Inspiration hits Salisbury

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cricket England A 283 and 204

India Youth XI 199 and 21-1

After putting England A within sight of victory in Bombay yesterday, Ian Salisbury admitted that he has Shane Warne and Anil Kumble to thank for inspiring him towards the greater standards needed for Test success.

England's leg-spinner has struggled to make an impact in his six Tests to date, with his caps won in three batches of two in each of the last three years. "Warne and Kumble have set a benchmark for all leg-spinners and I am aiming to emulate them," he said.

Figures of 6 for 48, with a spell of four wickets in 18 balls, left the India Youth XI with no answer to his turn, bounce and control from over and around the wicket, the latter a new development.

Bowled out for 199, the Indian youngsters go into today's final day at 21 for 1, chasing 289 to win a match dominated by spin. England A made 204 in their second innings with some purposeful batting designed initially to set up an overnight declaration.

(Third day: England A won toss)

ENGLAND A - First Innings 283 (D G Cork 69)

Indian Youth XI - First Innings (Overnight: 152 for 5)

S Dighe c Wells b Stemp 26

O Kamal c Stemp b Salisbury 36

P Mhambrey b Salisbury 1

I Siddiqui c Knight b Salisbury 0

B V Vij c Ramprakash b Salisbury 9

B Rao not out 6

Extras (b1 lb4 nb4 )9

Total (85.1 overs) 199

Fall: 1-14 2-42 3-75 4-119 5-120 6-183

7-183 8-183 9-192.

Bowling: Cork 6-1-23-1; Chapple 14-6-23-0; Stemp 26-6-49-2; Weekes 21-3-51-1; Salisbury 18.1-6-48-6.

England A - Second Innings N V Knight b Vij 23

J E R Gallian c Muzumdar b Rao 25

M R Ramprakash c Muzumdar b Rao 16

A P Wells c and b Rao 36

D L Hemp c and b Rao 24

P N Weekes lbw b Mhambrey 25

D G Cork lbw b Vij 0

P A Nixon lbw b Rao 23

G Chapple lbw b Mhambrey 5

I D K Salisbury not out 8

R D Stemp b Mhambrey 7

Extras (b1 lb5 w1 nb5) 12

Total (57.2 overs) 204

Fall: 1-48 2-65 3-72 4-129 5-131 6-132 7-177 8-187 9-190.

Bowling: Mhambrey 11.2-5-26-3; Siddiqui 4-0-24-0; Vij 18-4-75-2; Rao 18-4-56-5; Kamal 6-1-17-0.

Indian Youth XI - Second Innings Z Bharucha lbw b Chapple 1

J Singh not out 13

A Muzumdar not out 7

Total (for 1, 9 overs) 21

Fall: 1-9.

To bat: S Dighe, V V S Laxman, S Sharath, P Mhambrey, I Siddiqui, O Kamal, B V Vij, B Rao.

Bowling (to date): Cork 3-1-11-0; Chapple 4-2-9-1; Stemp 2-1-1-0.

Umpires: A Jayaprakash and J Singh.