Squads Named For Australia Warm-Up Matches
The Indian board (BCCI) has named its President's XI and India 'A' squad to take on Australia in two and three-day warm-up fixtures in February.
Abhinav Mukund will lead the President's XI in a two-day game from 12th February while Shikhar Dhawan has been named as skipper of the 'A' side which will play the Australians from 16th February with both matches taking place in Chennai.
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As well as Mukund, the Board President's XI includes four other players - Robin Uthappa, Parthiv Patel, Shami Ahmed and Parvinder Awana who have international experience.
The 'A' team batting line-up reads like a who's who of potential future Test batsmen with Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane all likely to be using the match as another opportunity to press their claims for full honours.
Ranganath Vinay Kumar leads a relatively experienced bowling attack that also includes Manpreet Gony and Dhawal Kulkarni, both of whom have experienced a taste of international cricket.
Wicket-keeper Muralidaran Gautam has scored 2,528 first-class runs at an average of 51.59 in 40 matches and he takes the gloves for the 'A' team - his first such opportunity.
Australia play four Tests in Chennai, Hyderabad, Mohali and Delhi between 22nd February and 26th March.
Board President's XI: Abhinav Mukund (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Parthiv Patel, Stuart Binny, Sarabjit Ladda, Parvez Rassol, Shami Ahmed, Parvinder Awana, Kamlesh Makwana
India 'A': Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Jiwanjyot Singh, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ajinjya Rahane, Chidambharam Gautam, Rakesh Dhruv, Jalaj Saxena, Manpreet Gony, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Menaria
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