England A have maximum points in their sights ahead of their Busta Cup second round match against Trinidad and Tobago starting at the Queen’s Park Oval here today. Lying equal first in the table with Barbados and Leeward Islands following their victory over West Indies B in Grenada earlier this week, England A will be hoping to gain another 12 points against Trinidad and Tobago, who lost to the Leeward Islands by 183 runs in the opening round. England A have maximum points in their sights ahead of their Busta Cup second round match against Trinidad and Tobago starting at the Queen’s Park Oval here today. Lying equal first in the table with Barbados and Leeward Islands following their victory over West Indies B in Grenada earlier this week, England A will be hoping to gain another 12 points against Trinidad and Tobago, who lost to the Leeward Islands by 183 runs in the opening round.
After an extended practice and an inspection of the wicket, coach Peter Moores and captain Mark Alleyne will pick their side for the next four days, their batting options having increased after the arrival last night of Warwickshire captain Michael Powell, who replaced the injured David Sales.Despite his availability, Powell – who spent most of his first 24 hours in Port of Spain looking for his luggage – is unlikely to get a game so soon after landing in Trinidad and is expected to spend the next four days acclimatising to the conditions.Powell, set out at the start of 2000 aiming to cement his place in the Warwickshire side. A year and more than 1,000 first-class runs later, he is the recently-installed county captain, replacing Neil Smith, and a new fixture in England’s international plans. “It has been the best six months of my career but it’s happened so quickly it hasn’t really sunk in,” he said. “I was disappointed when I was not selected for the A tour but I planned my winter away in Cape Town with our coach Bob Woolmer and was intent on preparing for 2001.”If the Queen’s Park Oval pitch favours spin, both Jason Brown, who took five wickets in the first game, and Lancashire leg-spinner Chris Schofield will be included at the expense of one of the six specialist batsmen who played their part in England’s 224-run victory over the West Indies youth side.The Yorkshire pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out after straining a groin muscle batting in the last match, leaving the way open for either Paul Franks or Jonathan Lewis to come into the side.In Delhi, India’s former captain Kapil Dev appeared before the national cricket board’s match-fixing investigator yesterday and made some changes to statements he had earlier given to a federal agency, an inquiry official said.”Kapil Dev made some additions, revealed a few new facts and made some minor amendments to what was mentioned in the government report,” said K Madhavan, a former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) joint director.Madhavan declined to give exact details of his conversation with Dev who was exonerated by the CBI in its report on match-fixing last year..
A magnificent century from the captain Ian Bell helped England edge past India’s first-innings total on day two of the first Under-19 Test here. A magnificent century from the captain Ian Bell helped England edge past India’s first-innings total on day two of the first Under-19 Test here.
The Warwickshire 18-year-old was the only England batsman to make more than 30 as the team reached 281 for 9,some 24 runs ahead.Bell was in superb form as he notched his second century at this level in his 10th youth Test, reaching three figures off 169 balls with 17 boundaries. “That is a better hundred than the one I made against New Zealand Under-19s two years ago,” he said. “I’m a lot better cricketer now and I was very happy I didn’t give any chances.”Bell’s footwork against the spinners was excellent, and he punished any bad ball that came his way. His only mistake came when he was finally bowled by the seamer Nitin Aggarwal offering no stroke on 109.None of Bell’s team-mates were able to keep him company long enough for England to establish a substantial lead.
Durham’s Nicky Peng hit six fours in his 30 before being run out when Gary Pratt’s straight drive was adjudged to have been touched on to the stumps by the bowler Siddarth Trivedi. Bell then joined Pratt and their second-wicket partnership of 64 took England to three figures. But then Pratt gave away a simple catch on 28.The middle-order failed to contribute and, at one stage, with the tourists on 175 for 5, it looked as though they might fail to get past India’s first innings total of 257. Bell was sixth out before Kent’s Robert Ferley and Lancashire’s Kyle Hogg added a spirited and valuable 45 for the seventh wicket. Hogg was run out for 23 and Ferley followed soon after, lbw to the spinner Kashinath Khadkikar for 29. The final pair, Justin Bishop and Monty Panesar, dug in until stumps, hoping to grind out some more crucial runs today.. Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman is resting at home after a bout of pneumonia forced him into hospital before Christmas, his son said today.