SYDNEY, Dec 13: The Indian cricket team will head into the first day-night Test against Australia with a lot of optimism and happy selection dilemmas, having managed to tick most of the boxes before drawing the three-day pink-ball dress rehearsal against Australia A here on Sunday.
Australia A gave a better account of themselves on an eased out third day track, despite being reduced to 25 for 3, ending on 305 for 4 riding on Ben McDermott and Jack Wildermuth�s centuries. Both the batsmen survived a barrage of bouncers under lights from Indian pacers.
The talented McDermott (107 off 167 balls), younger son of Craig McDermott who was India�s tormentor during the forgettable 1991-92 series, along with his skipper Alex Carey (58, 111 balls) added 117 runs in a counterattacking fourth wicket partnership to partially save the game.
Brief scores: India 194 and 386/4 declared. Australia A 108 and 307/4 (Jack Wildermuth 111 n.o., Ben McDermott 107 n.o.; Mohammed Shami 2/58). � PTI