Australia cruised to an eight-wicket win over Australia A in their intra-squad practice match in Darwin on Sunday.

Led by David Warner (64) and Matthew Wade (58), the Australians reached their target of 184 in the 35th over.

Captain Michael Clarke added an unbeaten 47 as the batsmen prepared strongly ahead of limited-over clashes against Afghanistan and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier, Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-25 to reduce Australia A to 9-183 from their 50 overs.

Brad Haddin elected to bat on a pitch providing plenty of turn, but his team made a slow start and never recovered.

Cameron White came to the crease with his side battling at 3-38 and the Victorian top-scored with 39 off 66 before falling to Starc.

White and Mitchell Marsh (27) had provided some stability after the early slump.

But other than some lower-order hitting from Jason Krejza (27), Australia A were always battling.

Clint McKay (1-8), Glenn Maxwell (1-17), Michael Beer (1-20), Michael Hussey (1-21) and Xavier Doherty (1-23) all contributed with the ball.

Australia made the perfect start to their chase as Warner and Wade put on 88 for the first wicket, all but putting the result beyond doubt.

Wade struck 58 off 49 balls before falling to Krejza (1-33), while Warner (64 off 87) also impressed until he was bowled by Nathan Hauritz (1-44).

Clarke finished the clash with three boundaries as his side clinched a comfortable win.

In injury news, Steve O'Keefe split the webbing between his ring and middle finger on his left hand as he attempted to take a return catch and will return home to New South Wales on Monday.

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