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Stoneman, Malan continue to impress for England in Ashes warm-up

Dawid Malan scored his second consecutive half-century
Dawid Malan scored his second consecutive half-century

England 278-8 (Malan 63) v Cricket Australia XI
Tour game, Adelaide, day one

Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan scored their second consecutive half-century in the ongoing tour of Australia as England went on to post 278 for eight at stumps on the first day of the day-night tour game against Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

Alastair Cook (15) had another failure after England were invited to bat first by CAXI with Jackson Coleman (3-66) being the wicket-taker.

Mark Stoneman (61) held one end up while James Vince (33) looked solid at the other end and the duo shared 61 runs between them for the second wicket to bring the innings on track.

At the stroke of the tea break, Daniel Fallins (4-71) castled Vince as England ended the session with a score of 87 for two.

Stoneman was joined by Joe Root (58) in the middle and both the batsmen set for a cautious approach with the former completing a 102 ball fifty - his second in the two tour games so far.

However, soon after he reached the milestone, he was caught brilliantly by Jake Carder in the 48th over bowled by Fallins. The England captain stepped up the accelerator with a couple of boundaries and went on to complete a 75-ball fifty before he became Fallins' third victim.

England went into dinner break in a spot of bother with a score of 180 for four.

With Fallins in wicket-taking form, he accounted for Jonny Bairstow (9) early in the final session but Malan (63) struck out in the middle and had Chris Woakes (33) providing solid support at the other end.

The duo added 76 runs between them before both were dismissed by Coleman at the stroke of stumps during which England were 278 for eight. Fallins and Coleman were impressive for CAXI sharing seven wickets between them.

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