Australia A captain Travis Head has backed his team’s game plan against spin bowling despite their poor start to the Quadrangular Series campaign with a heavy defeat of five-wicket at the hands of India A at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday (23 August).
The Kangaroos were bowled out for merely 151 in 31.4 overs with Head, Peter Handscomb and Matthew Renshaw becoming the victims of Krishnappa Gowtham as the visitors collapsed from 0-26 to 6-78 in 14 overs.
Later, Ashton Agar (34) who was the top scorer for the side lifted Australia A to 151. While, Jhye Richardson's 3-21 could not stop the hosts from winning, as India A won the series opener by five-wicket in Bangalore.
While spin bowling and the subcontinent go hand in hand, Head says their batters have played spin really well here.
According to a report in cricket.com.au, Head told reporters after match, “I think the guys had really good plans (to spin bowling). Matt (Renshaw), for instance, has been sweeping the ball beautifully for a period of time. He played really well here in the Test series in India and swept the ball really well. Alex Carey plays the sweep shot exceptionally well.”
The skipper further added, “Yes, they got out to it today, but I expect them and back them 100 per cent to go out next game and execute it well. No one means to get out but they're working hard. I'd back them to go with the same game plan. I think everyone in the side in that dressing room is backing everyone 100 per cent with their game plan. We've got some extremely experienced players and some guys who have done really well over here.
He signed off by saying, “So, you can't fault the prep we've had over the past couple of weeks. Guys have got some really good plans but unfortunately it didn't work today. We practice tomorrow (Friday) afternoon and we've got another game. I look forward to having those same game plans and it working.”