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England win by 7 wickets

Australia Invit vs England

Ashes: England handed ideal boost with victory over the CA Invitational XI

Stuart Broad celebrates after dismissing Kurtis Patterson

Michael Carberry hit a crucial half-century

England will head into the Ashes on a winning note after they secured a seven-wicket win over the Cricket Australia Invitational XI in Sydney.

Michael Carberry's half-century was crucial as England successfully chased down 148 at the SCG after the weather had threatened to wash away their hopes.

England's bowlers had performed admirably as they had claimed the last six Invitational XI wickets for 108 runs to put the tourists in with a chance of victory.

Resuming the final day on 153-4, the hosts looked like they would be able to frustrate England as Kurtis Patterson and Ryan Carters dug in.

However Stuart Broad (2-32) cleaned up the stumps of Patterson for 22 to give England hope.

Peter Nevill and Carters had been a thorn in England's side in the first innings and another big stand appeared to be on the cards.

A 44-run partnership was finally brought to an end when Steven Finn (3-88) found Nevill's edge for Jonny Bairstow to claim the catch.

Target

Bairstow further strengthened his claim to fill in for the injured Matt Prior in the Tests as he combined with Graeme Swann (2-69) to account for Carters for 40.

Boyd Rankin (3-46) came in to the attack to claim two quick wickets - with Josh Lalor (8) and James Muirhead (4) falling in quick succession.

And Finn closed out the CA innings for 261 as he had Chris Tremain (20) caught by Kevin Pietersen.

That left England needing 148 for victory - with Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry seemingly making good progress to the total.

However Cook (21) was bowled by a delivery from Muirhead that nipped back in just before the rain forced the players off - with the umpires opting to take an early tea.

When play finally got under way, Carberry led the charge as England looked to reach their target before the rains returned.

He brought up his half-century off 69 balls with a beautifully struck cover drive - but he fell shortly after with Phil Hughes taking a good catch at mid-wicket off Muirhead.

Kevin Pietersen departed soon after as he was bowled by a full delivery from Tremain, however the in-form duo of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell saw England over the finish line.

Trott finished unbeaten on 38, while Bell hit 33 not out off 30 balls.

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Match Details

Date
12th - 16th Nov 2013
Toss
England won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Sydney Cricket Ground
Umpires
S D Simon, M D Michael

england BATTING CARD

Batsman R
A.N. Cook b Muirhead 21
M.A. Carberry c sub b Muirhead 50
I.J.L. Trott Not out 38
K.P. Pietersen b Tremain 6
I.R. Bell Not out 33
Extras 2nb, 1w, 3
Total 38.4 Overs 151 - 3
Full Batting Card

australia invit BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
C.P. Tremain 12.4 1 49 1
J.K. Lalor 5 1 9 0
N.D. Bills 7 0 27 0
J. Muirhead 14 0 66 2
Full Bowling Card