England pushed Joe Root down the order to number five, and replaced him with Michael Carberry at the top of the order, for their second tour match against Australia A at the Bellerive Oval.
In a clear indication of an Ashes rethink, the tourists decided it was time to allow Root, who opened against Australia in last summer's 3-0 victory, a little more breathing space in the middle order.
The young Yorkshireman was listed at number five in a team also containing his county team-mate Gary Ballance, who has made two ducks in two innings so far in his England career but is nonetheless retained at number six.
As expected, Test regulars Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann were back after being rested for England's opening tour match in Perth last week but Ian Bell was rested.
Chris Tremlett got the nod as the third seamer, but it would be Carberry who would get the first chance to impress alongside Alastair Cook after England chose to bat first on a sunny morning.
Australia A: M Klinger, A J Doolan, U T Khawaja, S E Marsh, C J Ferguson, G J Maxwell, M C Henriques (Capt), T D Paine (Wkt), B C J Cutting, T A Copeland, J M Holland.
England XI: A N Cook (Capt), M A Carberry, I J L Trott K P Pietersen, J E Root, G S Ballance, M J Prior (Wkt), S C J Broad, G P Swann, C T Tremlett, J M Anderson.
England XI won toss and decided to bat
Umpires: S D Fry and P Wilson
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