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Invitational XI vs England

Bowlers impress in Dunedin

Hoggard and Panesar impress as tourists spend day in field

Hoggard: Three wickets

England's bowlers enjoyed a solid workout on the second and final day of their warm-up match against an Invitational XI with Matthew Hoggard and Monty Panesar in particular impressing in Dunedin.

Indeed, having dismissed their opponents for just 146, England - who declared on 369-9 overnight - opted to enforce the follow-on and take to the field once again in the afternoon.

Hoggard looked very sharp as he snared three first innings wickets, while Panesar did his claims for a Test place no harm at all with three over the course of the day including two in the hosts' second innings which had reached 102-3 by the close of play.

Steve Harmison also helped himself to three wickets during the day, but the Durham quickie looked some way from his best as he struggled for rhythm for long periods.

It was Hoggard who did the early damage for England as he removed openers Matthew Bell and Leighton Morgan in his second and third overs of the morning.

Having sprayed it about rather at the other end, Harmison - who bowled three wides - was given a fillip as Stephen Fleming clipped off his legs and straight to Phil Mustard at mid-wicket.

Peter Fulton became his second victim shortly afterwards as he departed for a 16-ball duck having cut straight to Jimmy Anderson at point and the Lancashire paceman got in on the act, picking up his first wicket as Matthew Sinclair edged to slip where he was caught by Andrew Strauss after Alastair Cook had parried the chance in the air.

A decent 85-run stand between Jordan Sheed and wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins ensued before Hoggard returned to remove the latter with Panesar claiming his first scalp as Sheed was pouched at slip.

Anderson (two) and Stuart Broad mopped up the final three wickets of the innings but rather than give their batsmen more time in the middle, Michael Vaughan decided to re-insert the opposition.

Harmison struck the first blow second time around as he had Morgan caught by Owais Shah for 17 and it was then the turn of Panesar to hand the selectors a timely reminder of his abilities as he did for both Bell and Fulton during an eight-over spell at the end of the match.

Match Details

25th - 26th Feb 2008
D J Walker and D M Quested

invitational xi BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Morgan c Shah b Harmison 17
Bell lbw b Panesar 22
Fulton b Panesar 33
Fleming not out 11
Sinclair not out 9
Extras 1nb, 9lb 10
Total 32.0 Overs 102 - 3
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Bowler O M R W
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