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Eng bowlers strike form in tour match

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Nov 17, 2010 at 08:28am IST

Hobart: England's second-string bowlers backed skipper Andrew Strauss's decision to bowl after winning the toss to have Australia A in strife on the opening morning of their four-day tour.

England sent their first-choice bowlers, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Graeme Swann off to Brisbane ahead of next week's opening Ashes Test, but this did not weaken the England bowling attack at the Bellerive Oval.

At lunch, Australia A were 75 for five, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine on nine and leg-spinner Steven Smith on three.

England bowlers strike form in tour match

England's second-string bowlers put Australia A batsmen in strife in a tour match at Hobart.

Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan, who sat out the opening two tour matches, captured two wickets each on a lively pitch, with Ajaml Shahzad snaring the other wicket.

It was a big toss for Strauss to win, with the tourists getting plenty of assistance from the pitch and often beating the bat in an impressive performance ahead of the opening Gabba Test in Brisbane on November 25.

At lunch, Tremlett had taken 2-27 off nine overs and Bresnan 2-21 off eight. Out of favour Test batsman Phillip Hughes got an edge to Strauss at first slip off Tremlett and went for three in the third over.

Shahzad was rewarded for bowling a fine line when he coaxed a thin edge from Test aspirant Usman Khawaja to wicketkeeper Matt Prior for 13 in the 14th over.

Callum Ferguson didn't improve his chances of a Test spot when he lasted just eight balls for his seven.

Ferguson got a fantastic delivery from Bresnan which straightened and squared him up to get a faint outside edge to Prior, leaving Australia struggling at 48 for three after 15 overs.

Monty Panesar took a blinding right-handed catch to dismiss opener Ed Cowan for 31 to give Bresnan his second wicket. Cowan pulled fiercely but Panesar at square leg stuck out his right hand to take a wonderful catch.

Skipper Cameron White was bowled between bat and pad by Tremlett for five as he attempted to force through the off-side, leaving his team wallowing at 66 for five.

The English are out to retain the Ashes, but are also looking to win their first Test series in Australia since 1986-1987.

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