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South Africa A off to solid start after lower order contribute for Australia

Pat Cummins scored an unbeaten fifty for Australia
Pat Cummins scored an unbeaten fifty for Australia

South Africa A 220 & 55-0 (Malan 27no) v
Australia 329 (Cummins 59no)
Warm-up game, Benoni, day two

After Beuran Hendricks five-wicket haul dented Australia's top order, Pat Cummins led the fightback with an unbeaten half-century to help them post 329 runs in the first innings against South Africa A in the second day of the warm-up game in Benoni.

After conceding a 109-run lead to Australia in the first innings, South Africa A openers Zubayr Hamza (25 not out) and Pieter Malan (27 not out) responded positively sharing an unbeaten 55-run opening stand to reduce the trail to 54 runs at stumps.

Earlier, Australia resumed the day with a score of 87 for three. Cameron Bancroft (45) and Shaun Marsh (25) consolidated the innings for the visitors adding 37 runs on the second day to go with their 23 on the previous day before both became victims of Hendricks (5-83).

Mitchell Marsh (28) and Tim Paine (22) got starts but failed to carry on and as a result Australia were left reeling at 178 for seven.

This is when Cummins (59 not out), who picked a four-wicket haul with the ball along with Mitchell Starc (18), Nathan Lyon (38) and Josh Hazlewood (26) helped Australia recover adding 151 runs for the final three wickets to help them post 329 runs.

Cummins, who remained unbeaten smashed 11 boundaries in his innings while Hendricks went on to complete a five-wicket haul when he castled the number 11 Hazlewood.

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