Smith, Shaun Marsh dominate with tons in warm-up
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."