Board President's XI v Australians, Chennai, 2nd day

Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon fire in draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 13, 2013

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Australians 241 (Cowan 58, Rassol 7-45) and 15 for 0 drew with Indian Board President's XI 230 all out (Rayudu 87, Henriques 4-12)
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Eight Australian bowlers had a workout on the second day of their warm-up match in Chennai and Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon were the most successful. They worked their way through the Board President's XI top order and helped the Australians secure a slender first-innings lead.

Henriques and Lyon reduced the home side to 61 for 4 and eventually took seven wickets between them. Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson and rookie spinner Ashton Agar were the other wicket-takers. Fast bowler Jackson Bird did not take a wicket but conceded only ten runs in as many overs.

Ambati Rayudu scored 87 for the Board President's XI but didn't get much support from anyone else. Parvez Rassol, who had taken seven wickets on the first day, made 36 at No. 8, the next best score. The home side was dismissed for 230.

"I have worked a lot on my game with Robin Singh and Mr Sharath and I am getting into good positions, having enough time to play my shots," Rayudu said after the game. "Mentally I am looking to spend a lot more time in the middle. Have been relaxed the whole season, happy that I am getting into a zone such as this.

"Most of them were the same pace, they were really trying to swing the old ball, use a lot of reverse," he said of the Australian bowlers. "They got reverse swing after about 30 overs, it started reversing pretty early and they worked on it as well. They are looking to pull out a lot of reverse swing."

The Australians played four overs in their second innings, opening with Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja, and made 15 for 0.

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Posted by jb633 on (February 15, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

@Meety, spon on with your comments. Don't get me wrong looking from a neutral perspective, I think Oz have a good chance but do not underestimate the role Swann played in the series. Even when he did not get a hatful he tied an end up and helped to bring about pressure. I don't think Lyon is a bad bowler but he certainly has no mystery about him and personally I will be suprised if he has a big impact, particualrly against the Indian right handed batsmen. I think the key for Oz will be if they can get the ball to reverse. The world knows how poor Indians are against the moving ball but reverse swing is an art that only few have mastered. Altough I want to see an Ozzie win, I would say India go in as favorites stil. Whatever people say about the Eng series, we did play brilliantly and the achievement should not be dismissed. Beating India in their own backyard is always very difficult. Good luck to Oz

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Reading the comments on this site never fails to confound and irritate me. I see so many people calling for Khawaja. I swear I am the only person alive who sees him for what he is - a failure. I understand perfectly that he has one of the better FC records in Australian domestic cricket (with a measley 43 average), however he is a perennial choker playing for his country. He has walked to the crease 14 times representing Australia and averages 19.7. I keep hearing "he needs a fair go!". He has had MUCH MORE of a fair go than the vast majority of people who come into the side and fail consistently. I swear he only has this following because he was branded as "the next Ponting", and people who don't know any better were instantly enamored to him.

Quite frankly, we would be best to choose David Hussey for his experience, not to mention the best statistics in the HISTORY of cricket for an individual never to play a test. Failing Hussey - Voges or Bailey would probably be best.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Its quite sad to see Rayudu being ignored consistently(over d past 11 years),inspite of performing consistently,guys like murali vijay who had a misrable ranji season got selected based on 1 irani trophy inns. wat a shame!!!

most guyz who played under rayudu's captaincy made their debut ages ago..i jus hope this talented but unlucky cricketer get his due sooner than later.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@SomeGuy & TheBigBoodha: fair enough, but if Maxwell & Smith aren't likely to play in the Tests, why select them in the first place? Oz are supposed to be playing a *Test* series, not going on a sightseeing tour. Wouldn't a third specialist spinner (O'Keefe) & a dependable specialist middle-order batsman in scintillating form who has the added virtue of significant captaincy experience (Bailey) have been better bets?

And as for going to Madras with three specialist seamers, Lyon & a part-time spinner (as a lot of Aussie posters seem to be suggesting): that's exactly how England came a cropper at Ahmedabad in the first Test. No reason not to go with form & give Mo his head at Seven as a third seamer (with Wade at Six, a position he's already proved he can occupy with some panache), but whichever way you spin it (forgive the dreadful pun), you're *still* going to have to go in with two specialist spinners: as Doherty's such a no-show, best press the panic button & go with Agar.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

I for one take immense privilege in having known Rayudu personally and having batted with him on a couple of occasions as well. He has the technique to survive a lethal bowling attack. Control over his mind would be his only challenge and he seems to be doing that really well at the moment. Picking a guy who's doing the right things will not only help India find a new long-stay but they'll start forming the next fantastic four real soon with the likes of Pujara and Kohli making meaningful contributions. Rayudu should have been picked for the upcoming Australia series. I hope the selectors don't wait too long.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 14, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

I as an Indian fan would be delighted to see both Lyon and Doherty in playing XI in addition to the so called "big show maxwell".But that is highly improbable. 9 out of 10 times India will play spin better than pace.The Swan-Monty disaster doesn't happen daily and i believe it was a one-off affair. Can't wait for the feb -22.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 14, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

@meety The same amount that australia won in England last year LOL ( whatever that means)

Posted by SpadeaSpade on (February 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Watson , Warner , Hughes ,Khawaja ,Clarke ,(Maxwel/Smith/Hneriques/Johnson) Wade , Siddle , Starc , Pattinson , Lyon.

Picking the 6 & 7 is the tough part a batting alrounder would probably be best option and looking at the above you can make a case for all of them, On Paper johnson may look the weakest batsmen but runs don;t lie and he has a fair test Avg to go with a couple of match winning innings. I think Siddle , Starc , Pattinson is our best bowling line-up , but i would like to see Johnson as the alrounder 3rd change bowler. I think that position really suits his game and it means the Capt doesn;t have to worry about him not bowling consistently through the whole test matc/Series. I've been very critical Of Johnson's inability to control the ball , But facts remain he had a really good summer and he is the leading test wicket taker for Australia. Plus that Bolwing attack looks really good for the ashes.

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