Keaton Jennings hits 80 as Moeen Ali misses out in Ashes tour game

Keaton Jennings slammed a half-century but Moeen Ali failed to score big on Day 1 of England’s two-day Ashes tour game against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth.

cricket Updated: Dec 09, 2017 19:29 IST
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Moeen Ali, who has failed to get going in the ongoing Ashes series, scored just 24 in England’s two-day tour game against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth on Saturday. (Twitter )

Opener Keaton Jennings top scored but Test all-rounder Moeen Ali missed out on runs in England’s two-day Ashes tour game against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth on Saturday.

Jennings hit 80 off 116 balls with 14 fours and a six, and fast bowler Tom Curran an unbeaten 77 off 90 balls, in the tourists’ 314 for nine declared on the opening day of the game.

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But Moeen missed out on a good opportunity to bat himself into form ahead of Thursday’s third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth, scoring 24 from 35 balls before he was caught behind in the second over after lunch.

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Gary Ballance didn’t help his chances of a Test recall with just one before he edged a drive to gully.

Playing as captain, Moeen is the only member of the England XI to have played in the Ashes and won’t bowl in the tour match as he recovers from a split finger he suffered in the first Test at the Gabba.

At the close, the CA XI were 62 for one in reply.

First Published: Dec 09, 2017 15:59 IST