Queensland Select 396-9d & 198-2, England Lions 250-5d
Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes seized the chance to impress when the England Lions had a bat on the second day of their three-day match against a Queensland Select at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
Jennings scored 89 from 148 balls and shared a second-wicket stand of 144 with Foakes, who like his Surrey team-mate Tom Curran was drafted into the Lions team from England’s Ashes squad to give them some match practice.
Foakes, who had shared wicketkeeping duties with Lancashire’s Alex Davies as the Queenslanders made 396 for nine on day one, stroked 67 from 94 balls with six fours and a six – watched by England head coach Trevor Bayliss and batting coach Mark Ramprakash, on their last day in Brisbane before heading south for the second Test in Adelaide.
“Obviously I’ve been netting a lot out here so it was nice to get out in the middle, share a stand with Keats and get a few runs,” said Foakes, who had been due to bat at four but was promoted one place in the order after Tom Westley suffered a finger injury in the field.
“They had a decent bowling attack, with a couple of guys who are regulars in the Brisbane Big Bash team, but Keaton played well against the new ball and was only out when he was trying to kick on.
“Me and TC have enjoyed linking up with the Lions again and playing some cricket. I kept for about two and a half hours over a couple of sessions which was good as well, and TC has bowled nicely. It means we will be a bit later than the rest of the squad getting down to Adelaide because they all flew today. But we’ll still be there in time for practice before the game.”
Foakes relished his first taste of the Ashes experience at the ‘Gabba, even though he was restricted to a watching brief as England went 1-0 down in the series.
“When you come out as back-up keeper you know your game time is going to be limited, but it’s still been special to be out here and to experience that Test,” he added.
“We had three days of hard work when I thought we played pretty well, and although it slipped away in the end, hopefully Adelaide will be a good place for us to come back.”
It was a decent day for all three Lancashire players in the Lions line-up, as Davies and Liam Livingstone followed the example of their new team-mate Jennings by sharing a positive unbroken sixth wicket stand of 43 before Jennings declared the Lions innings on 250 for five, in the hope of setting up a last-day run chase.
Livingstone, who came in at five, ended unbeaten on 22 with one six, and Davies thumped two maximums in his unbeaten 25.
Nick Gubbins was caught and bowled by new Durham signing Nathan Rimmington for 14, Dan Lawrence fell for 9, and Ben Duckett made 21 after being called into the batting line-up at six following Westley’s injury.
Curran and George Garton then took one wicket apiece, and Dom Bess joined his fellow Somerset spinner Jack Leach in the bowling attack for the first time in the match.
But the Queenslanders galloped to 198 for two in their second innings, with captain Peter Forrest again setting the lead, meaning they will resume on the last day with a lead of 344, and well-placed to make an early declaration.
Tom Westley will fly home from Brisbane tomorrow (Wednesday) for scans and a probable finger operation after suffering an injury in the field.
Westley had been due to bat at number three, but an initial diagnosis on the middle finger of his left hand ruled him out of playing any further part on the Lions training camp, which continues for a fortnight in Perth with a focus on white-ball skills.
“Given what we suspect about the injury, we think it’s important to get Tom back to a specialist in Leeds as soon as possible to have a further scan and then for any surgery that’s necessary,” explained Ben Langley, the ECB’s lead physiotherapist.
Paul Coughlin, Nottinghamshire’s recent signing from Durham who limped out of the game with a hip problem sustained fielding on the first day, has responded well to treatment, and there are no plans for him to return home early at this stage.