Senior pros Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin staked their claims over inclusion in India’s playing XI for the first Test with impressive performances against Australia A, which scored 286 for 8 on the second day, riding on Cameron Green’s unbeaten century.

Australia A now has a 39-run lead after Indians declared its innings at 247 for 9 in the first hour of the second day, with skipper Ajinkya Rahane remaining unbeaten on 117.

With Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah being automatic choices, Umesh (18-3-44-3), fighting for the third pacer’s slot, certainly looked more penetrative compared to Mohammed Siraj (19-4-71-2) with the new ball.

The ‘Vidarbha Express’ removed both rival Test team openers Will Pucovski (1) and Joe Burns (4) in his third and fourth over with the new ball to make initial inroads.

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