England Get A Good Work Out Despite Jonathan Trott's Failure
St Kitts Invitational XI 303-9 (Bairstow 98) drew
England XI 222 (Bell 43)
Tour match in St Kitts
England completed their final tour game against St Kitts Invitational XI in a draw with most of their players getting a good work out as they now head into the first Test against West Indies starting on 13th April.
Unlike their first tour game against the same opponent which had no contest, St Kitts Invitational XI was strengthened by the inclusion of Jonny Bairstow (98) and Joe Root (87 not out) while Jonathan Trott and Gary Ballance were batting for both the sides.
England on winning the toss opted to field first on a pitch which was on the slower side.
James Anderson (1-17) had the better of Trott (0) who came to open for St Kitts in the third delivery of the innings.
On the other end, Stuart Broad (1-25) had an injury scare after he twisted his ankle in the second over of the day leaving a lot of England supporters worried.
However the 28-year old returned back after receiving almost an hour of ice treatment.
Ballance’s (17) poor run continued as he became James Tredwell’s (2-70) first victim and was immediately followed by Sherwin Peters’ (0) dismissal as St Kitts Invitational XI were restricted to 55 for four.
Jonny Bairstow (98) batting at number four and playing the role of specialist wicket-keeper for the home side made full use of the opportunity in a knock involving 13 fours and a six.
He had a 135-run stand with Akeem Saunders (50). However he was unlucky to miss out on a deserving century by just two runs removed by Ben Stokes (3-32).
Joe Root (87 not out) batted at an unlikely position of number eight for St Kitts ensured the visitors reached 303 for nine before declaring their innings.
For England it was once again Stokes who was the pick of the bowlers having bagged three wickets while Tredwell managed two. Anderson, Broad and Adil Rashid (1-85) managed a wicket apiece.
It wasn’t the best of the starts for England with the bat as they were made to toil hard for runs. It was Adam Lyth (23) who came to bat with skipper Alastair Cook (22).
The pair added 44 runs before Quinton Boatswain (2-34) removed Lyth. The right arm pacer picked Trott (2) in his very next over, second failure for Trott in the game.
Ian Bell (43) played a fluent knock before him and Cook retired out to give others a go before the first Test begins.
England were dismissed for 222 with four of their batsmen including Cook, Bell, Ballance (23) and Chris Jordan (18) retiring out. Overall it was a good workout for the England team with all of their players getting a hit.
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