[caption id="attachment_660161" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-660161" alt="Chris Woakes Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Chris-Woakes.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Chris Woakes Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Chris-Woakes" target="_blank">Chris Woakes</a> snared 6 wickets to give <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england" target="_blank">England </a>the upper hand in the final Ashes warm-up tie against a Cricket Australia XI, who were restricted to 249 for 9 on the opening day of the four-dayer here. Fresh from a four-wicket haul in the second innings of the previous day-night tour game at Adelaide, the Warwickshire seamer ripped through the CA XI top order on Wednesday. <p></p> <p></p>Craig Overton chipped in with two wickets while pace spearhead Stuart Broad took one as England found themselves in a comfortable position in the run-up to the first Ashes Test in Brisbane from November 23. Earlier, CA XI captain Matthew Short elected to bat after winning the toss but were soon reduced to 154 for 5 as Woakes made life difficult for the top order. <p></p> <p></p>In the afternoon session, England survived a scare when a ball struck stumper Jonny Bairstow's middle finger, but the wicketkeeper returned to action after being strapped up. <p></p> <p></p>England cannot afford to lose another player after pacer Steven Finn was forced to return home with a knee injury while fellow paceman Jake Ball is also nursing an ankle injury. Veteran pacer James Anderson is also ill and is out of the ongoing tie while spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali is just back to competitive cricket after recovering from a side strain.