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First unofficial Test: Prithvi Shaw shines while Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane fail against New Zealand A
At stumps on the opening day, India A scored 340 for five with Australia bound opener Shaw, middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari and comeback man Parthiv Patel utilised the opportunity to the fullest.
Vijay said the Indian team management has done well by arranging enough practice games ahead of the Australia Tour, where the team is scheduled to play a four-Test series from December 6.
Vijay, who turned out for Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh, spoke about the upcoming tour and more. Excerpts...
The team will be missing the services of left-arm paceman T Natarajan and right-arm medium-pacer K Vignesh, who sustained injuries recently.
Gundappa Viswanath batted for Murali Vijay’s inclusion for the team’s tour Down Under next month.
Vijay, who struggled in the Test series against England and was dropped after the third match, made his runs off 197 balls at the County Ground.
What started as a tour that was supposed to let India stamp their authority has ended as a series of what could have been.
Vijay, who struggled to get going in the Test series against England, scored 56 off 95 balls.
Vijay will play three four-day games starting against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on September 10.
With Shikhar Dhawan and K L Rahul putting up a much-improved show, the axe was always looming large on the 34-year-old Tamil Nadu opener.
The Indian Test squad for the England series is expected to be announced during or after the England Lions game as it will give them a clearer picture about the availability of certain players.
Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay moved up the ladder in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after their twin tons in the first inningS against Afghan.
Afghanistan bowlers make comeback in historic debut Test after Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan tons take India to 347/6
Dhawan (107 off 96 balls) bludgeoned the rookie Afghan bowlers into submission with a single session century while Vijay grinded them with a compact 105 off 153 balls.
Vijay hit Wafadar for a four over point to bring up his ton with Lokesh Rahul closing in on his half-century at the other end.
Opener Murali Vijay (99) and KL Rahul (44) were at the crease with India at 264 for one in 48.4 overs when heavens opened up again.