Root, Bairstow Impress For England

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad was one of four England bowlers to take a wicket on day three
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CA Invitational XI 304 (Carters 94) & 153-4 v
England XI 418 (Trott 83, Cook 81, Root 75)
Tour game, Sydney, day three
Day One | Day Two

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.

© 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