Compton hits ton for A side
England A got down to some hard work at the Mirpur indoor stadium on Friday morning before dominating the opening day of their three-day practice match against the Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy with Nick Compton hitting 152 not out in the tourists’ score of 327 for four.
Matt Prior, 82 not out and Will Jefferson 58 also hit form early while Mahmudulla Riyad took 2-42 for the home side on Saturday at the Bangladesh Institute of Sports in Dhaka.
The home side used seven bowlers as they attempted to restrain England’s runscoring but Compton hit 14 boundaries and two sixes in his 230-ball innings.
Jefferson was the dominant one in the opening partnership of 85 with Compton before the Nottinghamshire man was bowled by left-arm spinner Mosharraf Rubel.
He hit nine boundaries and a pulled six over mid wicket from Shorawardi Shuvo before being replaced by captain Michael Yardy who then added 66 runs for the second wicket alongside Compton.
Yardy made 16 before being caught behind off fast bowler Dollar Mahmud and Bangladesh continued to peg England back as part-timer Riyad chipped in with two wickets.
Michael Carberry was out for 7 and Alex Loudon for 0 as the score reached 165 for four but Compton shared a 162-run partnership with Prior as the latter hit 10 boundaries from 106 balls.
England A coach Peter Moores knows this tour will test his players and he is eager his side adapt early to the humid conditions in preparation for the first meeting with their Bangladeshi A counterparts at Mirpur on February 22.
Moores said: "Bangladesh is a cricket-loving country having a lot of passionate fans.”
Yardy added: “I do not know much about the strength of Bangladesh A but they do have some young talented players."
Yardy played in the ICC Champions Trophy for England and will be looking to impress as he leads the national A side for the first time.
Yardy concluded: "I want to lead the team properly and play good cricket."
England decided to send Amjad Khan home when the Kent fast bowler arrived in Bangladesh with a swollen knee after attending the Dennis Lillee academy in Chennai.
England will probably send for two replacements after Ravi Bopara’s World Cup selection and the loss of Khan, who flew back to England on Saturday.
England A Squad: Michael Yardy (captain), Stuart Broad, Michael Carberry, Nick Compton, Steven Davies, Will Jefferson, Alex Loudon, Graham Onions, Matthew Prior, Adil Rashid, Tom Smith, Tim Bresnan.
Team Officials: Guy Jackson (Manager), Peter Moores (Coach), David Parsons, Craig Ranson, Richard Smith and Mike Stone.