India A might have won the tri-series final against Australia A but today's match was marked by some ugly exchange of words between the players of the two sides with visiting captain Usman Khawaja alleging that Sanju Samson spit on his players.
Done in food poisoning which left 10 of their players in hospital, it would take a miracle for South Africa A to turn things around and upstage the in-form Australia A in the fifth match of the one-day cricket Tri-Series here on Tuesday.
With a well settled batting unit and an attacking bowling line-up in their rank, a rampaging Australia A will look to continue their good run when they take on South Africa A in the fourth match of the one-day cricket Tri-Series here on Monday.
Captain Usman Khawaja and his opening partner Joe Burns smashed scintillating centuries as Australia A thrashed a hapless India A by a massive 119 runs in the second tri-series cricket match here on Friday.
Australia A skipper Usman Khawaja on Wednesday hailed his bowlers for putting up a disciplined show under the hot and humid conditions here and post a convincing win over South Africa A in the first tri-series cricket match.
Australia captain Michael Clarke`s Test career could be over if he fails with the bat during the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, Australian media said Tuesday, saying he looks `lost` and knows the end is near.
Australia A captain Usman Khawaja believes Michael Clarke's men can win the next two Tests and clinch the five-match Ashes series and there is no need to "chop and change" the current team which went down by eight wicket to England in the third Test at Edgbaston.
Elated with his team's 1-0 series victory over India A, Australia A captain Usman Khawaja on Saturday said that the hosts getting all out for 135 in the first innings made all the difference in the second unofficial 'Test' match, which his side won by 10 wickets here.
India A off-spinner Baba Aparajith struck late with a five-wicket haul, but it was opener Cameron Bancroft's strokeful 150 that powered Australia A to a crucial first innings lead on Day 2 of the second four-day unofficial cricket 'Test' hereon Thursday.
Notwithstanding the tame draw in the unofficial 'Test' against India A here on Saturday, Australia A captain Usman Khawaja said that he was happy to have gained valuable experience of playing in different conditions of the sub-continent.
Australia A captain Usman Khawaja, who had reconstructed his left knee after sustaining an injury, on Monday said he worked hard on his game and is confident of doing well against India A in the upcoming unofficial Test series starting on Wednesday.
Middle-order batsman Callum Ferguson was on Wednesday called into Australia A's four-day squad which will tour India as replacement for Glenn Maxwell, who will now remain in Britain playing for Yorkshire.
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja is set to pick up a cricket bat this week for the first time since injuring his knee last summer, and remains determined to lead Australia A on their tour of India in July.
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has said that the batting pair of Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja should be looking at Matthew Hayden`s career transformation from limited shot-maker to awesome run machine as inspiration.