Batsmen Prosper, England Struggle In Perth

Chris Tremlett
England's bowlers, including Chris Tremlett, struggled as the Ashes tour got underway in Perth
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Western Australia Chairman's XI 369-4 v
England XI
Tour game, WACA, Perth, day one

The opening day of England's 2013-14 Ashes tour of Australia saw a Western Australia Chairman's XI rack up 369 for four as bat dominated ball at the WACA.

The top four Australian batsmen all scored half-centuries with Chris Lynn going on make 104 as England's pace attack, in particular, found the going tough.

James Anderson, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes and Joe Root picked up a wicket apiece.

WA openers Luke Towers (77) and Marcus Harris (69) put on 115 together for the opening wicket in the morning session before Anderson had Harris caught by Ian Bell.

Towers fell shortly before tea having added 110 with Lynn for the second wicket when Root had him caught behind by captain and wicket-keeper Matthew Prior.

Lynn fairly raced to 104 in 124 balls before falling to Rankin and Mitchell Marsh blasted 58 in 59 balls, his belligerent effort ended when Stokes had him caught behind as well.

James Allenby was unbeaten on 34 and Ashton Turner had 17 when stumps were drawn.

Anderson returned one for 31, Rankin one for 87, Root one for 32 and Stokes one for 56 while Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn went wicketless in 17 and 18 overs respectively.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

21st-25th November: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 295 & 401-7d. beat ENG 136 & 179 by 381 runs
5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 570-9d & 132-3d beat ENG 172 & 312 by 218 runs
13th-17th December: 3rd Test, WACA, Perth
AUS 385 & 369-8 d. beat ENG 251 & 353 by 150 runs
26th-30th December: 4th Test, MCG, Melbourne
AUS 204 & 231-2 beat ENG 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
3rd-7th January: 5th Test, SCG, Sydney
AUS 326 & 274 beat ENG 155 & 166 by 281 runs