Dawid Malan hits ton as England cricket team impresses in final Ashes warm-up tie

Dawid Malan became England cricket team’s second century-maker as the tourists built a big lead over Cricket Australia XI in the final Ashes warm-up game in Townsville on Friday.

cricket Updated: Nov 17, 2017 14:23 IST
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Dawid Malan’s century has put England cricket team on top against Cricket Australia XI in the final Ashes warm-up tie in Townsville. (AFP)

Dawid Malan became England cricket team’s second centurion in their final warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI as the tourists stepped up preparations for the Ashes.

It was all about rivals Australia on Friday after forgotten man Tim Paine and maligned veteran Shaun Marsh earned shock recalls for the opening two Tests in the battle for the coveted urn, which gets under way in Brisbane next Thursday.

(Read | Ashes 2017-18: Australia recall wicketkeeper Tim Paine after seven-year absence)

While former players, pundits and fans dissected the surprising selections for the hosts, England went about their business in Townsville, where they were all out for 515 on day three.

After Mark Stoneman posted England’s first century of their Australia tour on Thursday, Malan followed in his team-mate’s footsteps with an impressive 109 at Tony Ireland Stadium.

Returning to the crease at 337-3 in response to CA XI’s 250, Malan took centre stage with the 30-year-old’s first ton in England colours, taking control against an underwhelming bowling attack.

(Read | Tim Paine ready to ‘dust off’ baggy green after Ashes 2017-18 selection)

It took Malan 191 runs to celebrate his century before a mix-up with Moeen Ali prior to lunch saw him dismissed following a direct hit from Jake Carder.

While Malan passed 50 for the third time on tour, England captain Joe Root also impressed with the bat as he fell short of a hundred.

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Root made 83 before he drove a Daniel Fallins delivery straight to mid-on – becoming the 11th Englishman on tour to make a half-century but fail to bring up three figures.

Chris Woakes added 36 and Mason Crane was unbeaten on 25 before the tourists reduced the CA XI to 121-3 at stumps – trailing by 144 – with Moeen taking 3-42.

First Published: Nov 17, 2017 14:23 IST