Australia A v England XI, Tour match, Hobart November 6, 2013

Helmet fits Carberry in big stand with Cook

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England XI 0 for 318 (Cook 154*, Carberry 153*) v Australia A
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Shiny, space-age in design and emblazoned with a racing stripe, Michael Carberry's batting helmet seems less appropriate headgear for an Ashes tour match than Olympic track cycling. There was something of the road race about day one in Hobart, however, as Carberry and his captain Alastair Cook tested out an alternative opening combination to impressive effect against Australia A on a pristine Bellerive Oval pitch.

His choice of headgear was the only jarring thing about Carberry, who otherwise looked entirely at ease alongside Cook and made a persuasive case for his inclusion at the top of the order in Brisbane. Joe Root, who had opened across the earlier Ashes encounter in England, was left to watch from the boundary's edge from his new post at No. 5, and must now be pondering a middle-order commission across the five Tests. By the close Carberry and Cook had pushed on to the highest opening stand ever seen at Bellerive.

Equally welcome for England alongside Carberry's appearance of certainty was Cook slipping comfortably into the prolific batting groove he occupied on the last tour in 2010-11. Helped by Australia A bowling that was often too short and too straight, he had little trouble scoring freely around the ground, and showed no signs of the back stiffness that had ruled him out of the opening tour fixture in Perth.

For the Australia A captain Moises Henriques and his somewhat uneven XI - far stronger in batting than bowling - it was a day of unrequited toil. Unable to take early wickets when the pitch offered the mildest hint of life, the hosts were sentenced to a day devoid of joy, coming closest to a wicket in the evening when a snick by Carberry from Ben Cutting on 135 landed short of Trent Copeland in the gully. They face further hard labour on the 'morrow.

Upon choosing to bat on a surface far less verdant than those prepared in Hobart this time last summer, Cook revealed that his opening partner would not be Root but Carberry. He had hinted as much on match eve, but it remained notable to glimpse Cook walking to the middle accompanied by the very same man Shane Warne had recommended as a better option at the top in Australia than Root.

There was some semblance of early life in the pitch, and neither Cook nor Carberry looked completely at ease in the early overs, nudging runs here and there while being beaten often by balls that zipped away from them. Most often these were bowled by Copeland, demonstrating the seam-up skill that made him a valued recruit for Northamptonshire earlier in the year. It was the jetlagged Henriques who made the first appeal of the morning, striking Cook on the pads in the vicinity of off stump but not finding any response to his shout.

Those early alarms safely negotiated, Cook and Carberry were able to settle in. Nothing could be found in the pitch for either of the spinners Jon Holland and Glenn Maxwell, while Cutting's line and length were not quite consistent enough to create the desired pressure. Cook reached his 50 just before lunch, and Carberry joined him soon after.

Closely watched by the team director Andy Flower and the batting coach Graham Gooch, Carberry played neatly enough, seeing off several periods of slow scoring without growing too frustrated. He snicked numerous deliveries going across him towards the slips when attempting come forward and drive, but was otherwise able to sit on the back foot in defence and attack, suggesting that Australia A's bowlers too often dropped short of the ideal zone.

Cook meanwhile offered his familiar mixture of sound judgment, efficient strokeplay and deep reserves of concentration, able to work the ball off his hip consistently to rotate strike and frustrate the local attack. Both batsmen enjoyed themselves against the spinners, Holland treated with particular brusqueness in his short spells and shielded for much of the day while Henriques hoped for the wicket that would bring a right-hander to the crease.

It was not to arrive, however. Cook was 97 at tea and reached his century shortly after the resumption, marking it with a low key celebration that recognised the innings as a sound building block for the tour to come but nothing more. Carberry was understandably more demonstrative when he crested three figures, rejoicing an innings that will go a long way towards earning him a place in the Test team for Brisbane.

Carberry's exuberance contrasted with the mounting fatigue of Australia A's bowlers on a surface offering very little help at all beyond the first half hour. Some of the fielding was also poor, the lack of energy or intensity on display unlikely to have impressed the selector Rod Marsh as he watched from the stands. The new ball brought hope of renewed life as the shadows lengthened, but when Cutting drew another edge from Carberry with a delivery of decent pace and zip, it fell tantalisingly short of Copeland.

England's openers were thus left to reach the close unparted and largely unhindered, setting down a very fine platform indeed for their likely pairing across the Ashes series. In doing so they also provided Australia's bowlers with a reminder that anything less than their best offerings may result in grim days to rival those of four summers ago. They may be seeing a lot more of the Carberry helmet.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Green_and_Gold on November 7, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    So half the match down and still only 2 English players have had a practice. Should have dec on your tons lads.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 7, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Mitty2, yes of course, the other front foot people just adore the lunge, love the constant comments about England's superiority and how the Aussies are responsible for global warming..... Yeah Root probably will play at 6 but let's see if he makes a run. He's obviously very talented but hasn't shown his skills against quality bowling yet. The rain here does make me wonder why they batted all day yesterday? Anyway like I said, Flower knows his business so I'm sure all the Rngland guys will be peaking in time for the Gabba. Can't wait now!

  • Mitty2 on November 7, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    @FFSL, I thought you enjoyed the comms from you repetitive counterpart?

  • on November 7, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    This bowling just lacked the consistency on a docile pitch at Hobart.... however, Cook and his partner Cranberry would have pleasurable memories on this tour after waltzing their way to centuries.....

  • TheBigBoodha on November 7, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Well CA did put the word out to create more batsman-friendly tracks, and it seems some curators have taken it to heart. I think you'll find the first hour will be a bit tricky today, and it won't be as easy all up as it was on day 1, with the change in weather. The high pressure system has moved on, and things should get more interesting.

  • SirViv1973 on November 6, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @Front Foot Sponge, I disagree with you, IMO Root is nailed on to play. Eng selectors are very loyal to their players nowadays (Compton excluded). With an Ave of over 40, & 2 test 100s there's no reason to suggest Root's position is under threat. I think the only real question is does he open or bat at 6. I think 9 places were nailed down before the tour started. Carberry looks to have taken one of them, if Ballance gets runs tomorrow then it may give the selectors something to think about but I can't see a starting XI in Brisbane featuring Carberry & Ballance, unless theres an injury, & I think it's fair to say Bairstow is out of the running. That only leaves the 3rd seamer spot up for debate. Finn has probably got his nose in front but they are giving Tremlett every chance by playing him here & Rankin will i'm sure get another chance in the final warm up game.

  • JG2704 on November 6, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    @AKS286 on (November 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT) But although SA played only one spinner in UAE , I'm pretty sure they play a spinner everywhere they go to cover their options - even with their pace battery

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 6, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @Nicholas Mayo (post on November 6, 2013, 19:13 GMT): Root didn't start out as an opener but; - without even checking, I bet his stats opening aren't as good and more importantly consistent as when he was down in the middle.

    Tomorrow's play will be interesting. Will England give their rookies a good turn in the middle, and who and when...

    Further ahead, it's England's bowling which needs refining and this pitch and game ethos on the whole doesn't strike me as great for ensuring the correct bowlers get the nod for the actual tests.

  • JG2704 on November 6, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @cric_J on (November 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT) Yeah , I touched on the Jimmy inclusion as it also means we don't get a further look at either of the other 2 lanks. I wonder if it signifies that they have little faith in bowling 2 of the 3 lanks together which is a worry and maybe a sign that they regret taking all 3? Is picking CT an indication of anything - I hope not?

  • Trickstar on November 6, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @maximum6 I don't want to seem like I'm bashing Carberry because I like the bloke, he's a good County player and nice guy. But I watched his innings last night and even though he got a good score, the bowling was average for the most part. But even against that, if the Aus Captain had have put a gully or two in, which anyone that's watched Carberry play, knows that where he hits in the air, he'd have been out 4 or 5 times. maybe a deliberate ploy. Carberry's age has got nothing to do with it for me. I worry about him walking out with Cook in the first test because firstly he's not as good as Root imo and secondly I believe his technique will get a royal working over. Bowlers like Harris and Siddle will bowl full and nibble it away from him, that's where his big back lift and the fact he doesn't play with a straight bat, could end in a disaster imo. We saw in the one day series that he could hardly put bat to ball off Johnson, which is a huge worry.

  • Green_and_Gold on November 7, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    So half the match down and still only 2 English players have had a practice. Should have dec on your tons lads.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 7, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Mitty2, yes of course, the other front foot people just adore the lunge, love the constant comments about England's superiority and how the Aussies are responsible for global warming..... Yeah Root probably will play at 6 but let's see if he makes a run. He's obviously very talented but hasn't shown his skills against quality bowling yet. The rain here does make me wonder why they batted all day yesterday? Anyway like I said, Flower knows his business so I'm sure all the Rngland guys will be peaking in time for the Gabba. Can't wait now!

  • Mitty2 on November 7, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    @FFSL, I thought you enjoyed the comms from you repetitive counterpart?

  • on November 7, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    This bowling just lacked the consistency on a docile pitch at Hobart.... however, Cook and his partner Cranberry would have pleasurable memories on this tour after waltzing their way to centuries.....

  • TheBigBoodha on November 7, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Well CA did put the word out to create more batsman-friendly tracks, and it seems some curators have taken it to heart. I think you'll find the first hour will be a bit tricky today, and it won't be as easy all up as it was on day 1, with the change in weather. The high pressure system has moved on, and things should get more interesting.

  • SirViv1973 on November 6, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @Front Foot Sponge, I disagree with you, IMO Root is nailed on to play. Eng selectors are very loyal to their players nowadays (Compton excluded). With an Ave of over 40, & 2 test 100s there's no reason to suggest Root's position is under threat. I think the only real question is does he open or bat at 6. I think 9 places were nailed down before the tour started. Carberry looks to have taken one of them, if Ballance gets runs tomorrow then it may give the selectors something to think about but I can't see a starting XI in Brisbane featuring Carberry & Ballance, unless theres an injury, & I think it's fair to say Bairstow is out of the running. That only leaves the 3rd seamer spot up for debate. Finn has probably got his nose in front but they are giving Tremlett every chance by playing him here & Rankin will i'm sure get another chance in the final warm up game.

  • JG2704 on November 6, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    @AKS286 on (November 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT) But although SA played only one spinner in UAE , I'm pretty sure they play a spinner everywhere they go to cover their options - even with their pace battery

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 6, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @Nicholas Mayo (post on November 6, 2013, 19:13 GMT): Root didn't start out as an opener but; - without even checking, I bet his stats opening aren't as good and more importantly consistent as when he was down in the middle.

    Tomorrow's play will be interesting. Will England give their rookies a good turn in the middle, and who and when...

    Further ahead, it's England's bowling which needs refining and this pitch and game ethos on the whole doesn't strike me as great for ensuring the correct bowlers get the nod for the actual tests.

  • JG2704 on November 6, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @cric_J on (November 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT) Yeah , I touched on the Jimmy inclusion as it also means we don't get a further look at either of the other 2 lanks. I wonder if it signifies that they have little faith in bowling 2 of the 3 lanks together which is a worry and maybe a sign that they regret taking all 3? Is picking CT an indication of anything - I hope not?

  • Trickstar on November 6, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @maximum6 I don't want to seem like I'm bashing Carberry because I like the bloke, he's a good County player and nice guy. But I watched his innings last night and even though he got a good score, the bowling was average for the most part. But even against that, if the Aus Captain had have put a gully or two in, which anyone that's watched Carberry play, knows that where he hits in the air, he'd have been out 4 or 5 times. maybe a deliberate ploy. Carberry's age has got nothing to do with it for me. I worry about him walking out with Cook in the first test because firstly he's not as good as Root imo and secondly I believe his technique will get a royal working over. Bowlers like Harris and Siddle will bowl full and nibble it away from him, that's where his big back lift and the fact he doesn't play with a straight bat, could end in a disaster imo. We saw in the one day series that he could hardly put bat to ball off Johnson, which is a huge worry.

  • on November 6, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Those questioning Joe Root should remember that he has averaged 40 with the bat name another player on either side starting there career since Collingwood retired with a better record. Bairstow - No, Morgan - No, Compton - No

    Roots move to 6 is as much of it being a problem position as his weaknesses as a opener

  • on November 6, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    I thought Mike Hussey's commentary was good. So much better than Healy, McGrath, or Botham. He actually talked about technique, strategy, and the match situation.

    I do feel for the bowlers in today's game. It wasn't of particularly high standard, but it's not as if the bowlers had a lot to work with or given a lot of support.

  • AKS286 on November 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    If England is looking for something real then look differently which something real which more than eyes can see. Aus plans are looking full proof on paper. They know its really tough to beat Poms with original team, So its imaginary thinking to beat poms with A team, So let them practice with very poor team (except Marsh & Klinger). They include gentle bowlers like Holland,Copeland & Cutting, which looks like CLT20 side. Poms will be welcomed by the pace of Johnson & Harris.If Oz wants to win this Ashes then its soo simple think like Saffers. SA is no.1 team due to African Deadly Barrage (Steyn, Morkel, Phil, Tsotsobe, De Lange, Abbott). SAFFERS never complain or desperate to find a spinner, even in Abu Dhabi they play with 1 spinners. AUS must play with 4 pacers like MJ, SID, Harris, Hilfy/Bird/Pattinson. OLD Windies style of cricket. But apart of all Australia's biggest problem is the captain. just change it and things will change immediately. Hope Cook will take the crown from PuP

  • 64blip on November 6, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    You can say what you like about Carberry's technique, but none of that can be news to the England management who picked him for the squad in the first place. They didn't bring cover for openers last time they came and I don't now believe they have this time. He's opened in both matches and scored 80+ and 150+. He's opening in the first test and Root is in at 6.

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 6, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    The plain and simple truth is that while so many critics are trying to emphasise youth as the only way to go and advising pensioning players off at 32,in this case a 33 year old has come and looked the part. While there is still a way to go to prove the point that there is life in 'old' dogs after 25 it may just be that only certain youngsters fit the bill when they are young while in other cases the best does not come till a bit later. I think the better point is that generalising is generally facile and silly. Hell. Not all batsmen are Dominic Sibley. Chappell proved that at 40 he could be one of the best in the country still. Anyway here Carberry played the opening batting role to a tee, and obviously he and Cook make a good pairing.- very!

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 6, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    I don't think Root is guaranteed to go to six, he couldn't make runs opening so why should he play at six? Will be really interesting to see how England play put day two of this current match. Some really good comments here, good to read cricket talk other than wild predictions and pompous barbs. I agree Tremlett might not be in the reckoning at all. Flower is creating some interest here!

  • on November 6, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Re England batting on and on - can't see it. Would maybe be sensible to have C & C retire overnight, let others bat freely until lunchtime. Bowlers need practice as well in match conditions before getting to Brisbane. But not too much in one go. I guess Flower's plan would be to bowl for 3 sessions hopefully, bat again giving the rest a knock and then another 2 days bowling practice. Perfect. Even if it goes wrong - a loss is meaningless. For Aus - simple - bat and bat and bat - tire out English bowlers - there's a difference between getting match fit and getting knackered. With 5 tests in short order - doubtless one or more will break down anyway - no need in a warm up game in Hobart.

  • 2MikeGattings on November 6, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Repeatedly nicking off on the front foot is not exactly evidence of the soundest technique, is it?

    Still, it's good to see some form from the England top order for a change.

  • on November 6, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Lots of chat about Carberry playing in the first test but he is untested and who on earth would they drop out of the best batting line up England have ever had? Let's not get too carried away with a score against Australia A or any other warm up. Carberry is vulnerable between point and gully, a position conspicuously left open by the fielding side min this game. If by some bizarre turn of events Carberry opens with Cook don't expect that weakness to remain unobserved. This wouldn't be the first time Australia have had a go at picking the England side.

  • cric_J on November 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    As for the bowling, considering both Finny and Rankin missed out today, England are clearly looking at Tremlett as the no. 1 choice for the 3rd seamer's spot and that makes me feel uncomfortable, if not alarmed. I'm still saying he isn't the same as the last tour here. Things should become more clear when he bowls tomorrow though.

    Also, I think it was unnecessary to play Jimmy today. He will all but certainly play the Sydney warm up along with Swann and Broad as it will be the last one before the series kicks off. HE is a certainty to play all the games (fingers crossed for injuries) and he looked good at Perth so it isn't that he is out of touch. So why play him in this match as well ? Cook should have gone for Finny/Rankin instead to get things into better perspective as the competition for the 3rd slot is b/w the 2 of them and Chris. Now if Chris does horribly in this match, we'll have just one more warm up to decide the 3rd seamer's spot. And that's not ideal.

    (Please publish)

  • JG2704 on November 6, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    @Green_and_Gold on (November 6, 2013, 15:42 GMT) Re

    "Anyway - i am quite pleased with how this game is going. Aus havent let anyone other than Cook and Carby bat for a whole day - the rest of the batting unit just have to sit and wait and remain rusty to aus conditions"

    While I wouldn't equate the pair scoring against a 2nd or 3rd (or whatever number you want to put on it) attack and on a decent track as being an indication of what will happen in the Ashes , I'd have thought the Aus seniors would prefer their juniors to work all our batsmen over and take some confidence out of them - esp as one of the openers did not play in the 1st game and still looks a little ginger while the other is still playing for his place in the side

  • cric_J on November 6, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    (contd..)

    Also, maybe Joe too would've scored a big ton today had he come out to open on this wicket. He looked pretty good at Perth and must've been kicking himself for not getting some big runs there. I'm all but sure that he'll play much more freely and fare much better at the top in Australia than he did in England purely because the conditions for batting will be much better here.

    Point is, I'm not worried with Joe moving down. He should all but certainly do well there. But I'm not sure Carbs would do well at the top, especially at Brisbane and Perth (Carbs may be a fine choice for batting friendly wickets at Adelaide & Sydney). IMO the probability of Joe doing well as an opener are higher than those for Carbs, so I'd go for Joe-Cook to open at Brisbane.

    That'd leave the no. 6 spot and I feel Bairstow was decent enough at home to get a go at Brisbane atleast. Or maybe we could get in Carbs at 6 too.

  • Trickstar on November 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Really not sure about Carberry scoring these runs against such an average attack on another absolute road. He already has a reputation as being a bit of a flat track bully anyway and we all saw how poorly he coped in the one day series. His technique just doesn't look good enough for international cricket, with his high back lift & bat not coming down straight. I just feel he would be exposed badly against anyone that bowls accurate 85mph+ and a good attack, he'd be be keeping the slip gully area very busy. He had trouble with Div 2 bowling last season and is very lucky to be even on this tour, so I don't want the England management getting blinded. Still think Root should be the man, I think his technique is handmade for Aussie conditions, where he can cut and pull the ball more and the also ball isn't going to swing as much as England.

  • cric_J on November 6, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Top efforts by Carbs and Chef today. Eventhough the wicket was a road after offering precious little movement early on, 318/0 seems pretty encouraging nonetheless. It is relieving to say the least to see Cook back amongst runs, daddy runs.

    Yesterday on my twitter account, I was pretty critical of Carbs opening the batting. Now he's hit me pretty much in the face and I don't mind it in the least. He has certainly looked much better with the ball coming nicely onto the bat here in Aus as compared to his poor CC season and ODI series back home.

    But despite all this I'm not sure if making him open at Brisbane would be a good idea. Hobart today was tailor made for batting big, Brisbane won't be. It is the best ground in Australia for fast seam bowlers after Perth and offers significant lateral movement for swing bowlers too. To tackle that, we'll need someone with a better technique and more patience. And despite his failures at the top, Joe pips Carbs in both those aspects.

    (contd....)

  • Green_and_Gold on November 6, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Fungus: I dont mean to pick on your comment however dont Aus have to have the ashes in the first place to be able to hand them back? Anyway - i am quite pleased with how this game is going. Aus havent let anyone other than Cook and Carby bat for a whole day - the rest of the batting unit just have to sit and wait and remain rusty to aus conditions. I also expect you to take loads of wickets thus overinflating the eng bowling unit. All tactics that will see eng come into the first test with rusty batsman and overconfident bowlers - cant wait to have the ashed handed back!

  • on November 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Don't agree that Tremlett will play in Test. Maybe they looked at the wicket and thought it was too slow for the two others. At 32,from what I have seen he can no longer crank it up pace wise

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 6, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I do not think England have to ponder the choice of openers for Brisbane any longer. 318* seems sufficient unto the day.

  • on November 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @cricketingstargazer...Mitch Johnson should be an improvement on Starc if only in his ability to menace batsmen. What is quite important for Australia's chances though is Watson's ability to bowl; as he did a very important holding Job and was also an effective insurance policy against the newball waywardness of both Starc and Pattinson. If Watsons hamstring pulls up ok then Australia's bowling potency should improve with Johnson's inclusion. The fact that England dont fear him is more in his favour than if they were extra watchful. In the end it is all down to Watson's fitness in whether Australia's attack is likely to improve overall from England. If Watson can bowl than Clarke can use Mitch as he should (short sharp spells). If Watson isnt fit then it throws our balance out quite a lot and Although Faulkner can get important wickets; he doesnt have the control of Watson.

  • Optic on November 6, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    @Lyndon McPaul You do know that Cook averages 10 more away from home, 53 to 43 at home.For all Cook's greatness as an opener he's never been the best in England and that's because it;'s the hardest place in the worked to be an opener, due to the ball swinging more. You can also had that he'd struggled in the series before against NZ, so it's easy to come to the conclusion the bloke just wasn't in the best of nick. He loves places like Australia, they suit his back foot batting style as can be seen again today, it's no coincidence.

  • mikeyp147 on November 6, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @Ian Jones - Maybe Tremlett has been told to deliberately hold back and bowl within himself, until he is unleashed on the Aussies in Brisbane?

    I know it doesn't sound particularly plausible but it's so unlike the Flower/Cook regime to take risks that I can't think of too many other reasons for his inclusion if he's been as impotent as Surrey fans have been telling us.

  • on November 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Train spotter - Tremlett was very good 3 years ago. He's not done anything since! His bowling for Surrey all season has been poor, and well down on pace.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 6, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    @Lyndon McPaul Are you staking your reputation on that? Last summer, in the first 4 Tests (as the 5th was a declaration game it doesn't really count), the only two occasions that England did not lose quick wickets to the first new ball were they only times that they did not pass 300.

    The new ball attack was good. Get through it and what followed just didn't have the same menace. The problem is to find someone to support Ryan Harris, or have him bowling 30 over spells. The issue with Mitch is that he is damaged goods: England's batsmen just don't fear him very much because he has only delivered once in two Ashes series against them and he has been pretty easy meat most of the time (look at his figures from Brisbane 2010). people keep saying that it's a new Mitch in the same way that every year it was a new Steve Harmison: in fact the parallels are very clear - both have given some devastating spells mixed with a lot of very hittable stuff in between.

  • northumbriannomad on November 6, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Certainly can't accuse CA of exposing the England batsmen to the danger of injury in these warm-up matches. I wonder what the wicket at the Gabba will be like.

  • trav29 on November 6, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @train stationer so you are going to pick someone based on their form three years ago ignoring the fact he missed almost a full year injured afterwards and since his return has been nowhere near the form he was in back then

    how he made it into the squad let alone being our best bowler is beyond logic

  • on November 6, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    @lland47...Now now then...back to your senses. You already know that Ryan Harris is too clever to let that happen again! I'm sure Mitch has learnt a thing or 2 inbetween times as well. Cook's frailties were exposed in England and almost in the first 10 overs of this game (about a dozen play and misses). It's impossible to go back to 2010; Oz may never bowl that badly to an England side ever again.

  • landl47 on November 6, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I have to admit that the England selectors completely bamboozled me. I thought YJB would be given a game; the fact that he wasn't shows that he's not in the mix except as reserve W/K. I didn't think Carberry would play this game, but by opening with him England has given him a chance to put Ballance virtually out of contention. I thought two of the three bowlers in contention for the 3rd seamer spot would play, but only one is playing and it's the one I thought would miss out.

    This now begins to look like the test XI with the only change being that Bell comes back for Ballance. I'd expect the XI for the final game to be the test XI (with the possible exception that Anderson might be rested), so we'll see what happens. I could be totally wrong again!

    Just one comment on today's play: this was Cook's first game of any kind in two months, so he must be absolutely exhausted. Just to have kept going for a full day shows how fit and mentally strong he is. Impressive.

  • 64blip on November 6, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @Westmorlandia: India tried a similar trick, playing seam-only attacks in the warm ups. It didn't work out for them and this will be equally ineffective.

    The report mentions a lack of enthusiasm in the field. Not surprising if you've been given a 3rd string attack (according to Aus posters) and you've just seen Bailey leapfrog you into test contention by smashing mediocre ODI seamers around on sub-continent pitches so batsman-friendly the winning captain said they might as well use bowling machines.

  • JG2704 on November 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    @Mitty - Re Eng batting for 4 days - which I think is impossible even on a road - is that they'll not be giving their bowlers a workout. 2 of their bowlers have not bowled on this tour and another has been poor.

  • landl47 on November 6, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Aussie fans have this recurring nightmare- it's 2010/11 and Cook is batting, hour after hour, day after day. 766 runs in 7 innings with one not out for an average of 127.66.

    This morning they woke up, thankful that it was only a dream and...... aaarrrrrggggghhhhh!!!!! It's happening again!

  • on November 6, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Finn will never be consistent enough to be a first choice semer and i can only see him playing as part of a 5-man attack

    Tremlett is our best bowler by a long chalk.He was outstanding last time in OZ

    Carberry is obvious quality, and has been overlooked for far too long

  • kearon47 on November 6, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @ HonestyMatters, seem to remember that not that long ago, two lefties in A.Cook and A.Strauss batted pretty well together.

  • Westmorlandia on November 6, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Dud bowling attacks are clearly part of the Aussie plan to avoid giving the England batsmen anything to sharpen their senses. They provide some relatively decent batting to stop the England bowlers getting their tails up with easy wickets. Flat pitches too, to reinforce both ideas.

    It makes some sense, but it does show a lot of respect for England's batting. The alternative - quality bowlers to smash up the batsmen and drain their confidence - would be a better ploy IF you believed it would work.

    It's also a bit poor-spirited to nobble your own team.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Something went horribly wrong to my comment - depth/death. Wow. Should proof read.

    @redbacksfan, well last year I was a fan to Sayers with some outstanding results, but just curious, when was the last time he did something meaningful with the ball? He's taken like 2 wickets since the Ryobi cup started - including Shield games. I guess when you're not swinging it at his pace you're really going to struggle.

  • Dazako on November 6, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    I wasnt sure what CA had planned to achieve by turning out absolute roads all around the country, it only leads to boring matches draws and over inflated batting records. Today Silk scored 100, Cosgrove hit 70 and even Ed Cowan is 68no, while last week in Perth the 2nd string 11 scored big. Then I looked at the scores of the other 2 shield games being played where neither team made 250 in the 1st innings. Theryre definately playing at something.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @stickboy, apples and oranges. Not to mention playing at the North Sydney Oval where NO bowler did well except for an admirable economy rate from Lyon. White has a FC average of 24, and a List A bowling average of 32 - red ball specialist. He extracts bounce and movement, in his two ODIs he played for Aus he only went under 140 when bowling a slower ball. Not at his best today but I thought he still bowled commendably. It's hard when your third seamer is Henriques and you main spinner is Maxwell.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Haha the 'bare cupboard' being mentioned. 2 man bowling attack and those 2 are not in the bowling agenda for anything - although 1 of them should be. Not our best A team and deliberately that way. Let's just keep a little perspective on depth, the last Lions tour to Aus produced the outstanding results of a 0-7 whitewash and the lions not once coming close. Even were smashed by the Vic second XI. Fabulous depth by Eng. Eng fans will respond by saying it was more like their C or D team and rightly so as they would know, but that would be hypocritical, as what would that make this A team? At least Eng put in more than 2 bowlers. If the Aus A batsmen struggle then you can make comments on death, but until both teams have batted... Nup! Speaking of depth, the WA second XI is better than the Aus A side!

  • izzidole on November 6, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Due to the importance of the current Sheffield Shield matches between the states from which the test team will be selected for the first test the selectors have ended up giving England a third string Australia A side to get into top gear. While the bowling attack looks so unbalanced in the absence of any potential test cricketers for the Gabba test the batting lineup looks fairly strong with fringe players Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Maxwell, Klinger and Dooley in the side. A good batting display will no doubt guarantee a place in the test squad expected to be announced next week. While the aussie selectors don't wish to expose their best bowlers to the poms just yet England shouldn't get carried away by their batting performance today against a weak bowling attack and the captaincy of Henriques who is not even a regular member of the aussie test side.

  • HonestyMatters on November 6, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Though Carberry knocked a few doors, its highly unlikely he would open with Cook in Brisby. Cook would formally resist with a double-left hand combo. Besides, this would be a clinical disaster allowing Aussie bowlers to settle on the length to bowl to the lefties earlier-on. Aussie bowlers would also capitalize on the fact that both Carberry and Cook are semi-back foot players. Easy pickings there.

  • on November 6, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Pretty average bowling attack the Aussies have put out- more like a county second eleven. Still Cook looked like he was badly out of nick to start so hopefully its got him back in form a bit. Odds on Carberry will open and Root bat at six for first Test.

  • on November 6, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    the absence of Finn is a worry, but his form has been off for awhile. He's still a far superior bowler to Rankin, Tremlett or Bresnan. I dont think Carberry is Test quality, bit of stop gap solution (like Compton was) while we work the No.6 spot maybe?

  • Baldo1 on November 6, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    The Australian cupboard appears to be barer than the barest bear living in Bareland. The day Australia stop sticking their head in the sand and realise how far they have fallen from their world-dominating heights, is the day they will start the road back to recovery. But all they keep doing is patting themselves on the back, Darren Lehman being the best recent example after a 3-0 almost 4-0 stuffing in England

  • on November 6, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Seems to me that the Aussie selectors are going for that not so cunning ploy of throwing rubbish bowling attacks at a touring team in the hope that they get no meaningful batting practice. I seem to recall that India did the same thing to England when they were last there and look how that turned out for them...

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Fungus, I love the name man! Love the comment too. Where is brother Lunge to come and profess the almightness of England? Anyhow, they batted well and deserved the rewards. I still question why they played on and didnt retire out but I am sure Flower has plans so this would have been on the cards. I am glad to see Carberry amoung the runs, I rated him and his comback from illness is a good news story. Not sure we can take much from this though except that that is three tons on tour for england so far. Not many wickets but lets see what they can do, if they ever bowl!

  • reddawn1975 on November 6, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Well not surprise here look at the bowling there facing very average indeed

  • Redbackfan on November 6, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Another stuff up from the selectors! Only having two paceman and Holland as the spinner big mistake. Why isn't Chad Sayers there? Maxwell out bowled Holland which is saying something and Henriques is not effective. If you wanted an all rounder theres a few others to choose from, Hopes and Butterworth are better than Henriques. Maxwell is better suited in the shorter format but he did bowl ok. Boyce or Ahmed perhaps would have been a better spin option. Anyway well batted by the poms hopefully we bat well too when Cook finally declares.

  • Hammond on November 6, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Fungus- I don't think England will need anything but the basics to knock over a bog average Australia. Cook won't need to be Tendulkar, he'll just need to be John Crawley. As for Australia, they will need a Bradman and a Lindwall to even have a hope!

  • JG2704 on November 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    From the highlights it seemed that Eng rode their luck a little early on and then grew. It seems that the pitch is one where your best chance is taking wickets early on and after that you're partly relying on batsman error. Pleased for Carb's and while I'm not going to read too much into a warm up game vs much lesser bowlers on a fairly easy pitch , it seems that he'll open now Eng have tried this out and it's reeped fruits. So I guess that means the batting top 6 is settled as I can't see them doing away with Root no matter how poorly he does and how well Ballance does in this game. I guess the final WU game will show us if their is still any doubt. If they play Root and Ballance then they're still undecided. If they play one then he's starting the test Now it's just the final bowling spot. I thought they would rest JA and look at 2 of the lanks but maybe they wanted more quality and didn't trust 2 lanks. Does this mean CT is in the box seat? Hope not , I thought BR would be

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Special thanks must go to Shane Whinge, sorry Warne, who has done every England team talk for the series with his latest epic whinge. Thanks.

  • VillageBlacksmith on November 6, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    pretty boring eh lehman, and pretty negative eh warney?? whatever… bat for 4 days lads…. ''carry on batting''…

  • jmcilhinney on November 6, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @jackiethepen on (November 6, 2013, 7:58 GMT), Bell was retired out on 115 in a 3-day game. This is a 4-day game. There's still plenty of time for others to bat. They can bat for another two days and still give the bowlers a whole day. Let's not forget that Cook didn't play the first game and Carberry is trying to cement a place. Bell was already in form and showed in Perth that he hadn't lost it so resting him here with another game to play makes sense.

  • hycIass on November 6, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    The fact that Maxwell was a front line bowler shows that this A side was in effect two bowlers short. A terribly weak bowling line up on a wicket that played more like a Westfield Shopping Centre car park than a first class cricket pitch. Lets hope we do the same when we bat but they have a full strenght bowling lineup.Klinger, Khawaja, Maxwell will be licking their lips ready to bat on this track and i think all 3 will do well

  • Front-Foot-Fungus on November 6, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Australia may as well hand over the Ashes now. With England's all conquering openers dominating the finest attack Australia could muster in the most challenging batting conditions one could think of; there is little prospect of anything but a 5-0 Whitewash on the Horizon. It's official; Carberry is the new Cook and Cook is the new Sachin!!

  • stickboy on November 6, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    They batted well, but considering the selection of the non-attacking pace bowlers that are in Australia A and using allrounder Henriques as 1st change, this is hardly a surprise. I had a bad feeling about this one when I saw the pace selection last night, Cutting and Copeland seemed very one dimensional in their bowling during the Ryobi Cup, in fact I don't think I've ever seen Cutting being very inventive or quick. They would have only been effective if it was a swinging wicket, which is potentially what the selectors were expecting.

  • Green_and_Gold on November 6, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    HA - our plans are working just fine. A whole days cricket gone and only 2 English players got some practice in. Take that England!

  • Yevghenny on November 6, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    The aussie selection for this match shows just how desperate Australia are to win this series. It is only a warm up, but nothing beats time in the middle

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on November 6, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Well that's the batting order sorted. Surprised to see Tremmers get the nod over the other 2 lankies, let's hope he finds some form. Other than that I really hope Prior gets some decent time in the middle, it'd be worth pushing him up the order in the second innings.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    @lebigfella, it's not whinging if it's in response to someone saying there weren't any chances. Your point on other batsmen is futile and ridiculous, heaps of Eng fans complained about Steve Smith not being given out when he was plumb to Stuart Broad at OT... Try again.

  • AKS286 on November 6, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Haha keep talking about Shield records, result is this. Bird, Pattinson, Hilfy, Coulter, Mcdemott , Beer & Boyce deserves in the A squad. Another spinner joins the flop bucket and failed to bowl maidens and another Australian hype Copeland flops. Now its turn of khawaja to join again the flop party.Only Marsh & Klinger are having technique & temperament. now its funny to comment on helmet! Fella how you forget that Kumar Sanga also wears same helmet.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @hatsforbats, I feel more sorry for you! Going to a game which clearly the selectors have doctored to be meaningless to the Australian players and to get the Eng players to acclimatise to opposite conditions than they'll be facing in the tests. That on top of the 0 wickets taken! At least the weather wasn't bad!

  • CodandChips on November 6, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Well that's sorted the batsmen. Although a Root fan, you can't say no to 150+. Still looks like Rankin will play in Brisbane.

    Now the likes of Balance and Bairstow are fighting to be the next in line and for ODI selection. After all the ODI rotation recently tough choices will have to be made. Would love to have Carberry opening and batting aggressively but that probably won't be practical. I'd be radical and ruthless and select the following: 1 Root 2 Trott 3KP 4Balance/Taylor 5 Morgan (c) 6 Buttler 7 Willey 8 Broad 9 Swann 10 Jordan 11 Anderson. Cook and Bell are class but pedestrian. I would also have James Vince, Tredwell, Stokes and Steve Finn in the squad. I don't rate Bresnan in ODI.

  • lebigfella on November 6, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Well done C & C... both excellent batsmen and really good to see Carberry seize his chance. Fingers crossed both will continue into the Tests (Cook in particular is due a huge series). I always love to read other cricinfo members waxing lyrical about what was, what could have been, if only, yeah but etc. etc. Just to clarify Cook was NOT OUT to Moises Henriques... he is still not out (over night in fact) so I cannot even understand why you Aussies even bother... Would Waugh, Ponting, Hayden, Border, Taylor etc. etc. have been so successful if they were out every time a brow beaten Pom thought so? The sprigged boot appears to be on the other foot... ceasing your whinging. England to win 3-0 by the way... see ya'll in Melbourne

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 6, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    An opening pair scoring at strike rates of just over 50 rack up over 300 runs against albeit a fairly sterile bowling attack... Please, I beg of you CA - don't make/leave pitches like this for the Ashes series. Nothing short of boring, and whilst it's fantastic for England to see Cook and Carberry getting lots of time and practice in the middle, there must be something in it for the bowlers otherwise it just isn't test cricket.

  • disco_bob on November 6, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Looks like we have England right we they want us.

  • AKS286 on November 6, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Well played Cooky & Carbs ! bravo. Yes what I said Animated does't mean Active captain. Well played Cooky to side all controversies regarding your captaincy. Same innings we want in international match. Now its Tremlett's turn to prove why he is in squad.

  • on November 6, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Cooke (who hasn't face a ball in anger for months) getting a ton. This looked a dull game though. An extended net on a good pitch and little else. If I was Cooke i'd retire myself and Carbs and let the others have a go. Broad and Swann have yet to bowl a ball and both need a serious workout. So many of Englands 1st teamers didn't play the first game against the presidents XI that giving them a game now has got to be the priority.

  • dr.thirsty on November 6, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @jackiethepen, I suspect the reason that Cook/Carberry were not 'retired out' has everything to do with this being a new pairing. I reckon it makes sense to give them as much time in the middle together as possible - to get the calling & running sorted, feel comfortable with each other and most of all, build confidence as a partnership. Giving Carberry in particular a chance to bed in and feel like he belongs would be important, and what better way to do that than let him bat all day for an unbeaten 150. I imagine they will retire overnight, or perhaps take a few of the early overs when the bowlers are fresh, and then make way. Given what has been said about the pitch, if England bat once, possibly twice, and bowl once they'll probably feel they've got what they wanted from it, so there should be plenty of time for the other bats.

  • on November 6, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Carberry to open and Root at 6, now just to finalise the third seamer spot.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    @giantscrub, we're doing what India unsuccessfully did to Eng in the historic test series. Prepare roads with no spin or seam and don't play the next best bowlers (spinners in that case and our best seamers in our case). India then had doctored, alien spinning and spitting pitches which turned 45 degrees on day 1. It's why KP's Mohali innings will always be one of the greater test innings (don't want to say greatest - there's been too many) and it's why Eng's series win was so good. In our case, we're giving them roads in the warm ups and we'll have green tracks for the series. But the resting of Hazelwood and NCN is what's poor, as they aren't our next best seamers.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @uknsaunders, Sangakkara has it, and it's why I can't fully respect him despite being a top bloke and a top batsman, it's why James Taylor was shunned worldwide and it's why he'll never succeed in test cricket, and it's of course why Carberry won't make a run this Ashes series. A proper helmet decides if you're a good player or not. These bad helmets mean you're destined for failure. The only reason Sangakkar does well with it is because he's superhuman.

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 6, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    It would seem that whoever was saying England should be hitting the panic button after the nets session in Perth was abit premature. Anyway, thats 4 batsmen with tons already in the warm ups & England have only lost 10 wickets in total. Interested to see how the bowling will go. Cmon boys!

  • wayno1971 on November 6, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Nice to see Australia giving the poms some batting practice, this pitch should have been a shocker not a feather bed and interesting to see if the supposive supreme root scores some runs this series, apart from one innings in the last series he looked pretty ordinary and the one innings he did get some runs he probably should have been out pretty early on but went on with it so no denying that, I think the the thing that scares the pommy supporters is that except for some crucial parts of the last series they've probably realizing there team ain't that good,slightly better than Australia but all the same not that good, not south africa good

  • GiantScrub on November 6, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    In terms of bowlers that could reasonably be playing for Australia A, for the English who are asking: Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile are being 'rested' for some unfathomable reason, and Mitchell Johnson and Chadd Sayers are playing Shield games. In terms of spinners, Jon Holland has never been in contention for a Test spot, and those ahead of him (Fawad Ahmed, Ashton Agar and Steve O'Keefe) are playing in the Shield. Cricket Australia clearly are up to something, but I have no idea what that might be. It's possible that they wanted to see whether Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques are capable of playing as bowling allrounders on an unhelpful surface, and the answer right now is clearly no.

    It's nice to see Carberry doing well, and also good to see that Cook's back niggle isn't a worry. England will have to face tougher bowling attacks and pitches than this over the summer, but so far their batting at least is looking more comfortable down here than it did in England.

  • HatsforBats on November 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @ CricketingStargazer, definitely not the best attack available. I agree with Edwards_Anderson here, a dead flat pitch and just 2 seamers...they've been sent up the river.

    @trav29, pretty sure Cook was LBW to Henriques. Hit in line with off when swinging back in...he got lucky with that one.

  • Gaswell on November 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Well done CA. Talk about give away the initiative early. What were you thinking with this attack? Seriously? Struggling to see any logic in the bowling selection at all.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @trav29, from the morning session Cook looked pretty out to henriques - hitting middle of off.

    @Edwards_Anderson, I see the tactic and there's method behind it. It's almost certain that we'll be seeing some green pitches this summer. Yes, this is really unfair to Cutting and Copeland. Bowlers prosper off partnerships (especially Copeland as you say) and for Howard to say his crap about 'managing workloads' it says a lot about how far back Cutting + Copeland must be from the test set up. The two of them combined more than 50% of balls bowled today. Feel especially sorry from Cutting, there's no way Hazelwood's a better bowler atm than he is and for CA to basically say that Hazelwood's a certainty for Adelaide is pathetic. Once again undermining the Shield competition.

  • Paul_Rampley on November 6, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    For those who followed our ashes series in Engalnd we also got good batting tracks on which we scored big, this is normal as part of the warm up games and we don't need to panic. Its important from our perspective that our batsman i.e Khawaja, Klinger get some quality time in the middle as we need good batting this series to win it and guys such as Khawaja and Klinger will be important. Lets keep things in perspectives and hope our boys get runs tomorrow too.

  • HatsforBats on November 6, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @ Mitty2, I thought the fielding was a good mix of excellent & diabolical. Khawaja was good in gully, and surprisingly tidy with the ball. As for motivation levels; how motivated would you be when CA have made you part of a team with just 2 front-line bowlers (medium pacers to boot!) and given you a track flatter than the Hume Highway? Not very. I feel sorry for them, none of them have anything to gain from this match and it clearly shows how far from test contention they are.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 6, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    You can't blame the attack, these guys can bat. Not sure why they batted all day with a bunch of other guys needing a hit out but credit where credit due. Anyone think Root will open at the Gabba? I don't!

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Oh and curious, is there a law on declarations with these days? Do Eng have to declare after a certain amount of time? They should just bat the whole 4 days and get Cutting injured so our next best seamer after MJ (considering the selectors don't rate Faulkner as a bowler alone) is one of the not ready Hazelwood or the trundler but very good at FC level Sayers. Doesn't inspire confidence!

  • ZCFOutkast on November 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Brilliant stuff from Carberry. That's what you call grabbing your chance with both hands. Cutting&Copeland are ideally suited to frustrating you with their tight&accurate seam bowling. Cook has proven time and again that he has the temperament to withstand such tactics. It appears Carberry stepped up this time and did likewise. He's clearly determined to walk out with Cook at the Gabba. The majority want Root for that #6 spot. Should've been a shootout between him&Bairstow, who needs gametime in case something happens to Prior. Taming Philander, Steyn&Morkel at Lords is no mean feat! Unfortunately, just like Fletcher was a bit to Hick, it seems Andy Flower will look with favour on his homeboy Ballance as well, so too bad for Johnny. Besides Bairstow hasn't really excelled in the chances he's got so being Prior's guaranteed next in line should do for now. Ballance, like Hick is already showing a lack of luck early on. Batting from 5 against this attack, so advantage Root.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @cricketingstargazer, Cutting's quality, Copeland's a threatening 125km/h bowler with a successful FC career but obviously not good enough to top batsmen, and Holland (as a Vic supporter so I would know) doesn't have much to his bowling - despite a solid Ryobi. That's it. We brought in a three man attack (effectively a two man attack) on a highway. Henriques is a sixth/seventh bowler and Maxwelk's a t20 dart thrower. Re better bowlers, most definitely. Sayers, Feldman, Hogan, Mennie, Butterworth, Faulkner, Hazlewood and even Beherendoff are all quicks with good records who won't play the first test but are all better than Henriques and most better than Copeland. On holland, all of Ahmed, SOK , Hauritz and maybe Boyce are better spinners.

    @Aarond Dore, mm if you include the second new ball then yes. And anyway I'm Australian so I have to find a positive ;)

  • uknsaunders on November 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Has the reporter ever seen an Ayrtek helmet before?. It's pretty much the safest helmet around. Maybe he would like players to receive serious head injuries instead?

    Honestly, the cycle helmet jokes are wearing a bit thin. Particularly as they have been used in first class cricket for several seasons now. I'm surprised he knows what the internet is, given how new it is!

  • Sunil_Batra on November 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Craberry looks like a good talent but he needs to remember he will get much tougher bowling in Brisbane. My man Cosgrove back from injury and straight back to scoring runs.His innings today illustrates exactly why I'd like to see him get a crack at Tests - he survived a tough new ball session against some very tight Queensland bowling and was on just 2 from 35 balls.But he didn't panic and throw his wicket away he slowly got his eye in and since then he scored 53 from 70 balls.Cosgrove is one of the few batsmen in Shield cricket who has different gears to his batting like that. Tomorrow i am tipping a big one from Khawaja and also Henriques, i would like to see both in the test team. But first we need to get the POMs out. Cook is showing dangerous signs

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on November 6, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Cutting the only bowler who looked up to the task, had no luck. Poms batted well, but that attack is very average with Hazlewood ridiculousy left out. Just giving the English batting practice and confidence ahead of the Ashes

  • jackiethepen on November 6, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Interesting to know what policy they have on 'retiring out' batsmen in this warm-up. Do they let Cook and Carberry bat on? Or will Trott and KP start tomorrow? Will they give the same generous policy to Trott and KP if they take a day to get daddy hundreds? That will leave, er, very little time for Root and Ballance to get daddy hundreds. Or is only the captain allowed time for those? Bell was 'retired out' in the first game when he and Trott were well set to bat on. Bell was denied the chance of his 150 although he had a chanceless century. The premier batsman in the summer and yet he is 'rested' - having played only one game since August! As for KP - who was our second best batsmen in the summer - doesn't he count? You just get that feeling that if Cook had fallen Carberry would have been 'retired out' on his ton so that the Team would have time to look at Root and Ballance as well as give Prior a good go. If Cook fails in Brisbane, they will need the rest of the side!

  • trav29 on November 6, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    its really grasping at straws to suggest the aussie's were unlucky not to take a few wickets , the ball did move around a bit at the start but cook and carberry were never really in any trouble against it

    can only really remember one good appeal all day for a wicket when the ball pitched just outside leg stump on an lbw shout, apart from that it was a chanceless day

    would hope both players will retire overnight as KP, root and prior could all do with a chance for a decent bat too , nothing to be gained from either of these two batting on now. its nice to want to play it like a genuine match but the most important thing is getting people ready for two weeks time

  • Edwards_Anderson on November 6, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Well done to England but we didn't exactly have our best bowling attack. My theory is Inverarity picked Copeland and Cutting and no strike bowler to send them "up the river" to drown. Copeland is great when he's tying down and building pressure with a strike bowler at the other end, you know, bowling in partnerships, which doesn't seem to have applied for this match. Why is it that everyone else could see we were a strike bowler short. Don't get me wrong, i am a fan of both Copeland and Cutting, but they needed another strike bowler to support them. Looking forward to our blokes batting, expecting big innings from Klinger and Khawaja. Great to see Silk, Rogers and Cowan in the runs today

  • CricketingStargazer on November 6, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    @jmcilhinney As I said after the Perth game. Andyt Flower is a wise old bird. I was surprised by some of the normally soundest England pundits on here saying that he would be stubborn and it would be weakness to admit to an error and move Root back to #6 for a series or two before moving him back up to open. Andy Flower had seen what was happening and the pre-Hobart comments (as well as the selection of an extra, experienced specialist opener for the tour) made it obvious that he had thought this one through.

    The good news is that with everything in his favour, Carberry got greedy. He didn't accept that making a pretty 60 and then getting out would be enough.

  • DickCam on November 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    I dare say Cutting and Copeland have played their way out of test contention. Never rated either of them.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 6, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    One question to ask the Australian fans on here is if the Australia A side is just the best available given that there are so many injuries to bowlers? Or are there other options who could have been played?

    With so many bowlers injured and Shane Watson a real doubt for Brisbane too, you need some bench strength.

  • on November 6, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    @mitty.....I watched the first session ball by ball, and carberry & cook were not beaten a 'ridiculous amount of times'......probably around 8 times by my calculation which is nothing unusual on a pitch offering some seam assistance to the new bal bowlersl....there is a big difference between a genuine play and miss, and playing deliberately inside the line and withdrawing the bat

  • 5wombats on November 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Lovely to see Aussies chasing leather. Not sure why Australia A is not packed with better bowlers.... Aren't Australia supposed to have all these brilliant bowlers? Where are they then? Have Australia deliberately picked these bowlers, or was it an accident? Should have guessed Cook would come in and fill his boots and Carberry has booked his ticket. Be interesting to see the Aussie cheer leaders on here explain this 0/318 away. Reminded me of Brisbane 2010.... Now what was that England 2nd dig score again?

  • 5wombats on November 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Lovely to see Aussies chasing leather. Not sure why Australia A is not packed with better bowlers.... Aren't Australia supposed to have all these brilliant bowlers? Where are they then? Have Australia deliberately picked these bowlers, or was it an accident? Should have guessed Cook would come in and fill his boots and Carberry has booked his ticket. Be interesting to see the Aussie cheer leaders on here explain this 0/318 away. Reminded me of Brisbane 2010.... Now what was that England 2nd dig score again?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 6, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    A domininating day for Cook and England, just like we've all come to expect. Cook looks like he could well surpass his extraordinary run fest of last time. Carberry is without a doubt an excellent attacking opener and deserves a chance. I remember seeing him turn out for Surrey a few years back and he is an awesome attacking opener. Having the supreme Root bat at 6 seems ridiculous given how good he is but that can only add to England's strength. I'm still laughing at how totally wrong Warnie's gone and proved himself again.

  • on November 6, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    I suppose Warne will be taking the credit.

  • Albie_Hanekom on November 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Are they not allowed to retire out in this game? Why not give the other batsmen a go. England acting like this is the 1st test already.

  • on November 6, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    So good to see Carbs step up awesome deserves a run

  • jmcilhinney on November 6, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    That was a good hit out for Cook and Carberry, albeit against an attack that was barely Australia's third choice and on a pitch that was far from the green seamer some expected. One didn't play the first warmup and the other is fighting for a berth in the first Test team so I can understand why they didn't retire with 3 days still to play. With the new ball now 13 overs old, I will start to think it a bit selfish if they come back out again tomorrow though. I'm keen to see how the bowlers do too, on what looks a fairly flat wicket. The Aus A batting lineup is not too shabby but they need to be at least much tighter than they were in Perth. Can Tremlett do enough to secure a berth for the first Test or will we see either Rankin or Finn back for Sydney? Can Broad hit his straps straight out of the blocks or will he be punished the way all but Anderson were at Perth? Can Swann keep it tight and possibly extract some spin from this pitch?

  • on November 6, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Australia's plan of playing a very weak A team could backfire as England will gain momentum.

  • jmcilhinney on November 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Some interesting selections by England. I'm not sure when they started to consider changing direction but they clearly started today believing that Carberry was a genuinely realistic chance to open in the first Test and he looks a dead certainty now. Ballance will have to do really well to prevent Root taking the #6 spot and yes, that is the sound of Jonny Bairstow's sobs you can hear. Bairstow is unlikely to play in Sydney because Bell will be back and I'd expect Ballance or, more likely, Root to slot in at #6. Tremlett is another interesting selection as I thought that he was the lest likely of the 3 tall quicks to play this game. England are clearly very keen to inspire him to the heights of his last visit to Australia but, unfortunately, he may just not have it in him any more. This pitch doesn't look like offering him all that much either, so he'll have to really keep it tight we can pray that is pace will be up.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Re the fielding, it was actually really bad and something that shouldn't go unnoticed. All the players in the field look demotivated which is never a good sign - they were even lax in the field when Cutting + Copeland had Cook and Carberry (the four C's!) struggling with some good spells.

    And I forgot something: 8. Henriques doesn't have test captaincy potential, doesn't have FC captaincy potential, nor grade and nor club. He was pretty bog average and I have no idea why they didn't put Paine or even Klinger captain.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on November 6, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Warne is absolutely right - this must be so boring for the Aussie fans ;-)

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    7 things can be ordained from the day:

    1. Carberry's an ugly batsman because he has an ugly helmet. Same too with James Taylor, but not with Sangakarra. He'll be better with a proper helmet 2. Cutting bowled very well in stages and was certainly unlucky to not have more wickets. He's a class bowler but I think he may need to sometimes pitch it up a little more. I've also seen him bowl much faster than he did today so not sure what's up with that. 3. Hussey's talks far too much sense in a Channel 9 commentary box. That will change. 4. The pitch is a beauty and everyone should score well on it. Especially the English against a two man bowling attack (Holland's not in the top 4 spinners) 5. Cook ran very slowly between wickets and was labouring... Best way to get him out is a run out! 6. These two got beaten almost a ridiculous amount of times by Copeland and Cutting with the new ball - won't be anywhere near as easy with the Test attack.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 6, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    This is a satisfactory start. When things are in your favour, get greedy! This was what Joe Root failed to do in the Perth match. It's also an unusual variant on the Australian strategy on previous tours to try and cause a crisis of form and confidence as early as possible.

    Now, do England start retiring out batsmen tomorrow to give the rest of the line-up practice? Or do they just aim to rub it in? Nice problem to have.

  • on November 6, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    No wickets fell? How boring. Sort it out Cook. :-)

  • Fishmatics on November 6, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Well, that is the batting order sorted for the test series. Root to bat 6 and Carberry to open.

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  • Fishmatics on November 6, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Well, that is the batting order sorted for the test series. Root to bat 6 and Carberry to open.

  • on November 6, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    No wickets fell? How boring. Sort it out Cook. :-)

  • CricketingStargazer on November 6, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    This is a satisfactory start. When things are in your favour, get greedy! This was what Joe Root failed to do in the Perth match. It's also an unusual variant on the Australian strategy on previous tours to try and cause a crisis of form and confidence as early as possible.

    Now, do England start retiring out batsmen tomorrow to give the rest of the line-up practice? Or do they just aim to rub it in? Nice problem to have.

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    7 things can be ordained from the day:

    1. Carberry's an ugly batsman because he has an ugly helmet. Same too with James Taylor, but not with Sangakarra. He'll be better with a proper helmet 2. Cutting bowled very well in stages and was certainly unlucky to not have more wickets. He's a class bowler but I think he may need to sometimes pitch it up a little more. I've also seen him bowl much faster than he did today so not sure what's up with that. 3. Hussey's talks far too much sense in a Channel 9 commentary box. That will change. 4. The pitch is a beauty and everyone should score well on it. Especially the English against a two man bowling attack (Holland's not in the top 4 spinners) 5. Cook ran very slowly between wickets and was labouring... Best way to get him out is a run out! 6. These two got beaten almost a ridiculous amount of times by Copeland and Cutting with the new ball - won't be anywhere near as easy with the Test attack.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on November 6, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Warne is absolutely right - this must be so boring for the Aussie fans ;-)

  • Mitty2 on November 6, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Re the fielding, it was actually really bad and something that shouldn't go unnoticed. All the players in the field look demotivated which is never a good sign - they were even lax in the field when Cutting + Copeland had Cook and Carberry (the four C's!) struggling with some good spells.

    And I forgot something: 8. Henriques doesn't have test captaincy potential, doesn't have FC captaincy potential, nor grade and nor club. He was pretty bog average and I have no idea why they didn't put Paine or even Klinger captain.

  • jmcilhinney on November 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Some interesting selections by England. I'm not sure when they started to consider changing direction but they clearly started today believing that Carberry was a genuinely realistic chance to open in the first Test and he looks a dead certainty now. Ballance will have to do really well to prevent Root taking the #6 spot and yes, that is the sound of Jonny Bairstow's sobs you can hear. Bairstow is unlikely to play in Sydney because Bell will be back and I'd expect Ballance or, more likely, Root to slot in at #6. Tremlett is another interesting selection as I thought that he was the lest likely of the 3 tall quicks to play this game. England are clearly very keen to inspire him to the heights of his last visit to Australia but, unfortunately, he may just not have it in him any more. This pitch doesn't look like offering him all that much either, so he'll have to really keep it tight we can pray that is pace will be up.

  • on November 6, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Australia's plan of playing a very weak A team could backfire as England will gain momentum.

  • jmcilhinney on November 6, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    That was a good hit out for Cook and Carberry, albeit against an attack that was barely Australia's third choice and on a pitch that was far from the green seamer some expected. One didn't play the first warmup and the other is fighting for a berth in the first Test team so I can understand why they didn't retire with 3 days still to play. With the new ball now 13 overs old, I will start to think it a bit selfish if they come back out again tomorrow though. I'm keen to see how the bowlers do too, on what looks a fairly flat wicket. The Aus A batting lineup is not too shabby but they need to be at least much tighter than they were in Perth. Can Tremlett do enough to secure a berth for the first Test or will we see either Rankin or Finn back for Sydney? Can Broad hit his straps straight out of the blocks or will he be punished the way all but Anderson were at Perth? Can Swann keep it tight and possibly extract some spin from this pitch?

  • on November 6, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    So good to see Carbs step up awesome deserves a run