Root, Bairstow Impress For England
Yorkshiremen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow played important roles in batting England into a strong position on day three of their tour game against a Cricket Australia Invitational XI in Sydney.
Replying to the Invitational XI's score of 304, Root made 75 and Bairstow 48 as England were bowled out for 418.
The Invitational XI had built a lead of 39 by stumps, closing on 153 for four.
England began the day two runs behind and were quickly into the lead as Root and Bairstow extended their sixth-wicket partnership to 106 runs until Bairstow fell to Chris Tremain.
The tourists then pushed for quick runs with Stuart Broad (16) and Graeme Swann (11) helping the score past 400 and Root departing for 75 in 106 balls when he was bowled by Nic Bills.
James Muirhead finished with figures of four for 115 by removing Steven Finn for nought and Swann to end the innings.
The Invitational XI got off to a good start thanks to Ed Cowan (42) and Aaron Finch (59 in 60 balls) but although the pair put on 81 together, they then lost four wickets for 72 runs as England's bowlers found their form.
There was a wicket apiece for Broad, Finn, Swann and Boyd Rankin which left the game nicely poised heading into the final day.
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