WA Chairman's XI v England XI, Tour match, Perth, 2nd day

Bell, Carberry seize chance to show form

Brad Elborough in Perth

November 1, 2013

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England XI 2 for 270 (Carberry 78, Bell 77*) trail Western Australia Chairman's XI (Turner 62*) 5 for 451 dec. by 181 runs

Could Carberry stake a claim?

Ian Bell wasted no time in hitting his straps in Australia, resuming where he left off in the previous Ashes, and Michael Carberry seized on the chance afforded to him by Alastair Cook's absence as England put up a solid display in their first innings of the tour.

Bell closed the second day at the WACA unbeaten on 77 with Jonathan Trott on 64 as England reached 2 for 270. The warm-up is heading for a draw as England trail Western Australia by 181 runs after the home side declared in the day's first session at 5 for 451.

Bell was quickly back into the form that saw him named Man of the Series in the Ashes in England and Carberry demonstrated that England have a competent opener should they need to make a change at the top of the order.

While Carberry grasped the opportunity to make runs on a good batting wicket, Joe Root, yet to convince as an opener in Test cricket, missed out. He is the only batsman dismissed in the game so far not to reach a half-century.

Each of the five WA batsmen dismissed in their innings made it to at least 50, highlighted by Chris Lynn's entertaining 104. But Root managed only 36 from 60 deliveries before he was trapped lbw by Glamorgan allrounder Jim Allenby.

Root shared in a 100-run opening stand with Carberry, who was the more aggressive of the pair. Carberry made 78 before he slashed at a short and wide delivery from spinner Ashton Turner and was caught by Allenby at backward point.

Carberry, 33, has played just one Test for England, against Bangladesh in 2010 and is thought unlikely to start the Ashes barring injury. But finding form will put pressure on Root - who was recently awarded a central contract - to deliver as well as put another name in the mix for the middle order. He still has a possible two further four-day games, in Hobart and Sydney, to spend some time in the middle before the first Ashes Test starts in Brisbane on November 21.

But it was Bell who again suggested he could be the key to England's chances of claiming a fourth consecutive Ashes series for the first time since 1890.

He enjoys playing against Australia. In the recent Ashes series in England he was the difference between the two sides, leading the scoring with 562 runs at an average of 62.44. In the 2010-11 series in Australia, he was also crucial to the tourists' success, scoring 329 runs in six innings, at an impressive average of 65.80. Only Cook (766 runs at 127.66) and Trott (445 at 89.00) averaged more in that series.

Trott was in no hurry in his first innings on tour, bringing up his 50 in 101 balls, compared to Bell, who took only 71 deliveries to bring up his half-century.

Ian Bell was quickly into his stride, Western Australia Chairman's XI v England XI, 2nd day, Perth, November 1, 2103
Ian Bell was quickly back into his stride © Getty Images

After turning six starts into just two half-centuries against Australia in England this year, Trott appears keen to spend as much time in the middle in the lead up to the Test series to help improve on his tally of 293 runs that he contributed the last time the two sides met.

After Bell bought up his milestone he belted former Australia spinner Michael Beer and Turner for big sixes. He looked comfortable at the crease from the first ball and hit two fours in the first over he faced and was confident in leaving balls alone that were passing close by his stumps.

WA were hampered by the loss of opening bowler Burt Cockley, who left the ground half-way through his third over with a knee injury. He wasn't the only fielder from the home side forced from the ground, after keeper Tom Triffitt was hit in the face by a ball from Beer that appeared to bounce unexpectedly high. He required six stitches.

England's bowlers had earlier struggled for a second consecutive day, managing to take only one more wicket before WA declared. The hosts added 82 runs to their overnight score in 18 overs with Turner unbeaten on 62, meaning that each of WA's top 6 batsmen made half centuries.

Allenby took his overnight 34 to 53 before he was trapped lbw by Steven Finn in the 10th over of the day, Finn's first. Unfortunately, it failed to inspire Finn, who bowled five overs for 36 runs, finishing with 1 for 123 from 23 overs in the innings. But he will still consider himself very much in the mix for the vacant fast bowling position in the Brisbane Test, as his competition was not much more impressive.

Chris Tremlett took up the attack this morning and bowled only four over for 17 runs, while Boyd Rankin's final contribution was 1 for 92 from 20 overs.

James Anderson was easily the pick of the England attack, conceding only 55 runs in 23 overs, bowling nine maidens. But he managed just one wicket on a deck that is offering the bowlers little.

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Posted by JG2704 on (November 2, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney on (November 2, 2013, 5:21 GMT) I disagree re the declaration. The number 6 spot is still up for grabs and had they not even looked at Ballance or Stokes then they'd have had no further clues. Both failed so I suppose they are no nearer but at least both had an opportunity. Now we have a dilemma in do we have a further look at the current candidates and try and squeeze them in a head to head with JB at the possible expense of not giving our regular batsmen time in the middle. Looks a poor all round display so far. Whether it is a sign of things to come who knows? But you'd rather start the tour on a positive note.

PS Onions not in the squad already looks a terrible move to me. Also despite a scratchy 1st test I'd have had the other Oakes in there

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Moeen Ali should've been in the team instead of Ballance. 1331 runs this season, left handed and can bowl good off spin

Posted by Front-Foot-Sponge on (November 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

At FFL, I think you spoke too soon. 3 players got runs (one who isn't even in the test team), the rest failed (again) and you trail a WA 2nd 11 by eons LOL. The caper is up, you can't sit on your pedestal anymore! How bout you post cricket comments we can discuss rather than ugly smears? Anyhow, Bell was sublime as usual, we really need to find a way to dismiss him! Aussies, don't get too carried away yet though the early sings are good with so many of our best 11 potentials in form. I guess it is one advantage that we are in season playing cricket already. England will shake off the jetlag though.

Posted by Mitty2 on (November 2, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

@villageblacksmith, that's because Shield teams are only allowed to have one international player. There's a reason Broad and Bell played Aus grade cricket - because of the Shield rules, not to do with how accommodating one country is with opposition players. And Worcestershire (not Middlesex) had Hughes because they wanted an international batsmen, not to give him match practise in England...

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (November 2, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

@jmcilhinney: Good points, Prior should have declared after trott got to a hundred and he got out.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 2, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

@ Trickstar

Thanks :) I normally don't even receive mildly amusing plaudits....... but OF Course I'm trying to talk our chances up ! I don't have ball by ball data handy to show what I perceive as a weakness in Bell against Australian leg spinners in tests. If you don't perceive that weakness fair enough..... but for me, working out something to try on the oppositions best player makes sense ?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 2, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

This has been a very poor display from England. Some poor bowling, some poor batting and now some poor captaincy. I'm not sure whether it's Prior's decision or Cook's and Flower's but what exactly is the point of England batting on after lunch? Trott's not going to gain anything further and the England tail-enders need to be bowling, not batting. Finn, Tremlett and Rankin are all competing for one bowling spot, which none of them did anything to earn in the first innings, and now they are being denied the opportunity to make amends for that. Ballance and Stokes were also competing for a possible batting spot and both have done themselves no favours here either. The only man who has improved his prospects is Carberry and he's a real long shot to play the first Test.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

@ JG2704 on (November 1, 2013, 16:46 GMT). Agree with what you say. I (knowling being Australian and optimistic) see potential problems in England's squad balance (until Bresnan is playing well). I think England would like to see Carberry do well in leadup ( lol everyone of course, but especially) near as much as they'd have liked to see Stokes score runs or Prior dominate with the bat. I expect they'd like (whether they'll need it or not) a solid 5th bowling option in the tests. I don't think that a second RH finger spinner helps much, but is a possibility.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (November 2, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

This goes to show there is enough in the pitch if the bowlers are good enough, the WACA is a good cricket wicket. Bell was always going to be hard to dislodge with the form he is in, and trott is dangerous when in form and he seems to be finding it. Other than that, this Eng side is in the gun, on the verge of being bowled out here...

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (November 2, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

And the penny drops. England struggling past Trott and Bell. Havn't seen much of ballance besides his record but everytime i have seen him he gets a duck. Prior's poor form continues....England are over the hill.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (November 2, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

@crikeymate… pretty myopic stuff mate… ever wondered about all those aussies playing Eng county cricket season after season after season (try rogers, husseys, mcgrath, warne, border, merv hughes, even lillee and thomson ??) And Middx (that's an English county team) taking on p hughes (he's an aussie bat) a few ashes series ago specifically so he cd get some practice in Eng conditions?? Pretty accomodating by us poms wouldn't you say?? There are close to zero Eng players ever in the sheffield shield/ryobi comps… And a while back when the ECB asked CA for Flintoff to get a game in oz to try and get fit the answer was NO…. So pls have a little think about all that lot my old china

Posted by HatsforBats on (November 2, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

@YorkshirePudding/EnglishFan re: Finn, the start of an Ashes series is certainly no place to be getting used to a new action or hoping to rediscover form. He's still a young man with time on his side, lots of overs in county would do a world of good. @64blip, your pitches didn't exactly offer the seamers much assistance did they? Mind you it probably wouldn't have mattered with the vein of form Bell was in. I doubt very much there'll be too much grass, CA love the fat bottom dollar and will want a full five days gates receipts (and they'll be praying for a few less collapses!).

Posted by crickeymate on (November 2, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

It always amazes me how accommodating Australia and it's cricket teams are to visiting teams. For instance this particular game. Did WA really think they would do anything but GIVE England batting practice? If I were in charge there would be no declaration at all. I would have made them bowl and field for at least 2days if we still had wickets. And if we won the toss in the next game, have them bowl again as long as possible.I think regarding this game, neither team should get carried away by the score. However, as I said, good batting practice for the poms. Shame.

Posted by Mitty2 on (November 2, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

@simon_w, stokes got smacked by Harris... And in case you forgot the last test of the Ashes he took a fair bit of tap as well - if you want insurance (like a Watson) they need to be economical).

This pitch is pretty much perfect for batting, so no surprises so far. If we produce green pitches then suddenly one of their tall medium trundlers can become threatening, but on roads they will 99% of the time be expensive. If we produce green pitches, how are we going to score runs? Methinks we're going to see a repeat of the SA v Aus series last year with all the pitches being great for batting except for Perth. All we have to do is hope that no one breaks down middle of a test so we're left with a tired Siddle, a hopeless hilfenhaus and a I-don't-know-what-to-do-Lyon on a flat pitch on the last day trying to take just 6 wickets but failing. If we more than matched SA for the first two tests on those pitches I'd say it would be stupid to have green pitches. Expect more of this Eng fans

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 1, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

All pretty standard. Sounds like a net session.

Posted by sifter132 on (November 1, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

Carberry seized his chance, but Root missed out? They put on 100 together, and Carberry only scored 40-odd more than Root. I think the storyline is a bit of a stretch.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (November 1, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

Put root back to 6. A potential opener (with a traditional openers mindset) can be very handy at 6 in the order as they can usually help prevent the lower order collapsing. Hussey for australia is a prime example of this & root was doing the business too before they discarded Compton.

Posted by simon_w on (November 1, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

It's a big if, of course, but if the three big guys who are competing for a place continue to struggle, I wonder that will make the England selectors more likely to consider Stokes at 6, as a little extra insurance? There'll be Anderson, Broad and Swann, and Root will play of course, but having one of the big guys _and_ Stokes might make them feel safer -- more places to turn if one or two get smacked about a bit. I'm don't think either of the Yorkshire boys is especially likely to get a lot more runs than Stokes at 6, and I'm fairly confident about our top 5 (and Prior).

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 1, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

It's a warm up game on a road, as an Australian fan I'm not going to get any false confidence from this. England's bowling shouldnt be underestimated from this, its easy to see that they are playing ax second xl so they would have no plans and just running in to bowl to remove the rust. Lot more cricket before first test so think everyone should refrain from sledging the English at this point.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 1, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

@Trickstar on (November 1, 2013, 16:05 GMT) Yes , but if we're going by our bowling Root should be the 4th bowler as his figures were better than the 3 lankies. After controversially dropping Compton I think they'll keep with Root as opener for as long as it takes - to prove that they were right. It'll be interesting to see who they choose as the 3rd seamer and the number 6 batsman. The one big error for me is not having Onions out there and that's not kneejerk at all. It'll be interesting to see how Stokes and Ballance go with the bat. Personally I still prefer Stokes's soundalike if we want to go 5/1/5. For me Jonny was just about doing enough to keep him in the side and was part of a couple of pivotal partnerships in games which England went on to win

Posted by Trickstar on (November 1, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

I knew the Carberry fan club would be out if he scored a few more runs than Root. I mean seriously big knee jerk people. We saw how out of his depth he generally was against AUS in the one day series a few months ago. Add to that he was pretty rank average this year in first class cricket. From my view point he seems to have got a bit of fan club because of those games on Sky in limited overs cricket, smashing a few average County attacks around the road that is the Rose bowl. If Root doesn't get any runs in these warm up games I'd get worries but not one a off inning.

Posted by Trickstar on (November 1, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

@ Bonehead_maz Speaking of hilarious, bonehead show me where Smith has Bell's number lol with this supposed weakness against leg spin because if he did why did he get 3 tons last Ashes . Unless you're somehow trying to make the jump from him playing Warne all this years ago to a pie chucker like Fawad Ahmed. As for the rest lol, talk about trying to talk you're chances up, off a set of bowlers that have just landed in the country after not playing in a few months, bowling on an absolute road, as the reply show's.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 1, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

This is an amazing article It fails to mention England have had absolutely no bowlers other than Anderson and Root. Pity neither can bat. Somehow they're excelling here ? Bell's a beauty and goes so well against Leg spin, even Smith has his number. Fawad Ahmed just got 6 wickets. Trott's ok and has Jonson's number ? rofl. Go Carberry, your country needs you, they also need to play Root at six and be their main spinner, because they are so short of decent bowlers..... hilarious really !

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 1, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Will this be the aussie plan..? just get 5 flat decks in to try an nullify their batting weakness and just hope that England show some of their traditional collapses.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

The Australians must be so worried to see Trott and Bell accumulating runs in the same manner as the last Ashes tour. In providing slow pitches in England, they were favouring England's spin but against the bouncy pitches favoured by England's top order; so expect Cook, Bell, Trott and co to have a dominating series down under.

Posted by samp1988 on (November 1, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

whre is nick compton? do u remeber him?

Posted by Vader22 on (November 1, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

I think Carberry opening makes much more sense. The issue in the last Series was England playing 3 nurdlers in the top 3. Cook is one of the world's best but needs an aggressive partner (such as Strauss) to allow him to play his natural accumulating game and bat for long,long periods. He has struggled when his other opening partner is scoring slowly (Compton/Root followed by Trott) as it puts pressure on him to up the rate. Play Root at 6, he is one for the future.

Posted by CodandChips on (November 1, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

@HatsforBats spot on except on Finn. I think if he rediscovers his form he could be a very important bowler for us but maybe he should just spend a lot of time with Saker. We should stick with Root, unless Carberry plays absolutely fantastically in the next two warm ups (eventhough he probably wont play again if Cook is back).I was thinking exactly the same about Bell since before 2010-11 he was useless vs Australia, but did play fantastically against them in the last 2 series.

I like Carberry being given a go after all he's been through, best of luck.

Posted by 64blip on (November 1, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

@hatsforbats "Bell likes capitalising on weakened Australian attacks on placid strips" That wasn't what we were watching this summer in England. It might be what we end up seeing this tour however. Do the Aussies really want a series on green tops? Mind you, as your management feel secure in their jobs even in the event of a 0-5 whitewash maybe they will take a punt. @brutalanalyst Totally agree about Root. Doing a great job at 6 then that uncharacteristic gamble by the selectors. No need for it.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 1, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Good to see England scoring some runs but you'd expect nothing less against this attack, even on a pitch with some life, which this one apparently lacks. That lack of life in the pitch can take some of the credit for England's bowlers taking so few wickets but the ease with which WA scored can't be excused. I didn't see any of the first day's play but it sounds like much of the bowling was just plain poor. That needs to change drastically. There's probably not much bowling left for England to do in this game and Broad and Swann will presumably be playing the next so two of Finn, Tremlett and Rankin probably won't get to play the next. Whoever gets the nod to play Aus A will presumably be the front-runner for the first Test but they'll need to bowl much better than they did yesterday, whoever it is.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (November 1, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

@HatsforBats, finn seems to be struggling possibly due to the remodelled action he has following the change in regards knocking the stumps, but I agree I'd rather see him in the Lions/Performance squads and doing the county rounds for 2 years to become confident with his new action.

As for this game at best its a warm up for the batsmen to get thier eye in and a chance to give the seamers exposure to the Kookuburra ball, apart from that I dont think it will tell us much.

effectively we have 3 seamers (Finn, Tremlett and Rankin) competing for the 3rd seamers spot in the opening test, at the moment they are much of much.

Posted by Front-Foot-Sponge on (November 1, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

I like Carberry, as an Aussie he is a much more scary prospect than Root who I maintain is a bunny as opener. Despite the opposition you still have to perform. Root didn't, Carberry did and as usual Bell looks in very good touch. We need to work out how to g Bell out especially if he is going to be bailing England out as he did frequently in the Ashes. Am I right in saying Bell would make any starting 11 in the world right now?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 1, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

England's batsmen pile on the runs against Australia. Nothing's changed in 5+ years of England's total dominance over them in the Ashes. Australian supporters must be sick and tired of this sight.

Posted by HatsforBats on (November 1, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

I'm sorry but...Carberry demonstrated what against whom exactly? Even if he shouldn't be opening Root is a talent worth supporting, even if he fails again. And Ian Bell likes playing against Australia? 17, 33, and 28 (Bell's avg. in his 1st 3 Ashes series, 2 out of 5 ain't bad). I love watching him bat, but it seems Bell likes capitalising on weakened Australian attacks on placid strips. Little to be gained from this warm-up; Anderson is class (his short ball dismissal oh Harris was perfect for the WACA) and England need to forget about Finn for a few years.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (November 1, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

My own opinion has always been Root was set up for failure, thrown in to soon and way over hyped adding to much pressure. I'd always prefer Carberry opening and on recent form I'd also have Balance ahead of him at 6.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (November 1, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

I don't think the track is flat enough to make it easy for everyone. The English bowled poorly, but were always going to bat well, especially against an attack the WA 2nd XI have...

Posted by dmat on (November 1, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Can't understand the WACA - producing a pitch like this for a 3 day game. There was nothing in it early and it is now just batting practise for England against an ordinary bowling attack (with one bowler down). Maybe the idea is to lull the Poms into a false sense of security with flat decks then doctor the toss and put them in on a green wicket in Brisbane.

Posted by bobbysimpson on (November 1, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Warmup games in Aus are traditionally tough. in the past England would get destroyed by a strong New South Wales side. I'm not sure about the Aussie policy of playing a 2nd string side against England - yes it doesn't give them a match that will improve them much, but it also doesn't demoralise England like the old days!

One thing to remember is that all these Aussies will be playing club cricket next weekend in Perth. Club cricket. They're not in their state sides. England will need to improve out of sight, but the intensity they would put into this game is low, knowing that they have 3 months of cricket to prepare for.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (November 1, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Carberry looked in great touch the Aussie pitches and climate suit his game more so than England with it coming on with true bounce where he can free his arms. I doubt England will put Root back to 6 (even though he has been better there) and open with Carberry, even so he should be given a shot at 6 out here instead of Bairstow no question.

Posted by cricketcricket1987 on (November 1, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

root for me is a concern opening the innings. He has only 1 score to his name and if Haddin had taken a straightforward catch early in his innings in the Ashes, he may have been dropped for the next test. Compton and Cook for me!

Posted by   on (November 1, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

It's obvious that Root should bat down the order and that Carberry should open with Cook

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 1, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Seems very much like a batsman wicket and the English are going well.

Posted by landl47 on (November 1, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

Since the wicket is clearly a road, I hope it isn't representative of the wickets we will see for the test series.

Joe Root spent time in the middle and a century opening stand isn't bad. I guess failure is relative.

I'm not sure this has told the England selectors much. At least the players have got some miles in their legs.

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