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  • 5:22 PM IST

    Stumps: Australia end day at 327/5

  • 4:26 PM IST

    Out: Hardik Pandya gets rid off Peter Handscomb for 45. Australia are 320 for 5

  • 4:08 PM IST

    Shaun Marsh has retired hurt after scoring 104. Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Marsh are in the middle for Australia. They are 301/4

  • 3:48 PM IST

    After Smith, now Shaun Marsh too notches up his hundred. It has been a long day for Pandya-led India A side. AUS 288/3.

  • 3:07 PM IST

    Steve Smith has warmed up for the big series with hundred as he gets retired out on 107. Shaun Marsh now nearing his century. AUS 221 /3.

  • 2:13 PM IST

    Steve Smith brings up his hundred. Australia 200/2.

  • 2:03 PM IST

    Shaun Marsh notches up his half-century and Steve Smith is batting on 97. The solid stand between the two has powered Australia after the dismissal of the openers.

  • 1:05 PM IST

    Steve Smith brings up his fifty after lunch. Australia have now consolidated after the dismissals of both the openers. AUS 129/2.

  • 12:45 PM IST

    Steve Smith nears his half-century and at the other end Shaun Marsh giving good support. Australia have moved on to 112/2 after 29 overs.

  • 11:40 AM IST

    Australia 81/2 at lunch. Steve Smith (31) and Shaun Marsh (6) not out, Saini 2-13.

Hello and welcome to India.com’s live coverage of the three-day tour game between India A and Australia in Mumbai. Hardik Pandya will be leading India A as Australia look to test their players ahead of the four-Test series starting February 23.

Preview: Ahead of the four-match Test series against top-ranked India later this month, Australia will aim to try and sort out their combination when they take on India A in a three-day practice match at the Brabourne Stadium.

The Steve Smith-led visitors, who have four frontline spinners in their squad – Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Ashton Agar and Matthew Renshaw – besides allrounder Glenn Maxwell, will focus mainly on getting their slow bowling combination in place before the taxing series.

The match will also provide first-timers like Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Peter Handscomb, Agar and Jackson Bird an opportunity to learn the nuances of playing in sub-continent conditions before the first Test starts in Pune from February 23. Also Read: Australia will play best brand of cricket to beat India: David Warner

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mathew Wade, who was part of the Australia squad that received a shaming 0-4 drubbing in 2013, said he will stick to his basics, considering the turn and low bounce of the pitches here in India.

On the other hand, the Hardik Pandya-led India A side will be looking to repeat their performance which they displayed against Bangladesh in the practice match. The team boasts of some promising batsmen in Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Priyank Panchal, who are on the radar of the national selectors for quite some time.

The bowling department will be led by experienced Bengal pacer Ashoke Dinda along with left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and left-arm orthodox Shabaz Nadeem, who has over 300 first-class wickets.

Squads:

India A: Hardik Pandya (capt), Akhil Herwadkar, Priyank Kirit Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Ashok Dinda, Mohammed Siraj, Rahul Singh, Baba Indrajith.

Australia: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Stephen O’Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade (wk).