India A v Australians, tour match, Mumbai, 1st day February 17, 2017

Smith, Shaun Marsh dominate with tons in warm-up

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Australians 327 for 5 (Smith 107, Shaun Marsh 104, Handscomb 45) v India A

Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh struck boundary-laden centuries on the first day of Australia's warm-up game against India A at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Smith and Marsh, at Nos. 3 and 4 respectively, both retired out soon after reaching their hundreds and the Australians went to stumps at 327 for 5.

After India A chose to field, David Warner began in sprightly fashion, hitting four fours in his 25 before he was caught behind off 25-year old seamer Navdeep Saini. Matt Renshaw was more sedate: making a 11 off 41 balls. Subsequently, Smith and Marsh added 156 together to carry the Australians along in the middle session. Smith made 107 with 12 fours and a six, while Marsh made 104 with 11 fours and a six.

Peter Handscomb, at No. 5, got in some useful batting time too, playing 70 deliveries for his 45. Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade were unbeaten at the close of play on 16 and 7 respectively.

"Everyone got a bit out of it today, which was great," Marsh told reporters at stumps. "As individuals and as a team, it always gives you a bit of confidence when you have a good day in a warm-up game. Smithy batted really well, and all the other batters got a bit out of it as well. So, it was a good day. Hopefully we can continue that over the next couple of days and make sure we're ready to go [for the Test against India] next week."

The pitch and conditions were relatively tame for Marsh's maiden first-class game in India. "It nibbled a bit early, it was a bit damp. But as the day went on, it was quite nice to bat and spend some time out there against the quicks and the spinners." But he knew that could change quite quickly.

"I haven't played Test cricket over here yet. But they'll take spin, like Sri Lanka did the last year," Marsh said. "So we know what wickets we're going to get. It's just about being ready for it and players having a really strong game plan and sticking to it. Just challenging each other, it's going to be good fun."

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  • bonafi7559191 on February 18, 2017, 13:04 GMT

    @DRIFTTURNANDBOUNCE Pattinson has played 17 tests(3 in india) @24 SR 46... He was the only pacer that looked threatening in 2012 series in India. Ive seen him hitting 150kph in SA, ..starc consistently hit 150 in SL..dont think anyone can deny that and as for cummins, the guy was consistently hitting 96-97 mph in the UK..

  • persev1507162 on February 18, 2017, 12:07 GMT

    In the middle of all this, Shreyas Iyer has played yet another fluent but contextless 80+ knock. How many of us, or more importantly, the people who matter, will remember this in the future in important (read, selection) meetings? I highly doubt this little gem will get this lad anywhere. Anyway, need to watch the highlights, if Cricket Australia would be kind enough to provide one, to see how good SoK was. Stats dont paint a rosy picture, and Lyon really needs all the support he can get from the other end.

  • nvskis8186839 on February 18, 2017, 12:00 GMT

    @driftturnandbounce, It was a good reply, I too feel that what is the use of talent when u r not able to maintain fitness as that is also a skill and I didn't know abt false measurement of speed, I really enjoyed it

  • anand on February 18, 2017, 11:59 GMT

    I am surprised the Aussie fans are talking about india performance in england . In the last four test tours to Eng india drew one , won one and lost two. Australia has managed to lose all the last four test series in england . Wondering how r they sayinv aus is better

  • Bala on February 18, 2017, 11:50 GMT

    Oh god, what is Hardhik Pandya doing? Why is he batting above Pant and Kishan? Open the bowling and come to bat at 5. Does anyone else feel he is trying to take an advantage of being captain? Feels like he is trying to prove himself for a spor in test team.

  • Jeremy Evans on February 18, 2017, 11:47 GMT

    Jackson Bird trouble India this series..if he gets a geurnsey

  • Suryaputra on February 18, 2017, 11:41 GMT

    WORST#1SIDEEVERINDIA: "Indian fast bowlers pfft...Aussie quicks Starc,Cummins, Pattinson are 145+ banging it in on a length and 150+ pitching it up." Pfft here are a few facts for you. 1. What Cummins & Pattinson do in an odd T20/ODI when they aren't out injured, which is 95% of their career so far, is irrelevant for Tests. We've been hearing about how fast these lads are & how, once the pesky problem of keeping them fit for more than session is resolved, they will take the world by storm for 7 years now and so far they have done zilch. 2. Channel 9's method of measuring speed is laughably manipulative. All other countries when broadcasting use three speed guns and show the LOWEST reading of the 3. In Oz, they show, surprise surprise, the HIGHEST reading. Desperation is real! Prime example was Southee being tagged with 150kph in the same match Starc was supposedly bowling 160kph. It was so embarrassing that it shut Healy up for the rest of the match about Starc's "unbelievable speeds".

  • nvskis8186839 on February 18, 2017, 11:39 GMT

    pandya has shown sheer dominance of captaincy by not letting pant and kishan to come early, I mean how is it possible that a technique less batsman like pandya is there ahead of quality players like pant and kishan

  •   Cricinfouser on February 18, 2017, 11:35 GMT

    Yes kid you fellas are in for a shock. Aus to win win win at a canter 3-1. Take a chill pill btw

  • nvskis8186839 on February 18, 2017, 11:30 GMT

    @cricketsubh, I am totally confused with ur wayless comment abt NZ condition and talking abt 2014 win in SA, I can also mention 1-2 loos of aus in Aus agst SA, why didnot they win that to show consistancy and prove that they r not only fit for dropping wickets

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