England 314-9 dec (Jennings 80) v
Cricket Australia XI 62-1 (Dean 29no)
Tour game, Perth, day one
Keaton Jennings and Tom Curran scored half-centuries for England but they were pushed hard by a youthful Cricket Australia XI side, who managed to restrict them to 314 for nine and later knocked down 62 runs off the deficit as well in the two-day tour game at Richardson Park in Perth.
The game started with a controversial news of Ben Duckett withdrawn from the game due to an alcohol-related incident on Thursday night. He now awaits a decision from England board's disciplinary panel.
It was Cricket Australia, who won the toss and decided to bowl first. Jennings (80) though looked good in his 114-ball knock, Trevor Bayliss would be disappointed that none of their Test aspirants performed well to push for a spot in the third Ashes Test.
Gary Ballance (1) and Ben Foakes (2) failed miserably while skipper Moeen Ali (24) scored a quick 36-ball knock before departing to Gabe Bell (1-32).
England Lions contingent Liam Livingstone (36), Joe Clarke (45) and Jennings showed some resilience but by the time Mark Wood (0) fell, England were in deep trouble at 172 for seven.
This is when another Lions star Tom Curran (77 not out) counterattacked the CA XI bowlers with a blistering 90 ball knock that had nine fours and two sixes in it to add some respectability to the total. England declared with a score of 314 for nine.
Cricket Australia XI had a confident start to the innings and Wood (0-21) making a comeback leaked runs while Jake Ball (0-20) too failed to find any breakthrough.
Skipper Travis Dean (29 not out) and Jake Doran (11 not out) saw Cricket Australia XI through with a score of 62 before Curran (1-14), England's hero with the bat removed Josh Phillippe (18).
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