Aussies begin test tour with warm up game
Chennai, Feb 12 : Australia began their four test tour of India with their first warm up game against Board Presidents XI here and the first test of their forthcoming battle against the spin slumping to 241 at stumps here today.
The picturesque Guru Nanak College Ground offered a perfect setting in the ambience of a old English county ground but Board President XI off spinner from Jammu and Kashmir Parvez Razole with a devastating spell bagged seven wickets for just 45 runs in 28.3 overs, thwarting the Aussies from running up a big score and calling it a batting form before the test to be played here.
After a good start from openers Ed Pawan (58) and Usman Khwaja (32), the Aussies failed to come to terms with Razole and the other spinner Ladda who claimed two wickets.
For the Aussies stumper Mathew Wade (Captain) (35), Steve Smith (41) and Peter Siddle (21) managed to hold to innings together.
On the final day tomorrow President XI would have to score 242 to prevent the Aussies from winning the games. Meanwhile, the third and the final batch of players in the 17 member squad, including captain Michel Clarke, will be arriving here tonight.