India A v England XI, Mumbai, 2nd day October 31, 2012

Cook and Patel lead strong response

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England XI 286 for 4 (Cook 112*, Patel 82*) trail India A 369 (Tiwary 93, Abhinav 73, Bresnan 3-59, Swann 3-90) by 83 runs

England's batsmen had a good day out at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, replying strongly to India A's 369 with captain Alastair Cook leading the way with a century. Jonathan Trott made a half-century and Samit Patel, promoted to bat at No.6, gave Cook good support, finishing the day unbeaten on 82.

Patel has played in two Tests, both in Sri Lanka earlier this year, and his innings added weight to his case win a recall against India. He is likely to face competition from Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan, though Patel's ability to provide support to Graeme Swann as the second spinner could give him the edge.

"There's a few more games to go yet. It's obviously great to get a start and a good score in the first game and I feel great but there's still a lot of work to do," Patel said. "I thought Cookie played brilliant, out of his skin, to bat all day is a great effort. I'm getting better at my role and the more games I play the better I'll be."

India A had done well on the opening day and their innings lasted just one delivery on the second, as R Vinay Kumar was trapped in front by James Anderson. England suffered an early blow in their response, with Nick Compton edging to the wicketkeeper off Ashok Dinda in the second over. Cook and Trott, though, built a steady stand before the part-time off-spin of Suresh Raina accounted for Trott, breaking a partnership of 95.

A left-arm spinner, once again, brought about Kevin Pietersen's downfall, as he was caught and bowled by Yuvraj Singh for a quick 23 that included three fours and a six. When Yuvraj dismissed Ian Bell for 5 in the 38th over, England were in a difficult situation at 133 for 4.

Cook continued accumulating runs and Patel gave him good support, the pair batting 49 overs till the close to add 153. England finished the day on 286 for 4, just 83 adrift.

After the close of play, Patel praised Cook's effort and said that England's plans for the tour would involve emulating the approach of their captain and keeping the opposition in the field for as long as possible. "Chef's character and work ethic are outstanding and that shows in his batting," he said. "One of our things is to grind and grind and grind and work hard as a unit and keep India in the dirt."

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  • Nicholas on November 2, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @gsingh7 (post on November 01 2012, 11:50 AM GMT): Very original as usual... Yet interesting that you admitted on another thread that India are only good in their own back yard. I'm guessing we can all look forward to such knowledgeable words of wisdom throughout the series... *^^*

  • Andrew on November 2, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @Akshita29 on (November 01 2012, 11:29 AM GMT) - words of wisdom! I wish that was the attitude of ALL fans on this site, with just a bit of GOOD NATURED ribbing here & there! Well said matey!

  • Al on November 2, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Things are not looking good for India. We have 3 walking wickets in Gambhir, Sehwag, and 10dulkar. We can't expect Kohli and Pujara to score 200 plus runs in every innings. Expect Dhoni, mysterious no.6, and Ashwin to take up more batting burden. Sure, Ashwin and Ojha will do well with the ball, but the batsmen still need to put a decent total. It's time we drop Sehwag and 10dulkar, and give a chance to young batsmen like Dhawan and Tiwary.

  • Mark on November 1, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    My guess, JG, is that they'll give Nick Compton all three games unless he really looks at sea in the second match, but that will mean Alistair Cook either missing a game or dropping down the order so that Joe Root can play... just in case.

  • John on November 1, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (November 01 2012, 11:46 AM GMT) I'm disappointed as a Somerset fan for Nick as he has been by far the best domestic batsmen out there this season. It'd be nice if they could jiggle it around so they all get a couple of games but that may be tough and I guess if they give Root the next game and he fails then do they move someone up the order and bring in Morgan or and Jonny? Also Root could come in and get a score in one inns but it doesn't mean he's more likely to succeed in the tests based on 1 inns. They've given other batsmen a few matches so hopefully they'll do the same with Nick

  • John on November 1, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @Akshita29 on (November 01 2012, 11:29 AM GMT) - no worries.

  • Mohan on November 1, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Sachin_Pankaj : I like the first team which is good. But the second team is highly over-rated it shows u r a typical Mumbaikar who wants his MI players in Indian team lol.

  • j on November 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    India go COOKED. Way t go Cookie, you can hear India's excuses already being prepared.

  • gurinder on November 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    whitewash of overrated english team is on the cards, hope viru scores his 3rd triple century on 16th nov

  • Mark on November 1, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Both sides can take some positives out of this match. A good match for England with bat and ball. The biggest negative was Nick Compton's failure: does he play the two remaining matches with Alistair Cook standing down to give Joe Root a game? Or do England play Joe Root straight away in the second match? Overall Nick Compton would be my pick for the Tests, but he will need some runs first.

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