Woakes fires Ashes warning shot


England fast bowler Chris Woakes has sounded a warning to Australia's batsmen with a devastating spell against a Cricket Australia XI under lights in Adelaide.

Woakes looked dangerous with the pink Kookaburra in his hand and returned figures of 4/17 in ten overs as a young CA XI side slumped to 70/7 chasing 264 runs to win.

Earlier in the day England suffered their own collapse sliding from 93 for 1 to 203 all out with little support for Jonny Baistow who whacked a quickfire 61 off 66 balls.

Journeyman medium pacer Simon Milenko bagged a five wicket haul with England struggling against the unfamiliar pink ball and the transition between daylight hours and the night.

At one stage it looked like England might earn themselves an extra rest day with the Invitational side slipping to 25 for 7 against the pace and swing of Woakes and Craig Overton 2/10.

That was before Matthew Short (28*) and Gurinder Sandhu (17*) provided some resistance, being the first two batsmen to move into double figures.

England's concerns about their fast bowling stocks will be somewhat alleviated by the performance of Woakes but concerns remain about the fragility of their batting and the fourth seamer role likely to be filled by Jake Ball if he recovers from an ankle knock or bolters Overton and Tom Curran.