England face daunting task in Ashes 2013-14 tour opener after lunch on Day 2

Joe Root (left) and Michael Carberry were at the crease for England at lunch on Day Two of the Ashes 2013-14 tour opener © Getty Images

Perth: Nov 1, 2013

England‘s batsmen face a daunting task in the opening match of their Ashes 2013-14 tour after the Western Australia Chairman’s XI piled up 451 for five declared.

At lunch on the second day, England were 18 for no loss in reply, against what is effectively a second-string state team made up of fringe First-Class players, with Joe Root unbeaten on 12 and Michael Carberry three not out.

WA resumed on 369 for four and lost just one more wicket in the morning session, with Steven Finn (one for 123) finally claiming his first scalp of the match.

Every WA batsman reached 50 apart from Tom Triffitt, who was unbeaten on 18. Chris Lynn top-scored with 104.

England’s fringe pacemen failed to impress, with Boyd Rankin (one for 92) and Finn claiming a single wicket each, while Chris Tremlett finished with none for 88.

England are missing several key players for the three-day match, including captain Alastair Cook, who has a sore back, and Kevin Pietersen. Fast bowler Stuart Broad and spinner Graeme Swann were rested. Matt Prior is leading the team.