Bell Century Downs Prime Minister's XI

Bell Century Downs Prime Minister's XI
Bell Century Downs Prime Minister's XI
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England XI 225-3 (Bell 124no) beat
Australian PM's XI 254-9 by seven wickets (D/L)
Tour game, Canberra

Ian Bell stroked an unbeaten century to guide England to a seven-wicket victory over the Australian Prime Minister's XI in a 50-over tour game in Canberra.

After the home side reached 254 for nine from 43 overs, Bell's 124 helped England close on 225 for three having been set a Duckworth/Lewis-adjusted target.

Half-centuries from Daniel Christian (53) and captain Tim Paine (50) set up the PM XI's score despite Ajmal Shahzad returning three for 61 and Michael Yardy three for 33.

Also impressive with the ball was Chris Woakes, who took two for 63, bowling Callum Ferguson for 39.

England's reply was built around Bell's innings at the top of the order as the Warwickshire man hit 13 fours and one six in 102 deliveries.

Opening partner Steven Davies made 24 before Jonathan Trott reached 48, Davies putting on 82 for the first wicket and Trott 98 for the second wicket with Bell.

Kevin Pietersen (13) was the other man to be dismissed when he was trapped in front by Brett Lee while both Davies and Trott fell to left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty.

Pietersen fell with England on the cusp of victory and Eoin Morgan was left unbeaten on nought when the winning runs were scored.

England meet Australia in two Twenty20 Internationals in Adelaide and Melbourne on 12th and 14th January ahead of seven One-Day Internationals from 16th January to 6th February.

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