England get good knocks in at SCG

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England were just two runs behind the Australia Invitational XI at stumps on day two of the tour match at the SCG, ending the day on 302 for five after 10 wickets fell on the day.

England were just two runs behind the Australia Invitational XI at stumps on day two of the tour match at the SCG, ending the day on 302 for five after 10 wickets fell on the day.

Australia were all out for 304 earlier in the day, having started the morning on 271 for five. Ryan Carters was in the middle on 94, but he was unable to add to his score as he fell to Stuart Broad in the first over of the day.

From there is was all about the pace bowlers, as Broad went on to claim four wickets and Steve Finn a five-fer. Finn was doing his darndest to put him name on the first Ashes Test team sheet in the third seamer spot.

Once Nicholas Bills fell, caught by Carberry off Finn (Carberry's third catch of the innings) it then was up to the batsmen to get enough crease time in ahead of the Brisbane opener on 21 November.

While Carberry had a good time in the field, he did not have success with the bat. He was dismissed for four, caught behind by Peter Nevill off Josh Lalor, though still expected to open the batting at the 'Gabba.

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott then made life tough for the below-par home bowling attack, as they put on 143 runs together over much of the day. The skipper recorded 81 and Trott 83, before both fell to poor shots while prodding outside the off stump.

Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell then joined forces for 71 runs, with Pietersen treating the CA bowlers as though they were net opponents. He made a relatively quick 57, including seven fours and two sixes, before lofting an easy catch to the covers.

Bell made 35, a rare failure for him these days, leaving Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow to see out the day. Root was on 26 and Bairstow, looking likely to keep wicket in the first Test, had recorded 11.

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