Advantage Samit Patel in No 6 race but questions remain over his spin

All-rounder's batting enhances his Test claims as tourists settle for draw in opening match

The Brabourne Stadium

Although the match petered out to a draw, Samit Patel was the clearest winner in England's stalemate against India A that finished here in Mumbai yesterday.

In an opening tour match which meandered its way to the close, Patel's maiden hundred for his country put him at the front of the frame for a Test return as a likely No 6 batsman in Ahmedabad this month. When India A came out to bat for their second innings Patel bowled 16 overs to Graeme Swann's two, suggesting he will play as England's second spinner. But Patel's two wickets from 36 overs in the match would have made a less compelling case for the selectors.

Others could lay claim to a favourable first experience on tour, Alastair Cook beginning his tenure as permanent Test captain with a typically painstaking century and Kevin Pietersen coming through his return to England colours with his reputation unscathed following his well-chronicled summer of discontent.

For him, Wednesday's half-hour spar with old adversary Yuvraj Singh brought 23 frenetic runs before he fell caught and bowled to the part-time slow left-armer, who was to finish with 5 for 94 in England's 426 all out.

Pietersen, Cook (119) and Patel (104) can therefore press on with confidence intact or enhanced from a match after which, conversely, the prospective Test opener Nick Compton's third-ball duck on debut and Steven Finn's thigh injury will be England's biggest concerns.

Once it became clear victory would not be possible inside three days, priorities were exclusively to ensure best preparation for the four-Test series ahead – and England duly settled for the moral success of a first-innings lead of 57, before their hosts closed out the contest on 122 for 4 second time round.

England have two more opportunities to fine-tune performance and well-being before the first Test on 15 November. Sadly, however, Finn is highly unlikely to take part in at least the first of those fixtures – a three-day match starting against Mumbai A tomorrow – as he undergoes a "rehabilitation programme", after pulling up injured after just four overs.

Yuvraj added the wickets of Matt Prior (51), Patel and finally James Anderson yesterday. Much was made of the home selectors' decision to pick no specialist spinner for this match, thus depriving England of the chance to attune themselves to the challenge which will await them courtesy of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha in the Tests.

But Yuvraj, better known as a batsman, nonetheless took the bowling honours in an England innings underpinned by a stand of 169 between Cook and Patel. That fifth-wicket partnership finally ended when the captain succumbed at last, caught behind pushing forward at Ashok Dinda. Cook batted for almost six-and-a-half hours, faced 269 balls and hit 14 fours.

There were the same number of boundaries in Patel's century, from 161 deliveries, a career milestone acknowledged by an understated raise of the bat in the direction of his team-mates. Patel was by then joined by a characteristically fluent Prior, who produced a series of trademark cuts on his way to a run-a-ball half-century before edging an attempted drive at Yuvraj to Suresh Raina at slip. Patel fell in the same over, nowhere near the pitch and simply chipping a drive to cover.

Swann was yorked by R Vinay Kumar before lunch. But Tim Bresnan and Anderson kept India A waiting afterwards, in a stand of 37 until the latter poked a sweep at Yuvraj straight to short leg and the innings closed with Finn unavailable to bat.

Anderson's reward was to get the ball back in his hands, and he soon had the opener Abhinav Mukund mishitting a catch straight to mid-off.

He needed a second spell to get rid of Murali Vijay, caught at a wide slip straight after tea to end a stand of 65 with the No 3 Ajinkya Rahane (54). Yuvraj joined Rahane to give the final throes of the contest a brief spark until he slapped a catch to mid-on off Bresnan, who would have had two wickets in three balls had Anderson clung on to a tough chance at gully to see Raina off for nought.England declined any offer of more bowling.

Winners and losers from Tour match

Winners

Samit Patel With 104 runs in his only innings, Patel will consider this match a success. However, his spin in the first innings was easily blunted.

Kevin Pietersen England returnee managed not to fall out with any team-mates...

Losers

Nick Compton Wannabe opener had one knock, faced three balls and made no runs.

Steve Finn Bowler picked up an injury and is now out of the second warm-up game.

Mumbai scoreboard

Tour match, Brabourne Stadium (day three of three): India A drew with England. India A won toss

India A: First Innings 369

England: First Innings (overnight 286-4; Trott 56)

Runs/6s/4s/Bls/Min

*A N Cook c Saha b Dinda 119/0/14/269/379

S R Patel c Vijay b Singh 104/0/14/173/284

†M J Prior c Raina b Singh 51/0/9/52/62

T T Bresnan not out 33/1/4/61/67

G P Swann b Kumar 6/0/1/13/30

J M Anderson c Tiwary b Singh 19/0/3/25/32

S T Finn absent

Extras (b1 lb5 w2 nb2) 10

Total (119.5 overs) 426

Fall 1-2, 2-97, 3-125, 4-133, 5-302, 6-367, 7-368, 8-395, 9-426.

Bowling I K Pathan 19-4-61-0, A Dinda 23-2-86-2, Yuvraj Singh 26.5-1-94-5, R Vinay Kumar 17-1-48-1, P Awana 12-1-60-0, M K Tiwary 4-0-23-0, S K Raina 16-2-43-1, M K Vijay 2-0-5-0.

India A: Second Innings

Runs/6s/4s/Bls/Min

A Mukund c Bell b Anderson 3/0/0/13/10

M K Vijay c Swann b Anderson 32/1/4/60/87

A M Rahane c Anderson b Patel 54/0/6/98/137

Yuvraj Singh c Bell b Bresnan 14/0/1/27/31

*S K Raina not out 19/0/4/35/35

M K Tiwary not out 2/0/0/7/5

Extras 0

Total (for 4, 40 overs) 124

Fall 1-4, 2-69, 3-98, 4-118.

Did not bat †W P Saha, I K Pathan, R Vinay Kumar, P Awana, A Dinda.

Bowling J M Anderson 7-1-20-2, T T Bresnan 10-1-37-1, S R Patel 16-1-40-1, G P Swann 5-0-19-0, K P Pietersen 2-0-8-0.

Umpires S Asnani and S K Tarapore.

Smith joins old enemy KP at Surrey

Kevin Pietersen will be pleased... The South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith – not exactly Pietersen's best mate – has signed a three-year contract with Surrey and will captain the English county.

Smith, 31, who is on tour in Australia with the world's top-ranked team, has captained his country in 94 Tests.

"As well as being one of the best captains in the modern game, he is a phenomenal opening batsman and will lead by example from the top of the innings," the Surrey team director, Chris Adams, said.

Smith replaces Rory Hamilton-Brown, who has joined Sussex after he was released from his contract. Pietersen is contracted to Surrey but is unlikely to play a huge amount next season because of his England commitments.

News
The surrealist comedian at the Q Awards in 2010
people
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Sport
Christiano Ronaldo enjoys his opening goal
champions leagueLiverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: Ronaldo and Benzema run Reds ragged to avenge thrashing from their last visit to Anfield
Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Six of the 76 Goats' cheese samples contained a significant amount of sheep's cheese
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to American media group
Extras
indybest
News
Wilko Johnson is currently on his farewell tour
people
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidate on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
Voices
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
voicesRenée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity, says Amanda Hess
Arts and Entertainment
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are starring together in civil rights drama Freeheld
film
Voices
'Irritatingly Disneyfied': fashion vlogger Zoella
voicesVicky Chandler: Zoella shows us that feminism can come in all forms
Life and Style
health
Arts and Entertainment
Pink Floyd on stage at Live 8 in 2005. From left to right: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright
music New album The Endless River set to overtake boyband for most pre-ordered of all-time
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama