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Swepson takes three for Aust A in NZ tour match draw

Tom Bruce is bowled by Mitchell Swepson, who took 3-85 off 18 overs against New Zealand A. (Joseph Johnson/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

Mitchell Swepson made the most of some welcome overs with the Dukes ball before pumping up Queensland teammate Matthew Renshaw after Australia A's final tour game in New Zealand ended in a draw.

The Queensland legspinner took 3-85 in 18 overs with the hosts 3-174 after 42 overs when New Zealand A abandoned pursuit of the 374 needed for an unlikely win on Tuesday's final day.

Australia A had earlier declared on 8-366, an innings powered by Renshaw's second century of the two-match tour designed to replicate conditions in the Ashes series later this year.

Swepson, unused during Australia's recent tour of India, took wickets in all four innings of the series despite a lack of side-spin on offer.

"Tough conditions ... but I enjoy bowling with the Dukes ball, it's a nice change and doing different things in the air (to the Kookaburra ball used in Sheffield Shield), so was finding ways to use that," he said.

"Both games have been quite tough to bowl spin on, I've just had to find ways to stay effective.

"It's just hard to get the ball in the hand when they (Dukes) swing so much for the quicks, but I thoroughly enjoy it."

Left-hander Renshaw failed in the middle order in all three innings of the tour of India.

But he did all he could to show he was Test-ready if a spot became available in England, with opener David Warner's future clouded.

The Bulls opener made 140 on Monday and paired 112 and 78 in the first game.

"He just killed it didn't he," Swepson said.

"Almost looked on another level in both games. He's just at the top of his game.

"He looks relaxed, knows what he does and has a plan, especially at the top of the order."

West Australian allrounder Aaron Hardie also scored a first-innings century in the drawn match, while Tim Ward made three half centuries during the tour and a host of Australia A quicks enjoyed the friendly conditions.

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