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Carberry puts England A ahead

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Michael Carberry

Michael Carberry was England's top scorer © Getty Images

Michael Carberry continued his impressive form with 70 for England A as they moved into a 59-run lead on day two of the first four-day Test against Bangladesh A at Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Carberry hit a century during the first tour match against the Bangladesh National Academy and was in peak form again as the tourists reached stumps on 268 for six after the home side had been dismissed for 209 on day one.

At the start of play England openers Will Jefferson and Nick Compton added 57 runs for the first wicket before slow-left armer Enamul Haque Jr had Jefferson caught by Mohammad Sharif for 38.

Compton fell shortly after lbw to Dollar Mahmud for 23 but captain Michael Yardy and Carberry consolidated with a 38-run partnership before the skipper was run out for 34.

Worcestershire wicket-keeper Steve Davies, playing solely as a batsman, joined Carberry and a significant partnership of 88 ensued as the pair took the score past the 200 mark.

Davies had made 37 when he edged to wicket-keeper Sahagir Hossain Pavel and Matt Prior became Enamul`s second victim soon after but Carberry pushed on to his half-century.

Carberry was the sixth-wicket to fall on 220 but his innings had included seven fours and one six.

Alex Loudon and Tim Bresnan then consolidated with an unbroken stand of 48 for the seventh-wicket as England reached stumps with Loudon on 25 and Bresnan 21 on a wicket where the spinners were hard to score off.

Mosharaf Hossain took 2-62 and Enamul 2-67.

Peter Moores

England A coach Peter Moores

England A Head coach Peter Moores said: "In some ways the two sides are quite evenly matched so far with England ahead because of an excellent first session on Day 1 when our seam bowlers used the new ball well to reduce them to 58 for 5 at lunch.

"Beyond that its been hard work for both sides to score, from the spinners mostly. It's crucial now that we bat well in the first session on Day 3, with the goal being to stretch the lead beyond a hundred.

"Our players will be acutely aware that they have to bat last on a warring wicket and won't want a substantial run chase.

"As far as today goes, I was pleased with our batting. Although the card shows most got 20s and 30s and didn't go on, no one gave their wicket away, and worked hard in conditions that benefited their spinners particularly."

Carberry top scored with a grafting 70 but he was run out after a mix-up with Yardy when the pair were pressurising the Bangladesh attack.

Carberry added: "This is just something that happens sometimes when you're pushing for runs. I was disappointed for Mike mostly, but my job was to re-focus and put runs on the board, and that's what we did. I think we've put ourselves in a good position."

England did not consider Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid as he continues to recover from a back injury.

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