Canberra Times – Adelaide: Alastair Cook’s poor start to the Ashes tour continued at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday as the England opener fell meekly for 15 on the opening day of the tourists’ pink-ball match against the Cricket Australia XI.

Summary

  • Adelaide: Alastair Cook’s poor start to the Ashes tour continued at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday as the England opener fell meekly for 15 on the opening day of the tourists’ pink-ball match against the Cricket Australia XI.
  • There was more success however for Cook’s successor as England captain, Joe Root, who avoided back-to-back failures to make 58 before becoming the third scalp of young NSW leg-spinner Daniel Fallins.
  • Cook’s opening partner Mark Stoneman also made the most of a life given to him on 17 by CA XI captain Tim Paine to make his second half-century of the tour.
  • Paine – vying to regain his spot in Tasmania’s XI and push his remote Test hopes – should have had another catch not long after, with Gurinder Sandhu denied the wicket of Stoneman after the gloveman spilled a regulation chance moving to his left.
  • Meanwhile, England didn’t take long to call-up bowling all-rounder Tom Curran to replace Steven Finn, who was ruled out of the tour on Tuesday with a knee injury.


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