India A set to play one-day series, four-day games in Australia

Australia had announced that its A side and National Performance Squad would play a quadrangular one-day series against South Africa A and another international team. Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed that the fourth team is India A.

India A, coached by Rahul Dravid, won a tri-series at home in 2015 that involved the A teams of Australia and South Africa.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday confirmed that India A will play in the upcoming quadrangular one-day ‘A’ series in August, followed by two four-day matches against Australia A in September.

Australia had announced that its A side and National Performance Squad would play a quadrangular one-day series against South Africa A and another international team. CA on Wednesday confirmed that the fourth team is India A.

The quadrangular series will have 18 matches, comprising 30 days of cricket across Mackay, Brisbane and Townsville.

India A will compete in quadrangular series throughout August in Townsville and Mackay, followed by two four-day matches against Australia A in early September in Brisbane.

CA executive general manager (team performance) Pat Howard said India A would add competitive edge to the series.

“This is an important series for developing and growing the depth of talent in our pathways. Players in the Australia A and National Performance Squad have been identified as having the potential to play for their country and the national selectors will be watching this series with interest.

“India and South Africa are strong competitors with wide-ranging skills to challenge our players and build their experience against high-quality opposition,” Howard said.

Schedule for quadrangular one-day series:

Aug 13: South Africa A v NPS, Townsville

Aug 14: Australia A v India A, Townsville

Aug 16: Australia A v NPS, Townsville

Aug 17: South Africa A v India A, Townsville

Aug 20: Australia A v South Africa A, Townsville

Aug 21: India A v NPS, Townsville

Aug 24: NPS v Australia A, Mackay

Aug 25: South Africa A v India A, Mackay

Aug 27: NPS v India A, Mackay

Aug 28: Australia A v South Africa A, Mackay

Aug 30: Australia A v India A, Mackay

Aug 31: South Africa A v NPS, Mackay

Sep 3: Final 3 v 4, Mackay

Sep 4: Final 1 v 2, Mackay

Schedule for four-day matches:

Jul 30-Aug 2: Australia A v South Africa A, Brisbane

Aug 6-9: Australia A v South Africa A, Townsville

Sep 8-11: Australia A v India A, Brisbane

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