PCB XI v England XI, Dubai, 2nd day January 12, 2012

Panesar takes five to put England on top

ESPNcricinfo staff

England 269 for 9 dec. (Cook 133) and 82 for 0 lead PCB XI 200 for 9 dec. (Hazan 50, Panesar 5 for 57) by 151 runs

Monty Panesar staked his claim for a Test recall with a five-wicket haul on the second day of England's final warm-up match against a Pakistan Board XI in Dubai. Panesar helped England end the day with a lead of 151 after their openers reached stumps on 82 without loss.

By outbowling Graeme Swann - who finished with just one wicket from his 29 overs - Panesar made a strong case for inclusion as the second spinner in the team for the first Test against Pakistan. Panesar's last Test came in Cardiff at the start of the 2009 Ashes and it would still require a significant change of heart from the England management to alter their policy of fielding three seamers and six specialist batsmen.

Panesar, making intelligent use of a worn pitch, sparked a collapse that saw the PCB XI lose five wickets for 28 runs. Only an unbeaten half-century from Raza Hasan frustrated England, with the teenage tailender recording his highest first-class score while adding 54 for the ninth-wicket with Mohammad Talha.

Panesar, sometimes hurrying the batsmen but also displaying some pleasing variation, first had Fawad Alam caught at short mid-wicket off bat and pad before Haris Sohail missed a straight one and Swann had Sarfraz Ahmed caught at silly-point. Mohammad Ayub Dogar was then caught behind off an outside edge before Yasir Shah was caught at slip.

But Hasan and Talha then resisted for 28 overs, with the latter twice heaving Swann for leg-side sixes, before Panesar found enough turn to take the edge of his bat.

Earlier there were wickets for seamers Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett. Onions, playing his first game for England in more than two years after a serious back injury, struck with the fourth ball of the day trapping Nasir Jamshed lbw before Tremlett defeated Afaq Raheem - half forward to one that struck him low on the pad - and had Usman Salahuddin caught behind, fencing at one outside off stump.

With Alastair Cook having scored heavily on this tour, England took the opportunity to provide extra batting practise for some of their other batsmen. Jonathan Trott, opening with Andrew Strauss, responded with an untroubled performance as the pair reached the close with few alarms.

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  • John on January 13, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    @Khan1983 on (January 13 2012, 13:03 PM GMT) You sound like you're trying to convince yourself with your imaginative theories. Remember most of us - while confident of a win - have not been gloating whitewashes etc. I still think England have a very tough series ahead. Just one thing. I'll still be posting on these boards whatever the result and if Pakistan win I'll give them the credit they deserve. If England win will you do the same ?

  • Harsh on January 13, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    England is playing fantastic cricket.Won't be surprised if they beat Pakistan. But that would be tremendous achievement.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    I would like to say that it would be much more better if Anderson and Broad come on time before the start of the test series between England and Pakistan as they are the two main strike bowlers. I would also like to request the ECB to pray for their return.

  • Mark on January 13, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Again, when push comes to shove England upped the intensity a little and won comfortably. Swann 16 overs for 24 runs. Monty expensive but took wickets again 3-46 in fewer overs than Swann. I think that the 2 spinner strategy is looking like a real option here. And I'd lay a small bet that Morgan will be sacrificed now.

  • G on January 13, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    The talk about England being unable to perform in subcontinent may be true about ODI's, but England can hold their own in these conditions. Huge blow losing Bresnan though, he usually out-performs in these conditions

  • Ahmed on January 13, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I think PCB X1 purposely gave 5 wickets to monty so that England play him instead of Morgan in the first test ! This will be a blunder and will make Pak bowlers job easier ...

  • Robert on January 13, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Another good victory - hopefully Engalnd are hitting their stride when it matters.

    Panesar's performance has made Bresnan's failure to get fit following his operation more crucial. With Bresnan fit I think England would have been more likely to try a 5 man attack (I would also back him to score more than Morgan!) . We should also not forget that the pitch for the test may be diffreent than those for the warm up.

  • Dean on January 13, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Quite surprisied with eng declaration, I really thought Flower would have wanted Bell and in particular Morgan to spend a bit more time in the middle. Perhaps he was keen that the team go for the win or maybe he felt it is was more important for Tremlett and Swann to get some more overs under their belts. Good to see Onions bag a few wickets but was again expensive. Monty has done all that could have been asked of him in this game but I still think it's very unlikley he will play next week, although Tremlett has staked his claim with another couple of wickets and he kept things tidy, so he could yet pip Finn tothe 3rd seamers spot behind Jimmy and Broad. In regrards to Swann he has been out bowled by Monty in both inns so there is a little cause for concern but I still think he will do the business when Eng need him to.

  • Arkan on January 13, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Here we go again, the barmy army getting back to frenzy mood! Here's a food for thought, suddenly the Pakistani players who should be showing they are good enuf for International duties start throwing their wickets to 2nd string bowlers while keeping the main ones at bay (swann)? Are th two Pakistani coaches collaborating(fixing,ahem), I mean fixing the England team for their advantage? Lolz, Far fetched? Or is it? Answer will be when Bowling figures from the 1st test become apparent!! If it indeed is- well done boys -for messing up with selection of opposite number ;)

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Hopefully they will have the balls to select the best attack they have available. Anderson, Broad, Finn & Panesar.

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