India A tour of Australia 2014 June 11, 2014

Tiwary, Uthappa to captain India A in Australia

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Manoj Tiwary and Robin Uthappa will lead the two India A sides on their tour to Australia this July where they play two four-day matches against Australia A before participating in a quadrangular one-day tournament. South Africa A and Cricket Australia's National Performance Squad will join the two teams in the quadrangular.

Tiwary, who didn't play a first-class game in the domestic season, will be the captain for the four-day side, and while he will stay back for the one-dayers he will hand over the captaincy to Uthappa, who has forced his way back into the national side with a stupendous IPL season. Uthappa has been picked for the four-day matches too, along with his Ranji-, Irani- and Vijay Hazare-winning Karnataka team-mates Karun Nair and KL Rahul.

However, none of the Karnataka bowlers has made it to either of the sides. Test hopefuls Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra are the big names in the four-day squad. In the quadrangular series, Mohit Sharma, Akshar Patel and Karn Sharma will try to stake a claim for England ODIs.

The quadrangular series, ending on August 2, will be more important in terms of selection because India are due to play a five-ODI series in England later that month. This is also the time when India will start locking in on a combination for the World Cup in Australia early next year.

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

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 they also participated in a tri-series that also involved Australia A. India A then hosted New Zealand A and West Indies A for first-class and limited-overs matches in September.

Squad for four-day matches Manoj Tiwary (capt.), KL Rahul, Jiwanjot Singh, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Karun Nair, Naman Ojha, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Anureet Singh, Rajat Paliwal, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, B Aparajith

Squad for quadrangular series Robin Uthappa (capt.), Unmukt Chand, Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Sharma, Karn Sharma, Rahul Shukla, Manan Vohra, Jaydev Unadkat

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  • Naresh on June 14, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwari will be looked at closely by the selectors. Both looked really good in the IPL. Uthappa with his confidence sky high could be eying an openers spot in the test and odi spot. Tiwari has played in the test side but will be watched for overseas performance. This A side has lots of youngsters who would be also watched for performances. More than the batsman the bowlers will be watched closely.

  • J on June 13, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    This is tiwary's only chance, failure here along with bangladesh will mean another season of domestic, by which time the world cup squad will be secured and his chances of playing for india again will be slim given his age and all the other upcoming talent.

  • biju on June 13, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    In Australia, England, West Indies, S. Africa & New Zealand we saw one all rounder spinner more we need. In south Africa because of that only one match finished draw. We already given chance to mishra, ojha, aswin and jadeja. But only one success is jadeja. Give chance to ashkar Patel & parvez in 4 day too. Three fast bowlers and 2 all rounder spinners.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Great chance for Youngsters to prove themselves... Wish them to perform well in all matches.

  • Lakshminarayanan on June 13, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    This is good selection for 4-day Tests & ODIs. Many suggested Samson should have been selected for Bangladesh tour, but before selecting to Indian Team, he has to prove in domestic & India A tours, this is the proper way to come. The Selectors did the right job. Selectors have had belief on Tiwary, he was in good form when he got injury, so as soon as he back from injury, Tiwary is rightly got selected. This is great opportunity for him to prove this time. Only one concern is Umesh Yadav selection, he should have in England Test Squad instead of Aaron. This team will win both the 4-day tests & quadrangular series.

  • varun reddy on June 12, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    for all who questioning about the selection of rayudu,I jus want to tell you one thing the players all you mentioned were playing good from last 2 or 3 seasons but rayudu is performing reasonably well from long time and performed reaosnably well in indian side too.infact he played better than rahane in the indian side.first know this before u question his selection

  • sid on June 12, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    This year in the Irani cup final, Karnataka won by an innings and 222 runs Vs Rest of India. Vinay Kumar took 10 wickets and yet he does not find a place in the India A side! However 6 players from that losing 'Rest of India' side are retained in India A side. How Bizarre?

  • Pete on June 12, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Great to see India A making this tour, especially the first class component!

  • Ashok on June 12, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Alloting Dhoni as a Captain for all 3 Formats has deprived India OF an alternate Captain. Manoj Tiwary, Rohit Sharma & Pujara should be the 3 contenders for the Test Captaincy. Tiwary & Rohit have already captained their provinces whilst Pujara has been captaining the India A Teams for the past 2 years. The Selectors should have given Rohit Sharma or Pujara the Captaincy of the Indian team for the England Tour. They missed a golden chance. Dhoni is a poor captain- especially for Tests + has the worst overseas record of nearly 100% Losses. I am glad that Manoj Tiwary is given the Captaincy of the 4-day team. Teams selected include most of the favourite. Surya Yadev is the only missed batsman. Chand had an outstanding batting record in Australia as the India U-19 Captain as did Sandeep Sharma & Aparajith. Hence their choice is justified. Sadly at least 4 players chosen in these squads were omitted from Indian Squad for England.That will hurt Indian performance badly + Dhoni's captaincy!

  • Praveen on June 12, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    There should have been one or two bowlers at the least from Karnataka. Although Vinay was decisive as he ripped the top order every time.

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