Southern Daily Echo – Mason Crane finished with three wickets on day two of their pink-ball trial match against a Cricket Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval.


  • But another injury scare left England’s resources stretched after Jake Ball sprained his right ankle as he fell over in his delivery strideFirst-change Ball was bowling round the wicket as he lost his footing, and was unable to resume, in his fourth over – walking gingerly off the pitch for further treatment from England’s former Hampshire physio Craig de Weymarn.
  • England lost their ninth and 10th wickets for 15 runs here inside the first half-hour, rookie leg-spinner Daniel Fallins completing a five-wicket haul on first-class debut when he had James Anderson lbw.
  • Survival was very much the limit of Nick Larkin and Jake Carder’s early ambition, and they managed it for almost 10 overs until the former fell lbw pushing forward to Woakes for just six runs from 32 balls.
  • Then with Ball out of the equation, in the first over after the tea break, Carder pulled Craig Overton tamely to mid-on, and Will Pucovski was bowled off-stump playing no shot to leg-spinner Mason Crane (three for 78).
  • Short fell five runs short of his 50 when he followed a hint of lateral movement and edged Anderson behind to the diving Jonny Bairstow, and England’s all-time leading wicket-taker doubled up in the twilight zone with Paine lbw shuffling across his crease.

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