Swann, Bresnan rescue England XI

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An England XI facing off against Essex managed to recover from a middle order slump on day one of their tour match, thanks to half centuries from bowlers Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan at the County Ground.

An England XI facing off against Essex managed to recover from a middle order slump on day one of their tour match, thanks to half centuries from bowlers Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan at the County Ground.

England reached 328 for seven at stumps in Chelmsford, with Swann unbeaten on 62 and Bresnan on 55, the latter having batted at a much more sedate pace than the spinner as they salvaged the score from 212 for seven.

Essex won the toss and chose to field, putting their county skipper Alastair Cook in to bat against his team-mates. Cook and Joe Root put on 33 for the first wicket before the skipper was sent back to an unfamiliar dressing room by Tymal Mills.

Root, eager to show his worth ahead of the first Test, made 41 off 53 balls, before becoming one of Sajid Mahmood's two wickets. This left Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen together and they pushed the score to 115.

Trott was out for 32, caught behind by Ben Foakes off Mills, while Pietersen went on to make 49 on his return to the England set-up following injury. Tom Craddock claimed KP's wicket, as well as those of Ian Bell and Matt Prior for cheap scores.

Once Jonny Bairstow was out to Mahmood in the 57th over, Swann and Bresnan knuckled down to take them to the close of play still 33 overs away. Bresnan faced 132 ball for his 55, while Swann was quicker and struck eight fours in his 87 deliveries faced.

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