Alex Doolan batted at No.3 in Australia's first centre-wicket practice in Potchefstroom, but the Tasmanian hopeful says that's not necessarily a guide for the first Test.
Doolan is the favourite to fill the void left by George Bailey in the batting order and make his Test debut against South Africa on February 12 at Centurion.
However, speculation remains that instead of coming straight into Bailey's No.6 position, Doolan could slot in at first drop and push Shane Watson down the order.
Doolan - who scored one hundred and averaged 39 during the Shield season - is accustomed to batting at No.3 for his State.
And in an intra-squad practice session on Sunday, the 29-year-old came out to bat after openers David Warner and Chris Rogers.
"I certainly don't (read much into that). I don't know if anyone else does," said Doolan.
"It's just a centre wicket (session) and everyone's batted in different spots."
Australian captain Michael Clarke suggested before departure to South Africa that Watson wanted to stay at No.3 and would most likely be granted his wish.
Watson made his third Test century in the position during the Ashes series, but he largely struggled to assert himself in the first innings of matches.
The allrounder's bowling responsibilities are also likely to increase in the seaming South African conditions.
Back in 2011, Watson was dynamic with the ball in the Cape Town Test.
Doolan is competing with Phil Hughes and Moises Henriques for the first Test, however he would appear the obvious front runner given the other two were only late inclusions to the squad.
Australia had a chance to blow out some cobwebs on Sunday, after rain had hampered their training time since touching down in the rainbow nation.
Doolan said he's yet to feel the pressure of a looming confrontation with the world's No.1 Test nation, confident he knows the conditions and the strengths of the South African bowlers.
"I toured here during the last off-season with the Australia A team so it's good to reacquaint myself with the South African conditions," he said.
"They were pretty similar to Australia, I thought - fast and bouncy and seemed to carry on to the bat nicely.
"I feel like I'm going really well, it feels like I'm in a good rhythm, I'm hitting the ball nicely and hopefully I can just carry that on to the tour match that we've got here (starting next Wednesday), and who knows from there."