England struggled on their opening day of the first tour game ahead of the Ashes as the Western Australia Chairman’s XI finished on 369-4 at the WACA in Perth.
The tourists used six bowlers in 90 overs with four of those taking a wicket a piece but could not stop number three batsman Chris Lynn hitting a century in a dominant display by the Australians.
James Anderson and Chris Tremlett opened the bowling without any joy and the hosts reached 115 before losing their first wicket when Anderson had Marcus Harris caught by Ian Belly at gully. That brought Lynn to the crease as Luke Towers helped form another hundred partnership before he was caught behind by the off-spin of Joe Root.
With no front line spinner in Andy Flower’s team the opening batsman bowled 11 overs for 32 runs which made him the second most economic bowler, behind Anderson who went at under two runs an over from his 16 bowled.
Lynn eventually fell for 104 off 124 balls with Boyd Rankin taking his first wicket in the whites for England with Michael Carberry taking the catch to leave the WA XI 288-3 and still in control of the match which Matt Prior is leading. Alastair Cook is missing through a slight back complaint but did take part in some fitness work in Perth and is expected to make next week’s penultimate warm-up fixture.
Ben Stokes was the last bowler to be used by Prior and the all-rounder did not finish the day empty handed as he also took his first England wicket with the red ball by dismissing Mitchell Marsh for 58 with the captain taking a second catch of the day.
The final bowling spot in the Test line-up is up for grabs but neither Tremlett nor Steven Finn managed to pick up a wicket while all three tall fast bolwers went for over four runs an over and didn’t manage to build any major pressure to help Anderson.
It will be no surprise to see the hosts declare overnight and put England in to bat which will give the likes of Carberry, Stokes and Gary Ballance the chance to show their worth with the bat.
The three day game comes to a close on Saturday before the squad flies to Tasmania and will face Australia A in Hobart next Tuesday, 11.30pm (GMT) start.