Sandhu set to face India in tour game

The chance to bowl against India’s best batsmen will be both test and tutorial for highly-rated NSW paceman Gurinder Sandhu.


Cricket Australia on Thursday named the 12-man squad that will confront the visitors in their tour opener at Adelaide’s Glenelg Oval on November 24-25.

India will tune up for the four-Test series against Australia with a pair of two-day games in South Australia.

Sandhu, set to be squeezed out of NSW’s Sheffield Shield side, will spearhead the developmental XI attack.

“It’ll be a good chance to test myself and see what I can do against some of the best cricketers in the world,” Sandhu told AAP.

“We’ll also all get a bit of an insight into how Virat Kohli and the like go about it. It’s always good to get a small look at those players at the next level.”

The beanpole, born in Sydney’s western suburbs after his parents moved from Punjab in the 1980s, represented Australia A earlier this year.

In 2013 the right-armer won the Steve Waugh medal awarded to NSW cricketer of the year, suggesting he is well placed to stake a claim for higher honours.

For now, Sandhu is more worried about flinging down the leather in Adelaide.

“Their batsmen will be keen to have a hit and get some time out in the middle before the first Test,” the 21-year-old said.

“If we can get a few guys out cheaply, hopefully it can impact their mood a little bit.”

Ashton Turner, a teammate of Sandhu’s at the under-19 World Cup in 2012, will captain the CA XI.

Troy Cooley, head coach at Cricket Australia’s world-class training facility in Brisbane, will mentor the side.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with him a few times at the national cricket centre in winter, so it’ll be good to catch up mid-season,” Sandhu said of Cooley.

NSW pair Josh Lalor and Ryan Carters were also named in the squad.

India are set to arrive in Adelaide on November 21.

CA will name a squad for the second game, to be played at Adelaide Oval on November 28-29, at a later date.

CA XI squad for first tour game: Ashton Turner (capt), Ryan Carters, Alex Gregory, Sam Grimwade, Sebastian Gotch, Josh Lalor, David Moody, Jonte Pattison, Gurinder Sandhu, Matthew Short, Kelvin Smith, Nick Stevens.