Cricket: England struggle in Ashes tour opener

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England’s bowlers struggled for wickets as a Western Australia Chairman’s XI reached 369-4 at stumps on the first day of their opening Ashes tour match at the WACA in Perth.

Chris Lynn led the way for the representative side with 104, while Marcus Harris, Luke Towers and Mitchell Marsh all chipped in with half centuries on the batsman-friendly wicket.

James Anderson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin all claimed a wicket apiece for England who were without the likes of rested skipper Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

It was disappointing for Stokes and Rankin in particular because they are hoping to use the match to stake their claim in the England side for the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 21.

Jim Allenby and Ashton Turner were left unbeaten at the close on 34 and 17 respectively.

Anderson (1-31) and Root (1-32) were the best of England’s bowling performers, while Rankin finished with figures of 1-87 off 18 overs and Stokes took 1-56 off 10 overs.

But Steven Finn (0-75) and Chris Tremlett (0-87) will need to up their game on day two if they are to impress the selectors with three weeks to go until the first Test.

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