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Malan hits century as England push for victory in final warm-up

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Dawid Malan hit his first hundred in an England shirt to put the tourists in a strong position at the end of day three in their final warm-up game in Townsville.

The Middlesex left-hander made 109 and captain Joe Root 83 as England posted 525 despite a collapse that saw Jonny Bairstow (19), Moeen Ali (5) and Craig Overton (0) fall cheaply. It was Moeen’s only innings before the Gabba and for Overton – favourite to play in Brisbane due to injuries elsewhere – it was a third successive duck.

The late order did rally as Mason Crane made 25* in a last-wicket stand of 58 with Chris Woakes (36).

CA XI were 144 runs behind at 121-3 at stumps, after two wickets from Moeen and one from Crane. They are targeting victory on the final day before heading to Brisbane.

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