Aust A tour venue changes after heavy rain

Heavy rain has ruined the early stage of Australia A’s tour of India, prompting organisers to shift remaining one-day games from Vijayawada to Bangalore.

The opening three matches of the one-day series, which involves Australia A, India A, India B and South Africa A, were all abandoned.

Australia A will now play on Thursday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the venue where Australia and India squared off in an incredibly spiteful Test last year.

The final will also be held at M Chinnaswamy, on August 29, while a ground in the suburb of Alur will also be used during the tournament.

Australia coach Justin Langer and chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns are using the tour as a selection trial for the two-Test series against Pakistan that starts in early October.

The most meaningful form indicators will come during two four-day matches against India A in Vizag, which start on September 2 and 8.

But batsmen Matthew Renshaw, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb and Usman Khawaja are among the many players keen to impress in the white-ball section of the trip.

Impressive 50-over performances with bat and/or ball will boost players’ hopes of taking part in Australia’s World Cup defence next year.

“There’s every chance a lot of these guys could be playing for Australia in the next 12 months, in the lead-up to the World Cup, so that’s exciting for them and exciting for this tour,” Australia A captain Head said last week.

“We haven’t had a lot of success in the last 12 to 18 months in one-day cricket and we want to change that here.

“If we can have that focus on winning, I think guys will perform and they’ll find themselves in the Australian cricket team.”

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