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Day 3 of 4
England won by 10 wickets.

Australia A vs England

England warm to their task

Tourists complete 10-wicket thrashing of Australia A

Tremlett: struck three times in eight balls before lunch

England chased down a target of nine to complete a 10-wicket victory over Australia A shortly after tea on the fourth day of their final Ashes warm-up fixture.

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Chris Tremlett (3-67) and Monty Panesar (3-63) each claimed three wickets on the day as the home side advanced their second innings from an overnight position of 128-3 to 301 all out - mainly thanks to skipper Cameron White's defiant 111.

That represented an overall lead of just eight and England openers Andrew Strauss (9no) and Alastair Cook (2no) needed just nine balls to knock of the requirement.

The tourists now head to Brisbane for next week's Ashes opener, starting on November 25, in fine fettle having enjoyed a useful workout over the course of the four days in Hobart.

With the first-choice bowlers - James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Graeme Swann - having been sent up early to acclimatise to conditions in Queensland, England's back-up attack shared the wickets around.

Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan, Ajmal Shahzad and Monty Panesar all impressed at various stages at the Bellerive Oval and, should an injury occur, look capable of stepping up.

On the batting front, Ian Bell's imperious 192 and a more attritional 89 from Paul Collingwood in a first-innings total of 523 were the main positives to emerge.

Triple strike

At the start of day four, Australia A's fourth-wicket pair of Phil Hughes and White extended their partnership to 101 before Tremlett made a triple intervention.

Hughes had mixed the sublime with the ridiculous, carving anything wide to the boundary but also looking less than secure when jumping around the crease in defence.

Nevertheless it took a superb catch from Strauss at first slip to deny the New South Wales left-hander a century.

Hughes had reached 81 when he slashed an edge in the direction of Strauss, who moved swiftly to his right and made a two-handed grab above his head.

Tremlett added two more in successive deliveries in his next over, trapping Tim Paine (2) lbw playing back and bowling Steve Smith for a golden duck as he shouldered arms.

That reduced Australia A to 191-6, still needing another 102 to make England bat again.

But Steven O'Keefe helped his captain add 78 either side of tea for the seventh wicket.

White went to his 16th first-class century from 158 balls, including 12 fours, in mid-afternoon and it took the introduction of left-arm spinner Panesar after just nine overs with the second new ball to break the stand.

Heave

White was caught behind from a thin edge as he aimed a big heave to midwicket - Panesar's first wicket in 45 overs of toil during the match.

And the tail subsided quickly, Panesar adding the scalps of O'Keefe (27) and Mark Cameron (0) in the space of three deliveries.

Some late hitting from Clint McKay (19no) ensured England would at least have to bat again before Bresnan, who claimed the three wickets to fall on the third evening, accounted for last man Peter George (4) to finish with 4-86.

England remain unbeaten on tour, having seen off Western Australia by six wickets at the WACA and drawn with South Australia in Adelaide.

Match Details

Date
17th - 20th Nov 2010
Toss
Venue
Hobart
Umpires
S D Fry and P R Reiffel

england BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Strauss not out 9
Cook not out 2
Extras 0
Total Close, 1.3 Overs 11 - 0
Full Batting Card

australia a BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Cameron 1 0 6 0
George 0.3 0 5 0
Full Bowling Card