London: England's final two wickets piled on 97 runs before India eventually bowled out the hosts for 487 to force an early tea on the second day of the first Test of four at Lord's on Friday. England debutant fast bowler Simon Jones made 44 batting at number 10 with recalled all-rounder Craig white making 53 before he was last man out, stumped by Ajaya Ratra off leg spinner Anil Kumble. Matthew Hoggard was 10 not out.
Left-arm quick Zaheer Khan finished with three for 90, Kumble three for 128. England, 372 for seven at lunch, lost Ashley Giles (19) shortly afterwards with the score on 390, the spin bowler playing back to a full-length delivery from Ashish Nehra. It was the persevering left-arm paceman's first wicket of the match and brought Jones to the crease. And any hopes India had of bowling England out for 400 immediately disappeared. Son of former England quick Jeff, Glamorgan fast bowler Jones, 23, showed no nerves with the bat. He hit Zaheer straight back over his head for a magnificent six.
And when the bowler came around the wicket Jones, who bats left-handed but bowls right, produced a stylish on-driven four. He was also equally effective against Kumble steering him through point for four and then swotting him through the onside for another boundary. Together with White, a virtual spectator, the pair shared a fifty stand in just 43 balls of which Jones' share was 35. On 42 he lofted Kumble high to straight long on and Ajit Agarkar, who ran round 35 yards, failed to hold on to the catch.
Jones ran two but two deliveries later his bold innings ended when Kumble took the shoulder of his bat, the ball looping to Rahul Dravid at first slip. Jones unexpected but highly valuable 44 had come off just 43 balls including one six and seven fours, England adding 62 in 63 balls in an unexpectedly productive ninth- wicket stand. White then swept Kumble for six, maintaining the high tempo with a 66-ball fifty that also featured four fours but was stumped off the spinner going for another bold shot.
He was already walking off when third umpire Peter Willey gave his decision. Earlier Agarkar took two wickets in two balls, Andrew Flintoff (59) and England captain Nasser Hussain (155) both caught behind as England declined to 357 for seven. All-rounder Flintoff's typically blazing fifty came from just 57 balls including one six and nine fours. However, there was also plenty of playing and missing before Flintoff's luck ran out when he made contact with one static shot too many.
Agarkar had dismissed Flintoff with the last ball of his 17th over. Then, with the first ball of his 18th, he had Hussain well taken by Ratra diving before Giles survived the hat-trick. Hussain had faced 331 balls in a fine captain's innings of over seven hours, which included 25 fours and rescued England from the depths of 78 for three.