Phil Hughes and Steve Smith both enjoyed some much-needed time in the middle as Australia ended day one of their tour match with Sussex on 354-5.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first at Hove, the tourists were given the perfect start to the three-day fixture when Hughes (84) and Ed Cowan combined in an opening stand worth 150.
However, Australia - who must now win the three remaining Tests against England to regain the Ashes - did not have things all their own way.
Lewis Hatchett removed both openers in the space of 17 runs and Usman Khawaja and Matthew Wade were dismissed in successive overs from Monty Panesar, the latter failing to trouble the scorers.
Smith, though, helped revive yet another Australian innings that was in danger of collapsing with an unbeaten 98. He shared in a stand of 131 with James Faulkner, who contributed 48 before falling just before stumps.
Cowan had earlier done his hopes of a Test recall no harm with a knock of 66 before he became the first wicket to fall.
He had looked assured at the crease until his attempt to turn a delivery from left-arm seamer Hatchett to leg saw him well caught by James Taylor, the Nottinghamshire batsman playing for Sussex at England's request.
Hughes did not last too much longer, his rather skittish knock coming to an end when he provided debutant wicketkeeper Callum Jackson with his first victim behind the stumps. He had hit 14 boundaries but was dropped on 22.
Khawaja looked comfortable in reaching 40 before pushing at a Panesar delivery that took the outside edge and was taken at slip by Chris Jordan.
The England spinner had Wade caught at point straight after tea and also claimed the fifth and final wicket to fall, Faulkner bowled hitting across the line in the penultimate over.
Smith did hit the first ball of the final over for four, but will have to return on Saturday morning to record what would be only the third hundred on the tour so far by an Australian.