CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — England captain Alastair Cook sank deeper into a batting slump on Tuesday when he was dismissed second ball as his team made 264-8 batting first in a 50-overs match against the Prime Minister's XI.

The traditional tour match at Canberra's Manuka Oval was seen as a chance for Cook and England to recover form after their 5-0 Ashes test defeat and their losing start to a four-match one-day series. England has lost six matches in a row against Australia and Cook's poor batting form — 246 runs in 10 test innings — has been a stark element in those failures.

But Cook couldn't shake off his malaise Tuesday, scoring only one run before he was caught behind from the bowling of 37-year-old retired fast bowler Brett Lee.

Gary Ballance made 56 and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler 61 as England made 264-8 after Cook won the toss and batted. His decision compelled the Prime Minister's XI bowlers to contend with heatwave temperatures touching 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

Despite those challenging conditions, the bowlers and fieldsmen for the invitational team kept a tight rein on England's scoring. Lee removed Cook with the fifth ball of his opening over and trapped Root lbw in the fifth over of the innings, leaving England 12-2.

Root was England's best batsman in the early stages of the Ashes series but his form waned and he made only 62 runs in his last four innings. The 23-year-old has found scoring difficult recently and he faced 14 balls for his solitary run before falling to Lee, who took 2-22 from seven overs.

Opener Michael Carberry made 47 from 50 balls but specialist limited overs batsmen Eion Morgan (4) and Ravi Bopara (18) both failed.

England was 129-5 when Bopara was out in the 26th over and owed the competitive nature of their total to wicketkeeper Jos Butler who made 61 from 60 balls, batting at No. 7. Butler put on 80 runs for the seventh wicket with Tim Bresnan (36) and helped England achieve a run rate of 5.2 per over in an innings which contained only one six and 20 fours.