Wednesday 6 November 2013 

Cook, Carberry Bat Through Opening Day

Alastair Cook, Michael Carberry
Alastair Cook (left) and Michael Carberry both scored big centuries on the opening day in Hobart
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England XI 318-0 (Cook 154no, Carberry 153no) v
Australia 'A'
Tour game, Hobart, day one

Openers Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry batted through the opening day of England's tour game against Australia 'A' to reach stumps on 318 without loss.

Both men scored big centuries as England dominated proceedings at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, laying down a significant marker ahead of The Ashes.

England chose to open with Carberry and have Joe Root set to bat in the middle order with Gary Ballance as Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes sat out.

However, England's batsmen were able to enjoy a batting masterclass from Cook, unbeaten on 154, and Carberry, not out on 153.

Cook struck 19 fours during his 272-ball innings while Carberry cleared the ropes twice and hit 22 fours in 288 deliveries.

Moments after reaching his century, Cook passed 15,000 first-class runs and despite Australia 'A' bowling some 93 overs in all, they were unable to make a breakthrough.

Ben Cutting, Trent Copeland, Moises Heniriques, and Glenn Maxwell all have international experience but none could take a wicket, and nor could Jon Holland or Usman Khawaja during a couple of overs of medium pace.

© Cricket World 2013

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