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Kevin Pietersen fails again in England tour match draw

Tour match, Chittagong, Day three of three:
Bangladesh A 202 & 362-5d drew with England 281-7d & 185-4

Match scorecard

Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen fell to a rather ugly looking cross-batted heave from outside off-stump

Kevin Pietersen suffered another worrying failure as England drew their tour match with Bangladesh A.

Having made only 49 runs in six previous innings on tour, he made 20 but was bowled attempting a sweep shot.

Earlier, skipper Alastair Cook conceded 111 from just five overs as he bowled for a declaration by the hosts.

England were set 284 to win and Michael Carberry, seeking a place in Friday's first Test, hit six fours in 35 from 28 balls as the tourists closed on 185-4.

After his undistinguished bowling Cook did make the most of his chance with the bat, and was in control against both spin and seam in compiling 42 before he decided to retire.

OLIVER BRETT'S BLOG

Carberry had dominated their opening stand of 57, but he succumbed to the leg-spin of Mohammad Ashraful, and having made only five in the first innings, may not have done enough to earn a Test debut this week.

His dismissal brought in Pietersen, who has been vulnerable against left-arm spin in recent weeks and squirted his first ball from Mehrab Hossain jr awkwardly into the off-side.

He struck one mighty six off Ashraful but after 22 minutes and 23 balls in the middle his ungainly sweep against the slow left-armer from way outside the off-stump failed to make proper contact and he was bowled.

All-rounder Tim Bresnan was promoted to number four, perhaps an indication that he may be in line for selection on Friday, and he made 36 in assured fashion before he became Ashraful's third victim, leaving Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott to negotiate the final overs.

England coach Andy Flower insisted Pietersen's run of low scores was not a concern but conceded: "He'd be the first to admit he would have liked to have stayed out there for three hours so there's no excuses in that regard.

"It's a pity he didn't spend some more time in the middle because I thought he looked quite good for his 20.

Alastair Cook
Cook's bowling was more of a danger to the small crowd than the batsmen

"It was a positive 20, an attacking 20, and that is the way he likes to play. I thought he showed some good signs. He's a world-class player with a great record behind him and we still expect a lot from him in these Test matches.

"I don't really agree with that cricketing phase 'one knock away' but I do think all the hard work he is putting in and the thought he is putting into his game will stand him in good stead in the future.

"We all expect a world-class player to respond when the pressure is on. There will be times in this Test match when the pressure is on and it will be interesting to see how he responds to that."

Regarding the bowling attack for the Test match, Flower revealed that Graham Onions was unlikely to be fit for the game but Stuart Broad will have one more chance to prove his fitness on Wednesday.

"He's improved pretty quickly. Our medical staff and fitness trainer have got him up and running again and he is going to have a proper run out at practice, then we'll see how he responds," the coach said.

One man who may come into the equation is 20-year-old 6ft 7" Middlesex seamer Steven Finn, who only arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday as injury cover but took 2-13 and 1-20 in economical fashion during the tour match.

"I wouldn't rule Finn out," Flower said. "He's been added to the party and he's a contender for selection.

"He did very well to get off the plane the afternoon before this game and then rock up and bowl the next day. He's handled himself well for a young man and has been impressive.

"He's bowled with pace on a slow pitch and bowled with accuracy; he's quite a good prospect."



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