Rare Wicket For Strauss As Victoria Press On
Victoria 216-2 dec. (Hill 105no) & 278-6 v
England XI 184-2 dec. (Strauss 66, Bell 60no)
Tour game, Melbourne, day three
England captain Andrew Strauss scored a half-century and then picked up a rare wicket on day two of his side's three-day tour match against Victoria in Melbourne.
England declared on 184 for two after Strauss made 66 and Ian Bell an unbeaten 60 in reply to Victoria's 216 for two declared on the opening day, in which Michael Hill scored an unbeaten 105.
Debutant Ryan Carters then hit 68 as Victoria started their second innings strongly with England's front-line pace bowlers making no inroads.
Aaron Finch made 45 but it was Paul Collingwood (3-19) and Monty Panesar (2-83) who took the bulk of the wickets before Middlesex pair Strauss (1-51 from four overs) and Eoin Morgan (0-37 from three overs) were introduced to offer Victoria some quick runs and attempt to set up a final day run chase.
Strauss struck when Hill was trapped in front for four and at stumps Clint McKay was unbeaten on 58 having faced 27 balls and Jayde Herrick made 40 in 19 deliveries.
Earlier, Alex Keath scored 46 in his maiden first-class innings and Victoria closed the day with a lead of 310.
The match is England's final preparation ahead of the third Ashes Test in Perth. They lead the series 1-0 after a draw in Brisbane and an innings victory in Adelaide.
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