Dan Christian, Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Turner shine in Australia’s first inter-squad warm-up

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The squad was split into two teams of 10 for a 22-over-a-side match in the first proper hit-out of the tour

Australia I 195 for 6 (Marsh 56, Turner 45) beat Australia II 193 for 5 (Christian 47, Henriques 36) by four wickets

Dan Christian, Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Turner made an impression with the bat during Australia’s first inter-squad warm-up match in St Lucia ahead of the T20I series against West Indies.

In another example of making the best of what is available in the current environment, the Australia squad was split into two teams of 10 – Australia I led by Aaron Finch and Australia II captained by Matthew Wade – to play a 22-over-per side match.

It was the performances of Marsh, who hit four sixes in his 28-ball 56, and Ashton Turner, who cleared the ropes in the final over to help secure victory, that edged the contest in the end after the asking rate had passed 12 an over.

However, the innings of Christian – 47 off 31 balls – was also significant as he resumes his Australia career after a gap of four years and has been billed as one of the options to fill the troublesome middle-order positions.

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