged Kasun Rajitha to third slip for 4 from 13 deliveries. Next to go was Labuschagne, who batted at No 3 against India in the recent Sydney Test, when he inside-edged a back-foot punch off Dushmantha Chameera for 6 off 13 balls. (ALSO READ: Burns plays down competition with Queensland teammate Renshaw)

Renshaw, who played the last of his 11 Test matches in April during the controversial tour of South Africa, also fell to Chameera when he nicked off to Dimuth Karunaratne at first slip. He made 7 from 35 balls.

The uncapped Victorian batsman Will Pucovski, handed a maiden call-up this month after a string of strong scores in the Sheffield Shield, was batting on 22 at the tea break at Blundstone Arena where the CA XI had reached 85/3.

Burns and Renshaw were this month recalled to Australia’s Test squad to face Sri Lanka, with the axe falling on Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and the Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitchell.