Emerging Players Tournament August 13, 2011

Carters ton denies India victory

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A battling century from captain Ryan Carters helped Australian Institute of Sport force a draw against India Emerging Players at Endeavour Park No.2 in Townsville. However, India finished on top in the points table, thereby capping a successful series for them - they were also victorious in the Twenty20 tournament that preceded the three-day games.

Australia ended the second day at 93 for 2, still 236 runs adrift of India. Carters, who was unbeaten overnight on 56, continued to look solid. He and Glenn Maxwell had added 65 before stumps on day two, and they carried on the good work on the final day, adding a further 55 before Maxwell was dismissed for 73. Any hopes that India might have had of causing a collapse were dented as Tim Armstrong joined his captain and the duo put on 87 for the fourth wicket. Carters was finally dismissed for 115, but Armstrong (75) featured in handy partnerships for the fifth and sixth wickets to deny India a win, as Australia ended the day on 328 for 7.

Reeza Hendricks completed his double-century and Richard Levi reached a century but South Africa Emerging Players were not left with enough time to bowl New Zealand A out at Endeavour Park in Townsville. South Africa's only hope of notching up their first win of the three-day leg of the tournament was to score quickly on the final day and then hope for a New Zealand collapse. But Hendricks and Levi took their time, and South Africa used up 54.2 overs in the day to get 177 runs, which put them 169 runs ahead. New Zealand lost two wickets in the 34 overs they had to bat.

Hendricks' 218 was his second double-century of the tournament and his 566-run aggregate earned him the Batsman-of-the-Tournament as well as the Player-of the-Tournament awards. India's Iqbal Abdulla was named Bowler of the Tournament for his nine wickets.

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  • Andrew on August 15, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    @katandthat3 - I agree that it was a good effort from the Ozzy boys, they were easily the most inexperienced side in the tournament - even allowing for Starc & Beer. India & Sth Africa definately have some good ones coming thru. NZ's team was virtually an A-side.

  • Garry on August 13, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    Good effort by the Aussie boys to hold off India. It's a big step up to 1st class but hopefully Carters can keep building on his pre-season. Maxwell continues to impress see how he goes for the Vics, hopefully some more Shield games this year. Not sure what the conditions are like up there but Beer's figures are a major concern, especially going at 8 an over. Will have to keep an eye out for Hendricks from SA as well, some big scores from him, impressive tournament.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    great to see. Pujara is injured but a class act. There is no reason why Tendulkar, Dravid or VVS should retire, they are still on top of their game. However they only have 2-3 years left. The youngsters should play in tours to Windies and feature a bit in the big tours, but the seniors are still up to it.

  • Jay on August 13, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    I hope the BCCI and the selection committee are having a close look at what's going on in Townsville. India have some bright stars in the making and after the drubbing the senior team have been put through, I think the right time has come for investment in youth. Dravid, Laxman, and SRT have to hang up their boots after the tour to Australia later this year. It will be an acid test to Indian test cricket but in the long run India will definitely become the world's best. I think youngsters are not fools to be lured by the IPL's riches mindlessly. A lot of them still have the passion for test cricket and many of them want to play for INDIA.

  • P Subramani on August 13, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    I wish the selectors will take note and bring in some of these players who performed well, into the national team. I mean, Rahane,Pandey,the Tiwari duo and of courseIqbal Abdullah, Bhargav Bhatt, Varun Aaron Umesh yadav and jaidev Unadkat. We should give the injured lot a lot of time to get back to peak fitness.

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