PCB XI v England XI, Dubai, 3rd day January 13, 2012

Panesar, Onions stake claim in win

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England 269 for 9 dec. (Cook 133, Shah 5-76) and 181 for 3 dec. (Trott 93, Shah 3-38) beat PCB XI 200 for 9 dec. (Hasan 50, Panesar 5-57) and 150 (Alam 51, Onions 3-38) by 100 runs

Graham Onions and Monty Panesar took three wickets each to propel England XI to their second win in as many practice games, and give the selectors a reminder of the decisions they face ahead of the first Test against Pakistan on Tuesday.

In the absence of Tim Bresnan, a bowling spot is up for grabs in the England Test side. Onions and Panesar both pressed their case for inclusion as they helped bowl the Pakistan Cricket Board XI out for 150, and set up a 100-run win on the third day.

Panesar finished with 8 for 103 in the match to press his case to be included as a second spinner for the first Test. Onions also showed he was ready for a return to Test cricket, taking 3 for 38 in the second innings. His two wickets help reduce the PCB XI to 16 for 3 in pursuit of 251 after England declared their second-innings five minutes before lunch.

Onions had Afaq Raheem cutting onto his stumps for 7 before Mohammad Ayub was trapped in front for a third-ball duck. Chris Tremlett is the favourite to replace Bresnan for the first Test and he also struck with the new ball by having Nasir Jamshed caught behind, playing away from his body.

Usman Salahuddin and Fawad Alam added 71 for the fourth wicket before Panesar added to his first-innings five-for by finding the edge of Salahuddin's bat, Graeme Swann taking the catch at slip.

Swann got among the wickets by trapping Haris Sohail leg before, despite a hint of bat before pad, and there was also a wicket for Kevin Pietersen's occasional offspin as Alam holed out to midwicket for 51 for 93 balls.

But it was Panesar again that stole the show as he lured Raza Hasan past a turning ball, before completing the win when Mohammad Talha offered no stroke and was out lbw for three.

England will be encouraged by Panesar's form and they will also have been pleased to see Jonathan Trott make runs in England's second innings. Trott was promoted to open the batting and struck 12 fours making 93, and shared an opening stand of 130 with Andrew Strauss.

Strauss also went past 50 before falling leg before to Yasir Shah, who took all three wickets in the innings and gave England a reminder of their fallibility against spin. He finished with 8 for 95 in the match.

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  • Abdullah on January 16, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Experience in UAE conditions. is similer to subcontinent conditions, hence the pak team will easily adapt to these conditions and pitch. However, the english team will find it difficult to adjust as they found out in India during the world cup and the ODI series in India. However, Test cricket is different and England are ranked no.1 in the Test match category. However, this ranking has come off the home series played by england aganst India, SL, Pak and series in Australia (when the aussies were not dong well). A clear parellel can be drawn to Indias no.1 Ranking after playing in the subcontinent for a long time. When India, Pak and SL went to England they got thrashed, not becouse england was superior but because these teams could not handle the conditions there. Also the younsters were untested till then. Now in the UAE it will be a different story. I firmly believe that here Pak are the favorites.

  • Satish on January 16, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Good game for England.. Wish they play spin better if the tracks aid spin..

  • Andrew on January 16, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    @landl47 - if you wanna play "my left handed opener is better than yours" - which Test batsmen has the highest test AND FC average Cook, Strauss or Warner?

  • Abdullah on January 15, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Almost the main Englsih XI played against the boys, none of whom are in the Pak XI. Nothing can be read into this performance. At the most it indicates tougher times ahead for England.

  • Flynn on January 15, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Disrespect Jonesy2, disrespect... England are a very, very, very good side, and, even better, I like watching them play. I agree Australia will be a force come 18 months in England. The fact is Australia are always ( and read carefully all England fans) always competitive. And they are driven by a single motivation at the moment - to knock-off England at home in 2013. It is shameful for an Australian Cricket side to loose the Ashes so badly - this building Australian side will spit venom, spill blood and run through hell and back to win them back. England will not need to be as good as they are now or were in 2011/12 in Australia - they will need to be better. But having said that I believe they will be. This year is the next level for them - if they go through to win (or maybe one drawn series only, away to India might pass) all 5 series they play this year than they will be a truely formidable team. pakistan will be a true first up test.

  • mainul on January 15, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    You Pakistanis are missing a great player in your team.Guess whom?It is FAWAD ALAM.He can be one Hussy or one Chaunderpal in your team.I am sure if he is given enough chances he can translate his superb talent on 22 yard pitch.He is so composed when batting.can gradually build a long innings,a brilliant fielder.Alas! old Pak politics inside you!You can give repeated chances to mediocre players like Sammy,Farhat,Akmal brothers,Taufiq but cant give to great talent like Fawad,Yasir Hamid,Faisal Iqbal,Kabir khan,Basit Ali....Pakistanis!Get out of localism.Forget who is from Karachi,Rawalpindi,Islamabaad,Pathan,Panjabi....I am a keen follower of your cricket for a decade.

  • I on January 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Why is Broad such a sacred cow to this England team? Judging him too much on form is no good in testing conditions of the UAE - without doubt, he'll revert to his instinctive short-pitch rubbish that he's built for. Never been a fan, not just for his petulance, but his bowling. England have enough fine bowlers in their unit that they don't need a Broad; an combination of Tremlett, Anderson, Finn, Onions, Swann and Panesar will be stronger.

  • Jason on January 14, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Im not convinced that a 5 man bowling attack will work, had Bresnan been fit then I would had said that it was definately on, as he is a reasonable batsman, and so can cover morgan, the problem is that Broad isnt as good with the bat, and the 169 he scored in 2010 has a rather large shadow over it, Swann is good for a few runs but dont expect buket fulls, the other bowlers are very much like bunnies in headlights.

  • stuart on January 14, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    This was a good outing for England.lets see how it goes when we play pakistan. It would appear that Ajmal has a new delivery.it is the one he bowls with a straight arm. Good to see Monty back in the wickets.has he learned to bowl with more variety though? I have seen bits and pieces of him over the summer and he seemed to bowl better.

  • Dean on January 14, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @Land47, As per my earlier post I too think it will be a four man attack. However I can't see Flower going with 2 and 2. I know the conditions are different to what we have been playing in recently but arguably our biggest strength has been the seam bowling department and I do think the best fast bowlers will take wickets in all conditions. I think the other reason why I can't see it happening is if we were to loose one of the seamers through injury that would put a huge responsibility on the other. I really do think at this stage Monty & Swann are competing for 1 place. The only way I can see that changing is if we get to the last test & need to win then AF may gamble. I think AF wanted to give Monty a run in case this happens or if Swann was to get injured. Where have all the Pak fans gone? I would like to know what they think of Eng's bowling dilemma and if they think Eng would be more dangerous dropping Morgan & playing the extra bowler ?

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