Peter Siddle has not been in the scheme of things much for Australia © Getty Images
Peter Siddle has not been in the scheme of things much for Australia © Getty Images

Canterbury: Daniel Bell-Drummond made a fine fifty after Australia left Kent with a mountain to climb on the final day of their four-day Ashes tour-opening match at Canterbury on Sunday. READ: Ryan Harris claims he is fit for Ashes 2015

At lunch, Kent were 118 for three in their second innings, needing a further 432 runs to reach their improbable victory target of 550 after Australia declared on their overnight 322 for four. READ: Mitchell Marsh’s ton puts Australia in driver’s seat against Kent in pre-Ashes warm-up tie

Bell-Drummond, dismissed for a duck in the first innings, was 66 not out and Ben Harmison unbeaten on two. The 21-year-old Bell-Drummond, regarded as one of the most promising young players in England, looked in good touch after opening the innings, striking three fours in over from Ryan Harris including a fine straight drive.

Joe Denly also batted attractively in making a brisk 22 before he was bowled middle stump by first change Peter Siddle to leave Kent 55 for one. Former England batsman Rob Key had anchored Kent’s first innings 280, made in response to Australia’s imposing 507 for eight declared, with 87. READ: Michael Clarke doesn’t enforce follow-on, makes Australian batsmen prosper against hapless Kent

But Key could only manage 14 on Sunday before, for the second time in the match, he fell to Fawad Ahmed with Mitchell Johnson holding a good catch off the leg-spinner at wide mid-on. Bell-Drummond went to fifty in just 56 balls, including nine fours.

Mitchell Marsh, who made a quickfire century in Australia’s second innings, continued to press his claim as a seam-bowling all-rounder in the side for the first Ashes Test at Cardiff on July 8, by having Kent captain Sam Northeast caught behind for 11. READ: Mitchell Johnson helps Australians take huge 1st innings lead vs Kent