Sam Whiteman has returned to Sheffield Shield in style, scoring a vital half century for WA in their clash with Tasmania in Hobart.
After playing for the Cricket Australian XI against the England Lions the previous week, Whiteman returned to Tasmania with his WA teammates for his first Shield match since November.
Whiteman, who recently welcomed his second child, came to the crease with his side in trouble in the first innings after they were sent in by the home side.
Playing as a specialist batsman at No.4, Whiteman arrived in the middle with Cameron Bancroft (12) and Shaun Marsh (0) having been dismissed in quick succession.
Opener Jake Carder (28) joined them in the sheds soon after.
Taking his time to get off the mark, Whiteman then built an innings-defining partnership with Cameron Green to help WA post a competitive score of 371 in the first dig.
The 27-year-old was eventually out after adding 53 off 125 balls, caught behind by Tim Paine off the bowling of Jake Doran.