Another day washed out in Hobart

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A second consecutive day was lost to rain, as England's four-day tour fixture against Australia A at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart neared a draw on Friday.

A second consecutive day was lost to rain, as England's four-day tour fixture against Australia A at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart neared a draw on Friday.

Hefty centuries from openers Michael Carberry and Alastair Cook had carried the tourists to a whopping total of 318 without loss on day one.

Jostling for position with the under-fire Joe Root ahead of the first Test, which will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November, Carberry afforded the selectors plenty of food for thought en route to a solid 153 not out.

Cook, who missed last week's drawn clash with the Western Australian Chairman's XI at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground in Perth, marked a fine return to the XI with an authoritative 154 not out.

The pairing was marvelous, leaving an uninspired host attack riddled with questions. Indeed, Australia A's bowlers, which included part-timer Usman Khawaja, boast a mere 17 Test matches between them.

Cook and Carberry shared all of 41 fours, while the latter also struck two handsome sixes, deploying outstanding footwork to spinners Jon Holland and Glenn Maxwell. Root, meanwhile, pondered a new home in the middle order.

England are likely to declare on Saturday, affording the bowlers much-needed match practice ahead of the first Ashes Test, which will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November.

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