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Ashes 2017-18: James Vince and Mark Stoneman impress in warm-up

Ashes 2017-18: James Vince and Mark Stoneman impress in warm-up

James Vince averages 19.27 in Test cricket for England after seven matches and 11 innings
bbc.comFour England batsmen hit half-centuries against a Western Australia XI on the opening day of their first Ashes tour match in Perth.Both Alastair Cook and Joe Root (9) fell cheaply, with the former captain dismissed for a second-ball duck.Mark Stoneman (85) and James Vince (82) were both dropped but put on 153 runs for the second wicket.
Gary Ballance and Dawid Malan also passed 50 before retiring, with England reaching 349-6 at stumps.England begin the defence of the Ashes in Brisbane on 23 November.
The Ashes: England in Australia 2017-18
Opener Cook, who was dismissed first ball when England were last in Perth in 2013, played at the second ball of the innings from Nathan Coulter-Nile and edged through to the keeper.There are question marks over the robustness of England's batting, with Vince one of those under the microscope after scoring 212 runs in seven Tests.Hampshire's Vince was dropped three times - on 47, 63 and 67 - with two of those catches spilled at slip while Surrey left-hander Stoneman was given a lifeline when on 54 after being dropped in the gully.Root was disappointed at being given out caught behind, with the ball appearing to brush his pad, to leave England 184-4.But Ballance played patiently to reach his half-century from 102 balls, despite also being dropped on 36, while Malan hit eight boundaries on his way to an 88-ball 56.England have said they will use 13 players at the Waca, after all-rounder Moeen Ali and fast bowler Steven Finn were sidelined with injuries.England opener Mark Stoneman told BBC Sport: "It was good to get that time in the middle. There was enough there to keep the opening bowlers interested with the new ball and there's that bit of extra bounce here, which always has the catchers in play."It was nice once we got through that new-ball period to settle in and get into some rhythm. "Cook and Root are the bankers - it's a shame for them on a personal note but it gave other guys the chance to get time in the middle."
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Charles Dagnall, Test Match Special commentatorIt was hardly a testing day for England's batsmen, yet it was productive for those aiming to claim the three and five spots for Brisbane.Vince led a charmed life and Ballance was given a working over by Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was easily the most threatening bowler, but ground out a nuggety 50.Despite Cook and Root falling cheaply, England will lose little sleep over their form.
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