Hussain again on form for England

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Pakistan Board XI 301 England A 199-5

Nasser Hussain played another innings of massive authority in Lahore yesterday to improve his own Test prospects and the tour hopes of his England A side.

Hussain hit a three-hour 83, his fourth score above 50 in four tour innings, while Jason Gallian's 67 from 90 balls with 12 fours helped England A to 199 for 5 in reply to the Pakistan Board XI's 301 all out.

And after a frustrating opening day, the A team's attack also showed its teeth with Dean Headley (5-68) and Craig White (3-74) brushing aside the home side's lower order.

The Pakistan Board XI lost their last six wickets for 29 runs in the morning with Kent's Headley, who took three wickets, continuing to impress with his accuracy and stamina.

(Second day of four; Pakistan CB X1 won toss)

PAKISTAN CB XI - First Innings

(Overnight: 259 for 4)

Saeed Azad c Piper b Headley 117

Wajahtullah c Stemp b Headley 27

Majid Inayat c Irani b White 6

Iefikhar c Knight b White 6

Fahad Khan c Piper b White 0

Shoaib Aktar run out 0

Mubashir Nazeer not out 0

Extras (b8, lb3, nb5) 16

Total (96.2 overs) 301

Fall: 5-272, 6-279, 7-289, 8-289, 9-301.

Bowling: Headley 27.2-6-68-5; White 19-2-74-3; Stemp 27-5-76-0; Irani 11-2-26-1; Salisbury 7-1-37-0; McGrath 5-1-9-0.

ENGLAND A - First Innings

N V Knight c Wajahtullah b Shoaib Aktar 1

J E R Gallian c Shoaib Aktar b Fahad 67

*N Hussain c Iefikhar b Nazeer 83

A McGrath not out 26

J C Pooley b Nazeer 0

R C Irani lbw b Iefikhar 12

C White not out 1

Extras (lb4, nb5) 9

Total (for 5, 62 overs) 199

Fall: 1-8, 2-125, 3-168, 4-168, 5-190.

To Bat: K J Piper, I D K Salisbury, D W Headley, R D Stemp.

Bowling: Shoaib Aktar 7-0-40-1; Mubashir Nazeer 16-5-40-2; Fahad Khan 16-0-67-1; Iefikhar 22-5-43-1; Wajahtullah 1-0-5-0.

Umpires: Mohammad Iqbal and Azzar Assan.