Joe Root won the toss at WACA and elected to bat first against Western Australia XI in a two day tour match. Alastair Cook was sent back to the pavilion after facing his second delivery, the inform Coulter-Nile dismissed him.
Mark Stoneman and James Vince later played a strong partnership of 153 runs between them in 36 overs. Joe Root came in to bat then after Stoneman’s dismissal but Root couldn’t settle for long either as he went back to the pavilion scoring just 9 runs. James Vince was later dismissed for 82 runs. Dawid Malan and Garry Ballance each scored a fifty and retired hurt. England declared their first innings for 349 for 6 wickets. Aaron Hardie took 2 wickets while Coulter-Nile and Lance Morris took 1 wicket each. The English media tagged this performance by England in this innings as a great sign without realizing 7 to 8 players from the opposition have never player First-Class cricket either.
Western Australia XI got off to a very decent start with Josh Philipe’s quick 88 off 92 ball. Josh smashed the ball across the boundary at many occasions during innings. Clint Hinchliffe played a very sensible innings as he scored 75 runs. Clint was later demised by Anderson. Tim David scored 39 runs while Callum How scored 29 runs. Western Australia XI was all out for 342 at the end of the day 2. James Anderson took 4 wickets, Craig Overton and Mason Crane with 2 wickets each while Jake Ball and Stuart Broad could get 1 wicket each only.
England does have the upper hand as they restricted Western Australia to a lower total the trail they gave but it was just 7 runs short. English batsmen did do a brilliant job, specially James Vince and Mark Stoneman. The English bowling department seemed quite loose except Anderson who bagged wickets quickly. Mason Crane also impressed with his 2 wickets which shows he can be trusted during the Ashes.
England will play a 4-day tour match against Cricket Australia XI on November 8 at Adelaide Oval.