Leg spinner Amit Mishra celebrated his recall to the national team by claiming three wickets for India A against Australia A in Chennai yesterday.
Mishra, 32, dismissed Peter Handscombe (91), wicketkeeper Mathew Wade (2) and last man Andrew Fekete (12) as India A restricted the Aussies to 268 and gain a 33-run lead. His final figures were an impressive 24.3-7-55-3.
The Indians, who had scored 301 in the first innings swelled the lead to 154 as they ended the third day of the four-day match on 121-3. Opener Abhinav Mukund (40) and captain Cheteshwar Pujara (42) were the top-scorers for the home team.
Mishra, who has 43 wickets in 13 matches, last played a Test during the England tour in 2011. But the success of Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah during the recent series in Sri Lanka, where he claimed 24 wickets to lead his team to a 2-1 win, prompted the selectors to go with Mishra for India’s upcoming three-Test tour to the island nation.
“Having seen how the Sri Lankan batsmen fared against Pakistan, our preference was for Mishra who has also done well in domestic cricket,” chief selector Sandeep Patil said.
Meanwhile, there were sweeping changes in India’s support staff with Australian Patrick Farhart appointed as the new physiotherapist Shankar Basu, the strength and conditioning expert and Arun Kanade the masseur.
All three will take charge next month when the team heads to Sri Lanka.
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