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Australia forced to follow on against India A

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Greg Buckle

The pride of Australia's batting has taken a major hit ahead of Friday's first Test after being bowled out for 235 in reply to India A's 451 on the third day of their three-day warm-up game.

Shane Watson top-scored with 84 for Australia at Chennai's Guru Nanak College Ground while Ed Cowan (40), Moises Henriques (33) and Matthew Wade (44) also made starts.

India A captain Gautam Gambhir has enforced the follow-on and Australia will bat for half an hour before lunch on Monday.

Apart from Peter Siddle's run-out, all of Australia's wickets fell to spinners Rakesh Dhurv (5-51) and Jajaj Saxena (4-61).

Australia had resumed on 4-131.

Uncapped all-rounder Henriques hit three sixes and two fours in his 33 before the big right-hander was lbw to Dhurv.

Siddle was run out for two attempting a third run at 6-182.

Indian reporters seated in a media tent side-on to the pitch said the ball had touched the rope and Siddle should have been awarded a boundary.

India A's spin duo also removed Mitchell Starc (11), Nathan Lyon (duck) and Xavier Doherty (seven) before Wade hit out and was caught on the boundary.

Australia have announced 19-year-old spinner Agar will head home on Monday night to resume state duties with Western Australia, ruling him out of a shock call-up for the first Test.

The left-armer claimed 3-107 in India A's first innings in just his third first-class game.

Australia's four-Test series against India starts on Friday at Chennai's Chidambaram Stadium.

AAP

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