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Australia A will be looking to make early inroads in India’s second innings after their capitulation with the bat on day one, as they enter the second day of their tour match at the SCG.
India is 2-121 in its second innings after Mark Steketee dismissed Prithvi Shaw for 3 and Mitchell Swepson had Shubman Gill caught at slip for 65. Mayank Agarwal (40) and Hanuma Vihari (8) are at the crease.
Australia Test squad member Sean Abbott did not take to the field of play after tea and was seen with an ice pack on his ankle.
Steketee is back on. But Test squad member Sean Abbott hasn’t returned after tea and was seen with medical staff sporting large ice pack on left ankle #AUSAv IND— Andrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) December 12, 2020
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Gill’s 65 should have him as the favourite to open for India alongside Agarwal and the 21-year-old’s innings was cut short by a dubious call, with the umpire convinced there was an edge on it.
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The ball dominated on day one with India all out for 194 after winning the toss and batting first, with bowler Jasprit Bumrah top scoring with 55* and Sean Abbott and Jack Wildermuth taking three wickets a piece.
But the talking point of the day was twin concussions to Cameron Green and Harry Conway, with both Australians ruled out of the remainder of the match.
In reply Australia were skittled for 108 with wicketkeeper Alex Carey top scoring with 32 and openers Marcus Harris 26 and Joe Burns 0 failing to push their first Test claims.
Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini took three wickets each.
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The ball was hit back hard form the batsman Bumrah and Green now must pass concussion protocols in a bid to make his Test debut, which is now in major doubt after he was subbed out of the tour match by Patrick Rowe.
Australia’s number 11 Conway was also struck on the head late in the evening under a barrage of short-ball bowling. He was dismissed shortly afterwards as he appeared to struggle with confusion running between the wickets, and Cricket Australia revealed on Saturday that he would miss the remainder of the game due to concussion.
The Australia A batsmen will be hoping their bowlers can again do the job with the ball to give them a chance to redeem themselves in the second innings, particularly Burns with Harris having been called up to replace the injured Will Pucovski.
It sets the scene for an intriguing second day’s cricket at the SCG.
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Aus A XI: Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Nic Maddinson, Ben McDermott, Cameron Green, Jack Wildermuth, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Will Sutherland, Mitch Swepson, Harry Conway
India XI: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, MD Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah