Australia Invitational XI vs. England Cricket 2013: Day 2 Scorecard and Recap

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Australia Invitational XI vs. England Cricket 2013: Day 2 Scorecard and Recap
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England trail an Australia Invitational XI by two runs with five wickets remaining at the close of play on the second day in Sydney.

The Three Lions, who suffered a difficult first day, reached stumps on 302-5 as the batsmen found their groove. England smashed through the Australian lower order to set themselves a first innings target of 304, a number they are likely to pass within the first over of the third day.

Australia Invitational XI Batting Figures
Aaron Finch c Bairstow b Broad 4
Ed Cowan c Trott b Finn 51
Callum Ferguson lbw b Broad 8
Kurtis Patterson c Cook b Finn 5
Ben Rohrer c Carberry b Broad 19
Ryan Carters c Bairstow b Broad 94
Peter Nevill c Bairstow b Finn 83
Joshua Laylor c Swann b Finn 0
Christopher Tremain c Carberry b Rankin 1
James Muirhead not out 14
Nicholas Bills c Carberry b Finn 6
EXTRAS 19
TOTAL 304

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England Bowling Figures
Overs Maidens Runs Economy Wickets
Stuard Broad 24.0 10 37 1.54 4
Boyd Rankin 23.0 5 63 2.74 1
Steven Finn 28.4 4 103 3.63 5
Graeme Swann 22.0 5 66 3.00 0
Jonathan Trott 5.0 1 22 4.40 0
Joe Root 1.0 0 1 1.00 0

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Steven Finn had been expensive for his two wickets during the opening day as he missed a chance to state his claim for a spot in the first Ashes Test. However, things changed quickly after the restart, the Englishman racking up three wickets in quick succession to take his overall to five.

Peter Nevill and Joshua Laylor fell to Finn before Boyd Rankin took his first wicket of the match when he dismissed Christopher Tremain.

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Australia’s lower order looked out of their depth, highlighted when Finn took the final wicket of Nicholas Bills to remove the hosts for a disappointing score of 304. They had added 33 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Finn will feel happier about his hopes of becoming England’s third Ashes seamer, although his form is still shaky at best. Despite taking five wickets, his line remained sloppy, and Australia's Ashes batsmen will not be expected to afford him such hospitality.

Andrew Wu of the Sydney Morning Herald remained jovial regarding Finn's performance:

England then took to the crease and quickly ushered in a spell of dominance.

Alastair Cook’s 81 set the tone for a calming performance, although Michael Carberry fell for the first time this tour, posting a disappointing four runs when he was caught by Nevill off the bowling of Lalor.

England Batting Figures
Alastair Cook c Nevill b Bills 81
Michael Carberry c Nevill b Lalor 4
Jonathan Trott c Nevill b Lalor 83
Kevin Pietersen caught sub b Muirhead 57
Ian Bell c Rohrer b Muirhead 35
Joe Root not out 26
Jonny Bairstow not out 11
EXTRAS 5
TOTAL 302-5

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Australia Invitational XI Bowling Figures
Overs Maidens Runs Economy Wickets
Christopher Tremain 15.0 4 51 3.40 0
Joshua Lalor 19.0 3 82 4.32 2
Nicholas Bills 14.0 1 45 3.21 1
James Muirhead 18.0 1 97 5.39 2
Ben Rohrer 2.0 0 4 2.00 0
Aaron Finch 5.0 1 22 4.40 0

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Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen built England’s score with scores of 83 and 57 respectively. Australia’s bowlers just couldn’t get to grips with the power and assurance of the visitors’ top order, allowing England to gain a modest total without much trouble.

Ian Bell wasted a start as he fell for 35. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow—the potential stand-in for Matt Prior—remained at the crease with 26 and 11 at the close of play, suggesting England can take a decent lead into the second innings if the duo bat sensibly on day three.

Lalor conjured up some sort of plaudits for the Australia XI with two wickets, while James Muirhead will be pleased to have matched his compatriot’s number.

Bills’ dismissal of Cook remained his only success, while Nevill took an impressive three catches to help the Aussies deal with a comfortable top order.

England firmly in control as we head into day three against a poor Australia side.

All statistics are courtesy of cricket365.

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