England are taking on a Western Australia Chairman's XI in Perth over the next three days, in what is the first match of their Ashes tour, ahead of next month's first Test match.
With Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann all sitting out the encounter, a number of those not necessarily expecting to begin the first Test with Australia will have the opportunity to state their case over the coming days.
On a batting-friendly pitch at the WACA, it should be a great opportunity for England's batsmen to stake a claim with big runs. For the team's bowling ranks, though, it could be considerably more difficult.
Follow all three days here on Bleacher Report, with a roundup of the action following each day's play.
Western Australia 451-5 declared (108 overs)
England 391 (101.5 overs)
England's innings fell away sharply from an overnight position of 270 for two against the Western Australia Chairman's XI.
The tourists had centuries from Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott to celebrate, but once Bell retired out on 115 there was precious little from the rest of the team.
Steven Finn produced the highest other knock of the day, worth just 15 runs as England fell to 391 all out. Trott was left unbeaten on 113.
In response Boyd Rankin shot out the two opening batsmen, but Chris Lynn and Mitchell Marsh steadied the innings thereafter.
Steven Finn removed Marsh for 62 and Tom Triffitt without scoring, and Chris Tremlett grabbed another in the evening session.
The teams shook hands on a draw with the WA XI at 168-5. Sterner tests will await the tourists as their preparation for the Ashes continues.
Here is the scorecard, as given by Cricinfo.
Western Australia 451-5 declared (108 overs)
England 270-2 (70 overs)
Bat continued to dominate ball on Day 2 in Perth as Western Australia pressed on with their first innings, finally declaring on 451-5.
They hit a brisk 82 from 18 overs and declared for the loss of one additional wicket, as Steven Finn snared Jim Allenby in the 10th over of the day.
England's fast bowlers toiled away but struggled to trouble any batsmen, with all of Western Australia's top six passing 50. The trio of Boyd Rankin, Chris Tremlett and Finn, all vying for the final Test spot, returned disappointing collective figures of 2-303.
All three went at over four runs per over and failed to gain any form of control. Finn's figures of 1-123 from just 23 overs were especially disappointing.
However, England's batsmen were then handed the stage and delivered on an extremely favourable pitch.
Michael Carberry and Joe Root got the visitors off to a lightning fast start, bringing up 100 inside 19 overs. Root departed for 36, with the score on 100, before Carberry—who had looked the more fluent at the crease—went for 78 from just 100 balls.
That allowed Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell some handy practise in the middle, and both finished the day on unbeaten half-centuries.
Following a lean summer, the sight of Trott back in the runs provides a welcome boost for England, as does Bell seemingly retaining his summer swagger.
Here's a look at how the scorecard reads at stumps on Day 2, with all scores and information courtesy of ESPN Cricinfo.
|Michael Carberry||c Allenby b Turner||78||100||12||0|
|Joe Root||lbw b Allenby||36||60||7||0|
|Jonathan Trott||not out||64||135||8||0|
|Ian Bell||not out||77||137||11||2|
|Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 12)||15|
|Total||for 2||270||(70 ovs)|
|Western Australia Innings||Runs||Balls||4s||6s|
|Luke Towers||c Prior b Root||77||170||10||0|
|Marcus Harris||c Bell b Anderson||69||85||13||0|
|Chris Lynn||c Carberry b Rankin||104||124||16||1|
|Mitchell Marsh||c Prior b Stokes||58||59||10||1|
|Jim Allenby||lbw b Finn||53||98||8||0|
|Ashton Turner||not out||62||95||11||0|
|Tom Triffitt||not out||18||21||2||0|
|Extras (b 5, w 1, nb 4)||10|
|Total||for 5 (dec)||451||(108 ovs)|
Western Australia 369-4 (90 overs)
England were left in no doubt of the difficulties ahead on Day 1 of the 2013-14 Ashes tour, as Western Australia took advantage of ideal batting conditions to make England toil in Perth.
Chris Lynn made a century and three others passed 50 as the hosts raced into a commanding lead, having won the toss and chosen to bat.
For England's bowlers, it was a day to forget, with only James Anderson (1-31) and part-time bowler Joe Root (1-32) emerging with figures worth writing home about.
With Boyd Rankin (1-87), Ben Stokes (1-56), Steven Finn (0-75) and Chris Tremlett (0-87) all unsure of their place in the first Test, it is fair to say that none put forward a convincing case here.
Openers Marcus Harris and Luke Towers set the stall for the day with a fantastic partnership of 115 to set the platform for those lower down the order to shine.
Anderson may have dismissed Harris, before Root saw to the cautious Towers, but the respite was minimal as Lynn struck 16 fours and a six on the way to a 124-ball knock of 104 before being dismissed by Rankin.
Mitchell Marsh helped himself to some quick runs also, with 58 off 59 balls late in a day that was definitively won by the host side.
Jim Allenby (34no) and Ashton Turner (17no) will continue their progress on Friday morning, with England in need of a morale boost after a rough start to life in Australia.
For a Full Scorecard of Day 1's action, check out ESPN Cricinfo's page.