While Australian selectors continue to talk about resting players and rotation, Alex Hales proved you can still perform with a rushed preparation and lack of sleep after his heroics for Melbourne Renegades on Wednesday night.
The Englishman produced one of the memorable innings of the Big Bash League season at the SCG as the Renegades put an end to the Sydney Sixers title defence.
Only signed by the Renegades on Monday as an injury replacement for Marlon Samuels, Hales arrived in Sydney on the morning of the game before blasting a swashbuckling 89 less than 12 hours later in his side's 29-run win.
Shrugging off any concerns over jet lag, the 24-year-old smashed eight sixes in his thrilling 52-ball knock and believes his long-haul business-class flight and 'a fair few' cans of Red Bull helped him decimate the Sixers attack.
"It's been a long 40 hours," Hales told reporters after his man-of-the-match performance.
"I was up all night in England trying to sort it all out. It was a long process but it probably helped me out because I managed to get on Australian time early which helped with the sleep patterns.
"I was probably up until 4am (in England) and didn't get much sleep that night because of the excitement at coming over but managed to sleep on the plane.
"I really wanted to make an impact. They were fairly big boots to fill with Marlon Samuels not being here and (Aaron) Finchy with Australia. So I'm happy with how I started."
The Big Bash is not Hales' first appearance in Australia, with the right-hander having played grade cricket in Victoria for Dandenong a couple of years ago, alongside the likes of Test quick Peter Siddle and Renegades bowler Darren Pattinson.
Hales, who has played 14 T20 internationals for England, looked comfortable against most of the Sixers attack but had most of his success against spinner Steve O'Keefe.
He smashed 43 runs of just 13 deliveries against the tweaker, including one over where he cleared the fence four times, with one shot landing on the roof of the Members Stand just metres from the famous SCG clock.
"I was aiming for it," Hales joked afterwards.
"That one that hit the roof probably felt best off the bat.
"I had a plan to take advantage of the short boundary and fortunately it paid off today.
"(But) all I want is a good night's sleep now.
"I've had a fair share of Red bulls so it might take me a while to get my head down but I'm looking forward to Tuesday now and playing in front of a home crowd too."
O'Keefe said he simply had no answer to Hales' power as he saw first-hand why the opener is considered such a good future prospect for England in all three forms of the game.
"I just thought I'd come over wicket and spear it in but I couldn't quite execute it. He's likely to give me nightmares for the rest of my time," a philosophical O'Keefe said.
"He didn't just clear the fence he cleared it by a long way.
"I had watched a bit of him for England and I knew a bit of him and how he played but I quite clearly underestimated how he could be.
"He batted beautifully and so did Ben Rohrer. The way he's (Rohrer) going this summer he's surely got to be on the Australian selector's prospects in T20 cricket."
The Renegades will host a semi-final at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, with their opponents to be determined after the final two matches of the regular season.