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Match highlights - Australia A vs Indians

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Andrew McGlashan
Andrew McGlashan
12-Dec-2020
Nic Maddinson brings out the pull  •  Getty Images

Nic Maddinson brings out the pull  •  Getty Images

Welcome to our live report of the second day of the Australia A verses India pink-ball match at the SCG. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here
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5.55pm: Who should open for Australia?

4.30pm: Fine innings from Gill

Shubman Gill put himself in contention to open in the first Test with a very stylish half-century. He collected 10 boundaries in his 78-ball 65 and some of his off-side strokeplay was especially eye-catching. He may have done enough to put himself ahead of Prithvi Shaw who fell cheaply early in the day. Gill departed when he was given out caught at slip against Mitchell Swepson although it was entirely clear if he had hit the ball. At the break the Indians had reached 111 for 2, a lead of 197

3.30pm: Harris on his recall

"It's been good, not to be the one that's spoken about too much," he told Fox Cricket. "I knew coming here that if I went okay I'd put myself in a position to maybe play, the way that things have been going.
"But this season I've just been focused on what I need to be focused on. "I obviously wasn't in the Test side last summer so I didn't have that distraction coming into this summer and I've just been focused on what I need to do, so that's been good. Now I've found myself where I am, and I feel pretty ready to go and I'm looking forward to it."

3.10pm: Australia's injury list

Australia have piled up a huge list of injuries already this season, some more serious than others. It still feels like David Warner's could be the most important given what he brings to the top of the order.

2.45pm: Early wicket

Mark Steketee has picked up where he left off at Drummoyne Oval with the early wicket of Prithvi Shaw who drove to point. It's beyond the realms that this match finishes today unless both sides bat better.

2.00pm: Pucovski out, Harris called up

More news. Will Pucovski, unsurprisingly, has been ruled out of the first Test in Adelaide after the concussion he suffered against the Indians at Drummoyne Oval. Marcus Harris has been called up to the squad.
"Given the spate of injuries in recent weeks, we're fortunate to be able to bring a player of Marcus' calibre into the Test squad," said National Selector Trevor Hohns. "Marcus has been in outstanding form for Victoria this season and has had the benefit of facing India's bowlers in both three-day tour matches at Drummoyne and under lights at the SCG.

1.50pm: Another concussion sub

Harry Conway, the Australia A pace bowler, has become the second player ruled out of the game with concussion after the blow he took while batting late on the first day. He will be replaced by Mark Steketee.
A CA statement said: "Conway did not report concussion symptoms when assessed by medical staff on-field at the time of impact. When assessed again at the conclusion of Australia A's innings, however, he reported symptoms."

1.40pm: Recap of the opening day

The ball dominated with 20 wickets falling on the first day as Australia A were bundled out for 108 in reply to the Indians' 194 - which was boosted by Jasprit Bumrah's maiden first-class fifty. Australia's selection difficulties did not get any better with Cameron Green ruled out of the match with concussion and Joe Burns bagged another duck. The home side are facing some tough decisions.
Sid Monga has picked out some of the major talking points from the day, including the debate around who should be India's keeper and threat that Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will pose.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo