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India ‘A’-Aus ‘A’ square off in 1st unofficial Test tomorrow

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Chennai:  With an aim to create a solid bench strength, Rahul Dravid-coached India ‘A’ would take on Australia ‘A’ in the first unofficial cricket Test of the two-match series, starting here tomorrow.

Come tomorrow, India ‘A’ under its new coach Dravid would embark on a new mission to create a wider pool of cricketers for the country.

Tours of ‘A’ teams gained emphasis under the Anil Kumble-led current Technical Committee of the Cricket Board (BCCI) as these matches will help in spotting the next generation of players for the national senior team.

Just after taking charge of the ‘A’ team, Dravid has laid emphasis on the bowlers’ ability to take 20 wickets and batsmen intent to stay longer period of time at the wicket.

India ‘A’ will be lead by top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who will be eager to return among runs and earn his place back in the senior Test side.

Pujara, who fell out of favour after struggling in England and Australia and was dropped from the recent Bangladesh squad, is keen for big scores.

The Saurashtra run-machine, who had earlier led the ‘A’ teams against South Africa (away) and against the West Indies in 2013, would be desperately looking forward to the series to prove his detractors wrong. The four-day matches Australia ‘A’ would also give Pujara an opportunity to showcase his captaincy skills.

The Indian team has mixture of experienced and and young players, who would be looking forward to make a mark for themselves on home conditions.

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