Australia A captain James Faulkner has made his highest first-class score of 94 on the opening day of the four-day match against India A in Brisbane.
Australia A captain James Faulkner has fallen just short of his maiden first-class century on the opening day of the four-day match against India A in Brisbane.
After winning the toss on Sunday, the Tasmanian top-scored with 94 as the hosts went to stumps on 7-288 at Allan Border Oval.
Most batsmen got a start, but Phil Hughes (12), Alex Doolan (18) and Chris Lynn (12) couldn’t kick on while Peter Forrest’s patient knock of 77 from 189 balls was the other significant contributor.
Faulkner and Forrest combined for a 133-run partnership for the fourth wicket that steadied Australia A though the middle session.
Faulkner then accelerated, belting four sixes off one over from Amit Mishra (4-114) before the leg-spinner had the all-rounder caught attempting another big hit.
Opening bowler Umesh Yadav was the pick of the India A bowlers, snaring 3-42 from 20 overs on another docile wicket that produced plenty of runs in the teams’ first match which finished on Wednesday.
Sam Whiteman then joined Mitch Marsh but the WA teammates were unable to replicate their record-breaking 371-run stand from the previous clash, making 12 and 14 respectively.
Ben Cutting (23no) and Cameron Boyce (two not out) will resume on Monday.