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Match Drawn

Australia A vs England

Ashes: Tight left calf forces Matt Prior to sit out the final session in Hobart

Matt Prior: Suffered a tight calf

Joe Root: Scored a half-century in Hobart

Matt Prior has given England an injury scare heading into the Ashes after he was unable to keep wicket on the final day of the warm-up game against Australia A.

Joe Root, who had earlier batted beautifully for an unbeaten half-century, was forced into action behind the stumps for the final session of the match after Prior suffered tightness in the left calf.

Andy Flower on Prior's injury

There had been no indication that there had been a problem as Prior shared a 51-run stand for the sixth wicket, however he failed to appear after England had declared.

England will be hoping that the injury to their vice-captain is nothing too serious, although they do have cover in the squad with Root's fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow.

The match itself predictably ended up being little more than a glorified training work out for the tourists - with the weather meaning that a draw was the only possible result.

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Having seen two days of play washed out, England decided to use the morning and afternoon sessions on the final day as a chance to let their batsmen get some valuable time at the crease.

And although Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Gary Ballance all fell cheaply, Root made the most of his time in the middle.

England had reached 430-7 by the time the declaration came, with Root unbeaten on 58.


Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry had provided the platform for England on the first day as they put on 318 for the first wicket. Cook had scored 154, with Carberry strengthening his Test claims with 153.

However neither player emerged to bat on Saturday as Trott and Pietersen were given the opportunity to get the pads on.

Difficult early conditions did little to help the batsmen, with play delayed after two overs due to more rain.

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And when they players reappeared, Pietersen was trapped leg before by Trent Copeland for eight.

Trott followed soon after for 10 as he edged Ben Cutting behind to Tim Paine, while the Queensland seamer also removed Ballance leg before - with the Yorkshireman following up his golden duck against the Western Australia Chairman's XI with just four.

Root, though, looked in good nick as he played some sublime shots coming in at No 5.

Root brought up his 50 off 85 balls, however the sixth-wicket stand was brought to an end when Prior (26) was deceived by the flight from Jon Holland and was hit on the pads.

Highlights from Hobart

Stuart Broad looked to up the scoring but he managed just eight before a brilliant catch from Usman Khawaja in the deep off Holland forced the declaration.


That gave the England attack the final session of the match to finally see some action - and it was James Anderson who once again stole the show.

Anderson was straight into rhythm and he was rewarded with the wicket of the dangerous Alex Doolan, with the opener bowled after he had hit a quickfire 31.

The Ashes: Round Two

And Anderson (2-20) then found the edge of Khawaja's bat, with Root holding on to the catch behind the stumps, to reduce Australia A to 48-2.

Graeme Swann (1-27) opened his account on the tour as he trapped Michael Klinger leg before for a battling 29 but Australia A were able to see off the danger to reached 119-3 at the close.

Chris Tremlett was economical with 0-23 off eight overs as he strengthened his Test claims, however Broad, having his first bowl of the tour, looked rusty as he conceded 47 off 10 overs.

Watch the Ashes live on Sky Sports this winter, beginning with the opening Test at the Gabba. Coverage begins at 11pm on Sky Sports 2 HD on 20 November.

Match Details

5th - 8th Nov 2013
England won the toss and elected to bat.
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
S D Simon, P Paul
TV Umpire
G C Geoffrey

australia a BATTING CARD

Batsman R
A.J. Doolan b Anderson 31
M. Klinger lbw Swann 29
U.T. Khawaja c Root b Anderson 3
S.E. Marsh Not out 27
C.J. Ferguson Not out 15
Extras 7nb, 5w, 2lb 14
Total 31.0 Overs 119 - 3
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
J.M. Anderson 7 2 20 2
S.C.J. Broad 10 1 47 0
C.T. Tremlett 8 2 23 0
G.P. Swann 6 0 27 1
Full Bowling Card