CA Invitational XI 271-5 (Carters 94no) v
Tour game, Sydney, day one
Half-centuries from Ed Cowan, Ryan Carters and Peter Nevill helped the Cricket Australia Invitational XI close day one of their tour match against England on 271 for five.
England, through Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, had made an excellent start after choosing to insert their opponents, who they reduced to 37 for three early on.
Cowan then made 51 to stall England's progress and an unbroken partnership of 178 between Carters (94 not out) and Nevill (76 not out) took the Invitation team from 93 for five to stumps in a very healthy position with England unable to take a wicket for most of the afternoon and all of the post-tea session.
Two of the three batsmen drafted into the squad by Cricket Australia lasted just 37 bals between them as Aaron Finch (4) and Callum Ferguson (8) were dismissed by Broad - the former caught behind by Johnny Bairstow and the latter trapped in front.
Finn then had Kurtis Patterson, a late replacement for Adam Voges, caught by Alastair Cook to hand England the early honours.
Cowan, who faced 93 balls, then added 53 for the fourth wicket with Ben Rohrer, who scored 19 in 48 balls until he became Broad's third wicket by giving a catch to Michael Carberry.
That made the score 90 for four and nine balls later, Cowan was out caught by Jonathan Trott off Finn and England appeared to be in complete control.
However, gritty batting from Carters and Nevill kept them at bay for the rest of the day.
Carters faced 199 deliveries and Nevill 157 to frustrate England's attempts to bowl the Invitational XI out cheaply.
Broad finished the day with figures of three for 36 and Finn took two for 79.
England chose to leave out James Anderson and Chris Tremlett with Matthew Prior unavailable due to injury and Monty Panesar, Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes also sitting out their final warm-up game ahead of the first Test in Brisbane, which begins on 21st November.
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