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England struggle in draw against CA XI

England took just one wicket on Saturday as they drew with a Cricket Australia XI ahead of the Ashes.

NEWS
18 Nov 2017, 12:33 IST
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England duo Moeen Ali and Joe Root

England endured a frustrating final day in their last tour match before the Ashes, taking just one wicket to draw with a Cricket Australia XI on Saturday.

The tourists looked on track to head into the first Test after back-to-back wins, but they were forced to toil in Townsville.

Only Mason Crane (2-97) was able to grab a wicket on day four as Matthew Short (134 not out) and Jason Sangha (133) starred for the CA XI.

Short, 22, and Sangha, 18, put on a 263-run partnership for the fourth wicket as the hosts reached 364-4 – a lead of 99 runs – in their second innings.

Sangha became the second youngest player to score a first-class century against England, behind only the great Sachin Tendulkar.

Worryingly for England, they created few opportunities, although Mark Stoneman did drop Sangha early in the day.

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Moeen Ali finished with figures of 2-88 – both of his wickets taken on day three, with England having reduced the CA XI to 121-3 heading into Saturday.

But Stuart Broad (0-40), Chris Woakes (0-50) and Craig Overton (0-65) were unable to make breakthroughs.

While James Anderson will return for next week's first Test in Brisbane, the final day was a worry for England.

Short and Sangha had played just five first-class matches between them heading into this tour match, and both notched their maiden centuries.

The highlight of the day in the field may have come thanks to a groundsman, who took a diving catch from a Short six.

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