England frustrated by tons from Jason Sangha and Matt Short as final Ashes warm-up ends in draw


England were left frustrated by maiden first-class hundreds from Jason Sangha and Matt Short as their final Ashes warm-up match with a Cricket Australia XI ended in a draw.

Teenager Sangha (133) was the first to three figures, followed by CA XI captain Short (134 not out) as the fourth-wicket pair’s mammoth stand of 263 lasted 75 overs to deny England

A stalemate prevailed at the Tony Ireland Stadium as Joe Root’s bowlers had no answer against the inexperienced hosts they trounced under lights in Adelaide last week as CA reached 364-4 at stumps to overturn a 265-run first-innings deficit and finish 99 in front.

It was the youngest of all the hosts who helped to confound England. Sangha’s 184-ball century was an innings of few blemishes, containing 10 fours and six and a willingness to take on the short ball when the challenge was set.

Jason Sangha became the second-youngest ever to reach a hundred against England behind only Sachin Tendulkar

He did have an escape on 43 when Mark Stoneman intercepted a ferocious drive above head-height at cover off a Mason Crane full toss, but the England opener could not collect the rebound.

At the other end, Short also grew in confidence following his career-best bowling performance by powering past his highest first-class score too.

England’s difficult session was summed up when the only ‘catch’ taken was by a diving groundsman at long-on after Short had carted another Crane full toss 80 yards over the rope for six.

Mason Crane took England’s sole wicket

With CA back in front after lunch, Sangha reached richly-deserved century when he pulled Chris Woakes for four and became the second-youngest ever to reach the milestone against England behind only Sachin Tendulkar.

Short followed his team-mate to three figures shortly afterwards, his milestone coming from 190 balls.

Matt Short celebrates after reaching his century

It was only an eventual batsman error that brought a solitary breakthrough at last after tea, Sangha sweeping to short fine-leg off Crane. That remained the tourists’ only success of a difficult day, albeit on a pitch offering increasingly little to all bowlers.

England will be hoping the return of James Anderson next week, and possibly a fit-again Jake Ball too, can help them fare better against Australia’s Test batsmen when the Ashes get underway for real on a Brisbane surface which will bear little resemblance to this one.

 

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