Stumps: Australia end day at 327/5
Out: Hardik Pandya gets rid off Peter Handscomb for 45. Australia are 320 for 5
Shaun Marsh has retired hurt after scoring 104. Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Marsh are in the middle for Australia. They are 301/4
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.
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).