Sri Lanka v England, 2011-12 March 15, 2012

Broad injury takes edge off Panesar haul

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England 6 for 0 (Strauss 6*, Cook 0*) trail Sri Lanka Board XI 169 all out (Silva 66, Panesar 5-37) by 163 runs
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England's bowlers experienced a day of mixed fortunes as they began their tour of Sri Lanka with a warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board XI in Colombo.

While Stuart Broad was forced to pull out of the game shortly before the start following an injury scare, James Anderson and Monty Panesar adapted seamlessly to the heat and humidity to share nine wickets between them and dismiss the hosts for 169 shortly after tea on the first day.

Broad tripped over the boundary rope during fielding practice and sprained his left ankle. The injury is not thought to be serious and England have not, at this stage, thought it necessary to send him for a scan. Broad had been named in the England XI, but Steven Finn replaced him in the team.

An ECB spokesman said: "England medical staff will review the injury overnight and Stuart will undergo ice treatment in the meantime."

Anderson, by contrast, was quickly into his stride. He claimed the first four wickets to fall, reducing the Board XI to 67 for four, and winning reward for a well-controlled spell.

Panesar did not strike until his 15th over, but then produced a spell of five for 14 as the Board XI lost their last six wickets for the addition of just 37 runs, collapsing from 132 for four.

"It's nice to get some overs under my belt out there and get used to the conditions and obviously the heat," Panesar said. It's slightly different from UAE. I was pleased bowling a lot of maidens out here. Especially on a first day pitch you bowl slightly different as a spinner, more of a holding role and you are obviously helping the seamers as well so that they can bowl 4-5 over spells because it's very hot.

"When you are playing on a first day pitch you look to attack, you look to bowl disciplined and from there you look to take wickets. Luckily it brought a few wickets for me today. You've got to be disciplined with the lines but you should also not look to over attack. It's a place where you can see a couple of balls turn quite big and you want to attack and get wickets. But they are very good attacking players so you just got to hold in there and create pressure and not get carried away if the wicket does something. You've got to keep everything simple."

The only meaningful resistance came during a fifth-wicket partnership of 65 between Ashen Silva and Sachithra Serasinghe. Silva, a 21-year-old opener from Colombo, compiled a patient half-century before Finn induced an edge to the wicketkeeper.

England gave some indication of their plans ahead of the two-Test series by selecting Ravi Bopara ahead of Samit Patel for the No. 6 position. Bopara came on as first-change bowler, but could not maintain the pressure applied by his colleagues as he struggled with over-stepping.

The match is the first of two warm-up games before the Test series begins on March 26.

While England will be encouraged by the performance of their bowlers, they will also be aware that it was not the bowlers who were the problem in the UAE. England succumbed to a 3-0 series defeat against Pakistan with the batsmen unable to adapt to the conditions or Pakistan's spin attack.

England's openers faced few problems on the first day of this game. Having negotiated seven balls without any undue difficulty, bad light forced an early finish.

Edited by Alan Gardner

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  • SDHM on March 16, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    landl - you may get your wish; I think we might see Patel get a run in the second game after Bopara's monumental 12 from 55 balls today! Bell once again failed, so maybe after his century Cook will be rested so England can squeeze Patel in and put the pressure on Bell and Bopara to perform in the second warm up game. It could be the rocket up the backside they need, and if they fail, it also tells Flower something about their temperament.

  • JG2704 on March 16, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (March 15 2012, 15:44 PM GMT) Seriously - you want SL to beat England?

  • JG2704 on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (March 16 2012, 02:55 AM GMT) You say it's critical that Bopara and "to a lesser extent" Bell bat well. Personally I'd say it should be as (if not more) important that Bell bats well. He has played 5 matches (at a guess 9/ 10 inns) without scoring 30 let alone 50. I know that Bell has a better test record than Ravi but right now I believe his confidence is shot. To me Bell full of confidence is an automatic pick but one lacking confidence is a liability. I know ODIs are a different format etc but Ravi has shown more confidence/form in those matches than Bell showed in any of the tests/warm up games. I do doubt both players in pressure situations but right now I think Ravi possibly deserves his chance. Regardless I think they'll play both.

  • JG2704 on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Shan156 on (March 16 2012, 03:04 AM GMT) Mate , that would probably be my way to go. Why not try Finn and Bres in the same team in the next warm up match whether by trying a 5 man bowling attack or resting Jimmy and Broad? That way we can see who is more effective. Even if they played Bresnan in a 5 man bowling attack to add a little to the batting - to me that would be a step forward from the current formation.

  • JG2704 on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @landl47 Hello , Could they not play Patel as a number 5 batsman with Prior at 6 - omitting Bell and Bopara.I know Bell has performed brilliantly in the year leading up to this series but to me Bell is a hot and cold player and right now it's very much the latter. To me it's only weakening the batting on paper by omitting the 6th batsmen. I'm not sure about Patel but certainly Bell and Bopara strike me as batsmen that make their runs when there is little pressure after one or 2 of the top 3 or 4 have scored big. As Shan156 says (and I think Laxman might be a bad example) but maybe if we had a Hussey or AB at 6 it might be different. I really don't see that we're losing much by losing Bell, Bopara or Patel compared to what we'd gain in having Bres or Finn as a 3rd seamer. I posted on one of the Patel stories comparing when we beat a decent Oz side with a 5/1/5 formation. Also we maybe could do with an extra bowler as SL prob have a better batting line up than Pak.

  • Meety on March 16, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    The SL line up (Board XI) is not a particularly good one, I wonder if the SL Board were foxing a bit with this side? Anyways - England look like they'll post a reasonable lead. I think SL is a tough place to tour so it will be another test for the poms. == == == Seems the injured pace bowler is not an Ozzy monopoly! I think England will do better in this series as I think KP is about to go into a run-scoring spree.He will score runs quick enough to give England time to take 20 wickets. That is important, as 20 SL wickets in SL is not easy. == == == Bell is looming as a real concern, a duck against modest bowling.

  • YorkshirePudding on March 16, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @Jonesy, I actually thought it was a new training method to teach the players the proper deportment when on the field, they have to field without letting the ice cap fall off.

  • priceless1 on March 16, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    it doesn't matter , i don't think England will lose much here ,their spinner will take all the 10 wickets , coz SL are the worse players of Spin ..

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    There's a bit of video of Monty and some of the wickets on the ECB site too.

    http://ecb.co.uk/news/england/england-in-sri-lanka-2012/eng-slxi,317179,EN.html

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    I just read the report on yesterday's play on the ECB site and apparently Swann should have had at least one wicket but a chance was put down in the slips. It was apparently Anderson's second drop in the slips, so that kinda makes a mockery of Front-Foot-Lunge's comment. He certainly is a better slipper than your average fast bowler though. Before any of our Australian friends start whipping themselves into a frenzy over that, just remember that there was a day that Mark Taylor dropped four slip catches, at least two absolute sitters, so anyone can drop them.

  • SDHM on March 16, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    landl - you may get your wish; I think we might see Patel get a run in the second game after Bopara's monumental 12 from 55 balls today! Bell once again failed, so maybe after his century Cook will be rested so England can squeeze Patel in and put the pressure on Bell and Bopara to perform in the second warm up game. It could be the rocket up the backside they need, and if they fail, it also tells Flower something about their temperament.

  • JG2704 on March 16, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (March 15 2012, 15:44 PM GMT) Seriously - you want SL to beat England?

  • JG2704 on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (March 16 2012, 02:55 AM GMT) You say it's critical that Bopara and "to a lesser extent" Bell bat well. Personally I'd say it should be as (if not more) important that Bell bats well. He has played 5 matches (at a guess 9/ 10 inns) without scoring 30 let alone 50. I know that Bell has a better test record than Ravi but right now I believe his confidence is shot. To me Bell full of confidence is an automatic pick but one lacking confidence is a liability. I know ODIs are a different format etc but Ravi has shown more confidence/form in those matches than Bell showed in any of the tests/warm up games. I do doubt both players in pressure situations but right now I think Ravi possibly deserves his chance. Regardless I think they'll play both.

  • JG2704 on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Shan156 on (March 16 2012, 03:04 AM GMT) Mate , that would probably be my way to go. Why not try Finn and Bres in the same team in the next warm up match whether by trying a 5 man bowling attack or resting Jimmy and Broad? That way we can see who is more effective. Even if they played Bresnan in a 5 man bowling attack to add a little to the batting - to me that would be a step forward from the current formation.

  • JG2704 on March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @landl47 Hello , Could they not play Patel as a number 5 batsman with Prior at 6 - omitting Bell and Bopara.I know Bell has performed brilliantly in the year leading up to this series but to me Bell is a hot and cold player and right now it's very much the latter. To me it's only weakening the batting on paper by omitting the 6th batsmen. I'm not sure about Patel but certainly Bell and Bopara strike me as batsmen that make their runs when there is little pressure after one or 2 of the top 3 or 4 have scored big. As Shan156 says (and I think Laxman might be a bad example) but maybe if we had a Hussey or AB at 6 it might be different. I really don't see that we're losing much by losing Bell, Bopara or Patel compared to what we'd gain in having Bres or Finn as a 3rd seamer. I posted on one of the Patel stories comparing when we beat a decent Oz side with a 5/1/5 formation. Also we maybe could do with an extra bowler as SL prob have a better batting line up than Pak.

  • Meety on March 16, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    The SL line up (Board XI) is not a particularly good one, I wonder if the SL Board were foxing a bit with this side? Anyways - England look like they'll post a reasonable lead. I think SL is a tough place to tour so it will be another test for the poms. == == == Seems the injured pace bowler is not an Ozzy monopoly! I think England will do better in this series as I think KP is about to go into a run-scoring spree.He will score runs quick enough to give England time to take 20 wickets. That is important, as 20 SL wickets in SL is not easy. == == == Bell is looming as a real concern, a duck against modest bowling.

  • YorkshirePudding on March 16, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @Jonesy, I actually thought it was a new training method to teach the players the proper deportment when on the field, they have to field without letting the ice cap fall off.

  • priceless1 on March 16, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    it doesn't matter , i don't think England will lose much here ,their spinner will take all the 10 wickets , coz SL are the worse players of Spin ..

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    There's a bit of video of Monty and some of the wickets on the ECB site too.

    http://ecb.co.uk/news/england/england-in-sri-lanka-2012/eng-slxi,317179,EN.html

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    I just read the report on yesterday's play on the ECB site and apparently Swann should have had at least one wicket but a chance was put down in the slips. It was apparently Anderson's second drop in the slips, so that kinda makes a mockery of Front-Foot-Lunge's comment. He certainly is a better slipper than your average fast bowler though. Before any of our Australian friends start whipping themselves into a frenzy over that, just remember that there was a day that Mark Taylor dropped four slip catches, at least two absolute sitters, so anyone can drop them.

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    It's interesting that SLB XI have opened the bowling with a spinner. I guess that they feel that England are vulnerable to spin, and fair enough. That's actually good for England though I think. The more exposure they get to spin in these conditions before the Test matches the better. A good score for any batsman against spin here would do their confidence a world of good. Obviously it's not quite the same standard as they'll face in the Test matches but that's always the case in warmups. Confidence will be a big help after Pakistan/UAE.

  • landl47 on March 16, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    @JG2704: In England you'd have more of a case. Yes, there is always the danger of a bowler breaking down, but England haven't had too many problems with their bowling and in the subcontinent it's the spinners who will do most of the work and they're less likely to break down than the quicks. Still, I'd prefer, in these conditions, to have Patel in the side, just because he can bowl tidy overs if needed to rest the other guys. I think he's pretty much on par with Bopara as a batsman, too. England's batting in these conditions has looked vulnerable and I can't see weakening it by playing Broad at 7, Swann at 8 and three non-batsmen. Bresnan has played no serious cricket in months and shouldn't be considered. @rahul: that would be Sanga (old), Mahela (older) Dilshan (older still) and Samara (oldest), would it?

  • Shan156 on March 16, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    @JG2704, I think England should play 5 bowlers. With that heat and humidity, and considering the strength of the SL batting, especially in SL, England would be well served if they play 3 seamers, Swann and Monty. Finn ahead of Bresnan for me. Finn is in great form and based on recent results (even though only in LOIs), Finn has comfortably outperformed Bresnan in the sub-continent. Yes, that would weaken the tail but England's top 5 batsmen and Prior should try to bring their 'A' game. SL has no Ajmal (NOM to Herath who is a decent spinner) and the tracks would be different. If the 6th batsman is a DeVilliers or a Laxman, then it is fine but if it is Bopara, we are better off playing a 5th bowler.

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Given that these are only 3-day games, I'm guessing that, having fielded first, England will be looking to bat only once. That makes it critical for Bopara and, to a lesser extent, Bell to bat well. Let's say that Bopara goes cheaply in the first innings here. He may have made a hundred in the second innings if there was one but there isn't so he doesn't. Patel gets the second warmup game, England bat first and Patel gets two shots and does OK in both. That might be enough to sneak Patel in ahead of Bopara and he's lost another chance. This may be Bopara's last chance to impress so, while I'm not sure he will to the degree he needs to, he will at least need the opportunity.

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    One point to note is that Swann does tend to be better against left-handers and all but one of the lefties in this SLB XI were out before Swann came on. That said, you'd want your bowlers to be effective against right-handers too, as they tend to be in the majority, but any off-spinner without a doosra or the like is always going to be better against lefties.

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, do you honestly think we don't know that? Has anyone here implied that England are going to win the Test series based on this innings? We're simply sticking to the subject of the story. Maybe you should do the same. It's a warm-up game and we're treating it as such. It's good to see Anderson and Panesar taking wickets, Finn was economical (although even Bopara wasn't exactly expensive at 3.8 an over) and Swann was a bit of a concern. Mind you, there were just two of Swann's overs where they really took to him and, as there's no commentary, we don't really know whether he looked dangerous or not. If he was beating the bat and causing concern for the batsmen then one wicketless innings is not really a great worry. If he was easy pickings then that's a different story. There's nothing in the report so I guess we don't know. It is just one innings regardless, so far too soon for any sensible person to make proper judgement.

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    @RandyOZ, it's funny how you always seem to know what the English players are thinking. You knew that Trott's heart was back in SA despite his never having said so and now you know that they wish they had a Nathan Lyon lying around. I'd say that it's more likely that Australia wish that they had a Monty Panesar lying around, so that they didn't have to resort to Michael Beer as second spinner. As for Swann, you say that he was useless in UAE yet his average, strike rate and economy rate there were all better than Nathan Lyon's career figures and his figures on Australia's tour of SL. I'd say that England would be pretty happy to have a spinner who, at his worst, is still better than Nathan Lyon at his best.

  • Coastaltown on March 15, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    The photo, Jonesy, that's the best you can do. I dunno, I feel the heart's gone out oif your trolling of late.

  • kingcommentator on March 15, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    monty outguns swanny again

  • Clive_Dunn on March 15, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Every time I see the England pace attack in action I end up thinking "I wish we had a player like Peter Siddle in there." I guess I just miss the old days of having a hapless fast medium trundler who does nothing with the ball. Bring back Martin McCague.

  • hstrawson on March 15, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    right lets get a few things straight. Swann didn't have a bad tour of the UAE - he had the best strike rate of all the england bowlers. Panesar is bowling very well but remember, he's been out a long time so his action and variation haven't been extensively studied like Swann's has over the last few years. When bowling in spin partnerships the wickets should be considered shared - swann helps build the pressure that allows panesar to strike. in regard to bresnan/finn, I dont think finn has overtaken Bresnan. it is important to consider bresnan's fitness and injuries and its probably better not to expose him to sri lankan conditions (30degress+, flat wickets) and save him for english summer when england will go with 3 seamers (rather than subcontinent balance of two seamers two spinner). that said, finn has been bowling well and at only 22 he's got a very promising future.

  • MiddlePeg on March 15, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    @RandyOZ you cannot deny that you are totally obsessed with the England XI. You mention England in as many posts as you can. I for one salute you. You shouldn't try to fight it, just follow your heart. It's quite sweet to behold really...

  • A_Vacant_Slip on March 15, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    @Randy and your twin jonesy2. Man o man are we going to have have your nonsense all the way through this series as well? Why don't you both give it up. Looks like you forgot what happened in your home against New Zealand. Why don't you tell us about that. England crushed Australia in 2009 and in Australia in 2010/11 and we will crush you again next year. Get your excuses ready.

  • voma on March 15, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Superb performance , yet again by Englands bowlers . Ha ha ha , and people on here say that James Anderson cant bowl on asian wickets .

  • AdrianVanDenStael on March 15, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    @bonaku: It's a little too soon to assume Swann's going to have a dodgy tour, but Panesar's recent tendency to outperform Swann on occasions they've bowled together is an interesting turn of events, given that Swann displaced Panesar in the side three years ago while being quoted making some not very flattering remarks about Panesar's bowling. Very odd photo of Pietersen; it gives the impression that having moved from South Africa some years ago to play for England amidst much ostentatious badge-kissing and acquiring of three lions tatoos, now he is going to try and qualify for the Scottish team!

  • JG2704 on March 15, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    @TheHoneymonster on (March 15 2012, 13:49 PM GMT) I hear where you're coming from and you may have a case. They could possibly have tried the unthinkable and gone with a 5 man bowling attack for this game and maybe given Cook a break. Either that or they could have also rested Jimmy and then we'd be able to judge these bowlers against each other. If they play in the same side then we can judge or if the next warm up game is played in similar conditions and they play Bresnan then again we can judge better. Regardless , Finn or Bresnan won't get a game unless Broad or Anderson are out of action and if it must be a 4 man attack I'd say there's no way they will or should drop Broad or Anderson

  • JG2704 on March 15, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    @landl47 on (March 15 2012, 13:22 PM GMT) - Re Broad - I hope he is just being rested as he's a key bowler. But going back to my 5 man bowling attack - We all know how injury prone Broad is but he usually breaks down between games . Now surely , by law of averages he or Jimmy will break down during a game. Now if that happens when we're playing a 4 man bowling attack with only 2 pacemen that would be an absolute nightmare. Now if we played a 5 man batting line up with Bopara , Bell or Patel being the 5th batsmen - 1 - batsmen aren't so prone to injuries - certainly not of the strain variety and 2 - Worst case scenario and we lose a batsman through injury we still have Prior coming in at 5 - a player who often does a better job than some of our top 6. I just don't see losing a batsman in a 5 man (6 if you inc Prior) as bad as losing a bowler in a 4 man bowling line up.

  • JG2704 on March 15, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 15 2012, 12:54 PM GMT) Obviously this is just a warm up game so we prob shouldn't read too much into it , but there were plenty who said that Broad and Anderson could not bowl away from English conditions.

  • on March 15, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Hi all, just saw the comparison between swann and monty . They both have similar numbers Monty Panesar(Mat-41 Inns-69 balls-9888 Runs giv-4633 wkts-140 BBI-6/37 BBM-10/187 Ave-33.09 Econ-2.81 SR-70.6 4w-3 5w-10 10-1) Grame Swann(Mat-39 Inns-71 balls-9592 Runs giv-4736 wkts-166 BBI-6/65 BBM-10/217 Ave-28.53 Econ-296 SR-57.7 4w-9 5w-11 10-1). source-cricinfo. so as you can see both are equal. I think strauss using monty to ball to right handers and swann against lefties, as more batsman are right handers Monty getting more wickets. So I think grame swann and monty panesar both are good spinners for england to use in Sri Lanka. Play well england, show us UAE was just a blip. Go Eng Go!

  • pom_don on March 15, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @RandyOz who's Nathan Lyon?

  • JG2704 on March 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (March 15 2012, 12:53 PM GMT) I said before the series happened that I thought Monty was on current form a better spinner than Swann and people ridiculed my comments. The facts are that Monty took more wickets in 2 tests (4 inns) than Swann did in 3 tests (5 inns) and in 3 of the 4 inns Monty was more economical and the only inns where Swann was more economical was when he only bowled one over which was a maiden.Sure in one inns figures don't always reflect how well a bowler has bowled in 4 inns it generally does. Strauss would not have given Monty more overs if he felt Swann was more likely to take wickets. Anyway , I'd be very surprised if they don't play both and Swann is still a quality bowler who may well go on a run of taking wickets if he has a good inns accompanied by a little luck

  • CricketingStargazer on March 15, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Honeymonster, I agree with you there. Anderson, Finn and Panesar? Any of them would be at least one place too high batting at 10. Anyway, it looks like it will be Broad at 8, Swann at 9, Anderson at 10 and Monty at 11.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 15, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    BUT IN TEST SERIES ANDERSON , PANESAR WILL FACE SANGA ( WORLD NO.1 ) , MAHELA ( VERY GOOD TEST BATSMEN AT HOME ) , SAMARWEERA ( VERY GOOD TOUR OF SA ) , DILSHAN ( DANGEROUS BATSMEN) . HOPING FOR A 2-0 VICTORY FOR SL .

  • CricketingStargazer on March 15, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    You know, anyone would think that Australia had won the last two Ashes series and were favourites for the next, rather than just supplying most of the Italian side in the World T20 qualifiers! I'd agree that England are no great side, but then there are a lot of quite mediocre sides in mid-table below them and, once again, they have done the job asked of them. Totally agreed that there was little to choose between Swann and Panesar in UAE. Swann had a better strike rate, but Monty had the better average. In general, they bowled well together and, like Edmonds and Emburey, one tended to take more wickets, but would not have without the other. This looks like the Test XI, withthe only change being Finn being relegated to 12th man by Broad. So, 2 seamers, 2 spinners and the odd (never better said) over from Bopara and Pietersen.

  • sirvivfan on March 15, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Once again Monty out performs Swann! Not for the first time? On most occasions he is head to head with Swann he has come out a much more potent bowler! There was reason to leave him put from the team for so long! First sight of off form he will go? Just like Rashid and pace bowler from Yorkshire who went to Australia and did ok and has been given opportunity again. There msut be some other reason for sure?

  • SettingSun on March 15, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @RandyOZ - yeah, 22 wickets in his last 4 tests at around 25 or 26. Shocking form! As for Nathan Lyon, I love the fact that the Aussies have fallen so far that you lot are actually having to use him to try and win a bit of banter. Still, at least you didn't try Xavier Doherty!

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on March 15, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Nice to see the best bowling attack limbering up gently. Now let's see if the best batting team in the world can overcome that minor set back in UAE and trounce 'em.

  • yorkshirematt on March 15, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    What is randy oz's obsession with Swann and Nathan Lyon comparisons?

  • on March 15, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @RandyOz if nation lyon was English he'd be doing just that-lying around!

  • RandyOZ on March 15, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Swann is in absolutely terrible form and is continually shown up by the very average Panesar. Worrying times for the United XI. How they wish they had a Nathan Lyon lying around.

  • SDHM on March 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    So on this evidence Finn has leapt ahead of Bresnan - not sure about that. Finn is a fantastic prospect, but I feel Bresnan's bowling is more suited to Sri Lanka, and his batting could be crucial - a tail of Swann, Anderson, Finn and Panesar does not fill me with confidence!

  • landl47 on March 15, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Hopefully Broad's injury isn't serious, but it seems likely that England will go in with two front-line spinners anyway, so having Finn as a back-up means that England doesn't have a problem on the bowling side. The issue will be the batting and whether the batsmen can show the form that helped them beat Pakistan 6-1 in the shorter format games. I still like Patel better than Bopara in these conditions, both as a batsmen and a bowler (though not as a fielder!).

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 15, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Yet again Jimmy Anderson bowls impressively on flat wickets.

    Accurate, Swings it both ways, plus an expert slip fielder too! What a legend.

  • jmcilhinney on March 15, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    The general perception is that Panesar out-bowled Swann in UAE. If he did, it wasn't by as great a margin as it may appear simply because, for whatever reason, Strauss gave Monty significantly more overs than Swann in the matches that they both played. Panesar certainly ended up smelling better than Swann in this innings though. Maybe the fact that Strauss seemed to prefer Panesar to Swann in those last two Tests in UAE is indicative in itself. Is Monty bowling himself back into England's #1 spinner spot? Also, I think any talk of Finn putting pressure on Anderson for one of the seamer spots has been put to rest right here. Obviously not top-flight opposition but a great job by Jimmy to rip through the top order.

  • bonaku on March 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    No wickets for Swan. Does this means even Srilanka XI also know how to negate Swan ?? Is it going to be a start of poor tour for him ?

  • jonesy2 on March 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    man england are struggling so badly. not only do they have the walking wicket bopara in their top 6 but he is the "allrounder". goodness me they have no chance

  • jonesy2 on March 15, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    how pathetic is that photo. no wonder england are so bad

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  • jonesy2 on March 15, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    how pathetic is that photo. no wonder england are so bad

  • jonesy2 on March 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    man england are struggling so badly. not only do they have the walking wicket bopara in their top 6 but he is the "allrounder". goodness me they have no chance

  • bonaku on March 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    No wickets for Swan. Does this means even Srilanka XI also know how to negate Swan ?? Is it going to be a start of poor tour for him ?

  • jmcilhinney on March 15, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    The general perception is that Panesar out-bowled Swann in UAE. If he did, it wasn't by as great a margin as it may appear simply because, for whatever reason, Strauss gave Monty significantly more overs than Swann in the matches that they both played. Panesar certainly ended up smelling better than Swann in this innings though. Maybe the fact that Strauss seemed to prefer Panesar to Swann in those last two Tests in UAE is indicative in itself. Is Monty bowling himself back into England's #1 spinner spot? Also, I think any talk of Finn putting pressure on Anderson for one of the seamer spots has been put to rest right here. Obviously not top-flight opposition but a great job by Jimmy to rip through the top order.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 15, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Yet again Jimmy Anderson bowls impressively on flat wickets.

    Accurate, Swings it both ways, plus an expert slip fielder too! What a legend.

  • landl47 on March 15, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Hopefully Broad's injury isn't serious, but it seems likely that England will go in with two front-line spinners anyway, so having Finn as a back-up means that England doesn't have a problem on the bowling side. The issue will be the batting and whether the batsmen can show the form that helped them beat Pakistan 6-1 in the shorter format games. I still like Patel better than Bopara in these conditions, both as a batsmen and a bowler (though not as a fielder!).

  • SDHM on March 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    So on this evidence Finn has leapt ahead of Bresnan - not sure about that. Finn is a fantastic prospect, but I feel Bresnan's bowling is more suited to Sri Lanka, and his batting could be crucial - a tail of Swann, Anderson, Finn and Panesar does not fill me with confidence!

  • RandyOZ on March 15, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Swann is in absolutely terrible form and is continually shown up by the very average Panesar. Worrying times for the United XI. How they wish they had a Nathan Lyon lying around.

  • on March 15, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @RandyOz if nation lyon was English he'd be doing just that-lying around!

  • yorkshirematt on March 15, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    What is randy oz's obsession with Swann and Nathan Lyon comparisons?