Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan shine for England in Mumbai

 

Mumbai

Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan proved all is well with England's
back-up middle order - but the tourists are still none the wiser about
the identity of Alastair Cook's new Test opening partner.

Another failure from Nick Compton and only a modicum of comparative success for Joe Root saw to it that more evidence is urgently required before either can be pencilled in for a debut as Andrew Strauss's replacement in the first Test against India.

Instead, by way of consolation but of less direct relevance to the grand plan perhaps, Bairstow (118) made his maiden first-class hundred in an England shirt.

He and Morgan (76) shared a stand of 158 to rescue England from 66 for four on the way to 338 for six on day one of three against Mumbai A at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium.

Compton this morning followed his duck against India A on Tuesday with just a single, while Root succumbed to the last ball before lunch for a painstaking 28 on debut.

His was the third wicket to fall for just 10 runs against Mumbai A, leaving Morgan and Bairstow - runless between them - with an important job to do to ensure England's innings did not fall well short of expectations against a routine attack on a fair pitch.

They performed admirably throughout a wicketless second session.

Morgan clubbed Suryakumar Yadav high over long-on for an early six in an 81-ball 50 also containing six fours.

Bairstow, scorer of 95 and 54 in England's most recent Test match at Lord's, may nonetheless soon find himself back in an understudy role again thanks to the 'reintegration' of Kevin Pietersen - the man he deputised for at HQ.

For good measure, he added a 158-ball century here, underpinned by sound shot selection and execution and completed with a flourish with a fierce cut for his 13th boundary off Kshemal Waingankar.

Even so, it was a fair bet Cook and coach Andy Flower would have readily swapped all of that for a more clear-cut indication of whether Root or Compton is likely to have what it takes in Ahmedabad on November 15.

The 'shoot-out' billed between them lasted little more than quarter-of-an-hour after stand-in captain Stuart Broad won the toss in a match minus the rested Pietersen.

The two contenders at least both got off the mark, Compton having to dive in to complete the scampered single which got Root under way.

His reward, however, was a good ball soon afterwards from Waingankar which held its line and evaded his forward-defence to knock out off-stump.

Root fared better, coming through the initial threat of Waingankar - a seamer who took five wickets against England four years ago when they were bowled out for just 98 in a crushing limited-overs defeat but who is playing in only his 12th first-class match at the age of 27.

The Yorkshireman, six years younger, displayed the maturity which has impressed so many as he waited more than an hour before registering a boundary - a clip off his legs when Shardul Thakur returned for his second spell.

It was to be Root's only four, before he was caught at short-leg off the part-time bowling of home captain Yadav on the stroke of lunch.

Jonathan Trott had shared a half-century stand with Root before a waft at a wide one from Javed Khan brought only an edge behind.

Ian Bell, also caught by wicketkeeper Sufiyan Shaikh when Waingankar found the edge with movement off the pitch, like Compton made his second single-figure score on tour - adding four here to the five he managed at the Brabourne Stadium.

But Bairstow and Morgan were up to the task, in a stand featuring just one minor moment of fortune in 40 overs when the wicketkeeper's mistimed push off the back foot did not stick in Waingankar's fingers on 56.

Thakur eventually had Morgan lbw with a yorker. But Samit Patel (59no) continued his fine form with another 50, in only 60 balls, to help Bairstow past his hundred in a near run-a-ball century partnership, which ended just before the close when the latter edged Javed low to first slip.

Arts & Entertainment
Madonna in her music video for 'Like A Virgin'
music... and other misheard song lyrics
Sport
Steven Gerrard had to be talked into adopting a deeper role by his manager, Brendan Rodgers
sportThe city’s fight for justice after Hillsborough is embodied in Steven Gerrard, who's poised to lead his club to a remarkable triumph
News
Much of the colleges’ land is off-limits to locals in Cambridge, with tight security
educationAnd has the Cambridge I knew turned its back on me?
News
Waitrose will be bringing in more manned tills
newsOverheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
News
The energy drink MosKa was banned for containing a heavy dose of the popular erectile dysfunction Levitra
news
Environment
People are buying increasing numbers of plants such as lavender to aid the insects
environmentGardeners rally round the endangered bumblebee
Sport
Australia's Dylan Tombides competes for the ball with Adal Matar of Kuwait during the AFC U-22 Championship Group C match in January
sportDylan Tombides was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011
Arts & Entertainment
Customers browse through Vinyl Junkies record shop in Berwick Street, Soho, London
musicBest exclusives coming to an independent record shop near you this Record Store Day
News
Ida Beate Loken has been living at the foot of a mountain since May
newsNorwegian gives up home comforts for a cave
Extras
indybest10 best gardening gloves
Arts & Entertainment
tvIt might all be getting a bit much, but this is still the some of the finest TV ever made, says Grace Dent
Arts & Entertainment
Comedian Lenny Henry is calling for more regulation to support ethnic actors on TV
tvActor and comedian leads campaign against 'lack of diversity' in British television
News
Posted at the end of March, this tweeted photo was a week off the end of their Broadway shows
people
News
peopleStar to remain in hospital for up to 27 days to get over allergic reaction
Arts & Entertainment
The Honesty Policy is a group of anonymous Muslims who believe that the community needs a space to express itself without shame or judgement
music
News
Who makes you happy?
happy listSend your nominations now for the Independent on Sunday Happy List
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit