ICC Combined XI v England XI, 1st day, Dubai January 7, 2012

England frustrated by lower-order rally

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England XI 16 for 0 trail ICC Combined XI 281 (Viljoen 98, Shahzad 51, Broad 4-46) by 265 runs
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England were given a good workout in the field on the opening day of their first warm-up match of the tour as the tail wagged for a ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI. First-class best innings from Christi Viljoen and Boyd Rankin revived the innings after England made a rampant start.

Stuart Broad claimed three wickets in his first three overs as England took command at lunch but Namibian allrounder Viljoen and Warwickshire bowler Rankin rallied in the lower order with a partnership of 96 to give England a testing final session.

Viljoen's 98 from 189 balls prevented the ICC XI from being blown away. Broad's wickets were followed by two for Graeme Swann and a wicket for Steven Finn - playing because of Chris Tremlett's eye infection and an elbow injury to Tim Bresnan.

At 91 for 6 at lunch, it was a gentle introduction to the tour for England. But Viljoen added 32 with Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, whose half century was the first resistance for the ICC XI. His counter-attacking innings came from 55 balls and included seven fours.

The second act of resistance came through Viljoen after James Anderson had Shahzad caught behind after lunch. Viljoen struck 13 fours and a six to take his side to tea on 182 for 8. But Warwickshire's Rankin also made a useful score after tea to provide another partnership for ICC XI.

Broad returned to wrap up the innings by having Viljoen caught by James Anderson two short of a maiden first-class hundred. He finished with 4 for 46 before Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook safely negotiated four overs to close on 16 for 0.

The day had begun with Strauss winning the toss after which England used the new ball to good effect. Broad enjoyed his return to an England shirt for the first time since September by removing the ICC XI top three. William Porterfield tried to flick a full ball to leg and edged behind for one before Paul Stirling played on trying to pull. Kyle Coetzer also fell for single figures as he tried to force off the back foot and edged to Steve Davies - keeping wicket in place of Matt Prior who injured a finger in training yesterday.

Finn produced an edge from Majid Haq's loose drive outside off stump, pouched by Swann low at second slip. Swann was introduced into the attack and was struck down the ground for six by Craig Williams before he pushed forward and edged behind to Davies. Swann then lured Mohammad Nabi out of his crease and he missed with a wild hack to be bowled for a second-ball duck.

The fightback arrived before Anderson claimed his second wicket having Rankin caught by Finn at point to break the main stand of the innings. Broad then took his fourth as ICC XI were bowled out for a far higher score than might have been expected.

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  • on January 8, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    England are a absolute joke.They could only manage 3 innings wins on Aussie soil,and personally if they cant beat a 3rd rate side like that 5-0,then they wont be top of the rankings long.The English commentators arent as good as the channel 9 boys either.At least they talk a lot of sense,like Clarke might get 500,and Sehwag,Tendulkar,Laxman,Dravid and Gambhir all need to score double hundreds,now thats sense for you.I also like Channel 9 best,because its not full of gimmicks,like trying to sell something like Michael Clarkes right bootlace he wore whilst making 300,for about $9000.

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Practice matches don't mean much. When India came to England this summer Somerset put up 425/3d then bowled out India for 224 (before India had injuries). If anything this should help them reinforce that they will have to be at their best for Pakistan. Sure it will be a close contest.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 8, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Broad and Anderson have been consistently potent with the new ball against everyone in the last two years, and showed it again today in the UAE. Batting looks like it needs a net, but forcing a three day game is never easy, if not for the reason that 4 innings have gotta be completed in three days for a result to be possible. When you're the uncontested Number One of course though, you look to win everything.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 8, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Yes Let's forget all about the 29 or so all out against one of the, if not the worst test team in the world...and the hugely long list of other Australian/Indian cricketing embarrassments that have been crammed into the last few years.... Meanwhile back in the real world, England show what they've done now for so long: attack and attack. Forcing a three day game certainly aint easy, but when you're the best team in the world, you try to win everything.

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    A very novel idea to have ICC associate XI playing more matches with Test team tour matches. They should start with playing against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe ...

  • on January 8, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    good for England, in future they can pick some players from this site.

  • 1st_april on January 8, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @RandyOZ still taking shots at England aren't you?.....stop gloating after being 2-0 up ....you have not even won against IND yet.....try beating NZ first at home in AUS!!....then England might consider giving you 5 tests on next Ashes tour...;-)

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    england declared to try and fool people that they arent a joke?!!! hahahahaaha

  • SirViv1973 on January 8, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Maybe something has been stumbled upon here. Surely an Associate Xi would be more than competitive against the likes of Zim and Ban. Perhaps in the future a combined associate team can tour these countries and play 4 or 5 day unofficial tests. I'm sure this would be more competitive than seeing these 2 countries getting continually smashed by the bigger nationals. Perhaps you could even go the whole way and give a mixed associate team limited test status they could end up being good enough to play NZL and Win too. We have had rest of the world teams comprising of players from test playing nations play in official tests in the past, so why not afford the same benefit to players from the lesser nations, I think it could only be good for the development of the game outside the established order.

  • on January 8, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge are you serious this is against part time cricketers who havent ever played as a team?... roll on almost rolled over that with the associates losing there best bowler with an injury on the field... although a warm up is just what it is i am sure england would want a little more time in the middle... hopefully this will ensure no complacency from england but will also remind england fans that this isnt going to be easy as they think...

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    England are a absolute joke.They could only manage 3 innings wins on Aussie soil,and personally if they cant beat a 3rd rate side like that 5-0,then they wont be top of the rankings long.The English commentators arent as good as the channel 9 boys either.At least they talk a lot of sense,like Clarke might get 500,and Sehwag,Tendulkar,Laxman,Dravid and Gambhir all need to score double hundreds,now thats sense for you.I also like Channel 9 best,because its not full of gimmicks,like trying to sell something like Michael Clarkes right bootlace he wore whilst making 300,for about $9000.

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Practice matches don't mean much. When India came to England this summer Somerset put up 425/3d then bowled out India for 224 (before India had injuries). If anything this should help them reinforce that they will have to be at their best for Pakistan. Sure it will be a close contest.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 8, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Broad and Anderson have been consistently potent with the new ball against everyone in the last two years, and showed it again today in the UAE. Batting looks like it needs a net, but forcing a three day game is never easy, if not for the reason that 4 innings have gotta be completed in three days for a result to be possible. When you're the uncontested Number One of course though, you look to win everything.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 8, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Yes Let's forget all about the 29 or so all out against one of the, if not the worst test team in the world...and the hugely long list of other Australian/Indian cricketing embarrassments that have been crammed into the last few years.... Meanwhile back in the real world, England show what they've done now for so long: attack and attack. Forcing a three day game certainly aint easy, but when you're the best team in the world, you try to win everything.

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    A very novel idea to have ICC associate XI playing more matches with Test team tour matches. They should start with playing against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe ...

  • on January 8, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    good for England, in future they can pick some players from this site.

  • 1st_april on January 8, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @RandyOZ still taking shots at England aren't you?.....stop gloating after being 2-0 up ....you have not even won against IND yet.....try beating NZ first at home in AUS!!....then England might consider giving you 5 tests on next Ashes tour...;-)

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    england declared to try and fool people that they arent a joke?!!! hahahahaaha

  • SirViv1973 on January 8, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Maybe something has been stumbled upon here. Surely an Associate Xi would be more than competitive against the likes of Zim and Ban. Perhaps in the future a combined associate team can tour these countries and play 4 or 5 day unofficial tests. I'm sure this would be more competitive than seeing these 2 countries getting continually smashed by the bigger nationals. Perhaps you could even go the whole way and give a mixed associate team limited test status they could end up being good enough to play NZL and Win too. We have had rest of the world teams comprising of players from test playing nations play in official tests in the past, so why not afford the same benefit to players from the lesser nations, I think it could only be good for the development of the game outside the established order.

  • on January 8, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge are you serious this is against part time cricketers who havent ever played as a team?... roll on almost rolled over that with the associates losing there best bowler with an injury on the field... although a warm up is just what it is i am sure england would want a little more time in the middle... hopefully this will ensure no complacency from england but will also remind england fans that this isnt going to be easy as they think...

  • Khan1983 on January 8, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Lolz,nice work Team Management,to save the blushes for the coveted No.1 team, Let's declare rather than bowled out by an Affiliates team!

  • Nish8738 on January 8, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    ICC should have a permenat ICC associates team. they can play the likes of australia A and if they do well than play against Australia. i would drop bangladesh from the test arena and replace it by the ICC test team.

  • Meety on January 8, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - LOL! Also Bangladesh A smashed the England "Lions" by 6 wickets in a List A game. So much for bench strength! LOL!

  • Meety on January 8, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - LOL! 8/159 is England's reply - I hear squeaky wheel nuts! LOL! == == == The Associate XI should get to pley more matches - perhaps they could evenplay in the ICC Champion's Trophy?

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    hahaha ah england well you had good run, what was it? a few months? back to the doldrums then, universe makes sense again. maybe you will ok in 15 years..

  • Khan1983 on January 8, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Alarm bells for the No.1 test team, and these are just the associates! Pakistan will be watching with pleasure :)

  • yorkshirematt on January 8, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @randy oz Work it out for yourself. One is the empire XI.

  • yorkslanka on January 8, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    complete waste of time,,associate sides could play the bottom ranked full team but no point playing the current top team..

  • on January 8, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Hamid Hassan Is An Outstanding Bowler .He Always hauls 5+ Wickets in such matches ,lets see how many he will grab .. he has injury too hope recovers soon ..

  • wardyinoz on January 8, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @randyoz. oh your wit is beyond compare. shame the ozi's cant get in a few oversea's players, then you might have a half decent side!

  • on January 8, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    No West Indian or Bangladeshi players in the ICC XI?

  • on January 8, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    This is a gr8 initiative by ICC to expose these top associate players to a quality opponent ! And cheers the the English to field their best team for this . . . Oly thing that stands to gain from this is cricket itself !

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    haha how do england expect to be number 1 with a pedestrian bowling attack with no depth at all and untalented one dimentional batsmen that cant score quicker than than 5 balls per run

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    englands in big big big trouble they are going to be at the top of the rankings for an even shorter time than i thought ! hahaha some of their bowlers arent up to test level but thats a understandable given their county system

  • RandyOZ on January 8, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Can someone tell me which team is the Combined XI, because its very confusing. Both teams have players from all over the world.

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 8, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    Associates already look better than India!

  • on January 8, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Good to see some ticker in the associate sides

  • jmcilhinney on January 8, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    I guess this is a taste of things to come for this tour in the UAE. I assume that England took the second new ball at over 82 and then Anderson and Broad took a wicket each in the next two overs, having done the majority of the damage with the first new ball to begin with. It's looking like hard work for the quick bowlers with the old ball. Hopefully they can make more use of reverse swing as the tour goes on. Good showing from some of the A & A's. I guess Rankin will have bragging rights in the Irish dressing room after he scored better than the Irish batsman.

  • on January 8, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    @ Munkeymomo whr did u watch it?

  • the_flying_squad on January 8, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2010-11/engine/current/match/446951.html

    Aside from the last day (@ cricketingstargazer), that wasn't a bad workout. I watched the whole game. Not to stick up for the state sides, just getting facts right.

  • on January 7, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Hey Munkeymomo where did you find the stream? It would be nice to see the game! I am always behind the underdogs to beat the big teams! Anyway England vs. Pakistan should be quite riveting!

  • hhillbumper on January 7, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    seems like a good workout. It will be interesting to see how England develop in playing SC sides in their own environment.I feel that if we can beat Pakistan and Sri Lanka then that would be good progress to truely being world number 1

  • SirViv1973 on January 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    This was a good call to play an associate xi all of them have something to play for. Good figs for Broad and wickets for all the main bowlers. The batters should all get a chance to impress tomorrow. With Bresnan unlikley to be able to prove his fitness before the 17th this looks like the xi that willl play the first test.

  • on January 7, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I am disappointed not to see any Nepali players there.

  • on January 7, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Warm up matches with such a team is a very good idea. It should be done on regular basis. So that these players will get a chance to compete with stronger test sides. There is no harm in creating a separate ICC Associates & Affiliates XI with top players from these teams playing under one team for tests. I am pretty much sure that such a team will definitely trouble most of the current test sides.

  • simon_w on January 7, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    i was worried the Associate XI would collapse in the face of the English attack, and they almost did. thankfully they posted reasonable first-innings score, especially after being put in. I would like to see more of these games, but of course there's not much prospect of that if the Associate team gets totally buried, so i hope they bowl well tomorrow and continue to put up a fight.

  • on January 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Had ICC streamed the match live, it might have been a success. I dont think many would have watched the stream buying it

  • nzcricket174 on January 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    This is an awesome way to not only warm a touring side up to the conditions, but also to give these guys a chance to play the best. Would love to see more Associate XI sides used for warm up matches.

  • Hattrick_Capes on January 7, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Why don't the ICC arrange more of these fixtures? They'd be fantastic warm-up games, and you could even argue a case for test status

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    well eng if they have to do well i think bresnam who is not playing the match will be key i dont see anderson doing well once bowl becomes old and broad will too be watch ful always swann he did well against pak in eng can he do so in subcontinent but he has never done well there

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 7, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    So, Swann just missed a century! Stuck on 99 just like Sachin ;)? As usual, well bowled Broad. He's been a revelation from being the enforcer to the pitch it up-er!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 7, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    All England's bowlers seem to have done a good job in this very first match in the UAE. The number 1's roll on.

  • GeorgeWBush on January 7, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    I wonder whether the heat got to the England bowlers or just that the old ball wasn't doing very much. Swann is going to be really crucial in this series. He will need to tie down one end. Perhaps England will need to consider playing 5 bowlers instead of 4 and dropping Morgan for this series. It is going to be hard work for the bowlers in these conditions.

  • landl47 on January 7, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Good effort by the Associates and that will have benefitted England, too. What England needs is time in the middle after a long lay-off, so bowling the Associates out for nothing wouldn't have been of any use. This is a useful Associates side and it's great to see these players getting a chance.

  • CricketingStargazer on January 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    The ICC XI certainly gave England a more useful workout than any of the Australian State sides managed last winter, which is good news. Having to work hard to remove the tail after blowing away the top order will have been good for the bowlers and will get ride of any complecency. Let's hope that the bowlers are as persistant and make the batsmen work for their runs.

  • Munkeymomo on January 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Watched the stream, not great quality but ok. Gutted for Viljoen, was willing him on to a ton but a great catch from Anderson to remove him. He and Boyd played some lovely shots. I hope there are more of these Associate XI games on future tours, its great to see the lads you read about actually play.

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  • Munkeymomo on January 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Watched the stream, not great quality but ok. Gutted for Viljoen, was willing him on to a ton but a great catch from Anderson to remove him. He and Boyd played some lovely shots. I hope there are more of these Associate XI games on future tours, its great to see the lads you read about actually play.

  • CricketingStargazer on January 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    The ICC XI certainly gave England a more useful workout than any of the Australian State sides managed last winter, which is good news. Having to work hard to remove the tail after blowing away the top order will have been good for the bowlers and will get ride of any complecency. Let's hope that the bowlers are as persistant and make the batsmen work for their runs.

  • landl47 on January 7, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Good effort by the Associates and that will have benefitted England, too. What England needs is time in the middle after a long lay-off, so bowling the Associates out for nothing wouldn't have been of any use. This is a useful Associates side and it's great to see these players getting a chance.

  • GeorgeWBush on January 7, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    I wonder whether the heat got to the England bowlers or just that the old ball wasn't doing very much. Swann is going to be really crucial in this series. He will need to tie down one end. Perhaps England will need to consider playing 5 bowlers instead of 4 and dropping Morgan for this series. It is going to be hard work for the bowlers in these conditions.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 7, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    All England's bowlers seem to have done a good job in this very first match in the UAE. The number 1's roll on.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 7, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    So, Swann just missed a century! Stuck on 99 just like Sachin ;)? As usual, well bowled Broad. He's been a revelation from being the enforcer to the pitch it up-er!

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    well eng if they have to do well i think bresnam who is not playing the match will be key i dont see anderson doing well once bowl becomes old and broad will too be watch ful always swann he did well against pak in eng can he do so in subcontinent but he has never done well there

  • Hattrick_Capes on January 7, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Why don't the ICC arrange more of these fixtures? They'd be fantastic warm-up games, and you could even argue a case for test status

  • nzcricket174 on January 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    This is an awesome way to not only warm a touring side up to the conditions, but also to give these guys a chance to play the best. Would love to see more Associate XI sides used for warm up matches.

  • on January 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Had ICC streamed the match live, it might have been a success. I dont think many would have watched the stream buying it