Aussie Test hopefuls set for India A audition

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Batsmen in the Australia A side to face their India counterparts will have the most to gain from the visit to the subcontinent.

With places up for grabs in the Test squad and no domestic cricket before the away series against Pakistan the A series against India will provide the batsmen with a unique opportunity to press for a place in the XI.

When asked about the importance of the ‘A’ tour to India Langer said: “It’s huge.

“We’ll probably pick the Test team after the Australia A team.

“It’s a great opportunity, particularly for our young batsmen, or any batsman in Australia.

“It’s very, very rare to pick a Test squad after something like that.

“We’ve got a short period (between tours) so it’s going to be a huge tour.

“It’s exciting. I won’t be at that tour, because from about the end of September, we’re not going to go home for about 18 months.

“So I probably won’t go to India for that tour. I’ll certainly be watching it closely because we have to start building the top six in the Test team.”

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Of the six men who formed the top order for Australia in the final Test against South Africa only Shaun Marsh appears to be guaranteed a place in the XI.

Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Marsh will all have opportunities to prove themselves for the A side, though Renshaw faces a race to be fit after injuring his finger during a county stint with Somerset.

New South Wales’ Kurtis Patterson is the only uncapped specialist batsman in the Australia A squad.

Australia A four-day squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain

Tour schedule

One-Day fixturesVijayawada

17 August v India A

19 August v South Africa A

23 August v India A

25 August v South Africa A

29 August – Tri-Series Final

Four-Day fixturesVizag

2 – 5 September v India A

8 – 11 September v India A

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