Alastair Cook, Michael Carberry slam unbeaten centuries for England against Australia A

Alastair Cook (left) and Michael Carberry put together a 318-run partnership for the opening wicket against Australia A in an Ashes 2013-14 tour match on Day One © Getty Images

Nov 6, 2013
 
England’s preparations for the first Ashes 2013-14 Test got a boost as Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry slammed unbeaten centuries on Day One of their second tour match against Australia A in Hobart. The opening duo batted for 93 overs on Wednesday and took England’s score to 318 for no loss in the four-day match.
 
The first tour match against West Australia Chairman’s XI ended in a tame draw. There were concerns over the form of certain players, especially in the bowling department. England did field a relatively weaker side in that match as many of their stalwarts were rested. There was no such exclusions in the second tour match though.
 
Cook won the toss and elected to bat first. Ashes hopeful Carberry, who had scored a quick-fire 78 off 100 balls in the first tour match, played a calmer knock with captain Cook. The duo looked unruffled against the Australia A bowlers. While both did not score quickly, they did gave no opportunities to the opposition.
 
The Australian bowlers were made to toil hard and both got to their centuries. The day got better for them as they posted their 150-plus scores. As the day ended at the Bellerive Oval, England were at 318 for no loss.
 
Cook was batting on 154 off 272 balls with 19 fours. Carberry was on a 288-ball 153 with 22 fours and two sixes.