The PM’s XI game versus England has just finished – a dismal effort by the tourists in what is one of only two warm-up matches.
Opener and Australian discard, Phil Jacques, scored a Man-of-the-Match 112 of 110 deliveries. Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten 78 of 56 balls in a key final partnership with Cameron White (30n.o. (14)).
England’s bowlers went for 100 runs of the last 10 overs after. Andy Flintoff elected to bowl first, seeing the PM’s XI mass 347. The only positive in the innings was Flintoff’s bowling (1/55) who was easily the Pom’s best. Monty Panesar bowled only three overs and commentators were baffled by this decision of Flintoff’s.
With the massive target, Marcus Trescothick was out in the first over. Collingwood and Strauss put up a bit of a challenge only to be caught soon after England reached 100.
Shaun Tait, fighting for a spot in the Australian XI in Brisbane, bowled superbly taking 3/21 of 8 overs. He was unlucky not have Giles trapped leg-before for a golden duck after clean bowling England’s skipper for one. The Captain, Cameron White, Ben Hilfenhaus and 19 year-old Adam Ritchard all took two wickets each as England were bowled out in the 39th over for 181. Three of the top-order were out to short deliveries showing a weakness in the side that the Australians will no doubt test in the First Test.
Tait’s performance will give the Australian selectors something to think about when deciding on their third pace bowler to take to Brisbane with Lee and McGrath certain starters. England, on the other hand, had just better not read tomorrow morning’s papers.