Sangha, Short centuries flatten England on final day of warm-up game

Mason Crane picked two wickets in the second innings
Mason Crane picked two wickets in the second innings

Cricket Australia XI 250 & 364-4 (Short 134no) v
England 515 (Stoneman 111)
Tour game, Townsville, day four

Jason Sangha and Matthew Short defied English attack on the final day with a terrific 263 run stand for the fourth wicket on the final day as Cricket Australia XI came from behind to draw the game in Townsville.

Cricket Australia XI started the day with a score of 121 for three, still trailing England by another 144 runs. James Anderson was absent for England as him and Jake Ball were bowling in the nets.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes tried to test both Sangha (133) and Short (134 not out) and the lack of back-up meant Craig Overton's (0-65) bowling figure suffered which makes him a doubtful starter for the Brisbane Test.

Both Sangha and Short continued to press on but not without reprieves. Sangha was dropped twice - one on 41 and the other on 94 - by Mark Stoneman and Jonny Bairstow respectively.

Capitalising on the chances he soon became the youngest first-class century scorer in Australia since Ricky Ponting and the second youngest to score a first-class ton against England after Sachin Tendulkar.

Short, on the other hand, continued his impressive outing after scoring 51 and picking four wickets in the first innings, he played the England bowlers and accelerated on reaching his half-century and also went past the triple figure mark.

Their partnership also meant, Cricket Australia XI went past England and also took them to a position of safety. Mason Crane (2-97), who had three chances dropped in the game finally managed to get rid of Sangha but with 364 for four on the board, the game had just one result.

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