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Cummins, Hazlewood rattle South Africa A in warm-up game

Pat Cummins had an outstanding day with the ball
Pat Cummins had an outstanding day with the ball

South Africa A 220 (Cummins 4-32) v
Australia 87-3 (Bancroft 24no)
Warm-up game, Benoni, day one

Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood shared seven wickets between them as Australia bowled out South Africa A for 220 runs and managed to post 87 runs with the loss of three wickets before stumps on day one of the warm-up game in Benoni on Thursday.

South Africa A won the toss and decided to bat first. After Cummins (4-32) had Pieter Malan (8) caught in the slips early, Zubayr Hamza (44) and Theunis de Bruyn (46) consolidated the innings with an 82 run stand but both fell in successive overs from Hazlewood (3-40) as the home side's momentum was dented.

Hazlewood continued made full use of the spell as he dismissed skipper Khaya Zondo (3) also shortly.

Senuran Muthusamy (36), Rudi Second (21) and Willem Mulder (29) all got starts but failed to carry on big as Cummins and Mitchell Marsh (2-50) produced regular strikes to bowl out South Africa A for 220 runs.

Australia opened the batting with Cameron Bancroft (24 not out) and Usman Khawaja (22) and the duo successfully managed to negate 10 overs with the new ball, adding 33 runs in it.

However, a double strike from Duanne Olivier (2-23) removed both Khawaja and Peter Handscomb (0) in a span of four deliveries and skipper Steven Smith (23) started positively hitting four boundaries and a six in his brief 24 ball stay before he was snared by Malusi Siboto (1-3).

Australia at stumps reached 87 for three and still trail South Africa A by 133 runs.

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