Australia batsman Alex Doolan says he lives in hope of earning a Test debut against England after a brilliant day-four century was enough to see Tasmania sneak home in a thrilling Sheffield Shield cricket opener against New South Wales (NSW) at Blacktown.

After Doolan fell for an elegant 132, Tasmania suffered a crippling batting collapse that saw them lose 6-23 to crumble from 2-261 to be eight down with 11 needed.

But some brave hitting from rookie tailender Clive Rose ensured the defending Shield champions secured an important two-wicket win after successfully overcoming a first-innings deficit to chase down the 295-run target.

(with inputs from AFP)