Australia A player ratings: How next in line have fared in India
AUSTRALIA A has been humbled by India B in the quad-series final, going down by nine wickets in Bengaluru.
Despite the disappointing end to the one-day leg of the tour there were positives for the team this series, with Usman Khawaja and Travis Head both scoring centuries and D'Arcy Short showing encouraging signs against the turning ball. At the same time, Billy Stanlake failed to take a wicket and Peter Handscomb had a series to forget with the bat.
We take a look at how all the Australia A players fared against the white ball in India.
USMAN KHAWAJA - 7
147 runs at 49.00. Strike rate of 91.30. HS of 101 not out
Khawaja played one of the finest innings of the series to help Australia A make the decider, scoring an unbeaten 101 in the team's final group match. It was a game Australia A had to win and the left-hander handled India B's trio of spinners with aplomb. However, his next highest score for the series was 23 and in the second match he was run-out after being caught napping during an lbw appeal. He'll be looking for more consistency in next month's four-dayers.
D'ARCY SHORT - 7
136 runs at 45.33. Strike rate of 93.79. HS of 72
One wicket at 83.00. Economy of 8.30. BB 1-83
After a quiet start to the series, Short found form with the bat posting scores of 49 and 72 in his final two innings. Questions were asked of the southpaw's technique against the turning ball after a lacklustre Indian Premier League campaign. His performance this series was a step in the right direction. Bowled his full allotment in Australia A's first game of the series, but was not used again.
TRAVIS HEAD - 7
143 runs at 35.75. Strike rate of 81.71. HS of 110.
Two wickets at 17.50. Economy of 5.00. BB 2-25
The South Australian captain started the series with promise after blasting 110 off 117 balls in the second match against South Africa A. Head's man-of-the-match performance saw him notch up his sixth List A hundred that led his side to a 32-run victory. But his series took a turn from there, making five in his following game, and a duck in the series grand final. Was handy with the ball.
MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE - 6
95 runs at 31.66. Strike rate of 74.80. HS of 65.
Labuschagne delivered in his call-up for the second match against South Africa A. He came in at second-drop and made 65 in a 136-run stand with Head which helped win the match. But the 24-year-old also struggled from there. India's slow and low pitches dictate that bowlers attack the stumps and his three dismissals were all lbw.
MATT RENSHAW - 6
49 runs at 49. Strike rate of 108.88. HS of 42 not out.
Renshaw played Australia A's first two matches as a middle-order batsman, making scores of seven and 42 not out. The latter came off just 29 balls as he raced to build Australia A's match-winning total against South Africa A. Despite the quick-fire innings, the Queenslander played no further part in the series.
JACK WILDERMUTH - 6.5
72 runs at 72.00. Strike rate of 128.57. HS 62 not out
Two wickets at 28.50. Economy of 9.50. BB 1-25
Announced himself as a player to watch out for in Australia A's must-win final group match, hammering a blistering 62 off 42 not out. That innings saw him clobber a last-ball six to win Australia A a spot in the final. He was out for 10 in his one other innings for the series and was expensive with the ball.
PETER HANDSCOMB - 1.5
Four runs at 2.00. Strike rate of 26.66. HS of 2.
A series to forget for Handscomb. The 27-year-old was handed two chances at second-drop, but was dismissed on both occasions for just two runs. His only consolation was taking two good catches at first slip in his first match against India A, which was lost to the hosts by five wickets.
ALEX CAREY - 5
91 runs at 22.75. Strike rate of 78.44 HS 53
Carey only completed three dismissals across the four matches but maintained his normal high standards behind the stumps. He only leaked two byes for the entire series. It was a tough campaign with the bat for Carey, who spent most of the series batting in the middle-order where he largely struggled to get going before scoring an impressive half-century in the final.
ASHTON AGAR - 6
Three wickets at 57.33. 4.30 runs per over. BB 1-36
86 runs at 28.66. Strike rate of 90.52. HS of 34.
Agar bowled his full allotment in all four matches, taking a wicket in three of them. He proved a good option to tie up an end, with Jhye Richardson the only Australian with a better economy rate. Agar proved a reliable contributor with the bat, but could only make a top score of 34.
MITCHELL SWEPSON - 5
Four wickets at 37.25. 5.51 runs per over. BB 3-40.
Fresh from receiving praise from Shane Warne, Swepson enjoyed a mixed series. His 3-40 against South Africa A was the second-best bowling performance by an Australian at the tournament. But he proved to be somewhat expensive.
MICHAEL NESER - 5
Three wickets at 34.66. Economy of 5.20. BB 3-47
It's tough going for quicks in India and that proved the case for Neser, who took all three of his wickets for the series in one match. He had little impact in his two other outings.
JHYE RICHARDSON - 6.5
Four wickets at 18. 4.23 runs per over. BB 3-27.
Young gun Richardson was handed just two matches in the series, but proved to be Australia A's best bowler. His gallant effort in a five-wicket defeat to India A saw him take 3-27, while only being hit for 3.85 runs per over. He took 1-45 off 10 overs in his only other match before being placed in cotton wool.
BILLY STANLAKE - 3
Zero wickets. Economy of 4.64.
The quick proved a handful in unhelpful conditions and leaked a miserly 4.64 runs an over for the series. However, he failed to take a single wicket across his three games. He looked to have broken that duck in the final when he had Shubman Gill caught at short midwicket in the seventh over, just two balls after he forced Ishan Kishan to retire hurt. Unfortunately for the tall-timber, replays confirmed he had bowled a no-ball and Gill made him pay, scoring an unbeaten 66.
CHRIS TREMAIN - 2
Zero wickets. Economy of 7.37
The quick only played one game for the series and proved expensive. In fairness to Tremain, it was the highest scoring match of the tournament, with the two teams piling on over 600 runs.