Australia A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, Brisbane, 4th day July 16, 2014

Hughes strikes hundred in drawn game

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Australia A 423 (Cutting 96, Faulkner 94, Yadav 5-83) and 0 for 202 (Hughes 100*, Doolan 91*) drew with India A 501 (N Ojha 110, Yadav 90, Sayers 5-84)

Australia A opener Phillip Hughes struck an unbeaten hundred and shared a 202-run opening stand with Alex Doolan on the final day of the four-day game against India A that ended in a predictable draw. Only 50.2 overs were bowled before rain forced an early conclusion.

The Australia A openers were cautious at the start of the day but cut loose as the session progressed. Hughes took on Yadav, taking 53 runs off 46 balls he faced from the bowler. Hughes hit six fours off Yadav in the 35 overs before lunch and then struck the bowler for 18 runs early in the second session.

Doolan reached his fifty in the first over after lunch and steadily climbed to 91. He took his runs off fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and B Aparajith, the sole spinner in the Indian attack on the fourth day.

The first match of the two-match unofficial Test series had also been a draw. The two teams will now play in a quadrangular series that also features South Africa A and Cricket Australia's National Performance Squad.

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  • Brenton on July 18, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    The best thing about this game was Hughes' interview afterwards. He was asked what part of his technique he was working on and he simply said "I want to make sure when I get past the first 30 balls, to go on with it".

  • Arun on July 17, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Our bowlers simply do not know how to take wickets on docile pitches. Umesh, Ishant, Bhuvaneshwar, Ashwin, jadeja....the list goes on. If India has to do well consistently in the Tests, we need bowlers who can work together and take 20 wickets. There is no hope in sight....not from this lot which is currently on display.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Kudos to Hughes & Doolan, well played lads but I'm here to comment in defence of Lyon.

    Hey Sanjay what are you on about? Nathan hasn't had great figures this match but he's a good Test bowler. Not great but good & still best spin option that Aus has for now. Yes O'Keefe has proven himself at F/C level but whether he's a better Test option is still debatable. Being someone who watches a LOT of domestic cricket I still believe they're the only 2 who should've been considered for selection over last 18 months. Doherty offers something in right conditions but is still behind these 2 & our other spinners still have work to do

    As for Lyon being "a total failure in Indian minefield pitches" as Sanjay claims, that is just untrue. Lyon's performance in last Test in India (March 2013, Kolkata) was 1 of few positives to come out of series. He took 9 wickets with 8 of those being bowled or lbw. The victims were Pujara, Kohli(x2), Tendulkar(x2), Rahane, Ashwin, Sharma & Ojha. That's not a failure

  • David on July 16, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    It was a dicey wicket. Good batting.

  • Prithvi on July 16, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    @Triple_A don't u think ur jumping to conclusions on a dead track...where none of the Indian pacers got wickets n in the 1st innings he was the most economical bowler after Aparajith...when his radar is set Umesh is a genuine wicket taker

  • Prithvi on July 16, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    @Triple_A he's a much better option than Ishant......yes Ishant did perform well in the NZ tour but hw can u forget years of no performance whatsoever by Ishant????n don't say he failed only on dead tracks...he failed miserably in the previous tours to ENgland n Australia......n the other genuine quick we have is Aaron....he has pace but absolutely nothing,no swing n do u expect test batsmen to get out to just pace without any movement n control...Umesh is our brightest prospect bowls at pace n more importantly swings it too....though his radar might be off target at times....

  • ESPN on July 16, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Naman has register his knock for Indian team.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Australia's number one spinner Lyon has a figure of 30--02--147--0 against Indian A team.With figure like this should he be selected for the senior team?If Australia really wants to improve it's spin attack then it's high time they select one left are spinner or spinner all rounder.I do not know why the selector goes on selecting this off-spinner who was a total failure in Indian mine fields pitches!I request the selector to read this if they want a better attack.

  • Luka on July 16, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Where are the guys wanting to see Yadav in England, now?? All this guy does is bowl fast but has little control over line and length. The people wanting to see him play in England are quite ignorant of this fact and constantly base their opinions on one innings.

  • wayne on July 16, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    I hope you're right about Phil Hughes, xtrafalgarx. Would hate for him to become Australia's version of Hick/Ramprakash - loads of domestic runs but little to show for that talent at the highest level. Frustrating to watch.

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