Indian bowlers struggled even under favourable conditions on a rain-hit third day as the visitor’s three-day practice match against Leicestershire ended in a draw Saturday. India managed to send down 62 overs and tried out all their front-line bowlers, but nearly all of them were taken for easy runs by the batsmen. In the end, the hosts finished at 349/5 in response to India’s day one score of 333/4 in 90 overs. Opener Angus Robson (126 retired out) and number three batsman Greg Smith (101 retired out) both scored hundreds, putting an unbeaten 221-run stand for the second wicket off 222 balls, heaping a lot of misery on the Indian bowlers who were struggling to find their belongings in the alien English conditions.
Brief Scores: Indians 333 for 4 dec (Dhawan 60 [ret hurt], Pujara 57, Gambhir 54) drew with Leicestershire 349 for 5 (Robson 126, Smith 101, Redfern 58).
KP rubs salt to England’s wounds
Sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen has put the blow-torch on Alastair Cook’s England, saying the team’s series defeat to Sri Lanka showed senior players were still shell-shocked from the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.
Pietersen lashed out at skipper Cook, claiming his lack of runs was playing on his mind and making him appear a “rabbit in the headlights”.
“England were in winning positions in both matches but blew it, and I believe that is a symptom of the senior players being very unsettled,” Pietersen, controversially dumped from the team in the wake of the Ashes debacle said.