Independent UK – Mark Stoneman scored England’s first century of this Ashes tour as Joe Root’s team piled up the runs on the second day of this final warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI.

Summary

  • Mark Stoneman scored England’s first century of this Ashes tour as Joe Root’s team piled up the runs on the second day of this final warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI.
  • Joe Root, Cook’s successor as captain, and Dawid Malan also posted unbeaten half-centuries as England reached the close on 337 for three, a first-innings lead of 87.
  • Vince followed that up with scores of 33 and 29 against the same opposition in last week’s day-night tour match in Adelaide.
  • It is a very different story for Stoneman, who will face Australia’s pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood with confidence after his run of form on this tour.
  • But the way Root and Malan set about the CA bowling attack took their team into a sizeable lead by the end of the day.


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