Prior Hits Century As England Draw Tour Game
Victoria 216-2 dec. (Hill 105no) & 278-6 dec. drew with
England XI 184-2 dec. & 211-6 (Prior 102no)
Tour game, Melbourne
Matthew Prior scored an unbeaten century to ensure that England drew their three-day tour match against Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After Victoria declared their second innings on their overnight score of 278 for six, England then closed on 211 for six with Prior unbeaten on 102.
He was the only batsman to get past 22 as England shuffled their batting order to give as many members of the squad a chance to bat.
Steven Davies (18), Paul Collingwood (8), Eoin Morgan (6), Tim Bresnan (19) all fell cheaply, as did Alastair Cook (10) and Ian Bell (17).
Prior faced 145 balls and hit 12 fours as Clint McKay took four for 68 to bowl his side into a strong position.
England slipped to 149 for six before Andrew Strauss added an unbeaten 22 to steer England to safety.
Both sides declared their first innings - Victoria on 216 for two following Michael Hill's unbeaten century and England on 184 for two with Strauss and Bell hitting half-centuries.
The third Ashes Test begins on 16th December in Perth. England lead the five-match series 1-0.
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