Warm up game ends in lacklustre draw

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The warm-up match between a CA Chairman's XI and England ended in a tame draw on Saturday, with the two-day game not really proving fruitful for the England batsmen in Alice Springs.

The warm-up match between a CA Chairman's XI and England ended in a tame draw on Saturday, with the two-day game not really proving fruitful for the England batsmen in Alice Springs.

Day two at Traeger Park saw England spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar taking seven wickets between them, four and three respectively, as the Aussies made 254 for eight. Michael Carberry then made 37 not out before the close.

The Chairman's XI started the day on 16/0 after England had made 212/7 declared on the first day. Openers Steven Cazzulino and MArcus Harris each made near-fifties before being dismissed by the spinners.

Swann took four of the top five wickets to fall, while Panesar book-ended the knock. The only paceman to take a wicket was Boyd Rankin, while Steve Finn was the most expensive of the attack. This effort all but ensured Chris Tremlett would keep his place in Adelaide.

England then batted for the latter part of the day, with Carberry again showing his experience and class with a measured knock. Joe Root was the lone failure, out for one to Simon Makin. Gary Ballance, who had made 55 in the first innings, was on eight at the close.

The second Ashes Test starts on Thursday at the Adelaide Oval.

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