Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine will play in the first warm-up game ahead of the much-anticipated Test series against India. Left-handed batsman Travis Head will captain the 13-man squad that has the likes of Joe Burns, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Marcus Harris, and Cameron Green amongst other players. Tim Paine will likely keep the wickets in the match, slated to take place in Sydney from Sunday.
The practice game between Australia A vs India will also be clashing the with the second T20 international between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India, who won the first in Canberra, will look to seal the series to get the much-needed confidence ahead of the Test series and after losing the ODIs leg. With the Test series quite crucial, some of their regular players could feature in the practice match, forcing them to miss the T20Is.
India will also get an opportunity to practice with the pink-ball in their second tour game on the 10th ahead of the first Test in Adelaide on the 17th, slated to be a day-night affair. The warm-up games would also be vital for the home side cricketers like Tim Paine, Joe Burns, Will Pucovski, and James Pattinson to prove their credentials and put up good performances ahead of facing a top-class Indian side.
Australia A squad:
Joe Burns, Will Pucovski, Marcus Harrus, Travis Head (c), Cameron Green, Nic Maddinson, Tim Paine, Michael Nesser, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Mark Steketee, Harry Conway, Will Sutherland.