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Ashes warm-up: Eng 10/1, WA 242/8 decl

Associated Press
Nov 05, 2010 at 04:24pm IST

Perth: England sought a show of strength at the start of its Ashes cricket tour of Australia on Friday but managed only a muted statement on the first day of a three-day warm-up against Western Australia.

Stuart Broad took three early wickets as England reduced the state side to three for 42, removing Australia Test batsman Marcus North for 19, but Western Australia fought back to declare shortly before stumps at 242 for eight.

England was 10 for one at the close of play, having lost Test opener Alistair Cook for five, bowled by Steve Magoffin. Andrew Strauss was five not out and nightwatchman James Anderson had yet to score.

Ashes warm-up: Eng 10/1, WA 242/8 decl

England managed only a muted statement on the first day of a three-day warm-up against Western Australia.

Broad gave England a strong start on the fast, bouncy pitch at the WACA ground and fellow pacemen Anderson and Steve Finn also seemed to relish the conditions, though they bowled with little luck.

Broad claimed the wickets of Liam Davis and Michael Swart for ducks, then dismissed North — all before lunch. By the first interval, he had taken three for 13 from nine overs and finished with three for three for 47 from 18 overs.

Anderson, who took his place in a Test-strength English side after recovering from a rib injury, took one for 48 while Finn had one for 65 and spinner Graeme Swann one for 60 from 20 overs.

Adam Voges scored 72 and Wes Robinson 62 to lead the Western Australian fightback after Broad claimed two wickets in his first over, before the home side had scored.

Broad dismissed North shortly before lunch, after a laborious and chancy innings of 72 balls, but Voges and Anderson put on 87 for the fourth wicket to guide the home side's revival.

The match concludes on Sunday.

England and Australia meet in the first Test of the Ashes series in Brisbane starting November 25.

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