India vs Australia: Bad weather likely to hamper India's warm-up against CA XI

With heavy shower in the forecast for the next two days in Sydney, India's lone tour game against Cricket Australia XI has come under a cloud.

India skipper Virat Kohli took major part in the nets session, facing the spinners as a potential preparation against Nathan Lyon.   -  reuters

India will face Cricket Australia XI in a four-day tour match at the Sydney Cricket Ground from November 28 to December 1, ahead of the four-Test series between Australia and India starting in Adelaide on December 6.

All players of the touring party are allowed to participate in the game, since it has not been accorded the first-class status.

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India spent three hours practising in the nets on match-eve, with Murali Vijay and K.L. Rahul batting in tandem, hinting at a possible reunion at the top of the order.

The batsmen took throw-downs from former Sri Lankan left-arm seamer Nuwan Seneviratne in order to negotiate Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc's left-arm angle.

The bowlers, too, rolled their arms with off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar bowling on the rough outside the off-stump.

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India skipper Virat Kohli took major part in the nets session, facing the spinners  as a potential preparation against Nathan Lyon — the Adelaide pitch is expected to be dry, similar to the surface used in 2014.

But rain is expected to play spoilsport with heavy showers forecast for next two days.

Dec 6-10: First Test, Adelaide Oval

Dec 14-18: Second Test, Perth Stadium

Dec 26-30: Third Test, MCG

Jan 3-7: Fourth Test, SCG

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hanuma Vihari.

Cricket Australia XI: Sam Whiteman (capt), Max Bryant, Jake Carder, Jackson Coleman, Daniel Fallins, Aaron Hardie, Jonathan Merlo, Harry Nielsen, Luke Robins, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers, Param Uppal.