England XI demonstrated a steady progress in preparation for the forthcoming Ashes series and defeated Essex aided by the prominent performance of Graeme Swann.
The exciting wicketkeeper batsman of New Zealand XI, BJ Watling let down England XI by his excellent batting in the four day tour match prior to the 1st Test.
England tuned up in a nice manner playing their last tour match against Haryana as their batsmen and bowlers found rhythm before the opening Test vs. India.
England XI continued strengthening their armoury in all departments of the game during the side matches while the youngsters of Mumbai A also impressed.
England started their tour on a positive note as their batsmen gained an advantage while Alastair Cook and Samit Patel registered their centuries in the game.
England XI triumphed in the second match against Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI while their batsmen boosted the confidence ahead of the first Test.