Aussies outclassed by India A

Written By Unknown on Senin, 18 Februari 2013 | 23.40

Phillip Hughes ... struggled to make an impact in both innings against India A. Source: News Limited

Australia showed some signs of improvement with the bat but were still comprehensively outplayed by India A in their three-day tour match which ended in a draw just four days out from the first Test.

Australia resumed in their first innings on 4-131 on Monday in reply to India A's 451 and were skittled for 235 at Chennai's Guru Nanak College Ground.

The home side's spinners Rakesh Dhurv (5-51) and Jajaj Saxena (4-61) claimed nine wickets between them in Australia's first innings.

Trailing by 216, Australia were forced to bat again as India A skipper Gautam Gambhir enforced the follow-on.
The Shane Watson-led tourists reached 3-195 at stumps.

Watson top-scored in Australia's first innings with 84 and the Test vice-captain was prominent again in the second dig, hitting 60 from 63 deliveries.

Watson and Ed Cowan (53) added 104 for the first wicket on Monday - their second century partnership of the match.

Phil Hughes (19) was bowled by Dhurv in the final over before tea.

Usman Khawaja finished on 30 not out with Matthew Wade on 19.

Skipper Michael Clarke (hamstring) and David Warner (thumb) were rested from the three-day game but have been training well.

"Davey has been hitting (balls in the nets) in the last couple of days so I think he'll be alright," Khawaja told his post-match media conference.

Khawaja said simply playing a first-class game in Indian conditions was a step forward for Clarke's men.

"Their spinners bowled very well. They used the conditions brilliantly and they put a lot of pressure on us," Khawaja said.

"You can bat in the nets as much as you want but it's not the same.

"The players took a lot out of that.

"That's why in the second innings you saw us bat so well. Watto and Eddie really set it up and we batted pretty well throughout the second innings.

"It's just nice to be out in the middle and getting some game time and putting ourselves under a bit of pressure."

Khawaja says pace remains a key weapon for Australia.

While spinners Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty and Ashton Agar claimed eight India A wickets, all three conceded centuries and couldn't match the tight bowling of pacemen Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Moises Henriques.

"Pete Siddle bowled lovely in this game (1-40 off 18)," Khawaja added.

"He really hit the deck hard and got in their faces and did what he does best.

"Pace can be as effective as spin out here."

Agar, 19, will return home on Tuesday to resume with Western Australia.

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