Dr DY Patil Sports Academy v EPP, Mumbai, 1st day December 3, 2012

Seamers chip away for Performance squad

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Dr DY Patil Sports Academy 219 for 7 (Indulkar 69*, Mangela 55) v EPP

The England Performance Programme (EPP) bowlers shared around the success on the opening day of their latest match against Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. The home side closed on 219 for 7 with Vinit Indulkar unbeaten on 69 to ensure the EPP side had to spend a full day in the field.

James Harris and Ben Stokes took two wickets apiece, both bowlers striking in consecutive deliveries, as the hosts fell to 116 for 5. The opening partnership between Shrideep Mangela and Bhavin Thakkar spanned 20 overs before Harris struck twice. Mangela progressed to 55 before he fell to Chris Wright.

Stokes, the Durham allrounder, who has tasted full international cricket, then found two edges that were taken by Craig Kieswetter, the captain of the EPP side.

Unlike the first match the EPP side played, where Scott Borthwick and Simon Kerrigan were among the wickets, there was less success for the spinners this time. With the squad being rotated, Danny Briggs, who is part of England's Twenty20 squad, and Yorkshire's Azeem Rafiq were given their chance and Rafiq claimed the one wicket for spin in the day.

The EPP will have had visions of batting towards the end of the day but Indulkar, who faced 199 balls and hit eight fours, added 58 for the seventh wicket with Sufiyan Rehmani.

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  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, Balance! isn't he the former Zimbabwean U19 player?

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, that is true, doesn't matter if they aren't English as long as they have been on holiday here for a couple of weeks that will do just fine!

  • John on December 4, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Chris Woakes is a more like for like replacement for Broad. Actually early in his international career I thought Woakes was a poor man's Stuart Broad but after the just concluded county season, Woakes might be the better player, at least with the bat. Remember Broad was a batsman who could bowl a bit in his junior years and somehow became a strike bowler. Good to see Woakes playing in NZ and looks like he's filling that allrounder role batting at #7 and opening the bowling for Wellington.

  • gurinder on December 4, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    playing zimbabwean player shows cupboards are bare for english players

  • John on December 4, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @InsideHedge on (December 03 2012, 17:14 PM GMT), quite true: the selectors consistently pick players who are qualified to play for England.

  • Samuel on December 3, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Judging by what has happened on this tour so far Meaker is obviously the first in line of England's young bowlers to make his debut if injuries or loss of form occur, but I don't think James Harris is too far away either; in many ways, a like-for-like replacement for Broad or Bresnan as a nippy seamer who is a useful batsman. I like what I've seen of him with the ball too; swings it a bit, but more importantly bowls full and nips it either way off the seam at decent, but not express pace. I'd be tempted to include either him or Chris Woakes in the touring squad to New Zealand.

  • Sanjay on December 3, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    I see that Gary Ballance the Zimbabwean is in the "England" squad. Well I guess no-one can accuse the selectors of being inconsistent.

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