England tour of India - News - Cricket: Hussain begins Indian tour with a bang
Published: Monday, November 19, 2001, 19:31 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Mumbai: England captain Nasser Hussain launched his Indian tour campaign by hammering fours and sixes to all corners of the ground in the two-day opener against Mumbai here on Monday. Hussain smashed seven boundaries and three sixes in his scintillating 70 that brought smiles to the faces of the tourists as they prepared for the three-Test series next month. England made 370 for five at the Wankhede Stadium in reply to Mumbai Cricket Associations 373 for five.Opener Marcus Trescothick was equally destructive with 60 off 68 balls that included six fours and three sixes, while Graham Thorpe chipped in with 45.Both Hussain and Thorpe retired at tea to give other batsmen a go and Mark Ramprakash and Craig White used the opportunity to bat themselves into form.The pair put on 138 with Ramprakash making an unbeaten 58 and White an aggressive 79 not out which contained seven fours and five sixes.The tour opener preceded the official part of the trip, which begins with a three-day match against the Indian board team at Hyderabad from Thursday.England will play another three-dayer against India A at Jaipur from November 27 to 29 before the first of three back-to-back Tests begins at Mohali on December 3.The brisk batting, however, still left some worries at the top of the order.Mark Butcher and Michael Vaughan, who are certain to play the first Test, failed to settle in on the even-paced wicket. Butcher made 33 after an opening stand of 89 with Trescothick before he was run out by Wasim Jaffer. Vaughan followed soon after, caught behind off left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni for two.