Before big Test, Aus test spin

SP

Off the boil

In their first tour game, the Australians had been dismissed for 241, losing seven wickets to off spinner Parvez Rassol. Here, they will face an India A attack featuring Madhya Pradesh's off spinning all rounder Jalaj Saxena and experienced Gujarat left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurv. The Australian lineup contains plenty of first-time visitors to India — of the batsmen in their squad, Warner, Ed Cowan, Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Smith, Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade have never played here before — and their ability against spin in the subcontinent is largely untested. Saxena didn't enjoy a particularly good Ranji season with the ball — just 10 wickets in eight matches at 51.00 — while Dhurv did, taking 36 wickets at an average of 25.55, with three five-wicket hauls. Nonetheless, Rassol's spell at the same venue will have spiked the competitive instincts of both bowlers.

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