England bowlers struggle in Perth

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England's bowling attack were given a tough workout, as openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harris carried the Western Australian Chairman's XI to 369 for four in 90 overs – on day one of an important three-day tour fixture in Perth.

England's bowlers were given a tough workout, as openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harris carried the Western Australian Chairman's XI to 369 for four in 90 overs – on day one of an important tour fixture in Perth.

A visiting attack in pursuit of a solid stretch of collective form prior to the first Ashes struggled against a dominant home order lined with a century from the talented Chris Lynn and half-centuries from openers Marcus Harris and Luke Towers.

The tourists rested fast bowler Stuart Broad and spinner Graeme Swann for this three-day match, with the duo's absence severely felt. Harris and Towers were remarkably at ease during an outstanding 115-run alliance.

Lynn, meanwhile, enjoyed superb support from all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who weighed in with a brisk half-century – all of 10 boundaries and a solitary six included. The New Zealand-born Ben Stokes, largely expensive, eventually removed Marsh.

The lanky Boyd Rankin, James Anderson and part-time slow bowler Joe Root clinched the remainder of the wickets. First Test hopeful Chris Tremlett, however, went without breakthrough in 17 tiring overs.

The veteran James Allenby and 20-year-old Ashton Turner were on 34 not out and 17 not out respectively at the close of play and, with conditions proving difficult for the seamers, a 500-plus total is on the cards for Friday.

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