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  • STUMPS, DAY 1! Australia’s day at the Brabourne Stadium as Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh’s centuries have provided them a strong start to this Indian tour. Smith and Marsh both retired out after their respective centuries, and Peter Handscomb scored a 70-ball 45 towards the end of the day. Australia will be pleased with their effort on the first day.

  • Shaun Marsh is retired out for 104. Mind you, retired out and not retired hurt, something that you associate with him often. It was a brilliant knock and he has made a strong case for himself to bat at No.3 in the first Test. His younger brother Mitchell has walked out to bat.

  • Shaun Marsh has completed his century as well, which turns out to be a pretty interesting one since he played in this game ahead of Usman Khawaja, Australia’s preferred No. 3. Peter Handscomb has picked up as well, which marks a field day for the visitors.

  • Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb have picked up well, taking Australia past the 250-run mark. Marsh is getting some extremely crucial runs in the top, which may spur Australia into thinking about replacing him against Usman Khawaja. Handscomb needs runs as well after a poor series in New Zealand…

  • Steven Smith has retired out, Peter Handscomb walks out to bat post tea…

  • Not surprising to see the hosts’ spinners not having any impact on a green-top wicket at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai…

  • It’s time for TEA at the CCI Stadium in Mumbai and Australia have dominated the visitors so far. Smith is unbeaten on 107 off 161 balls with 11 boundaries and 1 six, whereas Shaun Marsh has reached 59 not out. Australia are 211 for 2.

  • Shaun Marsh has completed his fifty, while the Australian captain is nearing his century which will give his confidence a good boost ahead of the Test series. Smith and S Marsh have gone unbeaten so far this session, and that is how they will want to end.

  • Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh have added more than 100 runs for the third wicket, putting Australia on top in this session. The Indian bowlers have toiled at the CCI ground but they have not been able to make a breakthrough.

  • It’s been a positive start for the Australian captain Steven Smith, who has completed his half-century off 72 balls, studded with 7 boundaries and a six. Australia have come out aggressively in this session.

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The three-day tour match is being played against India A, at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, and it is the only practice match which Australia will be playing © Getty Images (File Photo)

Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post for the first day’s play in the tour match between Australia and India A. The three-day tour match is being played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, and it is the only tour match which Australia will be playing before the start of their four-match Test series against India. The Australian cricket team arrived in Mumbai after their preparatory camp in India which was held at the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai, and will be heading to Pune after the conclusion of their tour match which is against a very strong Indian A side.

Hardik Pandya will be the captain of the India A side which has the likes of Priyank Kirit Panchal, Shahbaz Nadeem, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Ashok Dinda who are some of the big names in the India A side. While Priyank Panchal scored most runs by any batsman in the previous edition of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Shahbaz Nadeem emerged as one of the best bowlers in the Indian domestic circuit as he claimed as many as 56 wickets in the tournament. The visitors are certain to get rich match practise ahead of their Test series against India. India A vs Australia tour match: Warner vs Nadeem, Pant vs Hazlewood and other key battles

On the other hand, Australia have carried a mixed squad to their India tour for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17. David Warner and Steven Smith will be holding responsibilities in the batting department, whereas Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will be the lead pacers. Australia have carried as many as four spinners to this tour, which includes Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson. Preview: Visitors face domestic Indian stars

The first Test of the tour will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, from February 23-27. The second Test will be at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from March 4-8. The third will be at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi from March 16-20, whereas the fourth and the last Test will be at the picturesque stadium in Dharamsala, from March 25-29, 2017.

Squads:

India A: Hardik Pandya (c), Akhil Herwadkar, Priyank Kirit Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Ashok Dinda, Mohammed Siraj, Rahul Singh, Baba Indrajith

Australia: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Stephen O’Keefe, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson.