Australia will go into their final practice match before the first Test against India with three spinners in their XI. Their captain Michael Clarke and opener David Warner will sit out of the game, as they continue their rehabilitation from injuries in order to be fit for the Chennai Test from February 22.
Included in the XI for the three-day game against India A is Ashton Agar, the 19-year old left-arm spinner who has been asked to stay on tour instead of returning home as planned. Agar will bowl alongside Australia’s frontline spinner Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty at the ICL Guru Nanak College ground in Chennai, with Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc being the two quick bowlers.
In his first media interaction after arriving in India, Clarke reeled off his team’s XI, and four of the top six – Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Moses Henriques and Matthew Wade – had played in the first practice match. Shane Watson and Phillip Hughes are the other two lining up against the India A bowlers. Read more