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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2006, 11:16 GMT
England slump to crushing defeat
Tour Match, Baroda, day three:
President's XI 342-8d & 58-2 bt England 238 & 158 by eight wickets

Marcus Trescothick is comprehensively beaten by Shiv Paul's inswinger
Trescothick was comprehensively beaten by Paul's inswinger

England's worries ahead of Wednesday's first Test against India increased after an eight-wicket hammering by an Indian Board President's XI in Baroda.

Nightwatchman Matthew Hoggard (42) made the top score as the tourists folded for 158 to pace bowler Munaf Patel, who took 5-32 for a match haul of 10-91.

Andrew Flintoff failed with the bat for the second match running, while Kevin Pietersen did not risk his sore back.

The hosts had few problems getting the 55 needed to seal England's misery.

With Marcus Trescothick flying home, and several injury and illness concerns, not to mention the lack of time in the middle enjoyed by senior batsmen, they will not go to Nagpur in the best shape.

Things did not look so bad in the morning when stand-in captain Trescothick (32) and Hoggard made steady progress to put on 64 before the left-hander's loose drive was beaten by an inswinging delivery from Shiv Paul.

It's not been the ideal preparation leading into a tough Test series
Michael Vaughan

But after Hoggard's defiant 108-ball stay ended when he holed out to long-on off Ramesh Powar, the rest of the batting fell apart.

Flintoff's poor run on tour - 20, 5, 1 were his previous scores - continued when he edged the impressive Patel behind and Bell (29) fell in similar fashion off Vikram Singh.

Geraint Jones was trapped leg before by one that kept low from off-spinner Powar and although Ian Blackwell and Liam Plunkett battled away before tea, the end came swifly after the break.

The duo had their stumps rearranged by Patel, who completed a fine match personally by cleaning up Monty Panesar first ball.

Hoggard swung one away from Wasim Jaffer for Andrew Strauss to pouch a straightforward slip catch and Panesar had Dheeraj Jadhav caught at leg-slip by substitute fielder Matt Prior.

But the hosts cruised to their target to leave England with plenty to work on in the next three days.

Interview: England coach Duncan Fletcher

Interview: England captain Michael Vaughan

Report: Trescothick flys home



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