Tim Paine mixed on Sheffield Shield rest

Tim Paine is sitting out the Sheffield Shield to rest for Australia's tour of South Africa (file) .
Tim Paine is sitting out the Sheffield Shield to rest for Australia's tour of South Africa (file) .

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine admits he's on the fence over a Cricket Australia directive to rest before the coming four-Test tour of South Africa.

Paine is one of five of Australia's 15-man Test squad sitting out Sheffield Shield for their respective states when the first-class competition resumes on Thursday.

"I'd love to be playing but I also realise the benefit I'd get from having 10 days at home and getting away from cricket a little bit," he said on Monday.

After a stunning national recall in November, Paine has played all five Ashes Tests, four ODIs against England and two Big Bash League games including the final for runners-up Hobart Hurricanes.

"I've had a big summer," the 33-year-old said.

"I suppose getting back into international cricket ... it's probably taken the edge off me mentally."

Frontline pace trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and Steve Smith are being rested for ladder-leader NSW's match against Western Australia in Perth.

The Blues will also be without David Warner, who's on national T20 duties.

Test tweaker Nathan Lyon has been named though and will be looking to shake off a disappointing 20-over practice match against England, where he conceded 43 runs from two overs.

Round six of the Sheffield Shield is the final first-class hit-out before Australia leaves for South Africa on February 15.

Incumbent opener Cameron Bancroft will be be desperate for runs after averaging just 25 in the five-Test series against the Poms.

He's expected to be named in WA's squad alongside Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and Jhye Richardson.

Peter Handscomb, meanwhile, will captain winless Victoria against South Australia at Adelaide Oval.

Jon Holland is also in Victoria's 12-man squad after seemingly being anointed Australia's second-choice specialist spinner.

Paine's state teammate and this season's leading Sheffield Shield wicket-taker Jackson Bird has been picked for Tasmania, who play an Usman Khawaja-skippered Queensland at the Gabba.