Western Australia v England XI, tour match, Perth, 3rd day November 7, 2010

Strauss ton seals England win

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England XI 8 for 223 dec. and 4 for 243 (Strauss 120*, Pietersen 35, Beer 2-99) beat Western Australia 8 for 242 dec. and 223 (Robinson 54, Swann 4-101, Broad 2-26) by six wickets

England surged to a six-wicket win on the third afternoon of their tour match against Western Australia at Perth, captain Andrew Strauss's unbeaten 120 guiding their fourth-innings pursuit of 243. Four wickets for Graeme Swann, with admirable back-up from Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, had brought England back into the game after Western Australia started the day well placed at 1 for 109. The last nine wickets tumbled for 93 runs to set up England's second-innings chase, and though Alastair Cook again fell early Strauss ran to an aggressive hundred and a string of contributions from the middle order sealed the win in the 48th over.

England looked set for a long day in the field while Wes Robinson and Michael Swart built on a strong opening stand of 77 with a 53-run partnership for the second wicket. But Swart's removal, pinned in front of his stumps by Finn, sparked a collapse as Robinson was stumped off Swann shortly after passing fifty, captain Marcus North was run out by substitute fielder Eoin Morgan and Adam Voges was caught behind off Broad in the space of eight overs.

From then on, England kept firm control of the match and wickets fell at regular intervals. No. 11 Michael Hogan bashed 21 from just 12 balls, including two fours and two sixes, to boost Western Australia's innings past 200, but when he was run out England were left with the appetising task of chasing 243 in 52 overs.

Hogan kept up the counter-attack with the ball in his hands, clean bowling Cook in the fifth over as England's chase suffered an early setback. But Strauss anchored the innings with aplomb, adding a sedate 65 in 16.2 overs for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott and then shifting gears in a 66-run partnership with Kevin Pietersen that took half that time.

Pietersen followed his first-innings 58 with a quickfire 35, striking three powerful straight drives in succession off Hogan and lofting left-arm spinner Michael Beer over midwicket before being given out leg before to the same bowler attempting an adventurous reverse sweep. The decision didn't impress Pietersen, who stood at the crease for several seconds looking at his bat before walking off.

Strauss then added a third half-century stand, with Paul Collingwood, and brought up his 36th first-class century with a crisp straight drive off Swart's part-time spin. After Beer had Collingwood caught for 26 for his second wicket, he finished the job in partnership with Ian Bell. Bell hurried the conclusion with three fours and a six in his 22 as England sealed victory with more than four overs to spare.

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  • Cameron on November 9, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    dscoll: so where does your assessment leave England then? You have numerous players that would struggle to get a game elsewhere: Cook, Bell, Finn, Trott, Prior, Collingwood. All OK, but hardly world beaters. Swann is your only stand out. Strauss has never proved himself against Australia & the last tour here was very nearly career ending for him. Lets see if he carries on his recent form, in Australia, against Australia. Your top order hardly evokes a whole heap of confidence. You only have two players with test bowling experience in Australia (Panesar: won't play, & Anderson: who was carted here last time & has a poor record against Australia overall). Australia may be down, but make no mistake, England are not looking like millionaires either.

  • Cameron on November 9, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Aussasinator: do you know what you're on about here? England beat the weakest state side in Australia. Not exactly big news. However, the fact you copped a couple of bloodied noses along the way didn't go amiss though. Cook: abjectly hopeless, Pietersen: was streaky at best & given numerous chances, Finn: absymal, according to all radio commentators (even Jonathon Agnew), Trott: a number 3? No one who faced Steve Magoffin's well directed pace & bounce looked comfortable, & had he lasted the game the result would likely have been different. So bearing that in mind, your glorious win doesn't look particularly rosy I would've thought. Moreover, quite a few English deficiences gloriously highlighted. Good work WA. Before you get too carried away, you might care to remember you have only 3 dead rubber test wins in this nation in the last 23yrs. Lets see if all the English hoopla can actually translate into a LIVE test win...

  • Matthew on November 8, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    I agree, Biggus. It's a to be relief to have an ashes series ahead, not expecting to watch your team cought up in controversy. We can look forward to some healthy, hard-fought, competetive test match cricket.

  • Richard on November 8, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Well, enough of the WA game. On a different note, this news of the Pakistan wicketkeeper disappearing due to threats reminds me why I'm so happy we're hosting England down under this season. For all our differences we do in some way understand each other and expect that the games will be hard fought but fair, and hopefully free of allegations of racism, cheating etc. That, somehow, is a very comforting thought to me.

  • paul on November 8, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    @Biggus To much has been made of what Pietersen did, or did not do,he only paused for 5 seconds or so before walking off and it's something that practically all the modern cricketers do, when they think they got a bad call. At the end of the day what you've said has little bearing on KP, because he has never had any disciplinary problems,ever in his career. Broad on the other hand can skate close to the line, but as long as he doesn't cross it, it won't be a issue and to be honest I can't see it being. @valvolux Who are these 3 150kph bowlers you talk of,because you can't mean Hilfenhaus ,Bollinger ,Siddle all bowl 90mph and under which is 144kph and Johnson rarely gets up to that speed.

  • david on November 8, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    valvolux says that WA has a "woefull bowling lineup". I would say that Aus have a woeful lineup period. Last time Eng were here Aus had 3 all time greats, Warne, Mcgrath, Gilchtist ,plus 2 world 11 first choice, : Ponting & Hayden. and no bad players. Now Aus have no all time greats and 1 World 11 possible : Johnson.They also have 2 players who would not get into any other top 5 test playing teams North and Hauritz. Their slide down the world rankings and their 3 test defeats on the bounce are no flukes, Aus are now a very average team.

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    When touring sides pitch up and play a first warm up it is very hard to gauge how significant the result is; doesn't stop people having a go though (triumphalist nonsense as it often is). England haven't won an Ashes warmup opener in Aus since the 60's. They often get off the plane half baked, so it was nice to see them in good shape for a change. WA aren't the strongest but they are the first up , would have wanted to put down a marker, and will have been preparing for this for a while. Australia meanwhile were finally managing to pin down Sri Lanka, but in a dead rubber. Aus have varied the pace lineup in the one day series so that's no clue to how the Test attack will go. And their batsmen won't see one day knockabouts as any indicator of how they'll perform facing the first ball in an Ashes test - it's worlds apart. All I think one can fairly conclude is that both teams are bringing their guns to bear, but neither can yet fire a proper salvo

  • Seene on November 8, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Strauss the good clasical cricketer

  • Subba on November 8, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Australian media is not talking much of this defeat? Or are they saturated with Oz losses? It's a mjor confidence depleting loss for Australia and a booster for the English side. They can only go better from now on.

  • Richard on November 8, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding-Playing down the win Vs WA isn't part of some grand strategy. Whilst WA used to regularly beat touring sides those days are long gone. The present WA side isn't just a poor side-they are truly woeful, and one of the weakest Shield sides I've ever seen, especially with Magoffin, the only bowler with any real experience, sidelined after 5.4 overs in the first innings. Had they lost against such a side it would really have been a worry. They won, and that's good, as I'd like to see a competitive series, but I wouldn't be breaking out the whistles and party hats just yet. That's my objective assessment.

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