Queensland 2nd XI v EPP, Brisbane, 3rd day November 29, 2013

Bresnan, Moeen hold off Queensland 2nds

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Queensland 2nd XI 156 (Burns 97*, Bresnan 4-31) and 414 for 7 (Burns 100, Kemp 65, Barsby 59, Moeen 5-125) drew with England Performance Programme 376 for 9 dec (Robson 102, Moeen 83, Bresnan 57*, Buttler 54) and 201 for 7 dec (Foakes 65)

Queensland 2nd XI narrowly failed to chase down a target of 422 as their game against the England Performance Programme ended in a draw. Tim Bresnan produced a tight spell in the closing overs but Moeen Ali was the main obstacle for the hosts, claiming five wickets and also being involved in the run out of Joe Burns, who made a century to go with his unbeaten 97 in the first innings.

Bresnan, the England seamer looking to press his case for a recall in the second Test, bowled economically but couldn't add to his 4 for 31 on the second day. Tymal Mills was the only other bowler to take a wicket but he and Chris Jordan conceded 120 from their combined 20 overs.

Captain Varun Chopra declared the EPP innings on 201 for 7, with 45 runs added to their overnight score. Having taken their lead beyond 400 and with more than 80s overs left in the day, the Performance Programme bowlers would have had an eye on victory. But despite Queensland mustering only 156 first time in, they came the closer to winning.

Queensland's openers got the innings off to a solid start before Mills broke the stand at 59. Burns and Alex Kemp then added 137 before being dismissed within five overs of each other, as Moeen's offspin began to gain purchase. Further half-century partnerships for the fourth and fifth wickets followed, Moeen ending both, and when Chris Sabburg - the substitute fielder who contributed to England's downfall in the Brisbane Test - became the seventh man out, 56 runs were still required.

Simon Milenko, with 26 off 24 balls, and Mark Steketee, 36 off 18, thrashed a rapid 48-run partnership to bring Queensland 2nd XI close but Bresnan - who got through 26 overs in the match after recovering from a back stress fracture - and the EPP managed to hold them off.

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  • John on December 2, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Yep - time for Mo Ali to get the call, says this Worcs member.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Moeen deserves a chance atleast. Yes fair enough he has played 2nd division cricket but in his team there is hardly anyone else that has put their name up and helped them promote. Ali would be much better if he gets to play regular 1st division cricket.

  • Cameron on November 30, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Agree with a few posts here that England have no bowlers in Australia or in England. That's going to make this Ashes pretty challenging.

  • Sanjay on November 29, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    England have several batters that look good, ready to step in: Ballance, Moeen, Bairstow. There's also Morgan and Bopara in case of an emergency.

    However, the bowling stocks look worryingly thin. James Harris, Danny Briggs, Chris Jordan et al, the press is too quick to view them as potential internationals. First, they need a couple of CONSISTENT domestic seasons. Several of these guys switch counties far too often. At some point in the Ashes, Bresnan will return leaving Tremlett and Rankin in the dust. Finn will be the main challenger but I don't see any chances for Harris, Briggs, Jordan and Mills. Not just in the near future but at any time. Reece Topley is very young and could go all the way.

  • Sanjay on November 29, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    The experiment with Varun Chopra is soon going to come to an end if he doesn't start scoring some serious runs. He had a dreadful tour to Oz last year with the A team. A close look at the county season will reveal that there were too many single digit scores. Like several Warwickshire players that are on the radar, he clearly doesn't have the goods to succeed at the international level. The same goes for Chris Woakes , Boyd Rankin, Keith Barker and Chris Wright.

  • Sanjay on November 29, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    "Having taken their lead beyond 400 and with more than 80s overs left in the day, the Performance Programme bowlers would have had an eye on victory."

    More like a draw was on the cards but yeah a 1st inns 156 total would have given Eng hope. A fantastic effort by the Queenslanders. England's bench strength doesn't look great with the exception of Moeen Ali who as others have said has been putting in exceptional performances for a couple of seasons. Pity Worcs are in 2nd XI as he deserves to be playing against the very best on a consistent basis.

  • Nicholas on November 29, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    I've been saying 'Moeen Ali' for ages...what does the guy have to do to get a shot?!

  • GARY on November 29, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    @Manxmuppet & Smahuta

    Moeen has only really had one good season and that was in Division 2 of the Championship. When he faced good bowling in Div 1 he averaged 25 in 2012 and 33 in 2011, that would suggest to me that he gets worked out by decent bowlers. His bowling is decent enough and he picks up wickets but as a batsman I honesty don't think he's international quaity.

  • Paulo on November 29, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Interesting performance from our bowlers. The one guy who bowled poorly in their first innings, Harris, was the only one to not get whacked this time round other than Bresnan. Seriously worrying that a 2nd 11 can deal out this treatment on our guys in waiting. Hopefully it's just a one-off. I would still like Jordan to be in the test squad. Real shame. Hopefully alerts selectors that Briggs shouldn't be anywhere near the test team.

    Interesting how everyone points out Bresnan's 50 but ignores his duck...

  • Paulo on November 29, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Would much rather see Moeen in the team than Bresnan. He could act as a second spinner (with help from KP) and is a genuine number 3. Bresnan is just a medium pacer, not at full fitness, with decent but not great control. Sounds just like Chris Tremlett but without the height but with a bit of batting. Bresnan certainly isn't a genuine test all rounder- I would rather Woakes.

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