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Colly enjoys Adelaide return

Durham batsman hits 94 to lead England out of early trouble

Collingwood: missed out on century

Paul Collingwood found form with an innings of 94 on the opening day of England's penultimate Ashes warm-up against South Australia in Adelaide.

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Returning to the scene of his only Test double century - albeit in a losing cause - on the 2006/07 tour, Collingwood helped England to a declaration at 288-8 in the evening session.

The Durham batsman put on 131 for the fifth wicket with Ian Bell as the tourists recovered from 94-4 in early afternoon.

Collingwood struck 13 fours and a six during his 116-ball stay and was given only one major slice of fortune when, shortly after bringing up his 50, a convincing lbw appeal from rookie medium pacer Tim Lang (0-39) went unanswered.

He had advanced to within a single hit of his hundred when he sliced seamer Jake Haberfield (1-67) to Callum Ferguson in the gully.

England then chased quick runs prior to the declaration, losing Bell (61), Stuart Broad (1) and Graeme Swann (25) in the process. Matt Prior was unbeaten on 22 when Strauss brought a close to his side's innings on the fall of Swann's wicket.

That left nine overs to make inroads into South Australia's top order but James Smith (16no) and Daniel Harris (10no) stood firm to see the hosts through to stumps on 26-0, a deficit of 262.

Smith was reprieved on 12 by Collingwood, who marred his day by putting down a routine chance at third slip.


England named an unchanged starting XI to the one that triumphed by six wickets over Western Australia in the tour opener, leaving little doubt as to team director Andy Flower's preferred starting line-up for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, which gets under way on November 25.

With Flower's only headaches concerning the form of batsmen Alastair Cook and Collingwood, captain Andrew Strauss decided to make first use of the flattest pitch in Australia after winning the toss.

But it was another Ashes hopeful, South Australia paceman Peter George, who initially took the chance to press his claims by removing Strauss and Jonathan Trott with the new ball.

Strauss (4) went in the third over, via an edge down the leg-side, wicketkeeper Graham Manou taking a diving catch.

Trott survived a straightforward chance to slip Harris off Ben Edmondson on 11, only to depart in embarrassingly tame fashion a single later.

He aimed to pull George but instead spliced an unmissable catch straight back to the bowler.

Cook, in full battling mode, and the more fluent Kevin Pietersen survived through to lunch on 62-2 but George (3-65), who was bowling at a lively pace, struck again shortly after the interval.

Cook departs

Cook failed to move his feet and edged behind to end a 91-ball effort of 32, featuring two fours.

Pietersen (33) then threatened to dominate, with a pair of straight-driven fours and a pulled six off George.

But he took the deep-square man on again off Edmondson (2-73) and was well caught right on the line by Aiden Blizzard, who knocked the ball up and just kept it in to complete the dismissal.

His exit brought Bell out to join Collingwood and the fifth-wicket pair instigated an impressive recovery over the course of the next 33 overs.