England’s One-Day International batsmen warmed-up for their 50-over games against Australia with a comfortable five-wicket win against Cricket Australia XI in Sydney on Thursday (January 11).
Alex Hales smashed a 35-ball 52 while Eoin Morgan, the captain, was unbeaten on 81 as the England XI chased down their opponents’ 258 for 9 in 40.5 overs.
CA XI, led by Matt Renshaw, didn’t make it easy for the English bowlers at the Drummoyne Oval.
Travis Dean, the opener, made a brisk half-century while Mackenzie Harvey, the 17-year-old, struck four sixes and as many fours in his 48-ball 59.
Adil Rashid, the legspinner, picked up 3 for 45, while an economical Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett had two each.
Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 74 for the first wicket, but it was the partnership between Hales and Morgan that really took things up a notch.
Hales, returning to the side after missing out for his role in the Ben Stokes incident in Bristol in September, had four boundaries and three hits over the rope. Morgan faced only 76 deliveries, striking seven fours and two sixes.
England would be pleased to see almost all their batsmen — Moeen was the only one who didn’t get to double figures — in good touch. A total of ten sixes were struck in their innings.
Both teams were allowed to field 12 players. Joe Root, who was indisposed with a bout of gastroenteritis in the fifth Ashes Test, ran drinks.
England, who lost the Ashes Tests 4-0, will play five ODIs against the home side, starting in Melbourne on January 14.
Jos Buttler, who will be one of the limited-overs specialists joining the England side, said the new faces could add some energy after a draining five Ashes Tests.
“It’s a quick turnaround for the guys playing the Test series,” admitted Buttler. “Guys like myself (playing only the limited-overs games) turned up with a lot of excitement to get the England kit back on.”
Brief scores: CA XI 258 for 9 in 50 overs (Matt Renshaw 25, Travis Dean 62, Mackenzie Harvey 59, Harry Nielsen 40; Liam Plunkett 2-52, Adil Rashid 3-45, Moeen Ali 2-28) lost to England XI 259 for 5 in 40.5 overs (Jason Roy 40, Jonny Bairstow 36, Alex Hales 52, Eoin Morgan 81*, Jos Buttler 28; Gabe Bell 2-35, Daniel Fallins 2-56) by five wickets.