Usman Khawaja has been dealt another snub by national selectors after being left out of Australia's one-day team for the first game against New Zealand on Wednesday.
The left-hander is in the form of his life but has lost out to Shaun Marsh, who has been given the nod to replace injured opener Aaron Finch.
The move rewards Marsh, who made scores of 71, 62 and seven while David Warner was on parental leave, will perplex many.
Khawaja was initially left out of Australia's one-day squad so he could play in the Sheffield Shield in preparation for the Tests.
But instead of getting red-ball practice for Queensland in the Shield he will now be watching on from the dressing room.
Khawaja is likely to play at least one of the final two games, captain Steve Smith said, but Marsh was entitled to first crack at Finch's spot due to his impressive 50-over form.
"He [Khawaja] does need a hit going into a big Test series for us and he's batting extremely well," Smith said.
"He's unlucky to miss out but Shaun's getting the first opportunity. He played well in Australia and he's batting extremely well as well."
Legspinner Adam Zampa, paceman Scott Boland and Khawaja are the three members of the 14-man touring party left out of the XI.
AUSTRALIA: Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Steve Smith (capt), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood.