5 Stars of the Future on Show in Australia A vs. India A Series

Tim CollinsFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2014

5 Stars of the Future on Show in Australia A vs. India A Series

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    Although the majority of eyes belonging to the cricketing world are fixed upon England's ongoing Test series with India, there's a rather intriguing encounter currently taking place on the other side of the globe.

    At the Allan Border Field in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia A are battling it out with India A in the second of two unofficial Tests. 

    Of course, the series between the international second XIs is unlikely to garner the attention of fans when played concurrently with more marquee matchups.

    However, it does provide a brilliant insight into some of the players who could be set to shine at international level in the coming years.

    Across the following slides, we examine five stars of the future currently competing in the Australia A vs. India A series. 

Chris Lynn

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    Queensland's Chris Lynn first announced himself as a possible star in the making when he cruised to a stylish century for his state in just his second first-class appearance as a 19-year-old. 

    With his side on the brink of collapse against Western Australia, the young right-hander struck a brilliant 139 to show he not only belonged at that level, but that he also possessed a genuine appetite for the battle. 

    Interestingly, only Andrew Symonds, Jimmy Maher and Martin Love scored centuries for the Bulls at a younger age, according to ESPN Cricinfo.

    All three represented Australia. 

    Now 24, Lynn looks ready to be among his nation's future stars, already averaging 43.93 with the bat at first-class level and having made his international debut in Australia's Twenty20 series against England at the back end of the visitors' miserable 2013-14 tour. 

Lokesh Rahul

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    You know you're doing something right when Rahul Dravid is keeping tabs on you. 

    According to ESPN Cricinfo, that's exactly what the former India superstar does with Lokesh Rahul, a promising 22-year-old top-order batsman from Bangalore. 

    A member of India's under-19 side that travelled to the World Cup in New Zealand in 2010, the technically sharp right-hander has already raced to 1,712 first-class runs at an average of 46.27. 

    In that tally are four hundreds and seven half-centuries, which helped him grab the attention of his region's Indian Premier League outfit, Royal Challengers Bangalore, for the 2013 season, before switching to Sunrisers Hyderabad for this year's competition. 

    Now a part of the India A lineup currently competing against Australia A, Rahul could be the next in a long line of glittering Indian batsmen. 

Mitchell Marsh

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    Son of Geoff and brother of Shaun, it's no surprise that Mitchell Marsh has risen to prominence from a famous Australian cricket family. 

    A precocious all-rounder, the 22-year-old has been earmarked as a future cornerstone of his national side ever since leading Australia's under-19s to World Cup victory in 2010. 

    And you only need to look at the Western Australian's performance in the first clash with India A last week to understand his potential.

    From just 294 deliveries, Marsh thumped a colossal 211 (in addition to his capture of two wickets with the ball) to demonstrate the full scope of his talent.

    With seven international limited-overs appearances already to his name, expect to see plenty more from yet another Marsh to come out of Australia. 

Baba Aparajith

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    Late last year, Baba Aparajith struck four centuries in five matches for Tamil Nadu in India's first-class competition, the Ranji Trophy. 

    Remarkably, two of them were double-hundreds, seeing the 20-year-old race to 1,425 first-class runs at a staggering average of 52.77. 

    The prolific record is in stark contrast to the emerging star's difficult beginning to his career that saw him dismissed for single-figure scores in five of his first six innings, according to ESPN Cricinfo.

    Now it seems that the talented right-hander is well on his way to representing his country, with appearances for the Chennai Super Kings in this season's IPL being followed by selection into the India A team for the ongoing series in Australia. 

Sam Whiteman

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    When Ian Healy says that Sam Whiteman could be as good as Adam Gilchrist, you pay attention.

    Born in Yorkshire, the 22-year-old keeper-batsman moved to Australia aged three and looks set to become the country's next star with the gloves. 

    In just his second season in the Sheffield Shield, the left-hander collected 687 runs at 45.80, leaving him sixth in the run-scoring tally, per ESPN Cricinfo. Add to that a competition-leading 45 dismissals and you can see why Healy is excited about Whiteman's prospects. 

    Against India A last week, the keeper also crunched 174 at No. 8, helping to steer his team to a total of 534.

    When Brad Haddin steps down, Whiteman could be his replacement.