England Seamers Put In The Hard Yards
England's bowlers were given a long workout in the warm-up match against an Invitational side after they spurned the chance to give their batsmen time in the middle.
England's bowlers were given a long workout in the two-day warm-up match against an Invitational side on Tuesday after they spurned the chance to give their batsmen vital time in the middle.
Instead of giving Andrew Strauss and captain Michael Vaughan batting practice, the tourists decided to give their bowlers a long stint in the field.
Having declared overnight on 369 for nine, England dismissed an opposition including five members of New Zealand's last Test line-up for a lowly 146.
But instead of batting again, the tourists decided they would enforce the follow on and give all their main bowlers more overs as the Invitational side reached 102 for three by the close.
The tourists will have been particularly delighted with the form of Yorkshire seamer Matthew Hoggard, who claimed three for 32 during the first innings as the strong opposition slumped to 26 for five.
They will have been more concerned, however, by Steve Harmison's loss of rhythm, which was reflected in him bowling three wides while twice he lost his direction and conceded four byes down the leg-side.
Harmison was also wayward shortly after lunch when a four-over spell cost 28 runs, but he also showed signs of a return to form by removing Peter Fulton and Stephen Fleming – two candidates for New Zealand's Test squad next week – and claimed the scalp of opener Leighton Morgan when they followed on.
Hoggard had made the first breakthrough of the morning with Matthew Bell, also in the frame for a Test call-up, edging behind to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose without scoring in the third over.
He followed that with another success in his next over with opener Leighton Morgan having his off-stump clipped as he attempted to work the ball through mid-wicket.
Harmison overcame his early struggles by removing former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, who clipped straight off his legs straight to Phil Mustard at mid-wicket.
Fulton, another Test candidate, entered the game desperately needing runs after being dropped for the final one-day international because of a low run of scores.
He looked determined to achieve just that and battled for 16 deliveries without getting off the mark before cutting straight to Jimmy Anderson at point.
Anderson continued England's destruction of the top order by also removing Mathew Sinclair when he edged behind to Alastair Cook at second slip who parried the ball in the air and Andrew Strauss took the catch at first slip.
England's bid to bat again before tonight's close was halted by an 85-run stand between Jordan Sheed and wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins spanning 28 overs.
But once Hoggard was re-introduced to the attack, the stand was broken with Hopkins providing a sharp return catch to the Yorkshire seamer and Sheed was caught at slip the following over when he mis-timed a drive against left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.
Anderson effectively ended the innings with wickets off successive balls before Broad claimed the final wicket, but rather than give their batsmen useful match practice they chose to enforce the follow on with the opposition 223 runs adrift of the tourists' 369 for nine.
Harmison again struck when they replied, having Morgan caught at point off a loose delivery, while Monty Panesar put his case forward for Test selection by trapping Matthew Bell lbw in the final session.
The day was completed with left-arm spinner Panesar claiming two vital wickets to push his claims for selection in the opening Test by removing Bell and Fulton during an eight-over spell at the end of the match.
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