Western Australia v England XI, tour match, Perth, 2nd day November 6, 2010

Pietersen and Broad rescue England

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 8 for 242 dec and 1 for 109 (Robinson 46*, Swart 16*) lead England XI 8 for 223 (Pietersen 58, Broad 53*) by 128 runs

Kevin Pietersen struck a timely half-century but the rest of England's top order struggled against Western Australia in Perth and it needed Stuart Broad, following on from his three wickets, to form a counter-attacking stand with Graeme Swann to ensure they reached parity with the hosts. England's attack then struggled to make breakthroughs as the Warriors closed on 1 for 109, a lead of 128, with Wes Robinson unbeaten on 46.

England were in early trouble during the morning session as they slipped to 3 for 27 then, after Pietersen and Jonathan Trott added 61, they slumped to 7 for 117. The damage was done by the left-arm spinner Michael Beer, in just his third first-class match, and quick bowler Michael Hogan, but England's lower order ensured against embarrassment as Broad and Swann clubbed a stand of 64 in six overs before Andrew Strauss declared 19 behind.

The strength of England's lower order could be a vital component to the Ashes series - as it was during the 2009 contest - but they won't want to be bailing out the senior batsmen on a regular basis. Only Pietersen will be at all satisfied with his day's work after striking nine boundaries in 58 to suggest that his form is returning after his struggles over the last 18 months.

However, he was given a life on 25 when Luke Pomersbach couldn't hold a tough chance at second slip and then chipped Beer just over mid-off as he attacked the spinner. His dismissal, caught in the gully as he drove at Hogan, was part of England's middle-order wobble with Matt Prior (0) falling in the next over when he tamely drove Beer to short cover.

The day had started poorly for England when Strauss edged a back-foot shot to the keeper and James Anderson, the nightwatchman, was brilliantly held at second slip by Pomersbach after a painful 40-ball stay. Trott (24) had settled in at his own pace but, having worked hard to form a platform, he edged Beer to the keeper trying to force through the off side.

Paul Collingwood (4) was sharply snapped up by Marcus North in the gully, but Ian Bell started in positive fashion by launching Beer down the ground for six only to limply prod to slip for 21, which left England 8 for 159. After all the problems suffered by Australia in recent weeks, a batting collapse by the visitors won't go unnoticed, especially against a weakened attack which lost Steve Magoffin, who limped off with a knee injury in his sixth over.

Broad, whose first scoring shot went through the hands of first slip, and Swann responded with a flurry of boundaries - reminiscent of their merry slog at Headingley during the 2009 Ashes - with Broad reaching his fifty with a swept six off Beer. That shot led to the declaration and another chance for England's bowlers.

Second time around, though, there were no early scalps as Robinson and Liam Davis (43) added 77 for the first wicket. Steven Finn, who struggled in the first innings, eventually broke through when Davis was trapped lbw. That was England's only success as Robinson followed his opening-day 62 with another stubborn display and it's in Western Australia's hands as to how much of a second innings they want to give the visitors.

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  • Martin on November 7, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    I agree completely with middlepeg and Sam; Aussie commenters here are talking up this game as if its some really big deal. I think Aus are trying to pursuade themselves about a lot of things; eg "Swann is rubbish.... Broad can't do this or that..." It's all twaddle. Australia need to take a hard look at what THEY can't do; eg Beat Sri Lanka in limited overs, stop India from rolling them over, beat Pakistan. The limitations are on the Australian side - starting with their captain. I also agree with Michael Vaughans comments about Ponting - he's finished and this Ashes series will prove it.

  • paul on November 7, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Well, well some fans were quick to bash England,in the end they smashed WA,with Strauss getting 120 off 140 balls,Swann getting 4 in the 2nd innings,Broad and Finn got another 2 each and polished WA quickly this morning,then the England batsman cruised to victory.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    WE WON ANYWAY!!!!! HAHAHA!!!! :D

  • si on November 7, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Great start to the tour. Swann, Strauss, Bell awesome. Morgan in for Pietersen and it's starting to look promising.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Neil Phillips - Perhaps you should check the score now. Swann now has wickets, and England look like wrapping up the match comfortably.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Where are the loud mouthed Aussies now? England couldn't be on the verge of outright victory could they?

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    An English team that is only half english and their best players are South African, yep just says it all. No matter how poor Australia is playing at the moment, and if we lose it won't be to a real English team in a real ashes contest. Frankley without a swinging ball the english bowlers aren't much chop, but at least they are English I guess unlike their batsman.

  • christian on November 7, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    To Popcorn + matty boy95. your giving the english team grief when they have just started there 1st match on tour, are trying to get miles on there legs, and by all accounts may actually win the 1st one. c mon u now your going down and r trying to get some cheap shots in...unlucky boys the ashes r commin home again.........

  • Saara on November 7, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    england's top order is looking prety pathetic-they'l have to tighten up their act before the ashes and can't keep turning to broad n the tail to keep watching their backs.so far this seeems to be their only negative.the bowling is looking prety good hopefuly its enough to get 20 wickets and win the ashes!

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    To Popcorn + JB77.. seem to be getting a bit carried away with Englands 1st warm up game. the bowlers are getting some miles in there legs, and rolling w.a for 229 in the second dig isnt bad..watch and see........................

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