India news April 11, 2014

India A to tour Australia in July

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A will play two four-day games against Australia A and a limited-overs quadrangular series on its tour to Australia which begins on July 6, the BCCI has said. The quadrangular series will also feature South Africa A and Cricket Australia's National Performance Squad.

The India A side will begin their tour with the four-day games in Queensland, scheduled to start on July 6 and July 13 respectively. The team will then play two round-robin stages in the quadrangular, scheduled to start on July 20, before the final on August 2.

"This tour is a part of the exchange programme that has been initiated by BCCI along with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa to provide increased exposure to our upcoming players and an opportunity to familiarise and compete in overseas conditions," Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary said.

The tour will be the first major series for India A in 2014. In 2013, the team had toured South Africa in August and, apart from the four-day games, also participated in a tri-series between South Africa A and Australia A. The side that participated in the A tour, which took place soon after India's tour to Zimbabwe, included Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, among others. India A then hosted New Zealand A and West Indies A for first-class and limited-overs matches in September.

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  • Sriram on April 14, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Yadav, Aaron, Rishi Dhawan a must to test their mettle against best! In batting would like to see Kedar Jadhav in action, have been reading his recent exploits and looks promising. Also, likes of Zol, Aparajith, Lokesh Rahul along with Sanju and Sandeep Sharma will be exciting. Please no Dindas or Vinays, they are good and we know that they can deliver, but we need to put some of these young exciting talent to harsh reality.

  • Ashok on April 13, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    @Quichang: In short format, S/R means more than the batting average. Uthappa's average of 40 in ODI or First class Cricket @ S/R of 100, as an opening batsman over his career, is better than most in the short format. At 28 he also has most experience. India is converting middle order batsmen into openers & as a result the opening partnerships after Sehwag & Gambhir's absence are things of the past! The selection should be based on the demands of the format Not on Averages alone, as you are suggesting. Your list of Names for OZ team India A & their averages is impressive but None of them may appear on the Selectors Radar! Of course the Fan opinions do not count because of factors considered by the Team selectors are more complex. Typically Current Form, Fitness & Record of the player at any specific position is considered as a package. Averages are good indicator of the player's potential but not necessarily his ability to succeed. India A will have mostly known names + 3 New guys!

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    The tour is a waste.Allan Border Field is the most docile flat pitch in Australia and Darwin is total subcontinental pitch.Barring Gabba all pitches in QLD especially in northern parts are flat and slow. Wouldn't be surprised if the tour gets washed off too due to el Nino effect bringing some serious rains to Australia

  • Quichang on April 13, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    People there talk a lot about Robin Uthappa...for cricket sake just look at his First-Class and list A batting average(List A:39.15,First-Class:40.48)...doing good in just one season,don't make a best cricketer..Analyse them well than recommend them for too are involve in bad selection. For Test,ODI and Twenty Team selection..the selectors should look at the First-Class,List-A and Domestic Twenty prospect of every players based on their better averages...and for bowlers,it should be based on Averages(low is better) and Economy. As an Indian BCCI should really implement the rules for selection based on Average...Cricketers having high average and having had played at-least 20 matches should be recommended that nobody make a question mark on their selection...i'll sorry if my way selection is bad/wrong..if you have any better ways than please kindly share it.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    My team 1)Lokesh Rahul 2)Robin Uthappa3) Ambati Rayadu 3)Manoj Tiwary 5)Suresh Raina 6)Wridhiman Saha 7)Laxmi Shukla 8)Parvez Rasool 9)Kuldeep Yadav 10)Ashok Dinda 11)Ishwar Pandey 12)Jiwanjyot Singh 13)Kedar Jadav14)Sanju Samson15)Anureet Singh 16)Shreyash Gopal 17)Stuart Binny

  • Android on April 12, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Its all right that likes of rayudu,tiwary etc. deserves place in national team but under testing conditions like England and Australia especially we need someone like pujara and Rahane's inclusion in the team to provide stability in tough conditions. All likes of umesh yadav,aaron,mohit sharma should be given more and regular chances to enhance India's fast bowling attack.

  • venkatesh on April 12, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    India should try sehwag and gambhir for last time.if they fail then it will be curtains fort both these Delhi guyz.

  • J on April 12, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    uthappa should be selected in this and should then be on the plane for the england ODI's if he performs well, he should open with dhawan in ODI's with rohit coming in at 4 because india dont seem to have anyone else to fill the number 4 slot (unless pujara plays which probably wont end well with rohit and pujara in the same ODI 11 as they both bat at too low a strike rate). WC 11 should be dhawan, uthappa, kohli, rohit, rayudu, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, bhuvi, shami, and any 3rd seamer who impresses in IPL and england most likely. This tour should be useful for the likes of rahul, bawne, jadhav and tiwary, everyone else realistically needs more ranji seasons before this tour will be of much use.

  • Ashok on April 12, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    @Johnny_129: You are right in your assessment of the Indian batsmen. I always felt that in Kohli, Pujara, Tiwary, Rohit & Rahane India has very good middle order, However reliable opening batsmen need to be established. Both Dhawan & Rohit were inconsistent in the recent matches as the openers. There is a dominant ODI opener, Uttappa, who has been knocking at the door but being an "Outsider" never gets into Dhoni's Team- just like Pujara. So if the politics are discarded & the team chosen on ability, India has Uttappa & Pujara as guys needed at #1 & #4 spots. If India has any plans to win the ODI WC 2015, these 2 must be IN! Secondly BCCI must run 3 month coaching camp for the Bowlers ASAP & train them on consistent Line, Length & direction. Aaron , Yadev, Ishant , Shami & Kumar can be world class Pace bowlers with coaching as will the spinners, Ashwin, Jadeja & Mishra. Add the Finishers Raina & Dhoni. It is a complete package but the selection basis should be Form, Ability & Fitness!

  • Ashok on April 12, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    India should take this opportunity to test some borderline players + give much needed experience to younger batsmen & Bowlers under the Aussie playing conditions. India needs to develop opening batsmen + pace Bowlers to capitalize on this "A Team" tour. Guys like Aaron, Yadev & Pandey who adorn the Bench need to play regularly & get some experience. For opening batsmen, it will be good to have Uttappa, Mukund, Dhawan. If India wishes to try out the forgotten older guys, Sehwag should get a stint. From the rest, the middle order batsmen like Pujara, Tiwary, Rahane & Raina should be included to gain experience of the pitches. It will also be good to see how spinners like Rasool, Nadeem, Rahul Sharma or Chawla fare. Younger players like Samson, Rahul, Bawne & Vijay Zol also need a shot. It will not be easy to have a proper mix because some deserving players will be left out. The important thing is to give deserving players a chance to show case their talent = get some experience..

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