England seal win in first tour match in the UAE

Victory is soured by news that all rounder Tim Bresnam will miss tour through injury
England seal win in first tour match in the UAE
Andrew Strauss, Englands cricket captain. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 09 Jan 2012 06:12 PM

England’s first warm-up match on their tour of the UAE ended in victory on Monday after they beat an ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI by three wickets.

Set 261 for the win, captain Andrew Strauss led the way with a fluent 78 at the top of the order.

But the victory was soured by news that England paceman Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the tour against Pakistan after failing to recover sufficiently from an elbow injury.

Bresnan suffered swelling while training in Dubai last week ahead of England's first tour match.

After the ICC XI declared their second innings on 164 for nine, Strauss and Alastair Cook took advantage of the absence of injured strike bowler Hamid Hassan in an opening stand of 63 in less than 12 overs.

Strauss and Kevin Pietersen the fell in quick succession, leaving the target still nearly 100 runs away.

Pietersen managed only a single before Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell steadied the chase again.

Earlier, Mohammad Shahzad’s second half-century of the match had frustrated England.

Stuart Broad, who took 3-22, struck in the fifth over of the day, to take his match haul to seven wickets.

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