Australia A v India A, Brisbane, 2nd day July 7, 2014

India A in command after Naman Ojha double ton

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Batting was easier after day one, first session - Naman Ojha

Australia A 6 for 126 (Hughes 34, Bumrah 3-42) trail India A 9 for 475 dec (N Ojha 219*, Tiwary 83, Jiwanjot 56, Boyce 4-146) by 349 runs
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A breathtaking double-century from Naman Ojha and three wickets from Jasprit Bumrah took India A to a commanding position at the end of the second day's play of their four-day game against Australia A in Brisbane. Naman added 122 runs with Nos. 10 and 11, whose combined contributions to those two partnerships was 11 runs, before India A declared on 9 for 475.

Phil Hughes and Alex Doolan put on 33 for the first wicket as Australia A began their reply, before Bumrah struck in the ninth over to remove Doolan. Peter Forrest then added another 33 with Hughes before Bumrah struck again. Hughes fell at the same score, bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni, and Pragyan Ojha and Umesh Yadav then joined the party to leave Australia A 6 for 99. Mitchell Marsh and Sam Whiteman were together at the crease at stumps, having added 27 in 6.3 overs. With two more days left to play, it will take quite a bit of effort for Australia A to turn things around.

India began the day on 6 for 304, with Naman on 82, and he reached his hundred in the 10th over of the morning, with a six off legspinner Cameron Boyce. India A were soon eight down, though, after Boyce dismissed Dhawal Kulkarni and Umesh Yadav in successive overs. Naman, at that point, was on 110.

He immediately scored a flurry of boundaries, including a four and two sixes in successive deliveries off Boyce, to move to 152 and take India A's total to 400, before Moises Henriques had his namesake Pragyan Ojha caught behind. Pragyan's share of the partnership of 47 between the two Ojhas was a mere four runs.

Naman then proceeded to dominate another partnership in even more spectacular manner, as India A scored 75 runs in the next 91 balls to declare on 9 for 475. Jasprit Bumrah's share of the unbroken ninth wicket partnership was 7 off 34 balls. Naman reached his 200 with another six, this time off fast bowler Chadd Sayers, and continued finding the boundary almost every over, and the declaration arrived immediately after he struck three fours in one Sayers over. Naman's unbeaten 219 came off 250 balls, with 29 fours and eight sixes. After reaching his 100, he scored 119 runs in just 114 balls.

Boyce finished with four wickets, and Naman praised his bowling, saying "he has got very good drift and very good turn", and that he would be even more of a threat if he bowled in the subcontinent.

Asked how conditions were for batting, Ojha said the pitch was good to bat on after the initial few overs. "I think day one, the first session was a little difficult but after that things got pretty good for us and then I tried to hang in at the wicket and it went off well."

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  • BradmanBestEver on July 8, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Things are looking pretty good for the Aussies in the coming years - Mitch Marsh in particular must be given a go in the test team - he seems a better batting prospect than Faulkner and he can send them down at a good clip with a bit of movement.

  • on July 8, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    tommrrw robin uttappa will rock ..100***

  • lingiboy on July 8, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Naman's chances of getting into the India team are slim. many reasons. He is already 31 lus. Dhoni will continue as captain and WK till he wants as linguboy says. Kids Mitch Marsh and Sam Whiteman also batted well on the same pitch.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 8, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Wonderful performances. The stage was set for them both,and they stood up. If the old guard can hold for for 2/3 years, Australia will be sitting on another potentially great set of players. With a few youngsters who should be ready by then. The bowlers mentioned before, Cummins, Starc, Pattinson, Hazelwood and some young batters around like Lynn, Burns, Maddinson, Silk, Head - it could be very good.

  • siddhartha87 on July 8, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Aussie is developing a great bench strength. Cummins,Starc,Bird and Hazzlewood are not even playing.Chris Lynn looks a genuine number 5 or 6 batsman. Will be great to see him debuting in tests later this year. Surprised that O'keefe is not in the squad. He had a splendid shield session.

  • on July 8, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    What a great day for Australia.. the future is looking bright that's for sure. Two of our best young talents score 174 and 211 (run out) respectively. Whiteman looks like he will be first in line to replace Haddin when he decides to call it a career and also has good leadership potential, whilst Marsh seems to be coming of age with the bat. Let's hope he keeps it up and replaces Watson in the Test side sooner rather than later.

  • on July 8, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    I think this problem exists at the A level two . From 126-6 to 502-8 .This is the major problem with Ind bowling .When they get the first six out cheaply they make sure No 7 and No 8 make big scores .If this happens ( which I am pretty sure it will) in the eng tour we can expect 2-0 or 3-0 to england if not a whitewash .Ojha has been terrible ,getting hit for a boundary every over by Mitch marsh . Ashwin wouldnt have been better either .We have stopped producing quality spinners who can perform outside the subcontinent after Kumble and bhajji .Ind needs to focus on pace and spin resources immediateky if they have to stand a chance at competing with all other test team

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    The Allan Border Field must be one of the very few major grounds in Brisbane that isn't currently being used by one of the 4 football codes we have here. .. Seriously, just about every other ground has grass an inch and a half long all over them as well as a million sprig marks. .. It's the middle of winter for god's sake. I've never seen a f/c game played in July in Australia before. We played Bangladesh in a 2 Test series in Darwin a few years back, but I'm pretty sure that was in Aug/Sep which is late winter/early spring. .. This is new.

  • on July 8, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Ha ha typical Indian bowling as you still gloating now Indians about how great your A team is? Some things don't change hey , as this is exactly what happened in NZ when BM got his 300 runs. Still a laughing stock of a bowling unit.

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    This is very much an exploratory Aussie A side. I count 4 all-rounders. Batsmen are batting out of position and there's no serious fast bowling in sight. Well, OK, Cutting, but he's a short format specialist at this point. He's not that quick either. Not really.

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK: Gee whizz mate, you're in good form lately. All I can say about that one is good try but no cigar. For the reasons above. Also, as I speak Whiteman has just ticked off his 150 to make a matching pair with Mitch Marshes. The extra cream on top about Whiteman is that he was born in Yorkshire but chose to go with us. .. It's just nice to keep one now and then. :)

  • BradmanBestEver on July 8, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Things are looking pretty good for the Aussies in the coming years - Mitch Marsh in particular must be given a go in the test team - he seems a better batting prospect than Faulkner and he can send them down at a good clip with a bit of movement.

  • on July 8, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    tommrrw robin uttappa will rock ..100***

  • lingiboy on July 8, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Naman's chances of getting into the India team are slim. many reasons. He is already 31 lus. Dhoni will continue as captain and WK till he wants as linguboy says. Kids Mitch Marsh and Sam Whiteman also batted well on the same pitch.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 8, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Wonderful performances. The stage was set for them both,and they stood up. If the old guard can hold for for 2/3 years, Australia will be sitting on another potentially great set of players. With a few youngsters who should be ready by then. The bowlers mentioned before, Cummins, Starc, Pattinson, Hazelwood and some young batters around like Lynn, Burns, Maddinson, Silk, Head - it could be very good.

  • siddhartha87 on July 8, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Aussie is developing a great bench strength. Cummins,Starc,Bird and Hazzlewood are not even playing.Chris Lynn looks a genuine number 5 or 6 batsman. Will be great to see him debuting in tests later this year. Surprised that O'keefe is not in the squad. He had a splendid shield session.

  • on July 8, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    What a great day for Australia.. the future is looking bright that's for sure. Two of our best young talents score 174 and 211 (run out) respectively. Whiteman looks like he will be first in line to replace Haddin when he decides to call it a career and also has good leadership potential, whilst Marsh seems to be coming of age with the bat. Let's hope he keeps it up and replaces Watson in the Test side sooner rather than later.

  • on July 8, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    I think this problem exists at the A level two . From 126-6 to 502-8 .This is the major problem with Ind bowling .When they get the first six out cheaply they make sure No 7 and No 8 make big scores .If this happens ( which I am pretty sure it will) in the eng tour we can expect 2-0 or 3-0 to england if not a whitewash .Ojha has been terrible ,getting hit for a boundary every over by Mitch marsh . Ashwin wouldnt have been better either .We have stopped producing quality spinners who can perform outside the subcontinent after Kumble and bhajji .Ind needs to focus on pace and spin resources immediateky if they have to stand a chance at competing with all other test team

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    The Allan Border Field must be one of the very few major grounds in Brisbane that isn't currently being used by one of the 4 football codes we have here. .. Seriously, just about every other ground has grass an inch and a half long all over them as well as a million sprig marks. .. It's the middle of winter for god's sake. I've never seen a f/c game played in July in Australia before. We played Bangladesh in a 2 Test series in Darwin a few years back, but I'm pretty sure that was in Aug/Sep which is late winter/early spring. .. This is new.

  • on July 8, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Ha ha typical Indian bowling as you still gloating now Indians about how great your A team is? Some things don't change hey , as this is exactly what happened in NZ when BM got his 300 runs. Still a laughing stock of a bowling unit.

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    This is very much an exploratory Aussie A side. I count 4 all-rounders. Batsmen are batting out of position and there's no serious fast bowling in sight. Well, OK, Cutting, but he's a short format specialist at this point. He's not that quick either. Not really.

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK: Gee whizz mate, you're in good form lately. All I can say about that one is good try but no cigar. For the reasons above. Also, as I speak Whiteman has just ticked off his 150 to make a matching pair with Mitch Marshes. The extra cream on top about Whiteman is that he was born in Yorkshire but chose to go with us. .. It's just nice to keep one now and then. :)

  • twofer on July 8, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    I was going to post yesterday that the best of Australia A's batting looked to be at 7, 8, & 9 but did not want to hex them. Whiteman's first First Class century was almost inevitable and there are more centuries in him yet. Pushing to be Australia's next long term 'keeper.

  • on July 8, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Chaitanyareddy90: I think Guhrinder Sandhu is in the national development squad, but the others seem to be all missing? The pitch in AB wasn't really helping the seamers all that much by the looks of it. I think the Aussies just made it worse than it looks.

  • on July 7, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    I wished they'd selected Joe Burns and/or Michael Klinger as well for this tour.

  • on July 7, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    @ram91106 Besides Doolan and maybe at a stretch Faulkner, none of those guys are in the current reckoning. That bowling attack as well isn't even remotely close to our 2nd best line up when we have Starc, Cummins, Hazelwood, Bird and I suppose after the last test match, Siddle all now in that group. Whiteman and Marsh are two for the future but thats about it.

  • Nampally on July 7, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    What a brilliant knock by Naman Ojha! He did India proud by nearly scoring 50% of their runs. He generally opens the innings & blazes his way to big scores in IPL. He treated the Aussie bowling as though he is still in IPL mode. Bumrah was excellent in IPL too with his deceptive herky jerky action & pace. He took wkts. on an easy batting wkt.!He is still a young man & for his build, he generates fair amount of pace & hits the right spots. He can only improve with little bit of muscle on him. Well done Naman & Bumrah! I hope Dhoni's team in England will emulate this India A performance in the first Test. It is a hard act to follow.

  • Chris_P on July 7, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    @ram91106. Get serious sunshine, Doolan has just played his first 3 tests & is yet to consolidate & is playing this game as an opener, which he is not. The other 3 haven't played for over 8 tests. Current does mean incumbent you know. Hughes is a definite future contender, his credentials speak for themselves, none of the quick bowlers are in the next 8 or so front line quick bowlers to be selected. BOyce shows potential but would be 3rd or 4th in line. Naman Ohja is about to turn 31, this is the future?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 7, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Gosh, the depth in Australia seems wafer thin once again, doesn't it? The selection of Philip 'slice-to-point' Hughes and so many other short-format specialists must have fans fearing the inevitable slide once the current test veterans retire. It's going to be a very short reign at number one this time round...

  • Karthik78 on July 7, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    This is the problem with India. India have very good talent in plenty. But they don't change the senior team even they lose very badly. Dhoni will keep on persisting with same team. But he is killing the lives of those skilled players in A level/junior level.

  • on July 7, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Goodness gracious , one innings and Naman Ojha is ready to replace Dhoni?? Can he play such an innings in the cauldron /pressure of a test match against a test quality attack? He was batting for most part with tailenders, wherein he had the license to go for the bowling, with a devil may care attithude. Can he decimate the Aussie senior attack in a test match and score a double century in three sessions as Dhoni did in 2013? Can he become the no.1 batsman in ODI cricket ever (which Dhoni is undoubtedly) ?

  • Winsome on July 7, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    It is odd that the Aussies have put in 3 all-rounders but Henriques has been batting well the past few years in the Shield and they are obviously hankering for Faulkner to improve his batting so are testing him out up the order. It's not like they are particularly keeping many other good batsmen out, there aren't that many around. Maxwell and Finch are better off in County cricket. Shame Hazlewood couldn't get a run, but I'm sure he will next game.

  • BustIPL on July 7, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Naman may be too late at the the age of thirty but he has put many positions in the current indian team visiting england under pressure. Specially, Dhoni's who's test record is under question. Since, this innings has come too late in his career, he has to further prove his point a couple of times more before he gets the final birth.

  • CricLover316 on July 7, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @Sultan2007 - There is a big reason for that. The Selections of the players(Specially bowlers) is always questionable.How has Ishant Sharma played 55 Tests ? I'm out of words for this. Ash keeps getting picked over and over again even after terrible figures overseas. Binny ? Its a joke. No team would lose a wicket to a 110 Kph bowler,who is just a bits and pieces player.Umesh Yadav & Praveen Kumar,adding to that Pankaj Singh & Ishwar Pandey will not make their debuts because we know how Dhoni picks "his" players,not those players that actually deserve a spot in the team.Compare the Teams that played in SA/Nz Tests.Its almost going to be the same playing 11,Zak was injured so had to be dropped otherwise Dhoni would have played Unfit Zak and The Legend Ishant. Umesh Yadav,Ojha,Mishra,Pankaj/Pandey,Bhuvi,Shami. These are India's best lot. When you keep on playing tried & tested failures in your team and never even drop them once,all the workload is on the batsmen to score big. Thanks MS.

  • Jagger on July 7, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    India will always have more depth than Australia. They outnumber us 52 to 1. In addition to that our AFL is very alluring to our 2nd-tier cricketers.

  • on July 7, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    For all those rooting for Naman Ojha, he is almost 31 years and no where near Wasim Jaffer's league. If Jaffer could be avoided for age, Namam's time may never come...

  • gundapps on July 7, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    India's seniors might need Bumrah's services after the first two tests in England - the present selected pacers lack penetration

  • ram91106 on July 7, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @Jamie Monaghan..Really Sir???None of the players play in the Aussie test team??? So Phil Hughes,James Faulkner,Moises Henriques,Alex Doolan are not in the current Aussie selection for tests???Hmmm..I wonder who against South Africa and England then??? Oh how dumb of me!twas these very players who have donned the Aussie whites in the past one year.And as for you asserting that the current Aussie A squad getting nowhere close to test selection makes me fear for the Aussie test team.Rogers Haddin Harris are all battle scarred veterans(above 34),Shane Watson is 33.Michael Clarke and his dodgy back are 33 too.Ray Lindwall 2.0 (MO Johnson) isnt a spring chicken either(32 pushing on 33),Cowan 32,Bailey 31.It would be a wonder if all of them together last another 3 years.So if the upcoming series against Pakistan and India later are not the time to blood in these players you may be heading the Windies way.Contd in next post...Cricinfo pls publish...

  • michael.senthil on July 7, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    as an australian fan, after seeing this, it really baffles me how india can't get this talent to show on the big stage- naman ojha really is looking the goods- while the aussie bowling attack was pretty poor, and the lack of quality top order batsman in this country is worrying.

  • Vilander on July 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Wonder how Rasool did not play the first game, anyway Ind-A attack with Umesh/Bumrah looks more potent that the first 6 at England atm.

  • on July 7, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @Naresh. Really get a grip as this has no bearing on the upcoming series in OZ as none of these Australian players play in the current test team and are unlikely to anytime soon, as a very big different to facing Mitchell Marsh to Mitchell Johnston. There is a reason why India have never won a series in Australia.

  • Naresh28 on July 7, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    NAMAN OHJA - was impressive at the last IPL against international bowlers. So was w Saha. Wicket keeping slot is fairly secure for the future. Rival fans always call us FLAT TRACK BULLIES - scoring centuries in their backyards.

  • Sultan2007 on July 7, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    India always seem to do exceptionally well at the A and under 21's level. Tough to fathom then, what what goes awry when they get to first team Test cricket overseas. Could it be that Indian fast bowlers dont evolve as the batsmen do? Good to see see Bumrah doing so well. Will he sustain his progress? Umesh's ommission from the England team is still a mystery to me. Here is a quick bowler who takes wickets every 40 or so balls in Test cricket, the team struggling to take 20 wickets and he is not there. With Bhuvi and Shami, for the first time he would have had great support. Lets face it, in SA and NZ, Zak was ageing and Ishant...was well, Ishant. So it was Umesh Plus 3 stock bowlers - including the spinners in overseas conditions. Could have been different now had Umesh been included!

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 7, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Pattin son,josh hazlewood,gurvinder sing sandhu,mac key,copeland,cummins where is these all famous bowlers .are they not in form or not fit.any australian give me answer.

  • on July 7, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    When M.S. Dhoni retires N.Ohja could be the heir apparent.

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    hmm so its not that India does not have the players to deliver the goods. Just that in the subcontinent, unlike Aussies or S.A. , we take a loooooong time to replace the 'larger than life' stars. No im not against them, luv em too! but unless we change that mindset and stop showing gratitude (mixing emotion to existing admired players therefore reluctant to change them), we will always be like this. All of us from the subcontinent at that! Look at the aussies, if even a legend is not performing for a short duration, they quickly change him. No place for exaggerated emotions there. I think its called professionalism as against emotional based decisions.

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Great batting effort by Ojha, shame Hughes couldnt follow suit but hopefully he'll kick on in the second dig (which might not be far away). Surprised Faulkner didn't bowl himself more being the only left-armer in the side, but good to see Marsh getting lots of overs in.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 7, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    I get the feeling this side is a bit of a bits and pieces side due to the fact there is a dearth of specialists. The bowling lacks bite, Sayers and Cutting weren't as penetrative as they ought to be. While there are four batsman, three of them are batting a spot too high.

    Hopefullly M. Marsh and S. Whiteman can make a fist of this as they are two of the guys who this series is of most significance too.

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Good practice ahead of World Cup next year.

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    when will the aussie selectors ever learn picking 4 specialist batsmen only. They keep picking bits and pieces players and those players keep under performing

  • pritamdas_circ on July 7, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Congratulations on your double Naman! Way to go boy, you are the future Indian cricketer. Bumrah has been great as well, fantastic two days for India A in Australian soil. Proud of our team!!

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Pragyan Ojha should be bowling in England.

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  • on July 7, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Pragyan Ojha should be bowling in England.

  • pritamdas_circ on July 7, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Congratulations on your double Naman! Way to go boy, you are the future Indian cricketer. Bumrah has been great as well, fantastic two days for India A in Australian soil. Proud of our team!!

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    when will the aussie selectors ever learn picking 4 specialist batsmen only. They keep picking bits and pieces players and those players keep under performing

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Good practice ahead of World Cup next year.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 7, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    I get the feeling this side is a bit of a bits and pieces side due to the fact there is a dearth of specialists. The bowling lacks bite, Sayers and Cutting weren't as penetrative as they ought to be. While there are four batsman, three of them are batting a spot too high.

    Hopefullly M. Marsh and S. Whiteman can make a fist of this as they are two of the guys who this series is of most significance too.

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Great batting effort by Ojha, shame Hughes couldnt follow suit but hopefully he'll kick on in the second dig (which might not be far away). Surprised Faulkner didn't bowl himself more being the only left-armer in the side, but good to see Marsh getting lots of overs in.

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    hmm so its not that India does not have the players to deliver the goods. Just that in the subcontinent, unlike Aussies or S.A. , we take a loooooong time to replace the 'larger than life' stars. No im not against them, luv em too! but unless we change that mindset and stop showing gratitude (mixing emotion to existing admired players therefore reluctant to change them), we will always be like this. All of us from the subcontinent at that! Look at the aussies, if even a legend is not performing for a short duration, they quickly change him. No place for exaggerated emotions there. I think its called professionalism as against emotional based decisions.

  • on July 7, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    When M.S. Dhoni retires N.Ohja could be the heir apparent.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 7, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Pattin son,josh hazlewood,gurvinder sing sandhu,mac key,copeland,cummins where is these all famous bowlers .are they not in form or not fit.any australian give me answer.

  • Sultan2007 on July 7, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    India always seem to do exceptionally well at the A and under 21's level. Tough to fathom then, what what goes awry when they get to first team Test cricket overseas. Could it be that Indian fast bowlers dont evolve as the batsmen do? Good to see see Bumrah doing so well. Will he sustain his progress? Umesh's ommission from the England team is still a mystery to me. Here is a quick bowler who takes wickets every 40 or so balls in Test cricket, the team struggling to take 20 wickets and he is not there. With Bhuvi and Shami, for the first time he would have had great support. Lets face it, in SA and NZ, Zak was ageing and Ishant...was well, Ishant. So it was Umesh Plus 3 stock bowlers - including the spinners in overseas conditions. Could have been different now had Umesh been included!