England Practice Match
The England squad are ramping up their preparations ahead of the first test match of the summer next week. The two teams captained by Jos Buttler and stand-in captain for that first test Ben Stokes, have faced each other in a three-day practice match.
With captain Joe Root missing the first test, he was not involved in this match, leaving the door open for a batsman to put in a performance worthy of taking his place.
Having won the toss, Stokes elected for his 13 man side to field first. However, it was team Buttler’s left-hander James Bracey who shone brightest on day one.
The Gloucestershire opener and uncapped 23-year-old has a first-class average of 35.45. He had his first taste of England duty when was part of the England Lions team which toured Australia during the winter.
Evergreen James Anderson continued his comeback from injury and picked up two wickets. This included the scalp of Joe Denly, trapped LBW on 48.
It was another winter England Lion in the form of Essex batsman Dan Lawrence who impressed alongside Bracey. Lawrence averaged 98 in all formats throughout the Lions’ tour of Australia. He will be hopeful of catching the selectors eye. An organised 58 will have done his chances of earning a first cap next week no harm.
England Practice Match Day 2 Preview
Captain Jos Buttler 24* and Sam Curran 15* will resume their innings on Thursday for day two. The game starts at 11.00 am GMT and will be streamed live on the ECB official website.
The practice game is the players first competitive top-level cricket action since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Lastly, the three-Test #RaiseTheBat series against West Indies will begin next Wednesday. It will be at the Ageas Bowl and played behind closed doors in bio-secure environments.
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