BENDIGO netballer Caitlin Thwaites is in the mix to play for Australia in Sunday's opening Constellation Cup clash against New Zealand in Invercargill.
Australian coach Lisa Alexander is keeping her players guessing over her selections for the Test match.
Alexander is enjoying the competition within her new-look Diamonds squad as they attempt to reclaim the Cup from the Silver Ferns and won't name her starting line-up until game day.
"The players know that every position is still up for grabs so no one is expecting a start," said Alexander.
"I want hungry athletes, players who are desperate to get out there and win for Australia."
Without former captain Natalie von Bertouch and fellow stalwarts Catherine Cox and Mo'onia Gerrard, the door may be open for shooting star Thwaites, mid-court young gun Kimberley Ravaillion and 2013 trans-Tasman premiership defender Sharni Layton.
"We've got four terrific defenders, midcourters and shooters to choose from so we're spoilt for choice but it's a matter of getting those combinations right," Alexander said.
"It's what you want as a coach - you want selection to be difficult which is where we find ourselves right now with two options for each position."
Despite missing 252 games of experience, Alexander believes her side's versatility will be an advantage.