Australia A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, Brisbane, 2nd day July 14, 2014

Cutting puts Australia A ahead

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India A 3 for 165 (Rahul 52, Tiwary 50*, Sayers 3-22) trail Australia A 423 (Cutting 96, Faulkner 94, Yadav 5-83) by 258 runs
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Ben Cutting stamped Australia A's authority on the second day's play with a cracking innings that fell four runs short of three-figures. The tail had been exposed but like the senior side in England, India A struggled to nip out the final few wickets. No. 10 Cameron Boyce defied a first-class average of 15.87 to compile a half-century as the hosts' eighth wicket racked up 133.

India A launched a composed reply until Chadd Sayers strangled the top order. His stamina and skill at swinging the ball late had identified him as an Ashes prospect last year. He bolstered that resume with figures of 14-5-22-3.

After Sayers dismissed Robin Uthappa early, KL Rahul and Jiwanjot Singh were making steady progress before the bowler removed both. Sayers did not concede a run across four overs between the dismissals. His menace forced the visitors into a rebuild and Manoj Tiwary compiled a brisk half-century to take India A to 3 for 165.

Australia A's bowlers were able to exert as much pressure as they did courtesy Cutting's belligerence in the morning. He tucked into India A's seamers with a flurry of boundaries. He hit 26 runs off 16 balls from Jasprit Bumrah, including consecutive fours in the third over of the day. Umesh Yadav, India A's most successful bowler, was taken for 14 runs in three balls in the 107th over as Australia A hurtled towards 400 after beginning the day on 7 for 288.

Boyce had clung on during the fading overs on day one but he was struck by Cutting's fluency as well. He coped well against both pace and spin, cracking four fours off Yadav and three off Amit Mishra en route to his fourth first-class fifty. The duo amassed 127 runs in 25.2 overs in the first session till Boyce fell to place Australia A in a position of dominance going into the next two days.

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  • landl47 on July 14, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Sayers looks an interesting prospect and it's good to see that he hasn't been rushed into the test side too soon. In the last few years Australia, like England, has introduced young quick bowlers (Starc, Cummins, Pattinson) too early and they've had problems. Were none of them fit for this series? Although Faulkner, Cutting and Marsh are all decent bowlers, especially in short-format cricket, none of them look like more than 4th seamers in a test attack.

    I'd also like to have seen some younger batsmen. Forrest and Doolan are both 28 with FC averages of 36 and neither has looked the part in the few tests they've played. Lynn's more interesting but unfortunately hasn't had a great series so far. Maddinson and Patterson might have been worth a look, don't you think?

    As for Steve O'Keefe, why he is consistently overlooked in favour of bowlers with vastly inferior records is completely beyond me.

    However, it's good to see Whiteman in the side. As good as Gilly? We'll see.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 15, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ylan Young nope they are playing aussies best spinner.lolz

  • sammysam on July 15, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    indian selectors, can we please have this team tour australia later this year.

  • on July 15, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Umesh Yadav scores 90? Man they must be playing on an absolute road....

  • Quichang on July 15, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Lukman Meriwala should have been included in India A.I don't understand why Rajat Paliwal is included in First-Class matches instead of List A..His List A Ave:-65. BCCI should take notice of this things during selection.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 15, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Umesh yadav get 90! Is this tailenders or all rounders?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 15, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @Ashokmighty- Best batting line up-Eng.Remember Jimmy still holds no.11/last W recd. So Jimmy>Umesh,i.e Eng=worlds best!!-:)

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 15, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 surely mate you know how to find talent. dont you? ha ha!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 15, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Though Lyon has got some stick by Yadav happy to chance his luck-and succeeding so far-being last wkt,dont he or any1 will read much into.Its a road,he's 'warming up' after long break,trying out few things.And Sayers.What a talent!Yet another for Aussies.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 15, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    And thus the saga continues. world's best batting line up!!

  • landl47 on July 14, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Sayers looks an interesting prospect and it's good to see that he hasn't been rushed into the test side too soon. In the last few years Australia, like England, has introduced young quick bowlers (Starc, Cummins, Pattinson) too early and they've had problems. Were none of them fit for this series? Although Faulkner, Cutting and Marsh are all decent bowlers, especially in short-format cricket, none of them look like more than 4th seamers in a test attack.

    I'd also like to have seen some younger batsmen. Forrest and Doolan are both 28 with FC averages of 36 and neither has looked the part in the few tests they've played. Lynn's more interesting but unfortunately hasn't had a great series so far. Maddinson and Patterson might have been worth a look, don't you think?

    As for Steve O'Keefe, why he is consistently overlooked in favour of bowlers with vastly inferior records is completely beyond me.

    However, it's good to see Whiteman in the side. As good as Gilly? We'll see.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 15, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ylan Young nope they are playing aussies best spinner.lolz

  • sammysam on July 15, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    indian selectors, can we please have this team tour australia later this year.

  • on July 15, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Umesh Yadav scores 90? Man they must be playing on an absolute road....

  • Quichang on July 15, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Lukman Meriwala should have been included in India A.I don't understand why Rajat Paliwal is included in First-Class matches instead of List A..His List A Ave:-65. BCCI should take notice of this things during selection.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 15, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Umesh yadav get 90! Is this tailenders or all rounders?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 15, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @Ashokmighty- Best batting line up-Eng.Remember Jimmy still holds no.11/last W recd. So Jimmy>Umesh,i.e Eng=worlds best!!-:)

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 15, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 surely mate you know how to find talent. dont you? ha ha!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 15, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Though Lyon has got some stick by Yadav happy to chance his luck-and succeeding so far-being last wkt,dont he or any1 will read much into.Its a road,he's 'warming up' after long break,trying out few things.And Sayers.What a talent!Yet another for Aussies.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 15, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    And thus the saga continues. world's best batting line up!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 15, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    @Navjot Kaur- At least Lyon is not smashed and reverse swept by a no.11.And Ind's best spinner Ashwin.Haha .Still cant forget his mighty haul of 4 wkt in 4 tests last time in Aus.While Sachin and co. were being worked over by Lyon. pls publish.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 15, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    @Navjot Kaur- Mam, in case you are a bit ignorant,I will help out a bit. Check out ICC rankings page here and you will get the true picture.Aussies sitting pretty @1.But Ind sitting @ 6 . A bit to your shock ,I'd imagine!-:)

  • on July 15, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Well, Navjot Kaur Maherna, perhaps a little hyperbole? Indian team is nowhere near the best in the world as long as Dhoni leads and keeps the place in the test team. He is a mediocre test batsmen and never fits @ even 7th position let alone the 6th of batting line up, there are better wicket-keeper batsmen available in India.

    Saha's batting average is 46, L Rahul @ 47, C M Guatum @ 46 , Uday Kaul @ 48 and even this naman Ojha has 42 , who is more attacking batsman than Dhoni (38 average but overseas average is around 25 with bat)

    And to all Australian fans, there are people in India who are so passionate for their cricket team that they may go overboard when a slight success comes in our way.

    So Please don't start another meaningless debates like landl47 suggests and bash each other.

  • on July 15, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Has Naman Ojha booked his tickets to the Indian squad's tour to Australia later this year??? He is making sure that the selectors cannot ignore him now.When Stuart Binny at 30 can be picked, surely Naman at 31 can be. Horses for courses.

  • on July 15, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe is the best spinner in Australia, even better than his NSW team mate Nathan Lyon who is a good bowler despite the figures shown in this match. I believe Lyon is experimenting a bit in this game and his figures shouldn't be too much of a concern as he's yet to find his rhythm.

  • on July 15, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    lyon best spiner hahahahhaha nice jokie but this is indian team not england m.tiwary better spiner then lyon ausses your days are gone india is world no.1 team right now

  • VivGilchrist on July 15, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Sayers is the man for the job. He could be the perfect accompaniment for MJ in the UAE with Harris still injured. He keeps it tight, bowls straight and gets alot if nicks

  • xtrafalgarx on July 15, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    @Landl47: You say it as if as soon as Johnson's age ticks over to 33, he will suddenly have crooked knees and bent back. Forget the age age and look at the man, he is an absolute beast. He is such an athlete, so strong, and doesn't show any real signs of wear and tear - i don't see a reason for him not being able to go on for at least three more years. Even Brett Lee is playing another season of Big Bash this year, and he looks fine to be honest. With Harris, his age and injuries are are problem but the steady seamer you talk of should be Siddle for me.

  • landl47 on July 15, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Thanks, Chris_P. I really appreciate hearing a sensible assessment instead of ridiculously lopsided opinions based on 'our guys are great, your guys are rubbish' reasoning (and every country has lots of those). You and dunger.bob enable someone who doesn't get a chance to see much of players from Australia except at test level to see who is worth watching out for. I see Sayers has gone on to take a 5fer, so he's doing well against a pretty good Indian side.

    If Johnson is fit and firing next year the way he did against England and SA last season, Aus must be favourites for the 2015 Ashes. However, he'll be 33 in a few months. Rhino will be 35 this year and it's hard to see him lasting another 5-match series. The young guys are having fitness problems, but hopefully a couple of them, maybe Starc and Pattinson, will be fit. Aus will need a seamer who can keep an end tight and pick up a few wickets and from what you and db are saying Sayers might be the man.

  • on July 15, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Yeah Sayers, get in there! Also happy that Whiteman has taken his Aus A chance. Been a fan since I first saw him in Big Bash.

    Travis Head should've gotten a go instead of hype-fizzlers like Doolan and Forrest. Still think Klinger should've gotten another look in.

  • Chris_P on July 14, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    @landl47. I have probably seen more of him than any other FC player in the past 5 seasons & he has never failed to deliver once. He even stood down as skipper to give himself a better chance and got to bowl more and as well! Let me say one thing about Whiteman, an outstanding prospect, another season like the last & he will be at the top of the pecking order, but he will never be in Gilly's class as a batsman. His keeping looks top shelf, at this point of his career probably better than Gilly's as Gilly played a few seasons in the NSW team as a batsman before moving to WA to take the gloves.

  • Chris_P on July 14, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    @VivGilchrist What you say is right, yet the few times I have seen him in matches against those same bowlers on the same wickets, they have outbowled him. Performances against others on the same pitch in game situations are important, I still recall Harris vs. Hilfenhaus in the 2012/13 Shield Final for the last spot for the Ashes trip, & on a flat pitch. Hilfy had the figures after a season on spicy pitches but Rhino stood tall. Sayers is still one I am keen to see develop, for we can never have enough quality depth in quicks. A season in county cricket would be great for him.

  • on July 14, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    @Xtrafalgarx. There is no reason why Rogers can't keep playing as long as he is scoring runs, look at his record for Middlesex this year as already smashed a couple of double hundreds and hundreds. Chanderpaul is 41 so I don't see what the problem is as at this moment he is not blocking anyone coming in the team? Wouldn't be surprised to see Maxwell in the test team for U.A.E as he plays spin so well as he made Ashwin look like a pub bowler and was only batsmen to play Ajmal well. Finch will be in with a shout too at some point but most likely at 6. Pattison a defo against Pakistan with Harris out as he can reverse swing which will be important on those flat pitches.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 14, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    I think Doolan is hanging by a thread at this stage, if not gone. The good thing about Hughes is that you know he will score some runs sooner or later and i hope he is ready for his next run Rogers has got 12 months at most at this point (No point him staying on after Northen Ashes in 2015).

    I'm getting worried about our top team really. It's in a real state of flux with all the young bowlers injured, UAE could be the perfect storm with Ajmal lurking.

    D.Warner, C.Rogers, S.Marsh, M.Clarke, S.Smith, S.Watson, B.Haddin, M.Johnson, P.Siddle, ???, N.Lyon is my first XI at this stage.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on July 14, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Disappointing to see Uthappa failing.He is a world class player.Still plenty of batting to come so this test might be a draw again.Hope that young Tamilnadu lad wil hit a century.

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Ben Cutting has to play in world cup for Aussies. About time selectors make this call!

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @Viv and Bob. Agreed on Sayers, though I've not seen him bowl. Funny that batting averages for SA batsmen seem to get discounted as having been made on friendly surfaces, doesn't seem to hold true for bowlers though for some reason? It'd be great to actually see the likes of Starc and Cummins playing FC cricket so that we could make some comparisons..

  • kas7862 on July 14, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    I really hope that tomorrow Manoj get a big score for India...

  • dunger.bob on July 14, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Ben Cutting is a dangerous customer on his day. Big, big hitter of the ball. He creams it as good as anyone I've ever seen. I know North Sydney Oval is only a small ground but I saw an innings he played there in the BBL that nearly made my eye's pop out. Honestly, nothing within a block in any direction was safe from getting hit with cricket balls once they'd re-entered the atmosphere. I realise I'm gushing but it truly was an awesome display of power hitting. .. Now, if only he could get his bowling well and truly sorted.

    @Viv: I guess Leo's on the radar or he wouldn't be playing here. Another strong Shield season and they'd have to take him seriously, surely. Have you seen his f/c economy rate? Sensational at about 2.5 rpo. Very good strike rate and good average as well. Could he be our best swing bowler since Flemming?

  • VivGilchrist on July 14, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    There's something special about Sayers. Let's not forget he plays half of his games on Adelaide Oval and has a magnificent record. He's not from NSW like Starc and Hazelwood but in FC cricket he's way ahead.

  • VivGilchrist on July 14, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    There's something special about Sayers. Let's not forget he plays half of his games on Adelaide Oval and has a magnificent record. He's not from NSW like Starc and Hazelwood but in FC cricket he's way ahead.

  • dunger.bob on July 14, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Ben Cutting is a dangerous customer on his day. Big, big hitter of the ball. He creams it as good as anyone I've ever seen. I know North Sydney Oval is only a small ground but I saw an innings he played there in the BBL that nearly made my eye's pop out. Honestly, nothing within a block in any direction was safe from getting hit with cricket balls once they'd re-entered the atmosphere. I realise I'm gushing but it truly was an awesome display of power hitting. .. Now, if only he could get his bowling well and truly sorted.

    @Viv: I guess Leo's on the radar or he wouldn't be playing here. Another strong Shield season and they'd have to take him seriously, surely. Have you seen his f/c economy rate? Sensational at about 2.5 rpo. Very good strike rate and good average as well. Could he be our best swing bowler since Flemming?

  • kas7862 on July 14, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    I really hope that tomorrow Manoj get a big score for India...

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @Viv and Bob. Agreed on Sayers, though I've not seen him bowl. Funny that batting averages for SA batsmen seem to get discounted as having been made on friendly surfaces, doesn't seem to hold true for bowlers though for some reason? It'd be great to actually see the likes of Starc and Cummins playing FC cricket so that we could make some comparisons..

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Ben Cutting has to play in world cup for Aussies. About time selectors make this call!

  • Realistic_cri_fan on July 14, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Disappointing to see Uthappa failing.He is a world class player.Still plenty of batting to come so this test might be a draw again.Hope that young Tamilnadu lad wil hit a century.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 14, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    I think Doolan is hanging by a thread at this stage, if not gone. The good thing about Hughes is that you know he will score some runs sooner or later and i hope he is ready for his next run Rogers has got 12 months at most at this point (No point him staying on after Northen Ashes in 2015).

    I'm getting worried about our top team really. It's in a real state of flux with all the young bowlers injured, UAE could be the perfect storm with Ajmal lurking.

    D.Warner, C.Rogers, S.Marsh, M.Clarke, S.Smith, S.Watson, B.Haddin, M.Johnson, P.Siddle, ???, N.Lyon is my first XI at this stage.

  • on July 14, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    @Xtrafalgarx. There is no reason why Rogers can't keep playing as long as he is scoring runs, look at his record for Middlesex this year as already smashed a couple of double hundreds and hundreds. Chanderpaul is 41 so I don't see what the problem is as at this moment he is not blocking anyone coming in the team? Wouldn't be surprised to see Maxwell in the test team for U.A.E as he plays spin so well as he made Ashwin look like a pub bowler and was only batsmen to play Ajmal well. Finch will be in with a shout too at some point but most likely at 6. Pattison a defo against Pakistan with Harris out as he can reverse swing which will be important on those flat pitches.

  • Chris_P on July 14, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    @VivGilchrist What you say is right, yet the few times I have seen him in matches against those same bowlers on the same wickets, they have outbowled him. Performances against others on the same pitch in game situations are important, I still recall Harris vs. Hilfenhaus in the 2012/13 Shield Final for the last spot for the Ashes trip, & on a flat pitch. Hilfy had the figures after a season on spicy pitches but Rhino stood tall. Sayers is still one I am keen to see develop, for we can never have enough quality depth in quicks. A season in county cricket would be great for him.

  • Chris_P on July 14, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    @landl47. I have probably seen more of him than any other FC player in the past 5 seasons & he has never failed to deliver once. He even stood down as skipper to give himself a better chance and got to bowl more and as well! Let me say one thing about Whiteman, an outstanding prospect, another season like the last & he will be at the top of the pecking order, but he will never be in Gilly's class as a batsman. His keeping looks top shelf, at this point of his career probably better than Gilly's as Gilly played a few seasons in the NSW team as a batsman before moving to WA to take the gloves.