Ashes 2013-14: England toil in Ashes warm-up game

Ashes 2013-14: England toil in Ashes warm-up game

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England endured a chastening first day of their Ashes tour as a Western Australia Chairman’s XI made 369-4. Chris Lynn scored 104 and three other batsmen passed 50 as England’s seam attack was made to suffer at the Waca.James Anderson took 1-31 from 16 overs but fellow pacemen Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin and Chris Tremlett took one wicket between them for 245 runs
England have three warm-up matches before the first Test in Brisbane, which starts on 21 November.
The tourists are chasing a fourth consecutive Ashes series win, something they have not achieved in more than a century.
With Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann certain to play in the first Test, fitness permitting, only one quick bowling spot is up for grabs.
England’s Ashes tour itinerary
31 Oct-2 Nov: v Western Australia Chairman’s XI, Perth
6-9 Nov : v Australia A, Hobart
13-16 Nov: v New South Wales XI, Sydney
21-25 Nov: 1st Test, Brisbane
29-30 Nov: v Chairman’s XI, Alice Springs
5-9 Dec: 2nd Test, Adelaide
13-17 Dec: 3rd Test. Perth
26-30 Dec: 4th Test, Melbourne
3-7 Jan 2014: 5th Test, Sydney
But Rankin and Finn, in particular, came in for heavy punishment against a makeshift outfit on an unusually lifeless Waca pitch.
Lynn last played first-class cricket for his native Queensland almost 20 months ago and has since become a limited-overs specialist.
But his 16 fours and a six in a 116-ball century at number three followed an opening stand of 115 between Marcus Harris (69) and Luke Towers (77).
Rankin’s first spell was littered with full tosses and 16 runs came off the uncapped Irishman’s third over, although his second spell was an improvement.
Anderson and Tremlett had performed acceptably with the new ball, without posing major problems for two batsmen surplus to Western Australia’s domestic requirements against Victoria in Melbourne.
All-rounder Ben Stokes (1-56) and part-time spinner Joe Root (1-32) were the other successful wicket-takers.
England captain Alastair Cook is missing the match with a sore back and Monty Panesar was ruled out with a stomach bug, while Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann have been rested. – BBC Sports

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