Mumbai A v England XI, Mumbai, 1st day

Bairstow digs in for England

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November 3, 2012

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England XI 338 for 5 (Bairstow 118, Morgan 76, Patel 59*) v Mumbai A
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Jonny Bairstow drives on the off side, Mumbai A v England XI, Mumbai, 1st day, November 3, 2012
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Jonny Bairstow made optimum use of his first outing on England's tour of India as his century coupled with a 156-run stand for the fifth wicket resurrected the England innings and helped the visitors end the opening day at 338 for 6 against a mediocre Mumbai A bowling attack at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Though Bairstow, Morgan and Samit Patel managed to get valuable game practice, a revamped England XI - with five changes from the team that took on India A earlier this week - was deprived of facing quality spin yet again as the second-string Mumbai team management seemed to have taken a cue from the national selectors' policy of not including a specialist spinner in the team. While the national selectors hadn't included one for the game at the Brabourne Stadium, the only specialist spinner in the Mumbai A squad, Sagar Gorivale, served drinks all through the day instead of bowling on a wicket that had a tinge of grass.

So it didn't come as surprise that bulk of the bowling load was shared by pace bowlers. On a day that saw the Mumbai A failing short by three overs, only 23 were bowled by part-time offspin of newly married Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav and Nikhil Patil (Jr).

The wicket did assist seam bowlers early on and the Mumbai A bowling attack, led by Kshemal Waingankar who had 11 first-class caps before coming into the game, troubled both the England openers vying for the slot vacated by Andrew Strauss. While Joe Root, replacing captain Alastair Cook, survived the first session, Nick Compton failed to make a mark for the second successive time.

Compton, who failed to open his account against India A, saw his off stump being uprooted by Waingankar, who had dismissed five England batsmen in a one-day warm-up game four years ago, off the first ball of the fifth over.

While Root preferred to guard his wicket, Jonathan Trott timed the ball sweetly ever since he took guard. Having driven Shardul Thakur and Javed Khan, both right-arm medium pacers, through covers, Trott seemed to be set to better his 59 against India A at the Brabourne.

However, Trott's attempt to drive one from Khan that was slightly short of a length after spending a little over an hour at the wicket failed and he could only managed to nick it straight into wicketkeeper Sufiyan Shaikh's hands. And that set the loudest cheer from the scant crowd at the stadium that was hosting its maiden first-class game. Not because the handful of spectators, dominated by students as the stadium is situated in the premises of a university, were happy to see the back of Trott but in anticipation of Kevin Pietersen's arrival at the crease.

Not many were aware that Pietersen was rested along with Cook, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann and the injured Steven Finn for the game. In walked Ian Bell but even before getting his eye in, edged one from Waingankar during the bowler's second spell into Sufiyan's waiting gloves.

As if it wasn't enough to have been reduced to 64 for 3 in the opening session, Root, who appeared to be compact against pacers, glided par-timer Yadav straight into Nikhil Patil's hands at forward short leg at the stroke of lunch.

With 66 for 4, England were in danger of being bundled out cheaply. As a result, it didn't come as a surprise that Morgan and Bairstow curbed their instincts in the second session and focused more on saving their wickets rather than trying to score freely. But once they grew in confidence and the pace troika started feeling the heat, the scoring rate was on the rise in the second half of the day's play.

"It was pretty good to spend so much time at the crease and score the runs," Bairstow said. "There is a massive amount of competition in the England middle order and at the end of the only eleven people can go out there. Hopefully scoring these runs in the warm-up games will push me for a place in that side.

"I think I am targeting the first Test as well. Without doubt anyone would like to be among the eleven guys representing England. I will keep working hard and hopefully score some runs in the next warm-up game as well and if not selected I will still work hard in the nets."

The drives and the cuts and the flicks started coming at will after tea but Morgan was trapped by a Thakur yorker against the run of the play to end the 156-run association for the fifth wicket. But Samit Patel carried on from where he had left against India A and with Bairstow coming into his elements, boundaries were on the rise.

Bairstow, who will be keeping wickets in Prior's absence, completed his eighth first-class century with a square cut off Waingankar that fetched him his 12th boundary. Although England would have liked both the aggressive batsmen to take guard on the second morning, with 15 minutes remaining for the close of play, Bairstow edged Khan to Dhawan in the slip cordon.

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Posted by JG2704 on (November 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

@SamuelH on (November 03 2012, 23:19 PM GMT) OK - a bad minirun then. Yes he's done great all season. As I put in other posts I think Bell should miss the whole series - as he's going home for one test anyway and his current form and SC stats are not good anyway. This would automatically create a batting spot and maybe then Flower could say (have said) to Nick or Root that you'll get the whole series. Maybe he is putting too much pressure on himself but I had the idea that he was one player who thrives on pressure. Maybe he's not cut out for SC at all. If Eng are consistent he'll be given the opportunity others have been afforded. I've not seen any of the cricket. It could be that he's just got out to 2 unplayable deliveries...

Posted by JG2704 on (November 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (November 03 2012, 23:03 PM GMT) Listen ,if you don't really care about Compton and if you haven't followed the English domestic game you shouldn't really comment on whether a player deserves a place in the side or not. Fair enough say that he is looking all at sea,doesn't look up to the job, is being found out etc but his stats this year were head and shoulders above everyone else on the tour. I agree with you re the Indian opposition and I have never once said anything bad about these sides. I don't know what the depth of talent India has is like which is why I will not comment on their domestic players

Posted by AK_25 on (November 4, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster.....i always like ur comments...being an canadian and having so much interest and knowledge abt indian cricket....its just admirable...

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Even before the Test Matches have started, the England Cricket Team and the English Press have already started whinging about India. Sunil Gavaskar says the negativity of the English will continue as the tour progresses.

Because of their behaviour, English Cricketers and the English Press have always been unpopular in India.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

@ counterstrike Plese remind me which test series the WC is?

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (November 4, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

@ S-A-M-1994. hehehe funny indeed. And this Minnow Indian team have beaten your team in all the WC matches. lol Must be Fluke. Right ? :P gand mra.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

I'd leave out Compton and Root. Instead I would move up Trott and have Morgan in the lineup. Patel has obviously cemented a place for himself in the side.

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 4, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

England thought that they will frustrate Mumbai A on Day 2 with tail enders like broad , only to find things too hot to handle with early morning seam and swing. Wasted no time to run back to dressing room.

Posted by Sathish.Velu on (November 4, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

How much runs did compton, Trott, and Bell scored against Mumbai A, please do mention that, lol rofl

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (November 4, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

NO REASON FOR ENG FANS TO GET OVERJOYED BECAUSE THEY STRUGGLED AGAINST SECOND STRING MUMBAI SIDE....NOTHING TO SAY ABT BAIRSTOW'S CENTURY AS HE IF FIT TO PLAY ONLY IN WARM-UPS,LAST YEAR WHEN HE CAME TO INDIA HE WAS BAMBOOZLED BY JADEJA....ENG TEST FUTURE LOOKS BLEAK NOW....

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 4, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

Although spending time in middle is always good. I am not convinced with this performance. What worries me about england's top order is the way they played against the Mumbai A seamers, who are very very inexperienced. I thought english would have technique to tackle seam and swin, but they were beaten all ends up by some very mediocre second string MMUMBAI A pacers. This also shows how much Indian experts overrate foreign players in terms of technique and temperament. Meanwhile very happy with Pankaj Singh's 5 wickets iin Rajasthan Vs Bengal game. Selectors should be giving him chances at least against touring sides. Taken 16 five wicket hauls in 60 FC matches that too in India is not a joke

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 4, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

@Carolus Sturge: Well most Indians have the habit of 'claiming' people of their heritage as their own. So you can excuse them for that. Besides, I am sure Patel himself would agree he's of Indian background living in the UK. Anyway, that's just a cultural thing or sense of affection Indians exhibit. While it's wrong in many ways, that's just how the nation is. Many people of Indian backgrounds come to terms with that. I am a fine example. I am a Canadian of 'Indian' background. My parents were born in India. My first love is for Canada but I also respect and admire India and obviously, I support the Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

For the indians claiming Patel is Indian: he was born in Leicester. In England. That makes him English, not Indian. So stop whining.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (November 4, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

@gsingh7 Which england player was born in India? Nasser Hussain retired years ago

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 4, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

@A_Vacant_Slip: At least I don't think England are bad by any means and I am an Indian supporter. Many Indian supporters know India are in a rebuilding phase in test cricket. England are clearly the better team in most departments. You don't have to remind Indian fans all those score lines from last year. Whatever happened in 2011 has ZERO bearing in what is about to unfold the next couple of months. This is a new series and a new beginning for both teams. I for one do expect England to put up a good show in India this time around. Having said that, I am also equally confident this young Indian team will play some good old fashioned test cricket. I am sure the 8-0 away losses have hurt them big time. But in all honesty, these 'warm up' tour games DO matter. They are played for a reason. So your theory that they are just a side show is ridiculous.Whatever happens in these tour games do have a bearing on the visiting team. You can't brush off any failures here. They do matter.

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 3, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

4-0 loss for english ?"(sa.irish.indians included_) is on cards , que the excuses

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (November 3, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

@shiva89 (19.52) " pls pray for your team...time to repay debts" Could i respectfully refer you to Harsha Bhogle's excellent article " Revenge is not the answer " ? How exactly does a team incur ' debts ' , by the way? You mean by beating another team ? Well , you win some you lose some ! Nobody likes to get beaten , obviously , but it does happen ! So , do yourself a favour and read that article. And then read it again. Cheers !

Posted by SDHM on (November 3, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

@JG - I don't think it's a bad run. No one plays like he has all season and then suddenly loses it - it's got to be mental. From all the interviews I've read with him it's so clear he's hugely desperate to play Test cricket that he's probably putting himself under the most intense pressure imaginable, and it's clearly having an effect on his game. A quiet word from Flower telling him to relax would probably do wonders.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (November 3, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

Pleased for Jonny, always am when he does well for England. However this opposition was like going back to his Yorkshire 2nds days.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

History is just that - history.. 4-0 or 2-2 or whatever the result was last time, this will be a new beginning. And puhleeezzzz.. the 4-0 loss was not against a full strength Indian side. Zaheer, Harbhajan and a whole horde of players got injured (not making excuses but just wanted to point out that that was not a full strength side). India are a better side now and will win this series probably 2-1 or 2-0.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 3, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

@JG2704: Whatever about Compton, I could care less about him. Speaking about your reply to GerrardLK, I think the Indian domestic sides have really played well against England so far. A second string and young Mumbai A side is giving this mighty English team a run for their money. I ain't saying England are poor or anything but their performance is far from convincing so far. Also goes to show the Indian cupboard isn't as bare as some critics claim it to be. In India, we often make a mistake of having diamonds only to become lazy enough to discover and polish them. 338/6 is not a bad score by England but I feel Mumbai A have done a brilliant job to knock off 6 English batsmen.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 3, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

INDIA should give ABID NABI a trial. He has a build more like SHOIB AKHTAR. When on song takes a bucket of wickets. What I like is his solid build. Another good prospect is Abu Nechim Ahmed. Sreesanth and RP Singh should sent to MRF. This will give us a better base for pace bowlers. Adding to the pool of YADAV, AARON, ISHANT

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (November 3, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

Oh dear. There is some terrible rubbish on this forum with one or two people getting completely carried away.... These people have conveniently forgotten what England did last year against full India team - so, in review - No boasting here - simply stating hard fact; 474/d (Lords), 554 (Trent Bridge), 710/7d (Egbaston), 591/6d (Oval) and on two of those occasion England only had to bat once in the match. 7 Century were scored by 5 different England player and ALL of them are in India for more. Cook scored a magnificent 290 and KP also 202 and Bell 235. This was only a year ago - England is NOT a bad team - but if you want to think that they are based on this WARM UP game and completely ignore the hard fact of last year then go ahead. This is WARM UP game. Get a grip...

Posted by TheBengalTiger on (November 3, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

so the south africans can't even score against a mumbai b team. I didn't even know mumbai had a b team. :)

Posted by JG2704 on (November 3, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

Re today's play. I'm sad for Nick. He's been immense for Somerset all summer and seems to be going through a bad run just at the wrong time. Bell's form has been a worry and I feel he is a momentum player which he has little of at the moment. Also if Bell is going home after the 1st test might it not be a bad idea to just give him the whole series off and have him back for the ODIs rejuvenated and refreshed etc? Fair play to Morgan (who I lambasted the inclusion of in the squad) Jonny and Patel again who saved us from another possible embarrassing day.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 3, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung on (November 03 2012, 20:11 PM GMT) I agree that a guy can move up the order and make an impact and Watson is a great example as I have mentioned before. However , you may remember there was another player who opened with Cook in ODIs before Bell came in. I suggested he might open the inns originally and I wonder if neither Nick or Root do anything in the next game whether that might be a viable option with no one else settled in the slot? It would certainly show a signal of intent

Posted by JG2704 on (November 3, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - Re your digs at Compton. Maybe you should check out his stats from the 2012 English domestic season and then you'll realise why he is there. Maybe he's no good in SC conditions or going through a bad trot just at the wrong time but let's have it right here - Nick is in the England side purely on what HE has achieved in 2012 and nothing to do with who he is related to.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 3, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

@InsideHedge on (November 03 2012, 17:23 PM GMT) Why is it laughable.? Sure there are reasons to defend him but can you honestly say his current form is worthy of a team spot and have you checked out his record in SL/UAE earlier this year or even in India last time. Surely , just as certain types of bowlers perform better on certain types of pitches/conditions so do certain batsmen

Posted by JG2704 on (November 3, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

@mikey76 - I know you were lambasted by the Bell fan the other day but I think I'm with you on Bell. To be fair Bell was our best averaging batsman vs WI averaging over 100 but against Pak he was abysmal and in SL he scored a 50 but that was his one 50 in both UAE and SL combined and in SL he averaged less than 30 and in UAE less than 10. Then vs SA he was our 7th best batsman averaging less than 30 . Don't think they would drop him but to me I feel you have to also take the touring stats into consideration and Bell's in SC are not at all good. I'd also add to the equation that Bell is going home after the 1st test anyway. Is he that big an asset to have out there for 1 test and then going home for a test and then coming back for a test? Why not give him the whole series off?

Posted by JG2704 on (November 3, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

@GerrardLK on (November 03 2012, 14:10 PM GMT) By the same token do you think that India will field similar standard bowlers to what they've been doing so far?

Posted by kc69 on (November 3, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

i heard about India A...what is Mumbai A...never heard about any player playing for Mumbai A..S Dhawan bowls 12 overs that speaks volume of sub standard teams England is playing...by far this is a bad score by English(What will happen against full strength Indian side).

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (November 3, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

If Bell can open in ODI why can't he do the same in Test? The Aussies moved Watto to open from his #5 or #6 a while back and granted he hasn't made a lot of runs but he's been comfortable there. Same should be asked of Bell. Strauss' replacement was always gonna be difficult, we Eng fans knew that a long time ago (i.e no one ready to move in to open for Eng as opposed to the #6 slot where the line is pretty long). I've said it many times, Bell is a rhythm player. When he's going good he's very good but when he's going bad he's atrocious. Have Bairstow/Morgan/Patel at #5 and #6.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

ENGLISHMEN surely look good to give indians a beating to remember with such a weak club level bowling attack india is vulnerable in home conditions as well let alone the thrashing given to them abroad 8-0

Posted by shiva89 on (November 3, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@S-A-M- 1994: can eng defeat bangladesh on bangladesh soil? NO! and u call india a minnow team. u just remember the 4-0 whitewash last yr in england... u dnt remember 5-0 odi loss in india where many A category players were not even playing like sachin, sehwag, zak, bhajji, yuvi. and u have certainly lost the memories of t20 wc match. eng 80 all out. WOW! remember england is playing against mumbai A today. it is not even 10th grade indian team. 5 players are making their first class debut. others with 8-9 fc matches experience. being an indian cricket fan i even dnt knw their names and seeing their names for the first time (except shikhar dhawan). now that u cant complain like previous game vs IND A- that its a 2nd grade team and 8 players have international experience of some sorts. mate! pls pray for ur team - u r in india. time to repay the debts.

Posted by mikey76 on (November 3, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

InsideHedge. Bell last winter was Terrible. He didn't have an especially great summer and at the moment can't buy a run against club bowlers. Yes he had an excellent test record but his current form is abysmal. Players shouldn't feel they have a divine right to selection on past form. Bairstow is young, cocky and talented. Showed his class against SA last summer so should get a shot.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

I wish the Indian fans would stop going off at the deep end about this match. It's a bit ridiculous to claim England are rubbish because they "only" scored 338-5.

Let's look at things realistically, England have a nice problem and a nasty problem. The nice problem is that we have three class players, in form, vying for the number 6 spot. Yorkshireman though I am, I have to betray Bairstow (and the Socialist Republic of Yorkshire), and call for Patel to get the spot. He's been absolutely superb.

The nasty problem is we have have two players vying for the number 2 spot, and neither of them has proved they up to it. Long term, Root definitely is good enough, but one of the two need to get a hundreds soon, preferably in the 1st test.

Posted by brittop on (November 3, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: SA v Somerset 282/9, Smith 10, Rudolph 5, AB de Villiers 23. Somerset bowling has Gemaal, Hussein, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Jack Leach.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (November 3, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Practice games are just that we cannot read too much into them. Eng will no doubt have have a hard series ahead, but I for one think they have more fight than people are giving them credit. Ind are backing Eng inability to play spin (not a bad ploy) however if this fails we could be in for a great series.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

England should get a copy of these practice matches so that they can take with them some good memories of the tour back to england:)

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 3, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Laughable that some "experts" are debating whether Ian Bell should be in the team. Everyone should be pushed but to imply that Bairstow and Morgan are better than Bell had me chuckling. One innings against a deliberately weak attack is all that it takes for some of the armchair experts to place Bairstow above the classy Bell. I must remind myself to properly digest my meals before reading some of the analysis on here.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 3, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Bairstow - Another English batsmen who's going to make it another Ashes victory to England next year and the year after that!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Unfortunately all Indian state level teams are up on their tournament duty. The Mumbai team too is Mumbai 'A' team. The situation benefits Mumbai bench strength more than the Englishman, who are taking all that's coming resolutely in their stride. England should remain resolute, obsequious,obdurate, modest,patient and enjoy the heat, the sweat, the turf,the food, the culture,the five star hospitality and keep moving towards a planned magnificent series win.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 3, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

@maximum6: I will give you a balanced answer. This is NOT even Mumbai's best team. It's their A team with many reserve players from the secondary squads. Honestly, England have nothing to be pleased here. To lose 5 wickets for just over 300 against non-International standard bowling is not convincing. Bairstow and Patel both played very well but the rest are struggling. Nick Compton shouldn't even be here. Joe Root, while a youngster is still green. So England have many problems. If they play like this against the actual Indian test team, then the results would be a bother. As it stands now, I do feel Mumbai A are giving England hell of a challenge. England can't complain really. Their team selection for the final tour game will be really interesting.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (November 3, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

@Long Leg, the same had occurred to me, but it would be abn awfully brave call as, between them, Patel and Bairstow can't manage 10 Tests, whereas Ian Bell has experience and has gone through the mill.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 3, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Bell and Compton miss out again... *face palm*. Well, it's nice to see guys like Bairstow seize their opportunities. The selectors have a few headaches to deal with already before the first test. Still not convinced about Morgan in tests, and my eyes will be on Broad re. bowling because his form needs a boost.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 3, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

@S-A-M-1994: Another retarded comment. While I feel India are not that good in tests compared to England, I don't think England will beat India 4-0 IN INDIA. Also, it's funny how you call India a minnow nation. Because not long ago even England were WHITEWASHED 5-0 in Australia in 2006, 3-0 in the UAE, and 2-0 just recently. Does it make them a minnow ? Come back with a good answer.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

4 Mumbai A players are making their First Class debut, yet English team has not been able to dominate the game the way they were expected to do!

Posted by mikey76 on (November 3, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Why is Bairstow getting stick? Didn't he make 90 and 50 against SA not so long ago. He's a class act with a FC average of 47. I would have him in the side ahead of Bell who seems to be bereft of confidence. Not a great effort from the top order all told but will still scored at 4 an over and Patel looks in great nick.

Posted by Akshita29 on (November 3, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

No spinner again . So we cant read much into it . But scoring run is always important . Samit surely have secured his place at no 6 . And Bell needs some runs for sure .

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

@Long Leg. Why drop Bell. He can open with Cook. Let the young boys, Root & Compton, wait, watch & learn. Why choose only ONE from Patel, Morgan, & Bairstow? Those who aim for slot 6 can also fit in 5, 6, or 7. I will put up with the same argument about Raina or Yuvi? Why not both be in. There are enough old wood available to be chopped at the very top, unless they show some green sprouts! I see a lot of similarities between the two teams, with suspect opener/s and surplus potential for NO.6.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 3, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Surprised to see Pujara in the Mumbai A lineup, I mean he's not even contracted to the MCA, Pujara plays for Baroda. At any rate, his inclusion seems to have gone un-noticed as he will most defn play at one drop in the Tests. He's not captaining either, another little surprise.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

why bother with root or compton.

Trott will open with Bell batting 3, KP 4, Bairstow/Morgan 5, Patel 6, Prior 7, Bresnan 8, Broad 9, Swann 10, Anderson 11.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 3, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

When I looked at the Mumbai line-up in the Ranji match against Railways, I was disappointed to see Suryakumar Yadav missing. Therefore, it's good to see him in this lineup against England, it will be a great experience for him, and I'm sure he'll slot straight back into the Mumbai team once SRT leaves for the Tests. Hoping that Yadav has a good Ranji season this year, we may see him in the Indian team a few years down the road, perhaps this is the beginning of something.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (November 3, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket - After reading your comment I was just going through Umar Gul's profile (probably one of the highly ranked pacers in Asia) and found that Zak's average and Eco. are better than Gul's in TESTS. :) So Ind's condition in pace dept. is not as bad as you are trying to depict :P !

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 3, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6..hehe..Umash Yaga is quick but too expensive. Speed in Cricket is of no use when you don't know how to utilize it :P

Posted by Green_seamer on (November 3, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Johnny bairstow definitely looks like a talented young batsman but his real test will be against ashwin & Ojha . He looks like another test romantic. @ Gerrard LK India has Pragyan Ohja ( don't forget ashwin) so pick your words carefully......

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 3, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Good show by Johnny Bairstow. But, overall I am NOT impressed by England's performance. An average batting display against Mumbai's second string XI and that too on yet another good batting wicket. So, England have plenty of worries to be honest. However, Samit Patel, Bairstow and Morgan are all fighting it out for that no.6 spot so that's good from their perspective. But over all it's hard to be overly pleased if you are an England supporter. Also, Nick Compton can't walk with his grandfather's reputation card for so long. What were the ECB thinking ?

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 3, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

I do not know how much opposition this Mumbai A side provide so it is hard to assess the value of our performances, though Compton is obviously feeling the heat while Patel is enjoying himself. In game three presumably Cook will open with Root unless the selectors have to have Compton. Re Trott as opener - his efforts at 3 are so not broken and so not in need of fixing. Sure he could do it with success but why change? Bell might be possible....might even be the answer with all 3 middle order players doing okay.

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 3, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

jonesy2 it takes ages for the pain to stop, 3 innings defeats takes a lot of getting over. but my friend the return awaits and then it starts all over again.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (November 3, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket - We have one decent fast bowler in Umesh Yadav. And then, when we have someone like ZaK in our team who picks all those crucial wickets even on dead tracks of sub-continent, who needs tait then ? (Remember who was the highest wicket -taker in WC 2011 ? ) So ur point nullified. And if you had followed Ind Cricket closely you would have figured it out that it's Ind spinners who win them matches mostly. Yes, Ind have produced some really World Class spinners. So..Well !!

Posted by mikey76 on (November 3, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Ian bell could miss out all together after Bairstow and Morgan have made runs, while Patel has nailed down the no.6 slot now surely. Compton and Root is a toss of the coin I think, I wouldn't move Trott from 3. The final warm up game has taken on a lot of importance for certain players now.

Posted by Long-Leg on (November 3, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

England's selectors have a really difficult problem. Patel, Bairstow and Morgan have all scored runs and are all competing for the same No.6 spot. Which to choose? One option would be to drop Bell whose form against Pakistan, SL and in India has been appalling.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 3, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

India are so ordinary even when there are a few Cricket teams playing average not one decent fast bowler :)

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 3, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

The Eng new gen of batting 'talents' living up to their county club level calibre against a 2nd class Ind Ranji bowling. Bun Bairstow scored a ton ! Says (not) a lot of the bowling offered......even less of the Eng bats....

Posted by GerrardLK on (November 3, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

If Bairstow is scoring 100 then KP would definitely target 300 against this cake walk Indian bowling attack.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

i know england never really deserved the number one ranking in tests but since they have had it and then lost it they have just become one of the worst sides ever in test cricket. the fall has been simply staggering but not surprising it makes perfect sense really. if they played a series against bangladesh or zimbabwe after this one against india, they would lose it, comfortably. and if they actually played teams like bangladesh often they would probably be below them on the rankings as bangla are up and coming with some good young players and banglas best players are much much better than englands best eg shakib hasan, tamin.

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (November 3, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

Teams like Minnow india cant beat Eng......ENG gonna win 4-0

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Will Trott or Bell be pushed up to open? With a crowd of in form middle order batsmen, all with test experience up against two openers with no runs and no experience its an interesting choice..... Cook, Bell, Trott, KP, Bairstow and Patel could well be the top 6? I'm not really sure you need specialist openers in India, just guys capable of playing decent medium fast bowling. Bell fits that and has the experience to open... it also lets him get his eye in before the spinners come on.

Posted by skilebow on (November 3, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

I may be biased as a yorkshireman but surely Root is the future. As he is much older Compton needs to show he is more deserving of a test spot than Root, not just equally deserving, and this is something he is clearly not doing

Posted by Anthony_Stevens on (November 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Surely they now have to pick Trott to open with Cook. It must also be time for Bell to move up the order to 3, with KP at 4, and Bairstow now justifying his selection at 5. The lower order seems to take care of itself now with Finn likely out, and Bresnan and Patel having done enough to earn selection.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

I'm quite sure England are glad that they're batting first and should have another chance this game and none more so than Nick Compton. He may have just about cost himself an England career with having failed twice so far on tour. His saving grace may have been that Root didn't accomplish too much either. England may yet open with Trott. It will be interesting to see who plays in the third warmup. Maybe they will rest Trott and play both Compton and Root in the third game. Encouraging to see Bairstow score some runs but a read a tweet that the bowling was rather ordinary at that stage of the innings. Not really sure how good the bowling was likely to have been the whole innings actually, so not a great showing by England all up. Compton and Bell the most significant concerns. Lots to consider for the selectors yet.

Posted by Dheeraj_Shetty on (November 3, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

How can the match between England and Mumbai A be classified as first class?.

Posted by kieranbob on (November 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Well done Jonny B! Sounds like a promising batsman wicketkeeper. On the other hand there is Compton, a player in his twilight who has shown he is not international standard... really shouldn't have been picked for this tour.

Posted by S.N.Singh on (November 3, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

THERE IS A PROBLEM I AM NOT GETTING ENGLAND AND INDIA SCORECARD

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (November 3, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

On the positive side, the batting has now registered 3x100 and 4x50 in one and a half innings, which hardly looks like a crisis. England had much the better of the match against India A. On the negative side, the fact that Mumbai used occasional bowlers much of the time was taking gamesmanship a little far: if you don't declare early we won't give you realistic practice! It could just misfire if England add another 80 in the morning and then take 2 or 3 quick wickets with the new ball. Certainly, there seems to be some kind of aim of playing the England batsmen into form and confidence and the first game hardly did any damage to the morale of the bowlers either. Interesting Indian tactics.

Posted by NickeyT on (November 3, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

England have definitly got to stop playing Bairstow in shorter formats of the game ! This guy is a great First-Class (and Test cricket) player. They've harmed his reputation by insisting him to play T20 and all... I think he's not this kind of player. He's showed a great performance again! Actually, all the potential #7 are doing pretty good : Patel, Morgan & Bairstow.

Maybe the English squad should be : Cook, Bell, Trott, Pietersen, Bairstow, Prior, Patel, Swann, Broad, Bresnan, Anderson. And stick in Morgan in stead of father Bell for the second Test.

That sounds good, no ?

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