Alastair Cook fails with bat on return to first-class cricket

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Yorkshire and the MCC ended day one of the traditional season opener in Abu Dhabi with honours even but England captain Alastair Cook is still searching for form ahead of England's trip to the West Indies.

A strong MCC, which included Cook, won the toss and decided to bat first against a Yorkshire side keen to continue the success that they achieved during last season's domestic competition.

It was Yorkshire who made early inroads having the MCC floundering on 7-2 after Nick Compton was dismissed from the first ball of the match and England skipper Cook out for just three, both batsmen falling to ex-England seamer Ryan Sidebottom.

The MCC recovered from their early setbacks as other England hopefuls Michael Carberry (36), James Hildreth (89) and Daryl Mitchell (54) helped the MCC to 160-3 before a collapse brought Yorkshire back in to the game.

From a dominant position the MCC slumped to 221 all out after losing their last seven wickets for just 61 runs. All of Yorkshire's front-line bowlers took wickets with youngster Will Rhodes (2-10) and veteran Sidebottom (2-27) the pick.

In reply, Yorkshire lost promising youngsters Alex Lees (11) and Jack Leaning (14) before the close but England hopeful Adam Lyth outlined his quality with an unbeaten half-century as Yorkshire closed on 82-2.

Cook's struggles continue

Much of the focus before the day's play will have been on Cook and his form ahead of England's tour to the West Indies but it was Yorkshire's Adam Lyth, a potential replacement for Cook, who did his international chances no harm at all on day one. On day two Lyth will hope to add to his overnight score and further impress the selectors.

Yorkshire will start day two in the hope of posting a strong first innings score whilst the MCC will want to make early inroads as they bid to capture further wickets before Cook can once again search for form in the second innings.

England and Cook start their tour of the West Indies on the 6th April with the first Test match taking place on the 13th April in Antigua.

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