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Australia A players unhappy after draw

By Sam Lienert 15/04/2003 07:26:00 PM Comments (0)

Australia A captain Simon Katich said his team was disappointed with its performances in the three-day match against South Africa A which finished in a draw at Adelaide Oval.

The tourists were well on top when the captains agreed to end the match late in the final session, with South Africa A 3-78 from 13.3 overs in their second innings, having been set the near-impossible target of 173 from 22 overs for victory.

The only Australia A players to produce notable batting performances for the match were World Cup hero Andrew Symonds, who scored 88 in the second innings to go with his 78 in the first innings, and opener Mike Hussey, who scored 84.

And Victorian all-rounder Ian Harvey took career-best bowling figures of 8-101 in South Africa A's first innings.

But apart from those three the performances were thin.

Katich said the bowling attack was hampered by a groin injury to paceman Shane Harwood early in the first innings, which meant he did not bowl again for the match, but he said the batsmen had failed to take their opportunities.

"With the bowling we felt we probably didn't exert enough pressure for long enough to crack the middle of their batting open," Katich said.

"The guys stuck at it pretty well, but obviously coming off a long season a few of the boys were feeling the effects of that, I think, and it didn't help when Shane Harwood went down.

"From a batting point of view most guys are disappointed, most guys got starts and didn't go on with it.

"From that point of view, I think blokes will be going to Perth wanting to convert their scores a bit better, we had a lot of 20s and 30s."

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