Bowling woes intensify for England after Stuart Broad limps off

Vice-captain undergoes scan on heel as attack is terrorised by rising star Pujara

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Stuart Broad has picked up a heel injury to add to England's mounting concerns as they continue preparations for the forthcoming Test series in India.

Vice-captain Broad was tonight set to undergo a scan, after having to leave the field temporarily because of pain in his left foot on day two of this warm-up match against Mumbai A.

The seamer returned after four overs but did not bowl again, having managed 10 overs previously in four short spells as England's opponents reached 232 for 4 in reply to 345 for 9 declared.

An update on Broad's heel is expected tomorrow, when England also hope to discover whether Stuart Meaker – already called in as pace-bowling cover for the injured Steven Finn – has overcome visa issues and will therefore be able to fly to India in time for a final warm-up fixture before the first Test in Ahmedabad.

That opening match of four in what is sure to prove a tough series begins on 15 November and before Broad also succumbed to injury, it was thought probable Finn's sore thigh would keep him out of the reckoning until the second Test back here in Mumbai.

England endured an awkward day all round at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium, where they got a longer first look than they might have wished at India No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara (87), who shared a third-wicket stand of 163 with Hiken Shah (84 not out). With or without Broad, it does not appear Pujara for one will be losing any sleep about England's bowlers after his first experience against them. "I was pretty comfortable against all the bowlers," he said. "I guess, since I've scored runs, I'll have learned more. I hadn't faced many of England's bowlers before, so it was important I got some practice before the Test series. I could get used to their actions, what kind of strengths [they have] and strategies against me."

Pujara eventually fell to Monty Panesar, and described England's left-arm spinner as the pick of the attack. It remains unlikely Panesar will feature in the first Test. But whoever does, Pujara is expecting them to up their game. "It won't be the same in the Test match, because I think the intensity will be higher. I think their fielding was not quite up to the mark here, but will be in the Test."

Pujara's approach was reminiscent of the discipline employed by the great Rahul Dravid, a batsman known universally as 'The Wall' and one England – and most other nations – found especially difficult to displace for many years. "It's not quite the same, but I guess I can see where you're coming from," Panesar said of that suggestion. "He accumulates his runs; he's not going to come after the attack, and just plays a patient game. He's a very patient player, an organised cricketer."

Even so, Panesar senses that Pujara may find things tougher in more exacting conditions and praised England's tenacity.

"I think if there's a little bit more pace in the pitch, he's a little bit vulnerable early on because of the extra carry. They obviously played well. But the boys put in a good effort, and we didn't make it easy for them either. I thought as a unit the guys did really well today."

Panesar has not given up either yet on Finn returning to full fitness in the next 10 days. "He's in good spirits," he said. "It's not a major thing – which is really good for us – and we hope he can recover in time and be available for the first Test."

Mumbai scoreboard

Tour match second day of three: Mumbai A are trailing England by 113 runs with 6 first-innings wickets in hand

England won toss

ENGLAND First Innings
Overnight 338-6 (Bairstow 118, Morgan 76)
S R Patel c S M Shaikh b Waingankar 60
80 balls 0 sixes 7 fours
*S C J Broad lbw b Thakur 6
16 balls 0 sixes 1 fours
G Onions c S M Shaikh b Thakur 0
10 balls 0 sixes 0 fours
J M Anderson not out 5
13 balls 0 sixes 1 fours
Extras (b5 lb3 w2 nb9) 19
Total (for 9 dec, 93 overs) 345
Fall: 1-5, 2-55, 3-64, 4-66, 5-222, 6-329, 7-339, 8-339, 9-345.
Did Not Bat: M S Panesar.
Bowling: K Waingankar 25-8-72-3, S N Thakur 20-4-53-3, J J Khan 17-1-75-2, S Dhawan 12-2-49-0, S A Yadav 6-1-30-1, S S Shaikh 3-0-14-0, N A Patil 5-0-28-0, B J Thakkar 5-0-16-0.

MUMBAI A First Innings
B J Thakkar c Bairstow b Onions 5
35 balls 0 sixes 1 fours
S Dhawan c Anderson b Root 27
59 balls 0 sixes 5 fours
C A Pujara c Anderson b Panesar 87
184 balls 0 sixes 11 fours
H N Shah not out 84
190 balls 1 sixes 9 fours
*S A Yadav c Bairstow b Anderson 17
17 balls 0 sixes 3 fours
Extras (b6 lb2 w1 nb3) 12
Total (for 4, 80.4 overs) 232
Fall: 1-19, 2-47, 3-210, 4-232.
To bat: †S M Shaikh, N A Patil, K Waingankar, J J Khan, S N Thakur, S S Shaikh.
Bowling: J M Anderson 13.4-5-36-1, S C J Broad 10-2-19-0, G Onions 12-2-34-1, M S Panesar 20-4-47-1, J E Root 13-3-43-1, S R Patel 9-1-34-0, I J L Trott 3-0-11-0.
Umpires: R M Deshpande and N H Phadnis.

Get Adobe Flash player