Dr DY Patil Sports Academy v EPP November 28, 2012

Root sends selectors reminder

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EPP 484 for 6 (Root 166, Foakes 90*, Taylor 72) lead Dr DY Patil Sports Academy 204 by 280 runs

Joe Root provided a reminder to the England selectors with a century on the second day of the England Performance Programme (EPP) match against the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy side in Navi Mumbai.

Root, who has been relegated to the role of substitute fielder by the elevation of Nick Compton to the Test side, made 166 as the EPP side ended the second day on 484 for 6. There were also half-centuries for Nottinghamshire's James Taylor, who made 72, and Essex's 19-year-old reserve wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who finished the day unbeaten with 90 from 94 balls.

Eoin Morgan fell to the leg-spin of Sagar Gorivale three short of a half-century, while Craig Kieswetter managed just 17 on the day he was dropped from England's T20 squad.

Going into the final day of the game, the EPP side lead by 280 runs.

Steven Finn, the England fast bowler, will test his recovery from a thigh strain on the final day of the game on Thursday. Finn bowled 16 overs on the first day, but will be assessed for any reaction with several more spells on the third day. If he comes through unscathed, he is likely to win selection in the team for the third Test in Kolkata next week.

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  • John on November 30, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    I notice from the scorecards that Meaker took 3 of the top 4 in the 2nd inns

  • Mark on November 30, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @landl, as I warned, the Academy team was not a particularly strong one. Looking at the stats for each member of the team you might put the level around that of a good County Second XI. As such you would expect them to struggle against a team in which many players had Test and ODI experience. Steve Finn has bowled 23 overs in the match. It's not as many as I would have liked, but hopefully enough to assess whether he is properly match fit for a Test. As we are going to play only two seamers we need both to be able to pull their weight and, preferably, one to probe and to keep things tight (Jimmy A.) while the other attacks such that one sets up wickets for the other. Each wicket with the new ball is one less that Graeme Swann and Monty need to winkle out: no one expects the Indians to be so cooperative with our spinners two Tests running, so I don't expect us to get away a second time with playing only one seamer.

  • John on November 30, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    In the end the Academy didn't offer too much resistance to the Performance Squad, collapsing to Borthwick for 87 to set up a win by an innings and almost 200. Useful practice for the England boys, but let's hope the opposition is stiffer the rest of the way. Not much chance for Finn in the second innings, but hopefully he came through all right.

  • John on November 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    I think almost everyone would have considered Compton the favourite to take the opening role with Cook ahead of Root but the fact that England included Root in the touring party is evidence that they expect him to be part of the team before too long. In a way things have worked out fairly well for him as Compton is no longer a youngster so, even if Compton does well, Root won't have to wait indefinitely for his chance. I can't help thinking that, unless Compton does really well, he may be replaced by Root in a year or two because, especially with Trott at #3, England would benefit from someone a little more attacking at the top of the order. Root's FC strike rate is over 3 runs higher than Compton's and that's as an opener, where Compton plays further down the order. That said, it's understandable that Compton has been careful so far, starting his Test career in India, so he may end up scoring quicker as time goes on and especially on more familiar surfaces.

  • Ian on November 29, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    crickinfo - do you have any stats on the speed of the bowlers ? With both Finn and Meaker in the England side, I reckon there must have been some pretty quick deliveries in this game and it'd be interesting to see how these fast bowlers do in India. i.e. can they generate real pace in India ?

  • John on November 29, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Root is going to be a test player, though I hope he won't be rushed too much. He still needs more experience to gain greater consistency. Good to see Taylor making runs as well; he's had a taste at test level and is in line to step up fairly soon. Foakes is only 19, but a very decent bat and a W/K. It doesn't look as though Kieswetter is quite test class either as a batsman or a W/K, but with Bairstow and now Foakes (not to mention Buttler), England is well-stocked with W/K-batsmen. England has a lot of young talent coming through with both bat and ball.

  • paul on November 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    As a Yorkshire fan I personally wanted Joe to get at least another full season under his belt before England came calling and hopefully that will still workout if Compo can get a few more runs. Ideally it is a little too soon for him, the lads just got 4 tons to his name in first class cricket and only just learning the Pro game but he's showed he's got bags of potential and could be a future opener for England for years to come,he's got all the tools. In many ways he reminds me of Cook at the same age,although he's a little more pleasing on the eye batting, he's got that same steely determination and maturity Cookie had/has, the way you can put a challenge in front of him and he'll find a way to succeed.

  • Tahir on November 28, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    OMG, How many options England have it is hard shoppiing with so many opations.

  • Mark on November 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    A decent performance, but don't get too carried away by it. While most of the Academy side have First Class or List A experience, in the majority of cases it is just a handful of games and with pretty mediocre returns. Still, it is useful experience and definitely better for Mssrs Root, Morgan, Finn & Meaker than endless netting. Joe Root has definitely made a case to be considered if there is an injury, or Nick Compton fails to follow up his succession of 20s and 30s with a bigger score. However, I would say that Nick Compton has made a decent case to be given a run in the side, although this performance by Root with give him a real nudge to up his game. Finn needs to show that he is not just fit, but also match fit. Can he have a spell with the new ball and then come back for a couple of blasts later without flagging? If he can't, he can't be risked as one of only two seamers (Stuart Broad was not match fit for either Test and should certainly not have played the 2nd).

  • Ski on November 28, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I think this series is a bit too soon for him but this boy is a class act

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