Soggy Hobart encounter ends in draw

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The tour match between England and Australia A in Hobart ended in a soggy draw on Saturday, as the fourth day also saw rain interruptions after days two and three were washed out completely.

The tour match between England and Australia A in Hobart ended in a soggy draw on Saturday, as the fourth day also saw rain interruptions after days two and three were washed out completely.

England started the day on the 318 for none they had recorded on day one, though Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry both retired out with scores of 154 and 153 respectively, in order to give the rest of the batting order some time in the middle.

Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott didn't take advantage of that chance, both falling for single figures, while Gary Ballance and Stuart Broad also failing to reach 10. The only player to impress was Joe Root, who made 58 not out.

England declared on 430 for seven, with Jon Holland and Ben Cutting taking two wickets each for the hosts, leaving England's bowlers with 31 overs to find their rhythm despite a few more rain interruptions.

James Anderson fared the best of the visiting bowlers, taking two of the three wickets to fall, for just 20 runs. He bagged Alex Doolan and Usman Khawaja, while Graeme Swann dismissed Michael Klinger. The A side were on 119/3 when play was called off.

There is one more warm up game ahead of the first Test in Brisbane, and it will see England taking on an Australia invitational side, featuring a number of players expected to appear in the Ashes. This will be played in Sydney from 13 November.

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