Haryana v England, Ahmedabad, 1st day November 8, 2012

Pietersen ton completes comeback

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England XI 408 for 3 (Pietersen 110, Cook 97, Compton 74, Bell 57*) v Haryana
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Kevin Pietersen may have complained that "it isn't easy being me" in the England dressing room, but sometimes it looks preposterously easy to be him on the pitch. Pietersen took another step in his "rehabilitation" by plundering a century of dominance and disdain on the first day of England's warm-up match against Haryana.

In truth, there were never many doubts about Pietersen's on-field contributions to the England cause. He was dropped, after all, having just scored one of the best centuries of his Test career. The problems were more off the pitch. But this innings, as facile as it was, at least showed that Pietersen is in the form and, perhaps more importantly, the frame of mind, to flourish in the Test series ahead. Only time will tell if the cracks in the dressing room are to reappear.

Yet, like preparing to wrestle a tiger by feeding a kitten, the first day of this warm-up match may prove of little value to England ahead of the Test series against India. On a green pitch and against an unusually modest attack, England's top-order - Pietersen in particular - plundered runs with ease. Suffice it to say, the most uncomfortable moment any England batsman experienced was when Ian Bell's chair broke as he was waiting to bat.

But these runs will have brought hollow pleasure to England. While the team management thought they had ensured adequate preparation in agreeing three warm-up games ahead of the first Test, India had other ideas. By providing England with surfaces quite different to those anticipated in the Test series and with opposition some way below international standard, they are, arguably, denying their opposition any meaningful practice. It is a tactic that bears the hallmark of Duncan Fletcher.

While some may bridle at such an approach, it will remain legitimate until the precise details of these warm-up games - the nature of pitches and the quality of opposition - is contractually agreed in advance. At present, while the hospitality and facilities extended to England have been faultless, there is a faint echo of Cambridge United under John Beck, master of gamesmanship, in the Indian approach. It is not meant as a criticism.

The Sardar Patel B Ground in Motera is not a classically beautiful venue. Faintly reminiscent of Garon Park in Southend, but with red kites instead of seagulls, it is a venue most unlikely to be painted by Jocelyn Galsworthy. For much of the day, it seemed the circling kites looked as if they wanted to feast on the bowling, too.

Still, the day was not completely wasted. Pietersen proved his form and frame of mind, Alastair Cook fell three short of what would have been the softest century of his first-class career and Nick Compton compiled a sound half-century that has cemented his position in the team for the first Test. Bell and Jonathan Trott also enjoyed decent time at the crease. All will, at least, go into the Test series having enjoyed match practise in the heat. It is, after all, surely better to score runs against modest opposition than fail to score them.

There was, perhaps, just one warning sign for England. Amit Mishra, the one quality spinner England have faced on the tour to date, only introduced himself into the attack in the 51st over of the innings and struck almost immediately. He beat Nick Compton, prodding forward, with his seventh delivery and, in his sixth over trapped the previously untroubled Trott leg before as he missed a sweep. All rather familiar.

Mishra apart, there was little here to worry England. One of the opening bowlers, Sanjay Budhwar, is a left arm seamer who has not played a first-class game for two years, while the other, Amit Karamvir, was playing just his fourth first-class match. Neither are likely to follow in the footsteps of Haryana's most famous son, Kapil Dev, and go on to represent India. England will not face many bowlers like Chanderpal Saini, a seamer with the physical presence of Janette Krankie, in international cricket, either.

Cook, in particular, stood out. Usually content to pick up his runs from nudges and nurdles, here he struck 18 fours, most of them from glorious drives between extra cover and mid-off. It perhaps says more about the bowling than Cook's form that there were times in this innings when he bore passing resemblance to David Gower. Only a waft off a wide delivery denied him the 40th first-class century of his career.

Compton was less eye-catching but admirably sound. Quick to skip down the pitch to the spinners, he defended positively but showed a willingness to attack when appropriate and brought up his half-century from 88 balls with a pleasing lofted drive for six off Jayant Yadav's off spin. He survived one edge, on 33, but generally looked to have the technique and temperament to prosper in Test cricket. But much sterner tests await.

Bell was, perhaps, the one established batsman in the line-up under just a little bit of pressure. While his first scoring shot, an attempted loft over mid-on, was not completely convincing, he soon found form. Twice he danced down the wicket and drove Mishra for straight sixes and, though he struggled to find his most fluent timing, he became the third man of the day to bring up his half-century with a six over mid-off.

And then there was Pietersen. Asking him to bat against this attack was like asking Noam Chomsky to recite his two-times table. While he was, in theory, dropped on 42 to a sharp caught and bowled chance, Yadav may consider himself fortunate to still have his hand. Pietersen drove, swept, ramped and cut with ease and power that suggests his form and motivation are strong. He looked bored some time before reaching his century, from 86 balls with 14 fours and three sixes, with his second 50 occupying just 32 balls. He was badly missed on 85 by Sachin Rana on the mid-wicket boundary and retired, rehabilitated and ready for the struggle ahead.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY PGSGimson on | November 10, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    RandyOZ,

    Can't be a battle of the minnows, Aus aren't playing

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 9, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @Ravi Kiran, gbqdgj & The_bowlers_Holding: It would be a pleasant miracle if India win it 4-0. I think a more likely scenario is 2-0 or even 1-0. The reason is that the Indian wickets are not exactly bowler friendly and while England struggle against spinners they have some top quality batsmen who will ensure that Eng don't get bowled out 8 times in the series. Most would agree that India have an edge going into the 1st Test but with India's bowling being what it is I don't think we should expect 80 wickets from them. But then did we expect Eng to fold up for 80 in a T20 match on a flat track :-p As for last year's tour, hardly any Ind fan made any claims that India will smash Eng in Eng, I think the usual refrain was that Ind had won the last series there and so India would do well there. The remaining part of the energy went in answering those who mocked at India's #1 Test ranking. Other than this, I don't recall too many cocky Indian fans. And yeah, I remember Randy's cakewalk. :-p

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 9, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @sensible-indian-fan on (November 09 2012, 10:19 AM GMT) Thanks for your comms. I'm actually more positive than I thought I'd be at this stage of the tour but still worried and would still make India big favourites. I don't read too much into the last 5 wickets going so quickly today but by the same token I'm not reading too much into our batsmen scoring well yesterday.

  • POSTED BY imrankhan76uk on | November 9, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @Long-Leg ... I totally agree with you.... its just too much trash talk going on...mainly bcoz whitewash faced by India in England.... on positive note, it is creating an atmosphere for good series.. lets see if any one or both teams can live upto the feelings of their fans

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | November 9, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Why is KP down as "retired hurt" if he simply just walked off... i.e. "retired out" / had enough fun for now so decided to give the others a bat? Mishra's bowling changes have been rather bizarre to say the least in this game so far!

  • POSTED BY gbqdgj on | November 9, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @Ravi...if only I was with you in person. I'd willingly take your bet. I think India will win the sries but only 2-1 or 2-0. Sounds to me you are like the Indian supporter who made a similar claim about India 'smashing' England during your last tour their....very unwose thing to do my friend. Anyway, let's all hope we see some truely great cricket.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 9, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    this series really is going to be a battle of the minnows.

  • POSTED BY on | November 9, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    anver777: Exactly. Almost every England batsmen regained good form and will come hard at Indian Spinners in the test series.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | November 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    First-class warmups aren't just good for the visiting team as an opportunity to practise and acclimatise to the conditions . They tend to wet the appetites of us cricket fans who want the series to start already! Without them the series can be come so abruptly and can sometimes not be as interesting. If not first-class matches, then the ODI/T20 leg of the tour should generally precede the Tests.

  • POSTED BY on | November 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    u know amit mishra is not even a good spinner as ashwin,ojha and harabajan singh but he took 4 wicket that show indian bowlers can pack up england and i wish sehwag het thripple ton bad luck! england

    kp has problem with other players

    kp showed england that he is the true hero of england

  • POSTED BY PGSGimson on | November 10, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    RandyOZ,

    Can't be a battle of the minnows, Aus aren't playing

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 9, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @Ravi Kiran, gbqdgj & The_bowlers_Holding: It would be a pleasant miracle if India win it 4-0. I think a more likely scenario is 2-0 or even 1-0. The reason is that the Indian wickets are not exactly bowler friendly and while England struggle against spinners they have some top quality batsmen who will ensure that Eng don't get bowled out 8 times in the series. Most would agree that India have an edge going into the 1st Test but with India's bowling being what it is I don't think we should expect 80 wickets from them. But then did we expect Eng to fold up for 80 in a T20 match on a flat track :-p As for last year's tour, hardly any Ind fan made any claims that India will smash Eng in Eng, I think the usual refrain was that Ind had won the last series there and so India would do well there. The remaining part of the energy went in answering those who mocked at India's #1 Test ranking. Other than this, I don't recall too many cocky Indian fans. And yeah, I remember Randy's cakewalk. :-p

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 9, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @sensible-indian-fan on (November 09 2012, 10:19 AM GMT) Thanks for your comms. I'm actually more positive than I thought I'd be at this stage of the tour but still worried and would still make India big favourites. I don't read too much into the last 5 wickets going so quickly today but by the same token I'm not reading too much into our batsmen scoring well yesterday.

  • POSTED BY imrankhan76uk on | November 9, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @Long-Leg ... I totally agree with you.... its just too much trash talk going on...mainly bcoz whitewash faced by India in England.... on positive note, it is creating an atmosphere for good series.. lets see if any one or both teams can live upto the feelings of their fans

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | November 9, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Why is KP down as "retired hurt" if he simply just walked off... i.e. "retired out" / had enough fun for now so decided to give the others a bat? Mishra's bowling changes have been rather bizarre to say the least in this game so far!

  • POSTED BY gbqdgj on | November 9, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @Ravi...if only I was with you in person. I'd willingly take your bet. I think India will win the sries but only 2-1 or 2-0. Sounds to me you are like the Indian supporter who made a similar claim about India 'smashing' England during your last tour their....very unwose thing to do my friend. Anyway, let's all hope we see some truely great cricket.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 9, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    this series really is going to be a battle of the minnows.

  • POSTED BY on | November 9, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    anver777: Exactly. Almost every England batsmen regained good form and will come hard at Indian Spinners in the test series.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | November 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    First-class warmups aren't just good for the visiting team as an opportunity to practise and acclimatise to the conditions . They tend to wet the appetites of us cricket fans who want the series to start already! Without them the series can be come so abruptly and can sometimes not be as interesting. If not first-class matches, then the ODI/T20 leg of the tour should generally precede the Tests.

  • POSTED BY on | November 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    u know amit mishra is not even a good spinner as ashwin,ojha and harabajan singh but he took 4 wicket that show indian bowlers can pack up england and i wish sehwag het thripple ton bad luck! england

    kp has problem with other players

    kp showed england that he is the true hero of england

  • POSTED BY yoogi on | November 9, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Yeah, actually it would have been good for India to have tested whether 3 or 4 prong spin attack is good and whether you really need a fast bowler? It would also have been nice if England conceded first innings lead in warm up matches as well. Ishant would fit the bill perfectly as a lone fast bowler as he can bowl his heart out even when he doesn't get a wicket. Yuvi and amit mishra were no pushovers, both have several international wickets under their names in tests and ODI. It was nice that the captains used them sparingly against England. IMHO, yuvi will make a lot of difference as you could have seen in many overseas matches 30 runs conceded less and 30 runs scored more for India would have translated to more draws and even some wins for India. No one can deny that it was Yuvi who won us the world cup, not sachin/Dhoni or shewag.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | November 9, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Front-Foot_lunge- my pommy friend from the other side of the world, do you think that 521 is a decent score against Indian spinners? How do you think the boys are progressing?

  • POSTED BY sensible-indian-fan on | November 9, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @JG2704 - I think I missed one question of yours. I think Haryana may be a better side than Mumbai A but India A was the strongest you faced.

  • POSTED BY sensible-indian-fan on | November 9, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @JG2704 - Let's see. Last year, Haryana was a semifinalist in the Ranji Trophy. This year, they were bowled out for 54 in their first Ranji match played just a few days back. Umesh Yadav and another pacer destroyed them and they went on to lose the match. However I must admit that that match was played in a seaming and swinging track. Now to answer your question - The only thing that England should take from this match is that they spent time in the middle and got used to the conditions. On close inspection, things don't look too rosy. See England lost 8 wickets in 40 odd overs to spinners. I agree that if the pacers are garbage then only spinners can take wickets but I think the English lost too many wickets too quickly to spinners on a flat track (with a touch of grass).

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | November 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I am not surprised to see few pak fans al;ready cheering ENGLAND , KEEP IT UP .

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | November 9, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Ind's plan not to use front line spinners for warm up matches might backfire....... The way Englishmen are scoring at the moment, they will be more confident & in solid nick before the real game begins & no doubt this may cause severe headaches for Ind team !!!!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 9, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    We Indians are over a billion. This is a strength but sometimes this has issues too. I don't say that everyone should have identical opinions, diversity is welcome and desired. But I really don't know why some Indian fans start to see THEIR opinion as being HONEST or SENSIBLE or FRANK or GLOBAL etc. They almost imply as if the rest of the Indian fans are blatantly biased or kiddish or zealous. I often have lengthy dialogues with fans of other countries here, sometimes heated but even for them I don't have a patronizing attitude. These self styled SENSIBLE, HONEST Indian fans seem to have this sort of attitude for the rest of Indian fans. My main grudge here is not their comments but their handle. It paints a natural bias in the reader's mind. I think I am as balanced as any one else cos I have often praised Ian Bell, Warner, Cummins, KP, Ajmal, Sakib, Amla, Kallis, Steyn, Narine etc but I don't wear it on my sleeve. As Indians, we need to be cohesive. not broken or feuding.

  • POSTED BY Long-Leg on | November 9, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    The thing to remember is that these warm ups are ... er ... warm ups! It is a chance to get used to conditions spend some time in the middle and acclimatise. I think people on these boards are reading too much into them. Not long now before the main event. Be patient people. The answer to the question of how good these sides are is coming.

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | November 9, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (November 09 2012, 09:09 AM GMT) rubbish. Only disgruntled fan are Indian (after double whitewash...). Indian like to imagine that England fan are disgruntled. Truth is, we are not disgruntled. We are quite happy. We do not bear grudge. We are sportsman.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 9, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney & Other disgruntled Eng fans: Last time, Andy Flower prevented/warned Monty Panesar from bowling to Sachin in the nets (not even warm up games) by saying it was very naive of him to do that. Deductively, it was a smart tactic by Flower in not giving any exposure to one single Indian player (& not the entire team). Moreover, notice that Monty is a spinner. Flower didn't even allow a spinner leave alone a medium pacer. So it was smart of Flower to do it then but when India uses a similar tactic in the returning series then you guys find it unethical and unsporting? Even if it is, it wasn't begun by India. It was Eng who started it and so must not cry over it. You gotta bear it. And finally, you guys have pulled down the Indian wickets as batting friendly flat decks for eons now and this is why most of the Indian batsmen are seen by you as flat wicket bullies isn't it? Tell me why does Eng need batting practice at all on these flat decks? Any answers?

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot_lunge on | November 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    103 for 1 against a this agricultural b side? Goodness me, England fans really need to pull their head in if they think this is the performance of a team going to win in India.....

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @Graemo Ov Trablus on (November 09 2012, 05:33 AM GMT) The funny thing is that there usually are very few comments (if any) from England fans getting carried away at the time these posts are written. Even more vexing is that those who write such posts are usually the 1st to jump on the opposition if they have a bad day or even a bad session - meaning if they can't dominate this side ... Truth is warm up games can give an indication of how things will go - India in Eng last year - but also it doesn't necessarily mean anything.Eng did will in the warm up games in UAE then were worful in the tests. SA strugled vs Somerset but then won the series 2-0 with the 1st test being the biggest margin

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 9, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Obviously difficult to gage anything but as an Eng fan I'd rather see us succeeding against club standard players (not my phrase) than failing. At this stage I think the team is looking to take shape. Personally I wouldn't have Bell in there despite today's knock - not just because I doubt him in spinning conditions but also because he is going home after the 1st test anyway so I'd rather not have someone coming straight into the middle order having not played a test out here. It seems to me the side will be something like Cook,Compton,Trott,KP,Bell, Patel,Prior,Bres,Swann,Jimmy,Onions. Obviously they could go for Monty or Meaker (if he impresses hugely) over Onions and they may give Broad the nod over Bres but for me that would be a huge mistake. Broad's fitness is a gamble and his form isn't justifying it IMO. Bairstow in particular should be feeling a little aggrieved if he is omitted.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 9, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @sensible-indian-fan on (November 08 2012, 15:33 PM GMT) As a sensible fan - may I ask if this Haryana side are a step down from the other sides Eng have played or are our top order actually improving in time? I know the full India side will improve greatly in quality but I'm interested to know

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 9, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @ Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 08 2012, 17:56 PM GMT) TBH , I've not followed Indian cricket that much but Kohli (although I don't like him as a person) seemed to be coming on well in the 2nd part of the Aus series. I think he can become an all time great if he puts his batting above his whinging

  • POSTED BY Chets007 on | November 9, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    The important thing to note is that England has made runs against a poor bowling line up. The only bowler who was good has a figure of 67-4 from 17 overs, signs of things to come from Ojha and Ashwin, dont know id India dares to go with 3 spinners.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 9, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 : They practised against Yadav. You don't get a Anderson or a Harmison or a Onions while playing a warmup game. Just some nameless second XI players play in England. How Indians bat against them is not a question but still, they are half bowlers by the standards of what u face usually in warmups. If spin s waht they have to face, Yadav did bowl spin, Yuvi and Raina bowled spin and SK Yadav bowled spin in the Mumbai A game. They did face spin in every game. You can't ask for high quality spinners in the warm up games. For the matter of fact, England stopped Panesar bowling to sachin in nets. Which had ONLY Panesar benefitting as England never had a left spinner in their line up that time.

  • POSTED BY on | November 9, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 and others

    There is a habit on these pages for Indian fans to state that England fans read too much into their success in warm-ups. Yet nobody has ever said that these performances against feeble opposition have any bearing on the test series, except giving our bats time in the middle.

    Personally I don't think that the warm ups against Mumbai and Haryana should have 1st class status, the opposition are clearly not of sufficient quality.

  • POSTED BY Ashish_514 on | November 9, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    I think a better strategy would have been to go all out on them and create doubts in their minds before the start of the series. Especially this last game should have been used to rattle them with quality spin.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | November 9, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Ravi Kiran, I believe you have a doppleganger in Australia goes by the name of RandyOz/Jonesy2, you both have the same prophetic capabilities.

  • POSTED BY on | November 9, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    "Only time will tell if the cracks in the dressing room are to reappear." What an unnecessary, negative comment!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | November 9, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Those talking about KP retiring don't have all the facts I think. When a batsman retires just because he's had enough and wants to give someone else a go, they generally use "retired out". When KP retired, there were tweets from several people at the ground saying that he had been stretching and showing signs of discomfort and they weren't sure whether he was retired out or retired hurt. Given his score, I'm guessing that he may well have retired anyway but, if there was any hurting going on, I'm hoping that it was just cramp.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | November 9, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Let me say that I have no issue with the general standard of the opposition provided during these warmup games for England. That's not what I'm talking about. India did get a warmup against a strong Somerset side when they toured but touring sides don't always play the strongest counties and the counties don't always play their strongest players. That's more a case of giving the regulars a rest though. What I have an issue with is this deliberate attempt by India to deprive England of any time against decent spin bowling during the warmup games, especially given that many current India Test players are indicating that the pitches prepared for the Tests should be basically doctored to spin more than usual. Some say that it might backfire but it's the intention that I have an issue with. As for greentops in England, like I said before, those making such accusations don't know what a real greentop is.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | November 9, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    India to win 8-0, even though there is only 4 Tests. Revenge huh.

  • POSTED BY the_way_you_play_it on | November 8, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    As an Indian Fan I am disappointed that Mishra hasn't bowled enough in this match as he usually does, if he has been holding up not to give any spin practise to english, thats a real shame to the Indian team, I know that we got very less from the English in the last tour game, but why do the same to them?

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 8, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    That's KP for you. Absolutely love him. What a fantastic batsman he is. Shame that one day he too will retire. Can't wait for the series to get underway. His presence itself is enough to instill confidence in his teammates and demoralise the opposition. Hope my team bowlers pluck him out early though as his huge fan I want him to score loads of runs. I can't complain if he scores loads of runs and still India manages to win. That's how I would look at this England's tour of my country. I won't complain if Bell, Trott and KP score loads of runs but India wins the series. All the best to India. KP seems to be in his zone now. Not good at all for us. But hey, let's enjoy the game setting aside our team affiliations for once.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    India will win 4-0, the margin of wins will be as follows - 1st test - India will win by an innings, 2nd test - will be a close win by wickets for India. 3rd test - by marginal runs. 4th test by an innings. Anyone betting?

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | November 8, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 08 2012, 17:12 PM GMT) - BRAVO!!! BRAVO to you and to cricinfo for posting your rebutal of the Indian who is impersonating you! The other guy make fool of himself every time he is seen.

  • POSTED BY v600_machete on | November 8, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    There is a myth about there being green tops in England that summer. Mr Dravid didn't seem to have any problems scoring runs. He scored 461 @76.83 in 4 tests. The other Indian batsmen were just horribly out of form, nothing to do with the pitches. I think this series will be closer than the 4-0 in England. The results will probably be more dependant on whether England can take 20 wickets, rather than whether they can score huge totals against the spinners.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 8, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    @Selassie-I on (November 08 2012, 15:43 PM GMT) re the practice matches - I'm not sure who decides etc but even if England were responsible for arranging just the one warm up match then surely it was up to India whether to agree to just the one match - I mean it's not as though BCCI would just go along with things just to be accommodating is it?. IMO India were probably overconfident as the number 1 side and having such a good record in England that they felt they only needed one match.

  • POSTED BY Maximus3 on | November 8, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    i really think its very stupid plan(if it is plan really) to not include any spinners in tour games and making bit green pitches. point is it has many drawbacks than any considerable advantage. do Englishman dont know Indian are going to relay on spin in this seris? Do indian management thinks eng dont kn there will b turners for test seris and they are fools who will judge there performance on these tour games? and if Indians are happy thinking that they didn't allow English team practice of spin bowling then they are not that much correct. as eng team have adjusted to pace of indain wickets by now and are getting confident(its totally different to play spin even after adjusting to pace of Indian wickets but nonetheless it helps) Bcci made a mistake by letting English batsmen spending time on crease and Indians will pay its price. Though it will be still tough ask for English team to win this series. My prediction is 2-1 in fever of india.

  • POSTED BY sensible-indian-fan on | November 8, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @ Trickstar, Selassie-I, The_bowlers_Holding, Shan156 - Yeah, fully agree with you all. I would like to make a few more points. Firstly regarding a point made by Selassie-I. Yes, swing is ALL about conditions and moisture and NOT the pitch. I know the Indian climate in most of the venues doesn't suit swing at all. By swinging tracks, I had meant pitches with grasses that aid seam movement. Secondly, a good spin track CAN actually finish a game within 2-3 days if the opponent is not good enough. By this, I am NOT implying England will perform badly. It all depends. When Newzealand toured india this year, they were all out for 150 odd in both the innings of the 1st test and that pitch was nowhere near a dust bowl. In the second test, they put up a strong fight but honestly speaking, that pitch had a bit of grass and overcast conditions which was why India struggled to beat them. I think the 1st test pitch is going to spin more than the one vs NZ (1st test). Its going to be interesting.

  • POSTED BY Sobhan_Sachinfan on | November 8, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    So England are ready according to our English friends!!! U know what!!! Against these 3rd grade bowlers of a State team, even other domestic Indian so-so batsmen also score big double,triple centuries. So please don't mistake these tons for excellent form of your players. Actual Test is still way tough. Hope it would be a great contest between the teams. I wish India to win but may the best team win.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    England fans should get the video of these tour matches to be happy as England are going to be thrashed in the test series. These tour matches will be the lone saving grace for england:)

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | November 8, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    @rogerunionjack well KOHLI will not score as you are expecting..he did not score well in one ranji match vs UP...he is a great odi player but still learning in tests...watch out for PUJARA..

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | November 8, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    So many english fans coming out of the woodwork and boasting that England will beat India easily!! They did the same thing before the SA-England series and then went into hiding after getting humiliated. One would think that they would have learnt something from that...but apparently not. lolz.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | November 8, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @sensible-indian-fan, excellent post. As @the-bowlers-holding noted, it is the cloud cover that causes the ball to swing in England and the tracks do not assist the bowlers as a typical 'green top' would do. Agree about 'dust bowls' too. India would be a huge challenge for England, harder than playing down under, and England would do well to win a game or two. If they win the series, it will be the biggest achievement of this England side. India, even without Dravid and Laxman, are a formidable outfit at home. While the Australia - South Africa series will take all the limelight deservingly, the India - England clash is another marquee series too. May the better team win. No complaints about the lack of proper practice for England. These are professional cricketers and are expected to come to terms with the conditions sooner than later.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | November 8, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Really amusing to see some of the comments from Indian fans today. Take the author who changed his name (2 years after I'd joined cricinfo) to closely resemble my own. They say imitation is the sincerest for form of flattery..! Masquerading as you do, as an English fan have made your comments something I 've often enjoyed reading, if only to see how much effort you put in to it, every time you comment: doing it so through this medium of a masquerade? Do keep it up.

  • POSTED BY imrankhan76uk on | November 8, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @ steve19191 .... I completely agree with you mate.... They are just trying hide their main spinners till test matches.... and Indian fans are thinking that India have some kind of special spin bowling unit which is not true at all. If indians prepare a very very spin friendly pitches then their own out of form Batsman will not last very long... so I say if England Bats can play with patience,,I can see them winnning this series

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | November 8, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    The English batsmen are looking in OMINOUS form!

    Apart from Bell, obviously, who's one of the biggest enigmas in the history of the game - The most talented batsman ever, who somehow can't adjust his game from the difficult, green pitches of England, to the flatter pitches of the Sub-Continent. England to win the series 2-0.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | November 8, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Fiddling pitches is usually a sign of a side out of form or low of confidence. Stuff like this won't bother Engalnd as, if they have got their prep right, will just take every ball as it comes. No point worrying about what might happen or secind guess what will happen.

    Nice to see KP back in the runs. always a treat for the spectators.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | November 8, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    sensible-indian-fan on (November 08 2012) how refreshing to see a realistic post, English tracks are normally good batting tracks it is the atmospheric conditions, and the use of it, that make the ball do magic they are not 'green tops'. I do not know enough of Indian tracks so will take your word on the state of pitches generally, most of Englands problems with spin bowling are psychological so more difficult to deal with than technical flaws. The ongoing problems with spin are more suprising given the coaching team of Gooch and Flower both fine players of spin (and Thorpe in support). Selassie-I on (November 08 2012) your memory serves you right the Indian team arrived with little time for practice matches it was in no way down to the ECB but lets not let facts get involved. I know this match was like Man Utd v Hartlepool as a contest but I think the time the batsmen (not batters) have spent at the crease in the heat will serve them well and expect a tight series.

  • POSTED BY nilesh91 on | November 8, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Well done "We hate you but we need you Pietersen". any way he is only good to play one or two inning in entire tour. I am glad one of them came in practice match.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | November 8, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @ sensible-indian-fan on (November 08 2012, 15:33 PM GMT) Completley agreed on both counts, as fans surely we want sporting tracks that offer something to both batsman and bowler, be it lateral movement off the seam, a bit of bounce or grip for the spinning ball, not grounds that are either unplayable for batsmen and games end in 2 days or so flat and easy to bat on that the match never reaches the 2nd innings. Although I would point out that the pitch doesn't effect how much the ball swings, swing happens in the air. The ECB, BCCI nor any non-celestial being can currently control how much and when the ball will swing. Mere mortals could produce a seaming pitch, but not a swinging one.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | November 8, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @sensible-indian-fan Spot on, you really are a sensible Indian fan :) Dust bows are tracks that turn from the first morning then fall apart from then on, by the 4th 5th day the balls jagging around all over the place and the pitch has fallen cracked to pieces. Like you say England should expect and I'd like to see, a pitch that gradually deteriorates over the 5 days, with the best time for batting on the first couple of days and as the game moves on, the spinners come into their own. The best pitches are the ones where the balls spins just enough to take the edge, not where it spins too much and misses everything. I hope to see some quality reverse swing from guys like Andersen and Zaheer, hopeful they'll be something in it for the pacers, especially with the new ball.

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | November 8, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Awefully nice of these Indian chaps to play our batsmen into form and build their confidence. Now if the batting's as weak as the bowling, they could be dismissed for under 100. England will probably be aiming for 650 and the potential size of victory might have the Indian test team quaking (are they much better than this lot?) .......We'll soon see if this dubious tactic has backfired I guess? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | November 8, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @maddy20 LOL get you're facts straight, it was the Indians own call to come and play only one warm up game, they just couldn't be bothered coming to England any earlier, if they would of wanted 3 warm up games the ECB would have given them, the same as what they do for SA and Aus. Also what are you talking about, non of the England front line bowlers didn't turn out for Somerset, Hello non of them play for Somerset and as for the rest, Somerset put out virtually a full strength 1st 11, with the inclusion of Strauss and bowled their full strength bowling attack of Thomas, Willoughby, Trego & Waller.The poor preparation was down to India no one else, so you've got some cheek claiming this is some kind of retribution. As for greentops, come on man you're showing yourself up, the pitches weren't that green, the ball just swung, that's why Kumar did well, they were you're average English pitches in a very wet summer, I suppose the ball swinging was the ECB's doing, not the overcast clouds .

  • POSTED BY 64blip on | November 8, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    BCCI only requested one warm-up match (India came straight from the West Indies remember?). Taunton has a reputation as a road, it's certainly no 'green-top', as was shown by the 689 for 5 runs scored by Somerset over their two innings. They fielded their first team as far as I can tell. Seems fair to me. Not that I'm bothered by the opposition fielded in England's warm-ups. A great deal of sport is about confidence and I think India missed a trick (if trick it was). As it is, Bairstow, Compton and Patel now have time at the crease and runs under their belt.

  • POSTED BY steve19191 on | November 8, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Well I think you are all missing the point. India do not have any bowlers that would threaten Bangladesh batting line up let alone Englands. They roll out these second raters in the practise matches because there is nothing else to roll out !!!!!

  • POSTED BY tourdefrance on | November 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    @voice_of_reason - "When touring teams come to England, the Counties put out virtual second elevens against them."

    Against India, Somerset fielded three well proven county bowlers in Willoughby, Alsonso Thomas, and Pete Trego, as well as two younger bowlers (Meschede, Waller) who featured in the team that took Somerset to the semi final of the CLT20 in 2011. They bowled India out for 224 in the first innings. The batting line up included Andrew Strauss, and (!) Nick Compton, as well as other regulars in the Somerset first team, a line up that only lost 5 wickets in the entire match. Would you describe that as a "virtual second eleven"?

  • POSTED BY scritty on | November 8, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    "Chanderpal Saini, a seamer with the physical presence of Janette Krankie" Oh lordy that's funny!

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    English counties always put out mixed teams against the tourists (though Cook did get a a double ton against Aus back in 2005), but at the England A team is picked at full strength with a bowling attack suited to the local conditions.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | November 8, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    @Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 08 2012, 13:42 PM GMT) - I don't have any problems with the team selections or pitch preparation here. There was certainly a plan, I would put it down to Duncan Fletcher if anyone. They may well have bowled our batsmen into some form here, I mean pretty much everyone has got a decent ammount of time at the crease. I think the only thing that I found strange is that the England team were not allowed into India before the champs league had finished.

    Although I would like to point out that as far as I'm aware the visiting team approaches the home board with the number of practice matches they require and what facilities they want and how long they would need them for, so the ECB didn't just give the Indian team 1 practice match pre series, they only asked for one, if I remember rightly they also toured WI pretty much immidiatley before the England series so didn't actually have that much time in their schedule.

  • POSTED BY sensible-indian-fan on | November 8, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    I think there is a huge confusion with terminologies here. A green top in England is the equivalent to a dust bowl in India. When India visited England, we DID NOT get green tops. Yes, we got good swinging tracks but not green tops. As an Indian fan, I would want good spin tracks for this series but NOT dust bowls. Usually what happens is that we Indians call good swinging tracks as green tops and English, Aussie fans call good spinning tracks as dust bowls. By the way, India hasn't prepared a dustbowl in the last 12 years (except during the Ind Vs Aus match in mumbai in 2004 where we bowled out Aus for 93 in the final innings).

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | November 8, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    "Rehabilitation"? You ask KP and he will tell you about the rehabilitation of rest of the dressing room, not him. He is the master blaster of England.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | November 8, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    @maddy20- I can see you desire to win and I respect that about India but I must ask you to look at the bigger picture. Would you rather not see ( the world over) test matches played between two well prepared sides on wickets that offer for both sides. I know you think that producing bunsens will erase India of all their sin because you will probably beat us, but if you were a spectator going to watch a game live would you rather see the opposition fully prepared so that the overall spectacle is better. I don't have a problem with sides using home advanthage (we certainly did, Aus/ SA/ SL/ Bang) will all do it but I think the balance needs to be redressed somewhat. At the end of the day test cricket needs to be able to compete with T20 cricket if it is to survive. Whitewashes anywhere in the world are not really what people want to see. I certainly don't see rank turners as a negative thing but putting out mickey mouse opponents is poor etiquette. That goes for any side nit just India.

  • POSTED BY Rogerunionjack on | November 8, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Amused by some of the comments from my Indian friends. When we score 408/3 against a state team in a warm up, we are called swollen headed. Had we scored 208/10, the knives would have been out. A no win situation, indeed. It's now probably cricket's worst kept secret, that the pitches for the tests are going to be tailor made for spin. Cook & the lads have their work cut out for sure, but if we manage to snare Kohli early, it's anybody's game. As for this four day warm up, we'd be better off practicing against our own bowlers.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | November 8, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    The picture says "weak haryana attack" however the objective is to give unknown players some limelight and see if they can get hold of Englishmen. As expected they have not been able to left any impression so far. In my opinion India should have fileded the best state sides instead of checking their bench strength. Also indian bowling attack is not the best and whatever surge Englishmen get from warmups will definitely be carried to the bigger occasions.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | November 8, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @maddy20 The England players hardly ever play for their counties anyway.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | November 8, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    I keep seeing comments about India's preparation for the England series being unfair - well from what I can recall Somerset could have made India follow on in that game, so perhaps it's for the best they didn't prepare a green top as Somerset would have won inside 2 days

  • POSTED BY Sobhan_Sachinfan on | November 8, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    I thought Indian crickets fans are so fluctuating and short tempered all these days. But I feel many English fans also joined (or already there) in this illogical band. 'One single performance they are SUPERSTARS and unbeatable; One tour lose pathetically they utter useless' is the logic(?). We want to see some contest with the subcontinental pitches in picture. You know SPIN is also part of cricket bowling, play not just only on bouncy pitches and seamy conditions. Let us wait how the series turns out???

  • POSTED BY sonicattack on | November 8, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    It was a warm-up game.....!! What do people expect, India to turn out their first eleven? Surely the main issue is that batsmen have time in the middle. Touring teams the world over have warm ups against fairly weak teams and in reality it has never been very different, except perhaps when Eng used to tour AUS in the old days and play against each state...but even then one would not have expected a state or in ENG a county to prevail against the touring team. Personally I think Eng have done as well as could be expected.....

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | November 8, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @jmichillmey- with tour games they technically say "retired hurt" rather than retired. They are obviously looking to give everyone a go so they obviously called him back early. @rahulcricket007- no, anyone with a brain will realise that tour games are meaningless and we will be up against it when we play India in the first test. I am expecting a solid Indian victory but hoping that we will at least be markedly improved from the UAE series. I personally don't think that the idea of preparing warm up games like these is good for the game in any given country. At the end of the day for test cricket to survive we need the tests to be entertaining. The best form of entertainment is to watch two quality, well prepared sides going hammer and tongue at each other for 5 days. Having these whitewashes and one sided series where conditions dictate everything is not producing the best test cricket. It is not the fault of India as they get greentops but the ICC must address this situation.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Brain games are on.England dominating this club level team is not going to help their cause.They so far, have been deprived of good spin blowing attack.

  • POSTED BY nb733 on | November 8, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    It doesn't really matter what surfaces are prepared in the warm ups, at the highest level its mostly about mental preparation. The England players actually look like they want to be there and are making sure they are getting what they want out of these games. Hopefully it will be enough to be competitive in Indian conditions. Stark contrast to India in England who apart from Dravid were an absolute disgrace as an international side and may as well not have bothered turning up.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | November 8, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @jmcilhinney The KP retired hurt is actually just retired I think. As in to let the next batsman have a go at it. As for your unsporting comment, let me ask you something. What on earth did England do? None of the frontline English pace bowlers were in the somerset XI. Add to that the prospect of allowing just 1 tour game before the test series. What you give is what you get mate. Get used to it! Infact you got a lot more than what you gave. Yuvraj has bowled at you in the first game and Amit Mishra(former Indian legspinner), Yadav are bowling at you in this one. As for greentops, you are just saying that the ball darted around all by itself despite of no grass on the pitch? You are kidding right?

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | November 8, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    I really hate this BCCI policy. Whats the use of winning if we dont provide any decent practice for the tourists? Why are our players so afraid of Eng? Where are the days when Sachin played for Mumbai aganst Aus (1998) when Mumbai won and softened them up and Ind took the series 2-1.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | November 8, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    More good warm up here from team England. Will be good that the whole 2nd string bowling attack will get a run out as well

  • POSTED BY voice_of_reason on | November 8, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Seems to me that Mishra has missed an opportunity to put himself in the frame for a Test spot by running through the England top order. Perhaps he was just following orders and holding himself back so that the England batsmen don't get a good chance to bat against decent spinners. Wouldn't it be a better plan for India to destroy England's confidence by getting decent spinners to bowl them out?

    When touring teams come to England, the Counties put out virtual second elevens against them. It's mainly to rest the front line players rather than a fiendish plan to stop the tourists getting match practice and it's annoying for the County's stalwart spectators who would like to see a decent game against the high profile tourists.

  • POSTED BY imrankhan76uk on | November 8, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    I said that before and say it again... no one is talking about India's out of form top 3... I think India is 3 down in every single inings even before the start of match

  • POSTED BY Juiceoftheapple on | November 8, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Its an interesting pay off India are making - Not letting good spinners bowl at England and having different pitches in a calculated attempt to leave them all at sea in the tests VERSUS giving time at the crease, aclimatisation to the heat, making runs and gaining confidence. Instesting to see how that pans out.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | November 8, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Slightly worrisome that KP was recorded as "retired hurt" on the scorecard. Hopefully it was just a bit of cramp and this longish innings will help him get into shape to avoid that sort of thing in the Test matches. It would be a real shame for everyone if, after all the toing and froing, KP ended up not being able to play due to injury.

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | November 8, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    It will be interesting how Monty bowls tomorrow .The thought of Monty and Swann bowling in tandem may make Duncan Fletcher think twice about preparing a "dust bowl" .

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | November 8, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    amazing thing is that after today 's play most english experts are thinking eng winning the series easily .

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | November 8, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @Cricket_Critics on (November 08 2012, 12:25 PM GMT), Meaker played in one or two of the games the last time England were in India for limited-overs games only. He seemed to acquit himself creditably but first-class/Test cricket is a different animal.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | November 8, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    i don't know why mishra waa selcted in team when he bowled only 11 overs in a day ? that 's very poor tactics by bcci . imagine our indian players doesn't getting any practice by fast bowlers in england & aus tour .

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | November 8, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    This whole business with India basically sabotaging England's preparation for this tour leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I certainly don't claim that they are cheating because no rules have been broken. This tactic is not new either, so they are not unique in using it. Whoever uses it though, I consider it to be a dirty tactic. I certainly don't think that India are obliged to go out of their way to make it easier for England to prepare but to deliberately make it more difficult by using unusual team makeup is, in my opinion, unsporting. If India are also specifically intending to prepare turning tracks for the Tests, as has been suggested by several players, and they are deliberately leaving the pitches for the warmup games green (which I suspect, although I don't know, is the case) then that is also unsporting. I know many Indians believe that England prepared greentops for the last series in England but anyone who thinks that doesn't really know what a greentop is.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | November 8, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    'Asking him (Pietersen) to bat against this attack was like asking naom Chomsky to recite his two times table' says it all really. More here for the writer than the players, I suspect. Still it's time to get fluency into the batting and to get the mechanics of the game working. It's a pity though that warm ups cannot be used more credibly by giving games against tourists to players as a treat for them, particularly up and coming ones. We live in too cynical and world weary age. I assume Patel will play in 1st test.

  • POSTED BY Dirk_L on | November 8, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Rather like SA's warmup match on a placid pitch against so-called Australia A with Coulter-Nile the only fastish bowler remotely close to any real Australian team, yes. Everybody does it now. But how can one "contractually agree" the nature of a pitch or the standard of the opposition? BTW if it has to be Noam reciting a two-times table, Noam Elkies is even more appropriate.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot_lunge on | November 8, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    No doubt there will a cacophony of one eyed fellow English supporters who will be over estimating the importance of this century......you can lead a horse to water.

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | November 8, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Lol india doing the preparation of england series on the bases of providing lack of practise on spinning tracks of england. Then why they agree even for practise games?any

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | November 8, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    In the future England should arrange to play their warm-up games for tours of India in Pakistan or Bangladesh instead.

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | November 8, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    i never new india had so many medium pacers

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Though the lack of decent oppostion might not be deemed best preparation, the Indians tactics might be counterproductive by simply playing the English batsmen into form and giving them confidence.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Critics on | November 8, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Waiting to c first look of Meaker in Sub-Continent

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | November 8, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    A 100 is a 100 and though this attack was club level and the fact that Mishra did not bowl himself much shouldnt read much. But then every batsman would like to go into a Test with runs in the last game, in that sense Cook, Compton, KP, Bell, Patel, Bairstow and Prior will all be very happy. Whther they are challenged by the pitch and India's 'not so club level' bowling is for another discussion.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Critics on | November 8, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Great Warm Up Hope he remains in same touch for the Series. England has had good positive Warm Up and so called aclimatisation.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Cook needs to make sure he keeps one end. All kp needs is a stable end to launch attack on average indian spinners nd below everage pacers. Go kp go smash em big.

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | November 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Great to see KP back and playing well - lets hope they all get on and play like we know they can play. I feel we do have a chance in the series as the Indian descision to field fairly weak teams against us has resulted in all the batsmen hitting some runs and gaining some confidence. They are much better prepared for this series than the Pakistani series last year.

  • POSTED BY CricketIsnotlife on | November 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Pietersen is awesome. Amongst the best batsman of his generation to watch. Some batsman may be statistically superior but KP is the best to watch. The single distinguishing aspect of his batting is he never lets the bowler dominate and keeps coming at you. Sehwag and Ponting are comparable in this aspect.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | November 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Not thrilled to see two England batsmen fall LBW to Mishra but not exactly surprised. Regardless of whether England improve against spin compared to the debacle in UAE and regardless of the result of each match, I still expect a reasonably large proportion of wickets to fall to spin. What was encouraging was that England also scored a good number of runs off Mishra, albeit over a fairly short spell. Bell in particular was obviously very keen to establish a dominance over the opposition's best spinner early on. The bowling doesn't sound like it was too threatening but everyone spent time at the crease and scored some runs, so you can't ask for much more under the circumstances. KP looks in an ominous frame of mind. If he can carry that and some form into the Test matches then it may be India who pay most dearly for KP's fallout with the ECB.

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  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | November 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Not thrilled to see two England batsmen fall LBW to Mishra but not exactly surprised. Regardless of whether England improve against spin compared to the debacle in UAE and regardless of the result of each match, I still expect a reasonably large proportion of wickets to fall to spin. What was encouraging was that England also scored a good number of runs off Mishra, albeit over a fairly short spell. Bell in particular was obviously very keen to establish a dominance over the opposition's best spinner early on. The bowling doesn't sound like it was too threatening but everyone spent time at the crease and scored some runs, so you can't ask for much more under the circumstances. KP looks in an ominous frame of mind. If he can carry that and some form into the Test matches then it may be India who pay most dearly for KP's fallout with the ECB.

  • POSTED BY CricketIsnotlife on | November 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Pietersen is awesome. Amongst the best batsman of his generation to watch. Some batsman may be statistically superior but KP is the best to watch. The single distinguishing aspect of his batting is he never lets the bowler dominate and keeps coming at you. Sehwag and Ponting are comparable in this aspect.

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | November 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Great to see KP back and playing well - lets hope they all get on and play like we know they can play. I feel we do have a chance in the series as the Indian descision to field fairly weak teams against us has resulted in all the batsmen hitting some runs and gaining some confidence. They are much better prepared for this series than the Pakistani series last year.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Cook needs to make sure he keeps one end. All kp needs is a stable end to launch attack on average indian spinners nd below everage pacers. Go kp go smash em big.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Critics on | November 8, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Great Warm Up Hope he remains in same touch for the Series. England has had good positive Warm Up and so called aclimatisation.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | November 8, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    A 100 is a 100 and though this attack was club level and the fact that Mishra did not bowl himself much shouldnt read much. But then every batsman would like to go into a Test with runs in the last game, in that sense Cook, Compton, KP, Bell, Patel, Bairstow and Prior will all be very happy. Whther they are challenged by the pitch and India's 'not so club level' bowling is for another discussion.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Critics on | November 8, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Waiting to c first look of Meaker in Sub-Continent

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Though the lack of decent oppostion might not be deemed best preparation, the Indians tactics might be counterproductive by simply playing the English batsmen into form and giving them confidence.

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | November 8, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    i never new india had so many medium pacers

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | November 8, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    In the future England should arrange to play their warm-up games for tours of India in Pakistan or Bangladesh instead.