Wickets for Abbott in NPS win

Australia’s young spin guns have led the National Performance Squad to an impressive victory in their four-day match against the India National Cricket Academy XI.

Batsmen Alex Keath (189) and Will Bosisto (135) carried on from where they left off on day two, the NPS declaring at 6-491.

With an imposing first-innings total on the board, big quick Sam Mackin snared the breakthrough almost immediately with the new ball, trapping opener Singh in front for five.

Twin strikes from New South Wales allrounder Sean Abbott had the home side wobbling at 3-49, before the off-spin of centurion Bosisto combined with 17-year-old Jake Doran to expose the lower middle order.

Australia’s three-time Twenty20 International representative James Muirhead then found an edge through to Sam Whiteman behind the stumps to have the hosts in real trouble at 5-88.

The final five wickets proved hard work for the NPS, Muirhead (3-49) and Matthew Short (2-26) grinding out four of the last five scalps to have the INCA XI all-out for 204 and secure an innings and 179-run victory.

Earlier in the match, incumbent Test number three Alex Doolan impressed in his first hit-out in sub-continental conditions, striking 83 off 100 balls.

That knock, and the 156-run partnership Doolan put on with Keath, helped capitalise on a superb all-round bowling performance from the tourists, the INCA XI first innings done at dusted for just 108.