England beats CA XI by 192 runs in pre-Ashes warmup
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Chris Woakes took 4-17 and Jimmy Anderson and Craig Overton snared three wickets each as England skittled the Australian Chairman’s XI for 75 on Saturday to win the pink ball, pre-Ashes warmup match by 192 runs.
England needed only 30 minutes on the fourth day at the Adelaide Oval to wrap up the match.
Overton (3-15) got the first breakthrough when he bowled Matt Short (28) in the first over, and veteran seamer Anderson cleaned up the last two wickets to return 3-12.
England got away to a reasonable start in the match with 293 in the first innings, and the Australian XI replied with 233-9 declared. There were some stutters in the second innings before England was all out for 207, setting the local team a target of 268.
While much has been made of the strain on England’s bowling depth on the tour, with Ben Stokes unavailable for the start of the tour and with Steven Finn already ruled out and Jake Ball temporarily sidelined, the Australian Chairman’s XI coach noted some potential issues in the batting department for the visitors.
Ryan Harris, the recently retired test paceman, said England’s collapse — including a slide of 6-31 — in the second innings showed the batting could be vulnerable in Australian conditions.
“We have got some good intel and some good knowledge on what we want to do which I will pass on to our (test) bowlers,” Harris said.
Former skipper Alastair Cook followed up his second-ball duck in England’s tour-opener in Perth with scores of 15 and 32 in Adelaide against an inexperienced bowling attack.
“He looked a bit rusty,” Harris said. “He obviously had a good county season ... but it’s different in our conditions.”
England has one more tour match — in Townsville next week — before the Ashes series starts Nov. 23 at the Gabba in Brisbane. Allrounder Moeen Ali is expected to recover from a side strain to play in Townsville.