Buttler & Stokes Shine On Day 3
The practice three-day intra-squad match between teams captained by Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes has ended in a draw.
Held at the venue for next weeks first test match, the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, the game eventually fizzled out. Team Stokes’ attempt chase 254 late this afternoon went in vain.
With a first-innings lead of 54 Team Buttler were positive this morning. They were quick to bring the game forward. Ollie Pope was the biggest plus point finishing on 55 not out when the declaration came. His brisk knock included three fours and two sixes.
Stokes, Buttler and perhaps Leach?
Left-arm spinner Jack Leach was the pick of the bowlers for Team Stokes with his three wickets, although they came at a cost, his 13.4 overs costing six runs per over (82 runs in total).
Quickfire runs from the captain himself Buttler and Chris Woakes led to the conclusion of the innings, Buttler declaring his side’s innings on 200/5, setting Stokes’ men 254 to win.
With just over 40 overs remaining in the days play, Team Stokes would have had to score at over five an over if they were going to chase down their target. The Yorkshireman who was in need of some runs was promoted to open the innings. Team Stokes would have hoped that Jonny Bairstow provides a brisk start to the innings.
Bairstow & Sibley Fail To Capitalise On Brisk Starts
Openers Bairstow and Sibley both got starts but the run rate was never likely to threaten and despite a rapid 33 from Stokes from just 17 balls the match ended in a draw.
It was another spinner who caught the eye in the final innings, this time leg spinner Matt Parkinson picked up two late wickets. Buttler & Stokes both shone brightest but it was an all-round good effort by the England squad.
A good outing for the players ahead of the first #RaiseTheBat test match on Wednesday. Much needed overs under the belt for the pacemen and time in the middle for the batters. England’s players will be thankful for the opportunity this match has presented, especially having not played competitive cricket to this point.
It is widely expected that Essex top-order batsman Dan Lawrence will be selected to deputise for Joe Root who is away on father duties. Lawrence who enjoyed an incredible winter Lions tour also scored a composed 58 in the first innings of this match, which looks to be enough to have secured earned his first England cap.
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