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Match Drawn

WA XI vs England

Ashes 2013/14: England fail to shine in Perth stalemate

Matt Prior: One of several batsmen to fail to make any inroads

England's bowlers hit back to claim five second innings scalps

England ended their tour match against the Western Australia Chairman's XI on a disappointing note in Perth after the middle order failed to stake their claim for a Test spot.

The tourists collapsed from 330-2 to 391 all out following the retirement of centurion Ian Bell, before the Aussies reached 168-5 before a stalemate was agreed.

England at least had the opportunity to again assess the merits of their three

tall seamers, Boyd Rankin emerging marginally - certainly not head and shoulders - above Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn.

England had looked to be in complete control as first Bell and then Jonathan Trott went on to complete their centuries at the WACA.

Starting the day on 77, Bell picked up where he left off as he reached three figures off 153 balls - with back-to-back boundaries off Matt Dixon seeing him to the landmark.

Bell eventually retired for 115, having hit 19 fours and two sixes, in a bid to let the lower order spend some time at the middle.

Failed

However they failed in spectacular fashion - with England losing three wickets for 17 runs as Gary Ballance, Matt Prior and Ben Stokes fell cheaply.

England start warm-up with a draw

Yorkshire batsman Ballance was dismissed for a first-ball duck, while acting captain Prior and all-rounder Stokes added just four each.

Ballance was caught behind by Tom Triffitt off Ryan Duffield, while Prior followed the same way four balls later.

Stokes, who endured a torrid time with the ball, added just four before he was caught by Triffitt off James Allenby.

Trott and Finn steadied the ship with a 35-run stand. However Finn was bowled for 15 by Michael Beer, with the Chairman's XI skipper trapping Tremlett leg before two balls later.

James Anderson added eight before he edged Allenby behind, with Rankin falling for a golden duck to leave Trott stranded on 113 not out.

Finn hits back

Home openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harris had set the tone two days ago with a stand of 115, but this time both fell cheaply to Rankin, Towers caught at third slip to a ball that bounced traditionally at this venue and Harris playing no shot to go lbw to one that kept low after hitting a crack.

With Test linchpin James Anderson spared any unnecessary second-innings bowling exertions, change bowlers Finn and Stokes might also each have had an early wicket - but Lynn was dropped on 12 by Rankin diving to his left at mid on off the former and then on 19 by Joe Root high to his right at second slip.

Finn eventually got his second and third wickets of the match, Marsh lbw and Tom Triffitt caught-behind in the same over, before Tremlett claimed a first victim of the match shortly before the captains shook hands.

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Match Details

Date
31st Oct - 2nd Nov 2013
Toss
Western Australia Chairmans XI won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
WACA Ground
Umpires
M D Michael, P Paul

wa xi BATTING CARD

Batsman R
L.J.C. Towers c Anderson b Rankin 1
M.S. Harris lbw Rankin 22
C.A. Lynn Not out 61
M.R. Marsh lbw Finn 62
T.I.F. Triffitt c Prior b Finn 0
A.J. Turner lbw Tremlett 12
J. Allenby Not out 7
Extras 1nb, 2b, 3
Total 36.0 Overs 168 - 5
Full Batting Card

england BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
C.T. Tremlett 8 1 35 1
W.B. Rankin 9 2 34 2
B.A. Stokes 4 1 18 0
S.T. Finn 10 1 53 2
J.E. Root 8 1 26 0
Full Bowling Card