England stretched by Cricket Australia XI in tour game

Mason Crane picked just one wicket in the game
Mason Crane picked just one wicket in the game

England 314-9 dec & 130-3 (Moeen 47) v
Cricket Australia XI 151-4 dec & 269-8 (Dean 100)
Tour game, Perth, day two

A 70-ball century from Travis Dean led a spirited chase from Cricket Australia XI as the England second-string bowlers were thrashed all over the Richardson Park in the second day of the tour game that ended in a draw.

With the conditions hot and humid, England had set up a target of 294 runs from 37 overs for the home side to get in the final innings and the chase was very much on with Dean (100) and William Bosisto (50) sharing a 152 run opening stand off just 126 deliveries to lay a solid platform.

Jack Leach (4-104) provided the breakthrough as he snared Bosisto immediately after his half-century and soon a triple strike from Tom Curran (3-28) saw Dean, Jake Doran (14) and Sam Harper (2) back in the pavilion.

Dean's 70 ball blistering knock had 16 boundaries and a six in it but his departure did take a jolt in their chase. Despite late flourish from Clint Hinchliffe (49), Cricket Australia XI could not quite get across the line falling 25 runs off the target and decided to save the game with two wickets in hand.

Earlier, an arrangement brokered between England coach Trevor Bayliss and Cricket Australia XI's John Davison at lunch to get the game going with sporting declarations.

Cricket Australia XI declared their first innings with a score of 151 for four, handing a 163 run first innings lead to England following which the visitors pummelled 130 for three in 20 overs with Moeen Ali (47) and Garry Ballance (45 not out) being the major contributors to set a challenging chase of 294 for Cricket Australia XI in the final innings.

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