Australia A v India A, Brisbane, 3rd day July 8, 2014

Marsh, Whiteman flatten India A with huge stand

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Australia A 9 for 522 (Marsh 211, Whiteman 174, Bumrah 4-128) lead India A 9 for 475 dec by 47 runs
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It was only one innings of one match in the middle of winter, but it is just possible that Australian cricket will look back on this as the day it found successors to Brad Haddin and Shane Watson. At the very least, it was the day that Mitchell Marsh and Sam Whiteman rewrote the record books, combining for a 371-run partnership that rescued Australia A from a seemingly terminal 6 for 99 against India A in Brisbane.

It was the highest seventh-wicket stand in a first-class match in Australia, breaking the record of 335 set by Queensland's Cassie Andrews and Eric Bensted back in 1934-35. Only once in all of first-class history has there been a higher seventh-wicket partnership, the 460 made by Bhupinder Singh jnr and Pankaj Dharmani for Punjab against Delhi in the Ranji Trophy semi-final of 1994-95.

Marsh finished with 211, his second first-class century and his first double; Whiteman ended up with 174, the first time he had reached triple figures in a first-class outing. But the most impressive aspect of their work was that the stand was built from perilous circumstances, for when they came together late on the second day at Allan Border Field, Australia A were still 376 runs short of India A's first-innings score, with only four wickets in hand.

The hosts finished the third day with a lead of 47, and still at the crease. By then it was Cameron Boyce, who had moved on to 16, and Chadd Sayers, who was on 3, as the total progressed to 9 for 522. All three wickets had fallen late in the day: Whiteman caught on the boundary when he swept Karun Nair, Ben Cutting bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for 11, and Marsh run out in a mix-up with Boyce.

By then it was all academic. Marsh and Whiteman had not only saved their team, they had done so in front of the national coach Darren Lehmann, who was watching on as selector on duty. Last week, Lehmann had told coaches at Cricket Australia's high-performance conference in Brisbane that his top priority was generating more consistent first-innings runs; the two young Western Australians could have done no more to impress him.

Marsh struck 21 fours and 10 sixes in his 294-ball innings. His talent has never been doubted, and has earned him seven games for his country in the shorter formats, but this was the kind of innings that will make the selectors consider him for Test squads as well. Australia have a supply of bowling allrounders including James Faulkner, but if they want a batting allrounder to succeed Watson, Marsh, 22, might develop into their man.

Whiteman, also 22, might have pushed in front of men like Matthew Wade and Tim Paine with this performance, and could find himself the next man called up if Haddin needs a backup. When Whiteman and Peter Nevill were chosen for the winter Australia A games, then national selector John Inverarity said they gained their chances because Wade and Paine were "well regarded, known quantities".

Inverarity's successor, Rod Marsh, and his panel will know a lot more about Whiteman after this. He struck 26 fours and one six in his 278-ball stay and it followed on from an outstanding Sheffield Shield season for Western Australia, in which he made 687 runs at 45.80 and topped the competition tally for wicketkeeping dismissals, with 45 victims.

Australia's selectors can also be grateful that Whiteman has not followed his namesake, Sam Robson, in pursuing a career with England. Born in Yorkshire, Whiteman moved with his family to Australia at three, and he said that had the opportunity arisen to further his career with England while playing league cricket there at the age of 18, he might have stayed.

Instead, he was on hand to help Marsh rescue Australia A. Their work will likely lead to a draw, with only one day to play.

After the day's play, Marsh said he was happy to see Whiteman score his maiden first-class hundred and credited his own performance to a long break that helped him work on his game. Marsh had opted out of IPL 2014 and was focused on improving his fitness.

"I was supposed to go to England but that didn't work out but it was good to have a break and get away for a bit, focus on red-ball cricket and change a few things," Marsh said. "Today is a little reward but it's just the start and hopefully I can keep progressing."

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  • on July 9, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    xtrafalgarx - good point but surely steve o keiffe can play in subcontinent where Australia might play 2 spinners. He bats well as well so can be used as a spin bowling all rounder. @arun nayar - really u are judging him by one game - that too on dead pitch. Ishant has been ordinary for at least 40 of the 55 games he's played. surely yadav has to be picked instead.

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Whatever may be the calibre of OZ bowling (not bad at all) ; and the nature of the pitch, Naman Ojha seems to be in the form of his life.

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    By second innings, our (Indian) boys seem to have learnt to play Boyce well!

  • xtrafalgarx on July 9, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    @David Priol: I tink you are getting ahead of yourself. It'ss amazing how someone's stock grown so when they are not in the team. SOK will never play ahead of lyon, right or wrong it maybe. It takes too long to develop a good spinner, too much time to start afresh. Lyon has now toured the world, India, the Carribean, SA, Sri Lanka, England and has over 100 test wickets at 26 years of age - why trade that in for a 29 year old who will have to start the whole learning process internationally for another 2 years?

    By the time Lyon gets to the age O'Keefe is now he could have well over 200 wickets, over 60 tests caps and could be a top, top class off spinner - not to mention he is also the song maester. No point picking O'Keefe ahead of Lyon, though i hope they pick him as the second spinning option in PAK and for future tours on the subcontinent.

  • dunger.bob on July 9, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    @ David Priol : I've got a feeling you might be mixing up Doolan and Doran. Jake Doran is the 16-17 y.o who was our best bat in the under 19 world cup and who also played against the Poms in the Alice Springs tour match.

  • on July 9, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Hey Warren, I like your comments and agree with you mostly although you fail to mention James Faulkner, who could be a top player for us in test matches. I think Maxwell and Maddinson show more promise and skill than Doran. O'Keefe is the best spinner in the country and would be even better if the ACB gave him some confidence. He does very well despite being crapped on by them. I like Nathan Lyon, but I think Steve has the better match winning potential. We need to take some of these players on the next English tour, particularly Whiteman and Marsh.

  • on July 9, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Well done by Whiteman and the younger Marsh. But let's not get too carried away. As good as they were, this was only one innings in one match. Great to see newcomers produce, but let's wait for some consistency, which is what the national selectors shpuld, and probably do, want.

  • S_M_G on July 9, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    What is the point in making 20 year old bowled over 40 overs. Seniors do not pull weight. Captain should know better. I don't want him come back with bad back.

  • on July 8, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Aussie team 3 to 5 years from now: Carters, Silk, Warner, Doran, Smith (C), M Marsh, Whiteman, Starc, Muirhead, Pattinson, Cummins / Hazlewood. Of course there are several other players with immense talent (Ferguson, Burns, Khawaja, Lynn, Maxwell, Maddinson, Patterson, O Keefe, Behrendorff, Boyce, Sayers, Rose etc) that might upset this prediction, but that can only be good. What vile act has o keefe committed by the way? Ive never seen such a good record denied for so long - especially when such an obvious need for a decent player was present. Not saying lyon hasnt been good, but surely you cant deny him as a backup at least?

  • BustIPL on July 8, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Suddenly, belters are being presented to indian tours. Examples are SA/NZ series, this A series in aus vs ind where batsmen piled up the tons of runs. Same is going to be in england in upcoming india series as curator remarks were aired few days back to avoid 180ish totals. Looks like it is done to a purpose of keeping the big 3 boss happy and attract more indian fans with fat pockets to the stadiums worldwide. It keeps opposition bowlers a bit more ineffective so that even average batsmen score tons.

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    xtrafalgarx - good point but surely steve o keiffe can play in subcontinent where Australia might play 2 spinners. He bats well as well so can be used as a spin bowling all rounder. @arun nayar - really u are judging him by one game - that too on dead pitch. Ishant has been ordinary for at least 40 of the 55 games he's played. surely yadav has to be picked instead.

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Whatever may be the calibre of OZ bowling (not bad at all) ; and the nature of the pitch, Naman Ojha seems to be in the form of his life.

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    By second innings, our (Indian) boys seem to have learnt to play Boyce well!

  • xtrafalgarx on July 9, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    @David Priol: I tink you are getting ahead of yourself. It'ss amazing how someone's stock grown so when they are not in the team. SOK will never play ahead of lyon, right or wrong it maybe. It takes too long to develop a good spinner, too much time to start afresh. Lyon has now toured the world, India, the Carribean, SA, Sri Lanka, England and has over 100 test wickets at 26 years of age - why trade that in for a 29 year old who will have to start the whole learning process internationally for another 2 years?

    By the time Lyon gets to the age O'Keefe is now he could have well over 200 wickets, over 60 tests caps and could be a top, top class off spinner - not to mention he is also the song maester. No point picking O'Keefe ahead of Lyon, though i hope they pick him as the second spinning option in PAK and for future tours on the subcontinent.

  • dunger.bob on July 9, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    @ David Priol : I've got a feeling you might be mixing up Doolan and Doran. Jake Doran is the 16-17 y.o who was our best bat in the under 19 world cup and who also played against the Poms in the Alice Springs tour match.

  • on July 9, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Hey Warren, I like your comments and agree with you mostly although you fail to mention James Faulkner, who could be a top player for us in test matches. I think Maxwell and Maddinson show more promise and skill than Doran. O'Keefe is the best spinner in the country and would be even better if the ACB gave him some confidence. He does very well despite being crapped on by them. I like Nathan Lyon, but I think Steve has the better match winning potential. We need to take some of these players on the next English tour, particularly Whiteman and Marsh.

  • on July 9, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Well done by Whiteman and the younger Marsh. But let's not get too carried away. As good as they were, this was only one innings in one match. Great to see newcomers produce, but let's wait for some consistency, which is what the national selectors shpuld, and probably do, want.

  • S_M_G on July 9, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    What is the point in making 20 year old bowled over 40 overs. Seniors do not pull weight. Captain should know better. I don't want him come back with bad back.

  • on July 8, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Aussie team 3 to 5 years from now: Carters, Silk, Warner, Doran, Smith (C), M Marsh, Whiteman, Starc, Muirhead, Pattinson, Cummins / Hazlewood. Of course there are several other players with immense talent (Ferguson, Burns, Khawaja, Lynn, Maxwell, Maddinson, Patterson, O Keefe, Behrendorff, Boyce, Sayers, Rose etc) that might upset this prediction, but that can only be good. What vile act has o keefe committed by the way? Ive never seen such a good record denied for so long - especially when such an obvious need for a decent player was present. Not saying lyon hasnt been good, but surely you cant deny him as a backup at least?

  • BustIPL on July 8, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Suddenly, belters are being presented to indian tours. Examples are SA/NZ series, this A series in aus vs ind where batsmen piled up the tons of runs. Same is going to be in england in upcoming india series as curator remarks were aired few days back to avoid 180ish totals. Looks like it is done to a purpose of keeping the big 3 boss happy and attract more indian fans with fat pockets to the stadiums worldwide. It keeps opposition bowlers a bit more ineffective so that even average batsmen score tons.

  • bhushanB on July 8, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Time for India to quit the 4-bowler strategy in the longer format... They should have included someone like baba aparajith as an allrounder for this game...or better some medium pace allrounder.....

    If you just have 4 bowlers.. there is heavy workload.. and if you encounter a flatter pitch... ur will have all your major bowler worn out after just one game.....

  • on July 8, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    I cannot imagine what the folks see in Umesh Yadav that they want him in the Indian squad in England. He has pace but he has no control or variation to trouble batsmen. Guys like Bumrah and Pankaj Singh look more impressive than him.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on July 8, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Good stuff from Marsh and Whiteman. Obviously you cant read too much into just one match as to their future, but it is promising. I think Marsh is more likely to be the eventual replacement for Watson over Faulkner, Henriques and Maxwell. Although Maxwell will probably take that spot for a couple of years with Marsh still being so young. I can see Marsh average high 30s at least with the bat and around 30 with the ball in FC. As for Whiteman, I think one Haddin retires after the world cup, the job is his if he can continue his form

  • on July 8, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Good on Whiteman and Marsh, however, I'm not a big fan of making judgements based on a sample size of one. The fact remains that they've only made 3 FC centuries between them after this match, despite having played 37 and 20 matches each. I'm glad they've made runs, and big runs at that, but I'll start lining them up for the test squad when they can do this consistently. They are both young men, who still need a bit more time to develop.

    Marsh only averages 25 at the moment, so calling him a batting all-rounder replacement for Watson is a it much... Whiteman certainly seems promising, especially if his keeping is as good as I've heard. We have no shortage of good batsmen who keep wicket, so I wold like to see a good wicket-keeper who can bat come through.

  • CricketChat on July 8, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Very disappointing bowling performance by Ind A. Both the accomplished test bowlers fared badly. I felt Yadav and Ohja should have been included for Eng tour. Obviously Indian selectors knew better since they kept them out of senior team.

  • Triple_A on July 8, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Seems the recent pattern with Indian teams - they get complacent once they are in a strong position and then completely lose the plot. It happened in test matches in SA and NZ - matches that the team should have won - and now this.

    And I cant seem to hear any voices backing Yadav and Ojha now? Where are the people who were so furious that Yadav wasn't in England right now. So fickle-minded - the other teams' players must be so glad they dont have fans with such short-term memories!

  • on July 8, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Shaun Marsh made a remark: "Now I know who is dad's favorite". When Pune Warriors, who were being advised by the senior Marsh during IPL auction bid for Mitchell and not Shaun. Now, Shaun may realize why!

  • Humdingers on July 8, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Batting/Flat deck etc., yes. But this seems to be a problem with India in general. They make inroads but then just can't close out the innings.

  • David_Boon on July 8, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Lets not get carried away, eh? Pushing Whiteman for Test honours on the back of one innings is the kind of overreaction that got us into trouble a few years ago. Test XI needs to be the best XI cricketers, not the best young players. Matthew Wade has almost 4000 FC runs at almost 40. He is the clear cut backup to Braddin. Let the kid develop at a normal pace without heaping extra pressure on him.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 8, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @Prince Joy

    Take a good look at the first-innings score. Your own seamers were all over the place as well. We didn't cross 500 because we declared!

  • michael.senthil on July 8, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    one of the india bowlers bowled 4 no balls in an over- and seemed to be consistently bowling no-balls- indian bowling was not threatening at all, kinda like australia's bowling- however, i really do hope marsh continues to perform, we really need to replace watto right now in my opinion

  • on July 8, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Haha that's more likes Indian now!Yesterday was just exceptional day for Indian bowlers now they back in to their normal business.I'm sure last stand can put at least 150 or 200 run.very pathetic display of seam Bowling!!!!

  • ThePacifist10 on July 8, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @Jacob Li Even Naman told the media yesterday that batting became easier after Day 1. I wouldn't look too deeply into the 99/6 stat. Poor batting rather than good bowling. I don't think that the pitch has any demons in it at all. If both teams score more than 450 then it's probably one of those really good pitches that don't deteriorate as much as normal Test pitches, in say, the WACA or the Feroz Shah Kotla. @Jamie Moneghan has a point. This is becoming a bit of a habit. Totally agree with @xtrafalgarx though.

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob, you are right, it's time for the next generation to step up. Warner and Smith are doing at in the senior team, good to see there's the prospect of more joining in. Amazing that no-one between the ages of Clarke and Warner has ever come through to prosper as a test batsman for Aus.

    The track may be flat, but you still need the aptitude to go out and score big, it has been badly lacking in our batsmen over the last few years, until the Ashes turnaround. Innings such as the ones played by Whiteman and Marsh, albeit in good batting conditions are important and good signs for both players.

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    that is the indian weaknesss.....they can produce world best batsman but failed to produce atleast one good pacer who can pick up atleast 8 or 10 wikckets in a match.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on July 8, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    For all the hoopla around Umesh Yadav, he's been among the most ineffective bowlers in conditions that are most suited to his type of bowling. The only thing he has going for him right now is pace. He lacks the skill, control and aptitude to be a successful fast bowler.

  • ygkd on July 8, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    1000 runs (give or take). I8 wickets. "..likely lead to a draw". You don't say.

  • on July 8, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    @ThePacifist10 Surely a wicket that produced a reasonable 5-191 followed by 6-99 can't be that flat? More like just great individual efforts from Ojha, Whiteman and Marsh and some dodgy bowling

  • xtrafalgarx on July 8, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @Bluefunk: All reports are saying it's a very good batting deck. Get in, score runs, fullstop. Aus A's top order didn't get runs through poor batting, with Doolan the only one who could say he was unlucky, though he has been out on the pull too many times to be unlucky.

    Bottom line, it's a belter. You Should be getting runs on it, if not then somethings wrong with your batting.

  • jonesy2 on July 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    whiteman too......................

  • jonesy2 on July 8, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    in my opinion marsh should be straight into the test team to play pakistan and then get an opportunity to start his test career off well and keep his spot for the summer against india

  • on July 8, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Reality check for India's bowling reserves! And for all the Umesh Yadav and Pragyan Ojha fans shouting for their place in the squad for England. See their ineffectiveness against Australia A!

  • on July 8, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    So I guess it turns out that this bug of not being able to finish off teams in overseas Tests is not just affecting the main Indian team, it's affecting the A team as well! Perhaps it's our bowling style. It's too predictable. Still, well done to Bumrah. Umesh was disappointing.

  • on July 8, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Funny how all the Indian people on here are now saying that the pitch must be flat , as just yesterday you were all crowing that India can play in all conditions now blah blah and cause Australia are 6 down that they must be rubbish etc , not gloating now are we? NZ bowling performance all over again!

  • bluefunk on July 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Taking nothing away from the superlative performances, am wondering a bit about the character of the pitch. There was a double hit by the Indian wicketkeeper earlier. Is it flattening out in the sun? Maybe it's top order bias, but accomplished batsmen on both sides leaving the work to the lower middle order is somewhat mystifying without the pitch coming into it.

  • lingiboy on July 8, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    This record stand by the two young Oz batsmen diluted the efforts of Ojha. Anyway Naman's chances to get into the Indian team are low for two reasons. One: He is already 31 plus. Second, Dhoni will continue to be India's captain-Wk-batsman as long as he wish.

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    It's just nice to see us get rescued by a couple of 22 year olds for a change. It's usually the 30 plus guys that end up doing that.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 8, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    The wicket must have been flat as hell if both teams could score 450+! This isn't supposed to take credit away from Marsh and Whiteman, who outwitted our boys completely. I was impressed by Marsh when I saw him play for Pune in the IPL. Good for him. Maybe he'll be better than his own big brother!

    As for our guys, Yadav was disappointing. And I'm still unconvinced about Naman Ojha. Anyways he won't get a run in the Indian team because Dhoni is still there, not to mention Naman's own age, which will go against him. I think Samson should be bred as the replacement wicketkeeper.

  • Winsome on July 8, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    I suspect Whiteman shoved his way past Wade before this match. Wade's keeping is so much poorer than Whiteman's. Marvellous work from Marsh and Whiteman, playing together for a couple of years must have helped them out in the middle facing that sort of uphill battle.

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  • Winsome on July 8, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    I suspect Whiteman shoved his way past Wade before this match. Wade's keeping is so much poorer than Whiteman's. Marvellous work from Marsh and Whiteman, playing together for a couple of years must have helped them out in the middle facing that sort of uphill battle.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 8, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    The wicket must have been flat as hell if both teams could score 450+! This isn't supposed to take credit away from Marsh and Whiteman, who outwitted our boys completely. I was impressed by Marsh when I saw him play for Pune in the IPL. Good for him. Maybe he'll be better than his own big brother!

    As for our guys, Yadav was disappointing. And I'm still unconvinced about Naman Ojha. Anyways he won't get a run in the Indian team because Dhoni is still there, not to mention Naman's own age, which will go against him. I think Samson should be bred as the replacement wicketkeeper.

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    It's just nice to see us get rescued by a couple of 22 year olds for a change. It's usually the 30 plus guys that end up doing that.

  • lingiboy on July 8, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    This record stand by the two young Oz batsmen diluted the efforts of Ojha. Anyway Naman's chances to get into the Indian team are low for two reasons. One: He is already 31 plus. Second, Dhoni will continue to be India's captain-Wk-batsman as long as he wish.

  • bluefunk on July 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Taking nothing away from the superlative performances, am wondering a bit about the character of the pitch. There was a double hit by the Indian wicketkeeper earlier. Is it flattening out in the sun? Maybe it's top order bias, but accomplished batsmen on both sides leaving the work to the lower middle order is somewhat mystifying without the pitch coming into it.

  • on July 8, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Funny how all the Indian people on here are now saying that the pitch must be flat , as just yesterday you were all crowing that India can play in all conditions now blah blah and cause Australia are 6 down that they must be rubbish etc , not gloating now are we? NZ bowling performance all over again!

  • on July 8, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    So I guess it turns out that this bug of not being able to finish off teams in overseas Tests is not just affecting the main Indian team, it's affecting the A team as well! Perhaps it's our bowling style. It's too predictable. Still, well done to Bumrah. Umesh was disappointing.

  • on July 8, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Reality check for India's bowling reserves! And for all the Umesh Yadav and Pragyan Ojha fans shouting for their place in the squad for England. See their ineffectiveness against Australia A!

  • jonesy2 on July 8, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    in my opinion marsh should be straight into the test team to play pakistan and then get an opportunity to start his test career off well and keep his spot for the summer against india

  • jonesy2 on July 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    whiteman too......................