Australia's next-best crop of batsmen haven't fared any better than their Ashes Test counterparts in the final of the one-day tri-series in Pretoria on Wednesday.
Australia A, set a target of 244 to beat India A at LC de Villiers Oval, were bowled out for 193 in a comprehensive defeat in the 47th over.
Aaron Finch's team were never in the hunt in their run-chase, slumping to 7-88 before wicketkeeper Tim Paine (47) as well as fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood (30) and Gurinder Sandhu (21) added respectability.
India A, who won the toss and batted first, set a solid base thanks to Dinesh Karthik (73) and Shikhar Dhawan (62) before losing their last five wickets for just 14 runs.
NSW quick Hazlewood (3-31) and West Australian allrounder Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-35) were the pick of the Australia A bowlers while legspinner Fawad Ahmed was expensive with figures of 0-42 from six overs.
The victory target was moderate compared to the big totals made during the tournament also involving South Africa A, but none of Australia A's top-six batsmen managed more than 20.
Finch says the side is disappointed to have come so far only to lose in the final.
“There aren’t any excuses,” he said.
“We bowled extremely well to keep them to 243 on such a good batting wicket but we started off poorly with the bat.
"I probably led us to that downfall and it was a disappointing way to end such a good tournament.”
Despite the heavy loss in the final, Finch says there are plenty of positives taken out of the tour.
“I thought we played some really good cricket throughout especially coming out of our off-season.
"There have been some really good individual performances and that’s what we aimed for when we arrived here.
"There are some guys who came in wanting to show selectors that they deserve a place in the national team and a few of them have given them something to think about.”
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First Posted 15 August, 2013 8:49AM AEDT