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Ashes 2010: Cook and Strauss hit tons in England draw

Tour match, Adelaide (day three of three):
England 288-8 dec & 240-1 dec drew with South Australia 221 & 48-2

Match scorecard

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook puts away a short ball during his century in Adelaide

England openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook hit centuries as their Ashes warm-up game against South Australia ended in a draw in Adelaide.

Skipper Strauss made 102, his second hundred of the tour, and Cook answered questions about his form with 111 not out as the pair shared a stand of 181.

Rain washed out the afternoon session before England declared on 240-1.

Paceman Jimmy Anderson then picked up two wickets before bad light ended play early with South Australia on 48-2.

Although England were unable to repeat the win over Western Australia, there were still plenty of positives to take out of the game, most notably the return to form of Cook.


And with one match to go, against Australia A, before the start of the Ashes series, Jonathan Trott is the only top-six batsman without at least a half century to his name.

Essex left-hander Cook was content to play second fiddle to the more aggressive Strauss during his 162-ball innings, but still hit a six and 18 fours.

The bowling, however, was certainly not the most threatening the England pair have faced during their careers, with the state side were hampered by the absence of seamer Jake Haberfield, who suffered a leg injury on the second day.

Resuming on 94-0, the tourists were looking to press on during the morning and Strauss, having hit three sixes during the final session on day two, added a fourth with a slog-sweep off Aaron O'Brien to bring up his century.

The left-arm spinner gained a measure of revenge when the England captain attempted another big hit and was bowled, but it proved to be South Australia's sole success as Cook and Trott added a further 59 in 12 overs before the declaration was made.

Cook brought up his hundred with a top-edged pull over the wicketkeeper's head, one of very few false shots during his innings, while Trott looked typically solid in his unbeaten 20.

Bad light ended play early in England's tour game against South Australia
Grey clouds continued to linger throughout the day's play

Trailing by 307, South Australia successfully negotiated the 10 minutes of play left before lunch and the players were then kept off the field as the predicted rain took 25 overs out of the day's play.

When the action resumed, England's fielding was a mixed bag with Paul Collingwood and Trott both dropping catches, before redeeming themselves.

Daniel Harris was the beneficiary as Collingwood failed to hang onto a diving chance at third slip and Trott put down a relatively simple catch at square leg.

But Collingwood atoned by taking the catch to send James Smith on his way for nine and Trott gave Anderson his second success when he pulled in a superb one-handed effort at mid-wicket to remove Michael Klinger for eight.

Australia Test hopeful Callum Ferguson had little chance to press his claims in the fading light, reaching 11 not out before the match came to an end, with the fortunate Harris unbeaten on 18.

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