Board President's XI v Australians, Chennai, 1st day February 12, 2013

Australians stumble against spin on opening day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australians 241 (Cowan 58, Rasool 7-45) v Indian Board President's XI

The Australians lost nine wickets to spin on the first day of their opening tour game in Chennai, but though they were dismissed for 241 their opener and top-scorer Ed Cowan said the team was satisfied with the workout. Jammu & Kashmir offspinner Parvez Rasool, who turns 24 tomorrow, took 7 for 45 for the Board President's XI on a pitch that offered the slow bowlers assistance.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, the Australians' acting captain, had spoken about the importance of batting long in order to adapt to the local conditions, and everyone got the chance to have time in the middle after he won the toss.

Only 11 of the 17-member squad had arrived in India and so Usman Khawaja opened with Cowan, adding 77 for the first wicket before he was caught behind off legspinner Sarabjit Ladda. Cowan was the next to fall, caught behind to become the first of Rasool's seven wickets. Wade and Steven Smith added 58 for the third wicket but Wade's dismissal triggered a slide during which the Australians lost eight wickets for 74 runs.

"It was a pretty good day. Everyone had a good hit at the top of the order," Cowan said after the day's play. "The wicket was turning, so it was good practice against some really talented spin bowlers. The wicket was a bit two-paced. The ball reversed pretty quickly. So it was hard to score but it is a small ground, so a decent score for a first hit out.

"It's easy to call it a practice game, but it is more than that for a lot of us - to come over early, to get the conditions, to get our plans in place against the spinners. It was nice to spend some time in the middle but at the end of the day it's about scoring some runs, so it was nice to get a few runs as well."

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  • Al on February 13, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Australians - you need not worry about your bowling. Our selectors already gave you 2 free wickets in the form of Sehwag and Tendulkar. You have to worry about only Pujara and Dhoni. Kohli might show up in the last match, if he can stop dreaming about captaincy. Our bowling is not that good either - we have a clueless Ishant, a high jumper called Dinda, and variations man Ashwin. If your batsmen can navigate the initial overs of Bhuvi and counter the simple spin of Ojha, they can bat to their hearts content.

  • Al on February 13, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Indian Selectors need to do their job and select players who are performing now, not players like Bhajji, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ishant, who were good 5 years ago. Parvez Rasool deserves to be in the Indian squad against Australia. Similarly youngsters like Ishwar Pandey, Sid Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Warrior, Reddy, Nadeem, etc. deserve more games in India A squad.

  • Al on February 13, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Agree with @Lamp - Ambati Rayudu has been pretty consistent for quite some time now. This guy is really good against fast bowling. He will be ideal for India at No. 6. Add to his batting skills, he can also act as a back-up wicket-keeper. Parvez Rasool and Rayudu should be part of the Indian squad after first 2 tests.

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    A taste of things to come. The "quick" bowlers have no penetration and the bog average spinners have to prey on batsmen with no patience. The full Indian test side will have a cake walk with this Aussie team, the worst to tour India since 1979.

  • Graham on February 13, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Michael_Sheridan if you read my comments I state that Khawaja is not a bowling option. I make no mention that Lewis said only Khawaja can bowl. I am not disputing the Clarke, Warner as bowlers so I am not commenting on that. I understood his point maybe I have to be clearer to you my point is that Khawaja is not a bowling option. Do you understand? Dont have a go at me for not reading comments. Try and understand what someone is posting before having a go at them.

  • Graham on February 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Michael_Sheridan; I know what his point was but he just wanted to bang Khawaja name in there. Like yourself you cannot write a post without mentioning Khawaja. His point would have been better at Clarke and Warner putting Khawaja in there makes it think we are desperate for bowlers. As for Quiney least he has bowled over 100 overs at first class cricket so you know he can help out with the ball if needed.

  • David on February 13, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter, not sure about Pattinson on slow, low tracks. Every time I've seen him bowl on such decks he is very ordinary. Just tries to bang it in, and it doesn't work. Hope I'm wrong.

  • David on February 13, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    I'm assuming the pitch was dead slow, which is why Henriques got 4 wickets at about a run an over. Anyway, everyone got a run, which was the main idea. These kind of games can be embarrassing if the touring side clocks up a low score, then the locals dig in and get about 5-500. Kind of like the saffas vs AUS A: and for the first two tests.

  • Graham on February 13, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I dont think the first warm up game has given selectors any clue as to what the first test team is. Henriques obviously did well with the ball but he will only play if they go with Lyon, Doherty and two quicks. If you were to pick 2 quicks or 3 quicks I still have no idea who would be picked. My thoughts is they will go with three quicks and Lyon. With Maxwell and Smith only bowling 4 overs each and giving Agar 8 overs are they showing that neither of these are going to be picked to help out with the bowling. As such I think its looking like 6 batsman, 3 quicks and a spinner. Hopefully Clarke is fit to bowl.

  • Mariam on February 13, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Shaggy076 if you read Lewis comments he states that Warner, Clarke and Khawaja can share the bowling load not just Khawaja. And Khawaja has bowled more then what Quiney has bowled but Quiney kept the runs down. The point there is that our part timers can bowl the extra overs required without picking someone like Maxwell.