Saturday 9 November 2013 

Root, Anderson Find Form On Rain-Hit Final Day

Joe Root
Joe Root struck an unbeaten half-century on the final day in Hobart
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England XI 430-7 dec. (Cook 154, Carberry 153)
drew with
Australia 'A' 119-3 (Anderson 2-20)
Tour game, Hobart

England's Joe Root and James Anderson impressed on a rain-hit final day of the tour game against Australia 'A' in Hobart, which was inevitably drawn.

The middle two days had been lost to rain, but England decided to bat on from their position of 318 without loss, Root scoring a half-century before they declared on 430 for seven.

The Australians then closed on 119 for three.

Alastair Cook (154) and Michael Carberry (153) retired to allow Jonathan Trott (4) and Kevin Pietersen (8) to start the day at the crease but both fell cheaply, to Ben Cutting and Trent Copeland respectively.

Root then made a composed unbeaten 58 in 97 balls an innings that coupled with his Yorkshire team-mate Gary Ballance scoring only four, should confirm his place in the Test side for Brisbane, albeit at a likely position of number six with Carberry opening.

Matthew Prior, who will undergo a scan on a calf injury following the game, made a breezy 26 and Stuart Broad hit a six before falling for eight, at which point England declared.

Cutting was the pick of the bowlers with two for 75 and as England hit out, Jon Holland returned two for 105.

Australia 'A' then made a solid start with the bat, but only made it as far as 40 before Anderson struck to bowl the highly-rated Alex Doolan for 31.

Graeme Swann then trapped Michael Klinger in front for 29 and Anderson struck again to have Usman Khawaja caught by Root for three.

Shaun Marsh was unbeaten on 27 with Callum Ferguson on 15 when play was ended.

Both sides will have reason to be disappointed with the significant part the weather played in curtailing this game.

England were denied two days of match practice against a strong Australia 'A' side, who themselves were given little opportunity to impress the selectors, who will name the Test squad on Tuesday (12th November).

England's final warm-up game is against an Invitational XI, which will include a number of experienced internationals, which begins one day later at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The first Test in Brisbane gets underway on 21st November.

© Cricket World 2013

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5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
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