Expect us back 100 percent next game: Australia A captain Travis Head
Australia A captain Travis Head (Getty Images)

Despite been found wanting against spin, Australia A captain Travis Head has shown faith in the side’s preparation for the department. In the first match of the Quadrangular series, Australia A lost to India A by five wickets in the first match of the Quadrangular that saw them crumble from 26/0 to 78/4 with Krishnappa Gowtham picking up 3/31 in 10 overs.

Head pointed out that even though his team couldn’t tackle spin well, the players have been well prepared to fare against the challenge of turning Indian pitches, and that not much should be read into it considering these are still early days in the tournament.

“Yes, they got out to it today, but I expect them and back them 100 percent to go out next game and execute it well. No one means to get out but they’re working hard,” Head said after the match on Thursday.

“I think the guys had really good plans (to spin bowling). Matt (Renshaw), for instance, has been sweeping the ball beautifully for a period of time. He played really well here in the Test series in India and swept the ball really well. Alex Carey plays the sweep shot exceptionally well.

Head scored 28 before he was bowled by Gowtham. It was mainly due to Ashton Agar’s 34, along with some support from Michael Neser and Mitchell Swepson down the order that got Australia A to 151 and gave their bowlers something to work with. In reply, India were reduced to 29/4, with Jhye Richardson sending back the top three batsmen. It required a steady partnership 109-run stand between Ambati Rayudu and Krunal Pandya for India A to get home.

Everytime a team from Australia comes to play in India, they tend to undergo training at national camps where emphasis is given on tackling spin, such as preparing prototype pitches that allows players to get familiar with conditions. And the A side is no different, as highlighted by Head.

“We faced a lot of spin,” Head said. “We had the hybrid wickets and the wickets we’ve got up at the camp spun quite a bit but we also worked really hard on other parts of our game. Spin was a big part of it and we know coming here spin is going to play a big role. But I think the guys have got really sound game plans and have been playing extremely well in the past month in the prep leading up.”

With their first three matches washed out, Australia A’s next game is against South Africa A on Saturday before facing India B Monday.