HCA XI v England XI, tour game, Hyderabad

Bairstow and Borthwick star in rout

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 11, 2011

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England XI 367 for 4 (Bairstow 104*, Cook 85, Trott 74, Kieswetter 71) beat HCA XI 114 (Borthwick 5-31) by 253 runs Scorecard


Jonny Bairstow launches away another boundary, Hyderabad XI v England XI, Tour Match, Hyderabad, October 11 2011
Jonny Bairstow cracked eight sixes during his hundred © Getty Images
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England's one-day tour of India is a chance for some of the youngsters to impress and two of them, Jonny Bairstow and Scott Borthwick, shone in the final warm-up match before the ODIs begin on Friday. Bairstow underlined his precocious talent with a thunderous 53-ball hundred as England piled up 367 for 4 then Borthwick took advantage of some slap-happy batting from the hosts to finish with 5 for 31 in a 253-run victory.

Bairstow's onslaught, which included eight sixes, built on solid work from the top order, including an opening stand of 159 between Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter, while Jonathan Trott also found form with 74 off 68 balls as he and Bairstow added 143. Bairstow's second fifty took just 20 deliveries. The only batsman to miss out was Kevin Pietersen, who fell to the left-arm spin of Medhi Hasan for 10, and he has failed in both warm-ups on his return to the one-day side.

Ian Bell sat out this match with a stomach upset and Ravi Bopara was rested following his 73 in the first game so, with Bairstow's form clear, there are now some tricky selection issues ahead of the opening one-day international. Given that Pietersen has been brought on this tour rather than continuing his rest he is unlikely to be left out so Bell could be the player who has to make way.

The top three, however, appear to be set in stone despite a few early doubts when Trott was named at No. 4 in the team sheet. England will need to be flexible with their thinking during the series, but the tried and tested order seems likely to start. Cook and Kieswetter reacquainted themselves in a productive partnership following the latter's return from the Champions League and were not overly tested by a friendly home attack.

However, after England's less-than-inspiring display on Saturday when they were bowled out for 219 it was an important statement of intent to produce a commanding batting performance. Both openers could have reached three figures, but neither will be too concerned to have missed out as it ensured others had the chance for time in the middle. Cook, having again outscored his opening partner, was caught on the boundary and Kieswetter mistimed a pull.

Pietersen was caught at backward point after a brief stay but England's innings never threatened to lose direction as Trott and Bairstow combined in their different styles. Trott manoeuvred the field while Bairstow gave a display of the power and timing that had been on show during his ODI debut in Cardiff last month. The last 10 overs of England's innings - outside of Powerplay restrictions under the new regulations - brought 105 runs.

Despite a promising start against England's pace bowlers - which included Stuart Meaker - the home side collapsed when spin came into the attack. A superb catch at slip from Cook to remove Akshath Reddy gave Borthwick his first wicket and the same combination struck again two balls later.

Wickets continued to fall in a hurry and Meaker then got in on the act with three for himself in the 29th over as his pace proved too much for the lower order. Neither Borthwick nor Meaker are expected to push for initial selection in the series, but their performances will have been noted.

It completed a fine day for England's new faces but tougher challenges await.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 13, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

@Antriksh Saal - India won 3 or 4 one dayers but that was after the test series started and they had been over for several months. India had one warm up game (pre tests) vs Somerset in which they were all out for 224 in the first inns and then 69-0 in the second. But they did excel in the bowling dept restricting Somerset to 485-3 in the 1st inns and 260-2 in the second. Zaheer Khan played in that one too so that I guess showed what a huge player he would have been in the tests. Still it was only a warm up game and it was good to see that India raised their game in the test series and were extremely unfortunate not to win the close fought series

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 13, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

YES WE GO ON AND ON. JUST LET THE TEAMS PLAY MAN. ENJOY THE GAME. REMEMBER YOU WIN SOME AND LOSE SOME. ASK SOMERSET THEY LOST TO AN INDIAN TEAM IN THE IPL T20 LATELY. ALSO YOU ENGLISH FANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TALENT IN INDIA - THEY WON THE EMERGING TOURNAMENT IN AUSTRALIA RECENTLY AND THE U19 TORNAMENT IN INDIA RECENTLY. MAYBE OUR PACE BOWLERS ARE POOR AND HENCE WE GOT BEAT IN ENGLAND. ITS OKAY TO GET BEAT SOMETIME. JUST ONE DAY WE MIGHT UNEARTH A GOOD PACE BOWLER LOOK SHOIB AKTAR.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (October 13, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

Very true RandyOz. No one had actually claimed that series as a win though. But, as you insist, it is the one blot on England's record of 9 series without a defeat: a 1-1 draw in South Africa. W20 L4 D7 in those 9 *Test* series. 6 of those 9 series have been won by a margin of 2 or more Tests and ther last 3 series have all been won convincingly against top five teams, with the only close series a rain-ruined one against Sri Lanka. It's enough to suggest that the side has some modest talent. The series in India will show how good some of the younger players are and at squad depth.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (October 13, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

Is there any point pointing out that the first choice England attack of Tremlett, Anderson, Finn, Broad, Bresnan and Swann (not to mention reserves like Woakes, Onions, Panesar, etc) do not have conspicuously South African accents??

Posted by   on (October 13, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

they+will+ fall to 4th or 5th place soon in test rankings.they r nt much forward than other teams in rating points

Posted by RandyOZ on (October 13, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer like to know how you consider a draw in SA a win, guess you are typical English clutching at straws!

Posted by   on (October 13, 2011, 9:41 GMT)

Theres no point arguing. India - the fans rely on the 90 yr olds (SRT,ZK,VS etc) and they call this they're A team LOL. No talent coming through when you have to rely on the oldies?

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (October 13, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

RandyOz, even if what you say were true, there is a reason why Australia have dropped down the rankings as they have. A few years ago they could take on a World XI and win. Now they can't. They were dreadful in India last autumn and then lost badly to England having briefly flattered for deceive for a couple of days early in the 1st Test. England have reached the top the hard way, playing Australia home and away, South Africa away and India at home. If that has been done with a multicultural side from a multicultural country, then so be it. It wan't so long ago that fans from another region were moaning that England were playing players like Panesar and Bopara. Welcome immigrants who can bring something positive to your country. Btw, if in your view South Africa "B" are hammering you, is there even any point turning up to play their First XI???

Posted by blastu on (October 13, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

Just wait for 19 hours.....

Posted by RandyOZ on (October 13, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

@5wombats - is that EngLand or South Africa. I cant tell the difference these days.

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