Australia Invitational XI vs. England Cricket 2013: Day 1 Scorecard and Recap

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13:  Ryan Carters and Peter Nevill of CA Invitational XI score runs during day one of the tour match between the CA Invitational XI and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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England failed to capitalise on an excellent start to put themselves in a difficult position after the first day of their Ashes warm-up match with an Australia Invitational XI. The hosts finished on 271-5 at the close of play.

Australia Invitational XI
Aaron Finchc Bairstow b Broad4
Ed Cowanc Trott b Finn51
Callum Fergusonlbw b Broad8
Kurtis Pattersonc Cook b Finn5
Ben Rohrerc Carberry b Broad19
Ryan Cartersnot out94
Peter Nevillnot out76

Australia batted first at Sydney Cricket Ground, stuttering into action with Aaron Finch, who clattered an early four before quickly being bowled out by England’s standout player, Stuart Broad.

Ed Cowan offered some resistance with 51 runs from 93 balls as those around him fell in limp fashion. Callum Ferguson and Kevin Patterson were dismissed for eight and five respectively, while Ben Rohrer slowly worked his way to 19 before Broad notched his third success of the day.

Things changed dramatically after this point.

Ryan Carters and Peter Nevill, both of whom represent New South Wales, turned the day on its head by lasting the rest of the day at the crease. Having at one stage been in deep trouble at 93-5, Carters led the fightback for the Australia XI with a personal 94, while Nevill aided his fight with 76.

England Bowling Figures
Stuard Broad20.07361.803
Boyd Rankin20.04603.000
Steven Finn22.04793.592
Graeme Swann22.05663.000
Jonathan Trott5.01224.400
Joe Root1.0011.000

England’s bowlers, who were having an easy day until the duo burst into life, were left frustrated as the day’s play came to a close.

Broad’s place in the Ashes team is nailed down, highlighted by his three wickets that owed much to a consistent line.

However, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin haven’t covered themselves in glory as they vie for a place in the team for the first Test, which will begin on Nov. 21 in Brisbane.

Finn took two wickets from 22.0 overs and did prove he can be dangerous early in an innings, but his fast start was diminished as he failed to find a way through Carters and Nevill.

He conceded 79 and grabbed four maidens, but remained jovial after the disappointment:

Rankin’s inability to snatch a wicket saw him concede 60 from 20.0 overs, also with four maidens.

England have it all to do heading into the second day and will hope Broad can once again dominate with the ball in his hands.

All stats provided by Cricket365.