Practice match or not, Australia's players psyched themselves up for the Adelaide encounter with India as the start of their campaign to lift the World Cup. Pat Cummins rated the hosts' display as a nine or 10 out of 10, and based on the even contribution of numerous players and the wide margin it was hard to argue.
"We lost a few wickets but to get 370-odd and on a really good wicket keep them down to much less than that, I think it was pretty much as good as we could have asked for," Cummins said. "We looked at it as the first game of our World Cup campaign and everyone's really excited to be in camp for the World Cup and I think it showed out there especially when we were fielding, everyone was buzzing around.
"Most pleasing was that we were pretty clinical almost the whole 100 overs. The batsmen went and were fearless but batted quite normally, and then in the field it was great to see everyone buzz around. So really happy. I think the fact there is 15 players, when you do get your chance you really want to go well. So if we're only going to bowl six overs we've got to make sure our six overs are the best we bowl. Pretty happy tonight."
The pressure for spots that Cummins spoke of has drawn greater accountability from Glenn Maxwell, who showed his development as a batsman of rare power but also an effective spin bowler in another match award-winning display to follow the triangular series final against England in Perth.
"Phenomenal isn't he?" said Cummins. "He's done that a few times this summer, he's a freak to watch bat. I think even us who've played with him a lot and seen him in the nets, we don't know what's next. He surprises himself half the time and I wouldn't like to be bowling to him.
"I think he's been bowling beautifully this summer in one dayers. He's certainly more than a part-timer, most games he's getting eight or nine overs out and taking some crucial wickets. I think his spin overs are really important."
The only odd note struck during the course of India's innings was an exchange between Shane Watson, David Warner and the umpires after a return throw bounced on the pitch. Cummins indicated the players had been told to keep their throws up to preserve the ball, something that was not appreciated by Warner in particular - warm-up matches do not have a match referee.
"It was all pretty casual banter," Cummins said. "One of the boys threw the ball in, the umpire said keep it up and the boys seemed to be complaining or something. But nothing too much to it."
Australia's squad departs Adelaide on Monday morning ahead of their second and final practice match against the UAE at the MCG on Wednesday. India face Afghanistan in Adelaide on Tuesday.