Tour game: England opt for batting practice

Published: Friday, November 23, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Colombo: England opener Alastair Cook top-scored with 63 as the tourists three-day practice game against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI petered out into a draw on Thursday.

England finished the day on 315 for six wickets in reply to the Lankan mammoth  500 for five declared.

Cook enjoyed a partnership of 77 with captain Michael Vaughan, who hit 38 before being trapped lbw by leg spinner Malinga Bandara.

The only batsman to fail on a docile pitch was Kevin Pietersen who was caught in the gully for four off seamer Nuwan Kulasekera.

Cook, Ian Bell (49), Paul Collingwood (52) and Owais Shah (38) all retired while Ravi Bopara made 40 not out.

England have one more practice game before the first Test starts on Dec 1 in Kandy.

Brief Scores:

SLC President XI 500 for 5 decl ( Chamara Kapugedera 141, Upul Tharanga 112, Kandamby 107 n o; Hoggard 1 for 45, Sidebottom 1 for 46, Broad 1 for 42,  G Swann 1 for 112) drew with England 315 for 6 ( Alistair Cook 63 retd out, Ian Bell 49 retd out, Collingwood 52 retd out, Owais Shah 38 retd out, Vaughan 38; Kulasekara 1 for 28, Malinga Bandara 1 for 93).


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