An­sari stakes Test claim in warm-up

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Eng­land’s left-arm spin­ner Za­far An­sari grabbed four wick­ets to stake his claim for a Test berth on the first day of their two-day warm-up match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Chittagong yes­ter­day. The BCB XI were all out for 294 thanks to a cen­tury by opener Ab­dul Mazid, who made 106 off 95 balls and shared two use­ful part­ner­ships with Naz­mul Hos­sain (72) and Mosad­dek Hos­sain (47). Eng­land were two with­out loss at stumps in what could be their fi­nal in­nings be­fore the first Test starts in the same city on Oc­to­ber 20. Chris Woakes re­moved Soumya Sarkar early on but Mazid car­ried the lo­cal side with flu­ent bat­ting be­fore An­sari put the brakes on their in­nings with three quick strikes. After go­ing wick­et­less in the pre­vi­ous warm-up game that ended on Satur­day, An­sari fin­ished with 4-68 as the vis­i­tors made a late come­back. Stu­art Broad bowled Mazid to end his blis­ter­ing in­nings, which in­cluded 16 fours and a six, be­fore fin­ish­ing with 2-43 while spin­ner Gareth Batty claimed 2-55. Eng­land rested leg-spin­ner Adil Rashid and seamer Jake Ball while cap­tain Alas­tair Cook flew back home to at­tend the birth of his sec­ond child.

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