England attack find pink ball rhythm

09 November 2017

Injury to England paceman spoils otherwise accomplished day for tourists' bowling unit in Adelaide

Magellan Ashes 2017-18, Four-Day Tour Match


England's Ashes tour has taken another turn for the worse with fast bowler Jake Ball spraining an ankle in the game against a Cricket Australia XI on Thursday.

Ball hobbled off Adelaide Oval after rolling his right ankle when bowling on day two of the four-day fixture.

The injury spoiled an otherwise productive day for the tourists, who ripped through the CA XI's top order to have them 5-36 before a late resurgence boosted their total. 

Ball fall sends scare through England camp

Ball's injury came as Australia's forgotten man Tim Paine struck a half-century - the CA XI posted 9(dec)-233 in reply to England's first innings of 293.

The tourists were 0-5 in their second dig at stumps.

Paine has failed to crack a berth in Tasmania's Sheffield Shield side this season because of Test incumbent wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's move to the state.

Skipper Paine posts fighting half-century

But Paine struck a polished 52 on Thursday, combining with Matt Short (45) to rescue the CA XI from a precarious 5-57.

Paine's knock was overshadowed by the pain of England's Ball, a contender to play in the first Test against Australia starting November 23.

Ball twisted an ankle in his delivery stride, creating more concern for England who have just sent home paceman Steven Finn because of a knee injury.

Seamer Tom Curran is due to arrive on Friday in Australia after being summoned as a replacement.

The tourists also are planning to be without allrounder and fellow quick bowling option Ben Stokes for the looming Test series. He remains in England awaiting the outcome of a police investigation after a street fight in Bristol.

While England hoped the injury to the 26-year-old Ball was not overly serious, he has only 14 days to recover before the Ashes opener.

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Ball is considered a potential starter in the first Test in a four-pronged English pace attack featuring Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and allrounder Chris Woakes.

Ball has played three Tests since his debut in July last year, taking only two wickets at the unflattering average of 114.

But the tourists believe the Nottinghamshire quick, at 197cm-tall, will extract added bounce on Australian pitches.

Ball has been ruled out of the remainder of the match // Getty
Ball has been ruled out of the remainder of the match // Getty

Ball had already taken a wicket when he was hurt in his fourth over, though England had little trouble ripping through the CA XI top order.

English pacemen Anderson and Woakes took two wickets each while legspinner Mason Crane claimed 3-78.

Day one report:

Captain Joe Root was among three English half-centurions but a sandy-haired Australian leg-spinner curbed the tourists' Magellan Ashes preparations on Wednesday.

Unheralded tweaker Daniel Fallins took four English wickets for the Cricket Australia XI on the opening day of the tour match in Adelaide.

England made 8-278 in the pink-ball fixture but while Root (58), Mark Stoneman (61) and Dawid Malan (63) thrived, opener Alastair Cook failed again.

After a second-ball duck in England's tour opener against a Western Australian XI last week, Cook mustered only 15 from 28 balls against the CA XI.

Fallins, a 21-year-old making his first-class debut, took four English scalps including Root and Stoneman and finished with 4-71 from 21 overs.

The NSW rookie-listed spinner also dismissed England's first-drop James Vince (33) and Jonny Bairstow (nine).

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Fallins' feats curtailed the English batsmen in their tune-up for the first Test against Australia starting on November 23 in Brisbane.

"Some of the dismissals we had today were a touch on the sloppy side, so it was a little bit frustrating more than anything that we didn't kick on and probably have a couple of hundreds scored out there today," Stoneman said after play.

"Everyone got a bit of time in the middle, so that was encouraging, but we also need to be scoring hundreds, and big hundreds.

"So there are lessons to be learnt from today."

Stalwart Cook missed a chance for meaningful time at the crease, feathering an outside edge from an attempted forward defensive shot off the bowling of paceman Jackson Coleman (3-66).

Fallins then went on his wicket-taking ways as the tourists slipped from 1-85 to 5-195.

With just his fifth ball, the legspinner bowled Vince, who missed an attempted sweep shot.

After Root and Stoneman added 70 runs, the latter fell to a brilliant one-handed diving catch at midwicket by Jake Carter.

And just before the dinner break, Fallins ruined Root's plans of gaining pink-ball batting experience at night when the skipper top-edged a front-foot swipe and was caught at mid-off.

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In the last session, Fallins had Bairstow caught behind, Chris Woakes (33) was caught at slip off left-arm quick Coleman.

Craig Overton was dismissed for a duck by Gurinder Sandhu (1-55) before Coleman outed Malan in the last over with the edge rebounding off the shoulder of Jason Sangha at second slip before being pouched by Matt Short.

England, despite their fast bowling concerns, rested strike bowler Stuart Broad from the day-night game.

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England suffered a blow on the eve of the match when paceman Steven Finn was ruled out of the tour because a knee injury – he will be replaced by seamer Tom Curran.

Following the Adelaide game, England have another four-day fixture against a CA XI in Townsville from November 15 before the Ashes opener.

2017-18 International Fixtures:

Magellan Ashes Series

First Test Gabba, November 23-27. Buy tickets

Second Test Adelaide Oval, December 2-6 (Day-Night). Buy tickets

Third Test WACA Ground, December 14-18. Buy tickets

Fourth Test MCG, December 26-30. Buy tickets

Fifth Test SCG, January 4-8 (Pink Test). Buy tickets

Gillette ODI Series v England

First ODI MCG, January 14. Buy tickets

Second ODI Gabba, January 19. Buy tickets

Third ODI SCG, January 21. Buy tickets

Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Buy tickets

Fifth ODI Perth TBC, January 28. Join the ACF

Prime Minister's XI

PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Buy tickets

Gillette T20 INTL Series

First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Buy tickets

Second T20I – Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Buy tickets

Third T20I – Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Buy tickets

Fourth T20I – NZ v England, Wellington, February 13

Fifth T20I – NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I – NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final – TBC, Eden Park, February 21

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