England fail to impress despite Cook century

January 11, 2012

photo by RNLJC&M

Tour match, Day 1
England 269-9 dec v Pakistan Cricket Board XI 23-0

Alastair Cook was the only real positive for England in a patchy batting performance against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI today in Dubai.

The Essex opening batsman hit 133 from 260 balls in helping the tourists declare on 269-9, late in the third session. Cook’s innings included 10 fours on a wicket that was slow and low which made timing the ball difficult all day. Cook has continued the great form he showed in 2011 when he was named ICC cricketer of the year.

The 26 year-old was the only England batsman to register a half century on a disappointing day for Andy Flower’s men. Warwickshire duo Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell were both dismissed without scoring, after both batsman were trapped lbw.

Despite not registering big scores, there was at least some time in the middle for Matt Prior (46) and Kevin Pietersen (38), who both supported Cook. Andrew Strauss (3), and Eoin Morgan (11) will be hoping that they can gain some form in England’s second innings.

Yasir Shah was the hero for the Pakistan Cricket Board as he took 5/75 from 26 overs.

England will want their bowlers to perform well tomorrow morning, in the hope of getting England’s batsman back into bat sooner rather than later. The home side will resume play on 23 without loss.

The Scoop 11/01/2012

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