A Mitchell Marsh double century and Sam Whiteman’s 174 have rescued Australia A in their four-day match against India A in Brisbane.
A 371-run partnership between Western Australian teammates Mitchell Marsh and Sam Whiteman lifted Australia A to 9-522 at stumps on Tuesday’s third day of their four-day match against India A in Brisbane.
Marsh and wicketkeeper Whiteman came together on Monday with Australia in dire straits at 6-99 at Allan Border Field and resumed play on Tuesday at 6-126.
The partnership ended at 7-470 having set the second-highest partnership for the seventh wicket in first-class cricket history.
The pair batted through the first two sessions as they continued Australia’s rescue mission and recorded their own personal milestones.
Whiteman raised his bat for his maiden first-class century before finally departing for 174 (278 balls) off the spin of Karun Nair.
Marsh celebrated his first double-ton in style, smashing a six to bring up the achievement. He was eventually run out for 211 (294 balls) with only five overs remaining in the day.
Ben Cutting wasted no time adding to Australia’s total. He hit the first ball to the boundary and made a quick-fire 11 from 14 balls before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.
At the close of play, the not out batsmen for Australia A were Cameron Boyce (16) and Chadd Sayers (3).
India A, batting first, had declared on Monday at 9-475 after Naman Ojha had blasted an unbeaten 219 from 250 balls.
The tourists’ batsmen wasted no time in racking up quick runs, starting the day on 6-304 and adding 171 runs in just over a session before declaring.