England Wrap Up Seven-Wicket Win

Ian Bell
Ian Bell cracked a quickfire 33 to help England beat the CA Invitational XI in Sydney
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England XI 418 & 151-3 (Carberry 50) beat
CA Invitational XI 304 & 261 by 7 wickets
Tour game, Sydney

Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin took three wickets apiece and Michael Carberry hit a half-century as England beat the Cricket Australia Invitational XI by seven wickets in Sydney.

Finn returned three for 88 and Rankin three for 46 to bowl the Invitational XI out for 261 in their second innings and England batted well to close out the match on 151 for three.

Carberry made 50 in 71 balls, Jonathan Trott an unbeaten 38 and Ian Bell a quickfire 33 not out as the Warwickshire pair saw England home with an unbroken 52-run fourth-wicket partnership.

The Invitational XI began the day on 153 for four but England's frontline bowlers, Broad and Swann backing Rankin and Finn up with a brace of wickets apiece, took wickets regularly and they were only able to add 108 runs on the day.

Ryan Carters made 40 to add to his 94 in the first innings to set England 148 to win.

Alastair Cook made 21 before he was bowled by James Muirhead before Carberry and Trott added 51 for the second wicket to take England to the brink.

Muirhead dismissed Carberry shortly after the Hampshire man reached his half-century and Chris Tremain bowled Kevin Pietersen for six to leave England at 99 for three.

However, Trott, who faced 75 balls and Bell, who needed just 30, ensured England finished off the match with a comfortable win in what was their final warm-up match ahead of the first Ashes Test which begins in Brisbane on 21st November.

© 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