Bell And Collingwood Put England In The Clear
Australia A 230 (O'Keefe 66, Smith 59, Tremlett 4-54) v
England XI 335-5 (Bell 121no, Collingwood 74no)
Tour game, Hobart, day three
England's batsmen followed up the efforts of their bowlers to take firm control on day two of their tour game against Australia A in Hobart.
Replying to Australia A's 230, England closed on an imposing 335 for five with Ian Bell unbeaten on 121, Paul Collingwood not out on 74 and Alastair Cook having also made a half-century.
Having lost Andrew Strauss on the opening day, England added just 17 runs before nightwatchman Monty Panesar (13) was dismissed, caught by James Cameron off Clint McKay.
Cook (60) then joined forces with Jonathan Trott (41) to add 87 for the third wicket before three wickets fell in quick succession when Cook was caught by McKay off Steve O'Keefe, Trott was caught by Usman Khawaja off Cameron and Kevin Pietersen was bowled by O'Keefe for five.
That brought together Collingwood and Bell and they batted for the rest of the day, adding 198 runs for the sixth wicket to push England into a lead of 105.
Bell hit 15 fours and a six in the 158 balls he faced while Collingwood hit nine fours and a six in 128 deliveries.
With England's frontline bowlers already in Brisbane ready for the opening Ashes Test from 25th November, Chris Tremlett (4-54) and Ajmal Shahzad (3-57) were particularly impressive in giving England the initiative on day one.
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