Australia beat Board President's XI by 103 runs

James Faulkner is back / Getty

James Faulkner is back / Getty

"I think we have to score a lot of runs in this series", Stoinis said after Australia's practice match.

David Warner's 64 runs, skipper Steve Smith's 55 and Travis Head's 65 runs got some good batting practice ahead of the first ODI which would be played on the 17th of this month.

The Australian team will now gear up for its first battle against the Indian team scheduled to be held on September 17th at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Glenn Maxwell followed them, but couldn't last long, before Marcus Stoinis and Travis Head secured the innings again with another defiant partnership. As a result they ended up conceding about 50 runs more than what the coach thought was chasable. "Not all of us understand what goes on in selection", he said. Bowlers have also come up with deliveries like "pause delivery" by Ravichandran Ashwin. When the question was put to him, Badani was quick to agree but felt that it was unavoidable. "We're very good friends off the field, we shared the same dressing-room in the IPL, we had a lot of fun and I wish him all the success". They were picked despite not shining as much as others at the first-class level. "All the boys love playing here, the fans are so passionate about cricket". On first evidence though, the move doesn't seem one that would have too many takers. The 25-year-old will be eager to start on a bright note against Board President's XI.

"The exposure will help the players greatly", believed Mann.

Australia, however, weren't too concerned about the quality of the opposition they were playing, admitted Marcus Stoins. That included providing some happy headaches for the selectors.

Australia, one of the giants of world cricket, are gearing up for a high-voltage limited-overs series against India that includes five ODIs and three T20s. Will it be a toss up between Stoinis and Faulkner for one spot, or will there be room for both, as Stoinis hopes? All-rounder Hilton Cartwright missed Monday's training session due to illness and is also in doubt, with a decision on his participation to be made today morning. I am a batting all-rounder and he is probably more on the bowling side and a left-armer and brings a different aspect to the team's bowling.

According to Cricinfo, Akshay Karnewar was 13 when Balu Navghare, his coach at the time, noticed that the right-arm off-spinner who threw with his left hand. "That's brilliant by him. yeah, I have never seen that before", he explained further.

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