England's Spinners Star In Alice Springs Draw
England XI 212-7 dec. & 47-1 drew with
CA Chairman's XI 254-8 dec.
Tour game, Alice Springs
England spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar shared seven wickets during the second and final day of the drawn tour game against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Alice Springs.
Swann returned four for 56 and Panesar three for 41 before the CA XI declared on 254 for eight in reply to England's 212 for seven declared.
England closed on 47 for one in their second innings.
After the ground announcer had mocked Joe Root on the opening day and been ordered to tone down his announcements, he was stood down on day two after introducing Panesar with a strong Indian accent.
Panesar did not hear the remark, however, and he went on to remove Steve Cazzulino (48), Luke Robins (2) and Josh Lalor (45).
Swann, always a threat during his 23 overs, dismissed Marcus Harris (49), Michael Hill (13), Alex Keath (4) and Jake Doran (17).
Boyd Rankin was the other man to take a wicket, having James Muirhead caught by Panesar for 29, on a chastening day for England's reserve pace bowlers - Steven Finn and Ben Stokes went wicketless and Rankin's return of one for 52 is unlikely to be enough to force him into contention for a Test start.
Simon Mackin then had Root caught behind for one before Michael Carberry, unbeaten on 37, and Gary Ballance, not out on eight, added 34 together to ensure England lost no further wickets before the end of the match.
Ballance stroked 55 in England's innings and appears to be in pole position to come into the side for the Adelaide Test in place of Jonathan Trott.
England may choose to play him at number three and leave Root down at number six, or move Root, normally an opening batsman, up the order to allow Ballance to begin at six.
The second Ashes Test begins on 5th December.
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