Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry were in stunning form as England dominated day one of the warm-up game against Australia A.
Having won the toss and opted to bat, the England openers put a toothless Australia attack to the sword in Hobart to reach 318-0 at stumps.
Cook and Carberry both scored centuries during an impressive stand for the first wicket - with the duo upping the scoring rate in the evening session.
Cook, who missed the opening game of the Ashes tour against the Western Australia Chairman's XI with a bad back, was the first to reach three figures as the landmark coming three balls after tea.
The England skipper had showed signs that his stiff back was troubling him, however it was not enough to stop him batting beautifully to reach 154 not out off 272 deliveries at the close - including 19 boundaries.
And Carberry, a surprise pick at the top of the order ahead of Joe Root, followed up his 78 from Perth with a superb unbeaten 153.
Carberry showed the greater array of attacking shots with 22 fours and two sixes to strengthen his claims to start the first Test.
Root had been Cook's preferred partner at the top of the order during the summer.
However England gave a clear indication that they are set to take the 22-year-old Yorkshireman out of the firing line by naming him at No 5 for the second match of the tour Down Under at the Bellerive Oval.
And with Carberry scoring freely at the top of the order, Root now seems certain to start the first Test down the order.
In fact the line-up named by England looked very much a Test team - with Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann all returning.
The only change for opener in Brisbane is likely to be the return of Ian Bell, who was rested from the second match on the tour Down Under following his unbeaten century in Perth, in the place of Gary Ballance.
Carberry and Cook needed their wits about them in the early exchanges as the new ball moved lavishly off the seam after England had won the toss on a sunny morning.
Cook played and missed several times yet was rarely close to an edge; Carberry needed 16 balls to get off the mark, with a clip off his thigh for four off Ben Cutting.
When Moises Henriques introduced left-arm spinner Jon Holland, Carberry twice used his feet to hit over long off.
He spent seven overs stuck on 44 but did not lose his cool and completed his 50 when he chiselled his ninth four off a thick outside edge on an attempted square drive off Henriques just before afternoon drinks.
When Holland returned Carberry successfully went over the top again, for six this time - and then, with his century in safe keeping, he twice repeated the dose over long on off Glenn Maxwell's off-spin.
Between mid-morning and tea, neither batsman had a remotely anxious moment, and it was not until the second new ball was taken under cloud cover that Carberry needed some luck - dropped in the gully off Ben Cutting, on 135.
By then, of course, he had already made the most of his opportunity and raised the obvious prospect that - after 10 Test match innings together, producing just one half-century stand, the Cook-Root opening partnership may be due for a break.
You can watch day two of England's warm-up match against Australia 'A' live from Hobart at 11pm on Wednesday on Sky Sports 2 HD.