England wins toss, bowls in tour match
SYDNEY (AP) — England won the toss and elected to bowl on the first day of its four-day tour match against an Invitational XI on Wednesday, its final warm-up ahead of next week’s first Ashes test against Australia.
Batsman Kevin Pietersen, who has faced only 10 deliveries so far on tour, was passed fit to play after receiving a cortisone injection in his injured right knee Sunday.
Rain hampered England’s preparation for the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground but play began on Wednesday in relatively fine weather.
The Invitational XI was weakened by the late withdrawals of batsman Adam Voges with a back injury and spinner Steve O’Keefe, who was called up by the New South Wales team.
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior was ruled out of the match with a calf strain.
Invitational XI: Peter Nevill (captain), Ed Cowan, Aaron Finch, Callum Ferguson, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Ryan Carters, Josh Lalor, Chris Tremain, James Muirhead, Nic Bills. 12th man, Daniel Hughes.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Michael Carberry, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin. 12th man, Ben Stokes.