Dawid Malan top-scored with 63 as England struggled to 278 for 8 on the opening day of their four-day tour game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide on Wednesday (November 8).
The Middlesex left-hander hit seven fours in his 128-ball stay before he was dismissed four balls from the end of play in the day-night match, attempting to steer Jackson Coleman through point only to be caught at slip.
Mark Stoneman, the opener, hit 61 and Joe Root made 58 but Alastair Cook failed again with just 15.
Malan helped revive the innings after the tourists had slumped to 195 for 5 following Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal for nine in the 62nd over.
Malan put on 76 for the sixth wicket before Chris Woakes fell for 33.
A total of four wickets fell in the final night session of play at Adelaide Oval, where the first day-night Ashes Test takes place next month.
“Some of the dismissals we had today were a touch on the sloppy side, so it was a little bit frustrating more than anything that we didn’t kick on and probably have a couple of hundreds scored out there today,” Stoneman said. “Everyone got a bit of time in the middle, so that was encouraging, but we also need to be scoring hundreds, and big hundreds. So there are lessons to be learnt from today.”
Daniel Fallins, the legspinner, rocked the tourists by taking the wickets of Stoneman, James Vince (33), Root and Bairstow to finish the day with 4 for 71 off 21 overs.
“I was quite nervous last night, but getting a wicket in my first over really settled the nerves and the boys really got around me so that was good,” Fallins said.
Cook’s lean start to the tour continued when he was again dismissed cheaply in the seventh over.
After a second-ball duck in England’s tour opener last week against a Western Australian XI in Perth, Cook faced only 28 balls. He was dismissed when feathering an outside edge from an attempted forward defensive shot off Coleman.
Vince was bowled by Fallins when attempting a sweep shot from the spinner’s fifth ball and Stoneman fell to a brilliant one-handed diving catch at mid-wicket by Jake Carder.
And just before the dinner break, Fallins claimed Root when the skipper top-edged a front-foot swipe and was caught by Ryan Gibson at mid-off.
England, who have lost Steven Finn for the tour with a knee injury, rested Stuart Broad.
Following the Adelaide game, they have another four-day fixture against a CA XI in Townsville from November 15, before the first Test against Australia starts on November 23 in Brisbane.
Brief scores: England 278 for 8 in 89.2 overs (Mark Stoneman 61, James Vince 33, Joe Root 58, Dawid Malan 63, Chris Woakes 33; Jackson Coleman 3-66, Daniel Fallins 4-71) v Cricket Australia XI.