Dr DY Patil Sports Academy v EPP November 28, 2012

Root sends selectors reminder

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.