Ben Stokes smashes 42 from 56 balls for England in warm-up match against the Lions… but captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan struggle while Jonny Bairstow falls for golden duck on the final day
- England completed their final day of warm-up action on Friday against the Lions
- Ben Stokes backed up a decent bowling display by impressing with the bat
- Joe Root and Dawid Malan, however, could only manage single figures
- Jonny Bairstow fell for a first-ball duck before swapping sides and scoring 11
However, there were failures on the part of England batsmen too, with Jonny Bairstow falling for a first-ball duck and Joe Root scoring just nine.
The Lions had set a total of 226 for four at Wellington Point in Queensland, with England responding during Friday’s final day with Stokes’s contribution and 37 more from opener Rory Burns.
Ben Stokes scored 42 runs from 56 balls on the final day of England’s warm-up match on Friday
There were failures however, with Jonny Bairstow falling for a first-ball duck against the Lions
Chris Woakes took an early wicket for the Lions as Haseeb Hameed fell for seven.
Then Dawid Malan and Joe Root also departed for single-figure scores of eight and nine respectively.
A number of players then swapped sides or returned to bat for a second time to gain match practice, with Bairstow this time scoring 11.
England and Australia’s preparations for the five-Test series, which begins at the Gabba on December 8, have been undermined by rain.
England captain Joe Root managed only nine runs on the final day of the warm-up game
The Ashes starts on December 8 and Dawid Malan will go into it off the back of just eight runs
England’s three-day practice match last week was washed out except for 29 overs and the first day of the second warm-up against the Lions was also cancelled without a ball bowled.
Joe Root’s side are aiming to take back the urn after Australia retained the Ashes with a 2-2 draw in the 2019 series in England.
Australia won the last series between the two sides on home soil – in 2017-18 – by four tests to zero.