Captain Alastair Cook and opening partner Michael Carberry batted out the first day to lead England to 318 without loss in its Ashes cricket tuneup against Australia’s second-string team.
Cook finished day one at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval on 154 not out, with fellow left-hander Carberry unbeaten on 153 as he tries to win a spot in the batting order for the best-of-five contest against Australia starting Nov. 21 in Brisbane.
Cook’s 272-ball innings came after he missed England’s tour-opening draw against a Western Australia Chairman’s XI in Perth because of a sore back.
England, which has won the past three Ashes series, has three days remaining against Australia A in the Tasmanian capital and another four-day match against a New South Wales XI in Sydney before facing Australia.
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