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Three of England’s top five batsmen scored half-centuries but couldn’t build upon the start in the first innings of the second and final warm-up match before the first Ashes Test from 23rd November. Alastair Cook and James Vince also started well but lost their wickets at crucial stages. Dawid Malan top-scored for the three lions as he scored 63 but like others lost his wicket at an essential stage of the day and couldn’t capitalize on the start.
England top order batsmen got good starts but couldn’t consolidate on the start and lost wickets at crucial stages of the innings. In the second innings as well the England team was bowled out on 207 and suffered a horrible batting collapse of 7-45. However, they were later rescued by their fast bowlers and bowled out the CA XI on 75 as the tourists won the match by 192 runs.
CA XI’s coach Ryan Harris has captioned the England’s batting line-up as vulnerable and will pass on the valuable information on England’s batting to Australian coach Darren Lehmann. On being asked if England’s batting is susceptible, Harris said:
“It is, absolutely. Especially with no (Ben) Stokes at six or seven. But it depends on how the boys bowl to them. If the boys bowl loose and wide, there’s troubles. But we have got some good intel and some good knowledge on what we want to do which I will pass on to our (Test) bowlers.”
England’s mainstay at the top of the order Alastair Cook failed in both the warm-up matches, scoring a second ball duck in the first match and 15 and 32 in the second match. Harris said:
“He looked a bit rusty. He obviously had a good county season; he is probably coming off some good form. But it’s different in our conditions. He is pretty good in these conditions; he had a good 2010-11 (series) here so he knows what he has to do. I’m sure he will look forward to another hit next week … we all know what he can do, we know he’s world-class.”
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