Australia A proved batting collapses weren’t just confined to Lord’s after they slumped to a seven wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa A.
Inconsistency plagued the top-order, with Nic Maddinson the only player to pass 50.
Fresh from his unbeaten 155 in the first match of the tour, Glenn Maxwell made a pair, and was underused with the ball.
Captain Aaron Finch didn’t fare much better, adding just five runs. After scoring 51 and 88 in the previous match, the opener would have seen this as the perfect opportunity to push for Test selection.
The big hitting Victorian conceded his side had blown a great chance to build a huge first innings after winning the toss in Rustenburg.
“I think as a batting team we were very disappointing.”
“Our overall attitude needed a reality check today.”
There was one positive for Australia A, with Maddinson firming as a future Test prospect.
The 21 year old, who famously scored a ton on debut for NSW, has done everything right so far on tour.
Selectors have asked batsmen to score big hundreds; he made 113* and 181 in the UK.
Selectors wanted players to consistently perform with the bat; he added 88 and 90 in an otherwise meagre showing by the top-order.
With his average in the 40’s, the Nowra born batsman is doing everything right in a bid to wear the Baggy Green.
And if his batting isn’t enough evidence, he also chimed in with a couple of wickets in the fourth innings.
Fawad Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for Australia A, claiming his third four wicket haul on tour. However, his efforts were overshadowed by Simon Harmer, whose 8-87 exposed Australia’s frailties against spin.
Finch wasn’t overly happy with his bowlers either, accusing them of not stringing enough good overs back to back.
Dean Elgar backed up his 268 from the first match with a solid 83, while teammate Rilee Rossouw starred with an unbeaten 115.
The Australians will have a chance to redeem themselves when the triangular ODI series kicks off on August 6.
The return of the white ball should be music to the ears of Finch, Maxwell and the Marsh brothers, who all shone in the Australia domestic competitions last season.
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First Posted 03 August, 2013 1:00PM AEDT