English pacemen strike back in tour game

An inspired spell of fast bowling by Chris Woakes has saved England's blushes after an embarrassing pink-ball batting collapse against a Cricket Australia XI.

English pacemen strike back in tour game

English pacemen strike back in tour game

The tourists lost 7-45, including four wickets for just three runs, on Friday's third day of the Adelaide Oval tour game.

But after setting the inexperienced CA XI 268 runs to win, a fiery Woakes helped reduce the home side to 7-25.

The CA XI limped to 7-70 at stumps with Matt Short unbeaten on 28 and Gurinder Sandhu not out 17 - the only Australians to reach double-figures.

Woakes at one stage had 3-3 but finished with 4-17 from 10 overs and fellow quick Craig Overton took 2-10.

Woakes' spell helped cover the damage from England's stunning batting crash earlier when they slipped from 0-79 to 7-124.

The Poms lost six wickets in a 10-over span as Tasmanian seamer Simon Milenko (5-34) ran amok.

Only a fightback from Jonny Bairstow (61no from 66 balls) lifted England to 207 all out, with injured paceman Jake Ball not taking the field as he awaited scan results on his sprained right ankle.

England's slump began with the dismissal of opener Alastair Cook, whose scratchy start to the Ashes tour continued, making 32 from 85 balls.

Cook began his tour with a second-ball duck last weekend against a West Australian XI and made only 15 in the first innings in Adelaide.

After the veteran lost his wicket, he was soon followed back the changeroom by his opening partner Mark Stoneman , who made 51, his third consecutive half-century on tour.

Captain Joe Root (one), Dawid Malan (five), James Vince (29), Chris Woakes (two) and Craig Overton (0) fell in rapid succession.

Bairstow then launched an aggressive fightback before running out of partners - the last man out was Jimmy Anderson, who has been confirmed as England's vice-captain in the absence of regular deputy Ben Stokes.

Stokes remains at home pending the outcome of a police investigation into his street fight in late September.

Root's side has already lost paceman Steven Finn, who has flown home because of a knee injury - his replacement Tom Curran arrived in Adelaide on Friday.

And spinning allrounder Moeen Ali is yet to feature in the warm-up matches as he struggles with a side strain.

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