Flower eyes Lions progress

11 February 2019 09:51:59 EST

England Lions coach Andy Flower has demanded bigger scores from his batsmen in the second unofficial Test versus India A.

The Lions head to Mysore after securing a draw in a first match that featured several batsmen getting starts but failing to convert them.

Five of the top seven scored in excess of 25 in the first innings but none went on to get to three figures.

In contrast, India A's response to 340 all out featured a double hundred from Priyank Panchal 142 at better than a run a ball from Srikar Bharat.

"It was a good game of cricket and there were some really good performances. The outstanding performances were the double hundred and hundred," said Flower.

"The double hundred from Panchal was a classy knock and then the more attacking innings from Bharat was outstanding. It was a good testing for our guys.

"There were some nice performances from our team as well - not as large, as long or as strong as some of the Indian performances, but still good. There were two good knocks from Sam Hain, who batted really calmly and showed good method.

"It was good that Ollie Pope got in and what we'd really like to see is our guys getting in and scoring hundreds.

"For our guys to make the transition to Test cricket, they need to be able to score big in these games so Mysore will be another good challenge for us."

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