India Under-19s v England Under-19s, 1st Youth Test, Nagpur February 14, 2017

Holden, Bartlett smash Under-19s batting record

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George Bartlett (facing) joined Max Holden in a record-breaking stand [file picture] © Getty Images

Max Holden and George Bartlett earned a select place in the history of England Under-19s cricket as they extended their marathon partnership on the second day of the first four-day match against India in Nagpur.

They were finally separated after a stand of 321 in 82 overs, a new record for any wicket for England which has only been beaten once in all international Under-19 cricket, in 2001 by an Indian opening pair including Gautam Gambhir who put on 391 against an England attack including Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett, and captained by Ian Bell.

Bartlett was the first to go, stumped for 179 off 249 balls including 25 fours and three sixes. That became the highest score by an England Under-19s batsman overseas, beating 170 by Nasser Hussain against Sri Lanka in Kandy in 1986-87.

There are still 10 batsmen ahead of Bartlett in the all-time England list, but all of them made their runs on home soil - including his Somerset seniors Marcus Trescothick with 206 against India at Edgbaston in 1994, and James Hildreth against Bangladesh in Taunton a decade later.

After Bartlett's dismissal, Holden batted on, for almost 20 more overs and into a fifth session, until after eight hours and 47 minutes at the crease the opener was finally dismissed for 170 - leaving him joint second with Hussain on England's overseas list.

Still the agony wasn't over for India as Delray Rawlins, the Sussex allrounder who had been England's batting star of the one-day series ended unbeaten on 70 from 94 balls before Holden declared on 501 for 5 - England's second highest total against India in Under-19 cricket, and the third highest by anyone in India.

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  • cricfan56618544 on February 16, 2017, 7:37 GMT

    i think young indian team is some chance to win the match because england loose 6 wkts and indian team another picked up 4 wicket and score quick runs so they have some chance to win the match

  • baghels.a on February 15, 2017, 20:48 GMT

    @PARAMNP9: I agree with you , Jonty Sidhu,Ferrario are two other big talents plus left arm spinner Harsh Tyagi from Delhi who is not playing this match .

  • simplythebest... on February 15, 2017, 20:17 GMT

    @paramnp9 - actually this England team has only been together for this tour - approx. 3 weeks. There are 7 debutants for Eng in this match.

  • InsideHedge on February 15, 2017, 18:19 GMT

    @baghels.a: Thanks for all the info. Yes, I remember now reading about the eligibility issues and how it was spotted by a BCCI official when he happened to come across an email.

    Yup, the coverage is poor and slow. Still waiting for a report on the 2nd day's play and having to comment on the previous day! In this digital age, it shouldn't take 12 hours to file a report, even from a 3rd party. They could easily send someone to Nagpur, even a freelancer.

    Looking at the scorecard, we should get a draw here. The wicket may well be the usual flat Nagpur track in which case it's a pity that TNCA pulled out.

  • paramnp9 on February 15, 2017, 17:45 GMT

    @Baghels.A : Yes. This is the team of relatively senior under 19 players and this attempt to give them chances should be commended. Dravid is working with a bigger pool of youngsters. Darryl Ferrario, Sijomon and Seth have done well so far. Despite giving away a big total, the team fought back well. English team has the advantage as the team has been together for some time.

  • baghels.a on February 15, 2017, 15:04 GMT

    @INSIDEHEDGE : The Indian u19 team is totally different from those who competed in the ODIs is because BCCI is giving chances to all those Indian u19 cricketers who would be ineligible to compete in the next ICC U19 WC to be held in NZ 2018. These cricketers are all currently under the age of 19 but they won't be by the time 2018 WC starts, so BCCI is making sure they don't miss out ... as for non coverage/reportage of this series it is not just Cricinfo but most other media outlets are also guilty of the same , Underage cricket expect for WC barely gets any coverage, contrast it with Football where even an Academy match involving Man United and West Ham u-15 side will have multiple reporters covering it.

  • InsideHedge on February 15, 2017, 13:20 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung : Sorry, I didn't make myself clear in my original comment. I meant we need more info on the players representing India U19, none of these guys played in the recent ODI series. More pertinently, why are none of the ODI squad members involved? I know we're rotating heavily but would have expected a core group to be given a run in both the ODIs and the Youth Tests. On the flip side, others get a chance to showcase their talent.

    My main gripe is that we don't have a report from anyone at CricInfo despite these games being held in India. Subsequently, I went to a rival website (whom I don't think much of) to glean a little more info. BTW, if you click on the hyperlink for each of the India U19 players, the lack of info (in some cases birth dates) makes for interesting (non)info.

  • avijit_m on February 15, 2017, 5:08 GMT

    @JERRY MATHEW THOMAS, http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/engine/match/327529.html

    vinayak mane

  • avijit_m on February 15, 2017, 5:07 GMT

    @JERRY MATHEW THOMAS, http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/engine/match/327529.html

    vinayak mane ... ajay ratra was captain

  • Pkrishy on February 15, 2017, 4:27 GMT

    @jerry m thomas - i think it was one MAne. both scored doubles but Gambhirs was an eye catching double.

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