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Ashes: Chris Tremlett puts England on top in tour match

Tour match, Hobart (day one of four):
Australia A 230 v England 22-1
Dates: 17-20 November Start time: 2330 GMT (16-19 Nov)
Coverage: Live scorecard on BBC Sport website & Ceefax; regular bulletins on BBC Radio 5 live; also live on Sky Sports 1
Match scorecard

Chris Tremlett (centre) is congratulated
Surrey paceman Chris Tremlett was in terrific form

Chris Tremlett took 4-54 as England dismissed Australia A for 230 in their final warm-up match before the Ashes.

With England's Test attack all rested, a shadow strike force made short work of Australia's young contenders for international honours in Hobart.

Ajmal Shahzad took 3-57 and Tim Bresnan 2-65, though the hosts staged a recovery from 66-5, thanks to Steve O'Keefe (66) and Steve Smith (59).

Andrew Strauss fell for 10 as England replied with 22-1 at the close.

The tourists resisted the temptation to give Eoin Morgan and Steven Davies opportunities in the middle, naming the same top seven which played in the previous games in Perth and Adelaide.

Tremlett hopes haul may impress selectors

And after winning the toss on a cloudy morning and with a greenish wicket at his disposal, Strauss was content to bowl first, with a fresh seam attack keen to make an impression.

Tremlett, who overcame a minor infection to take his place, struck in the third over when Phillip Hughes fended uncertainly at a spicy delivery just back of a length. It flicked the left-hander's outside edge before being safely pouched by Strauss at slip.

Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja, the latter named in Australia's 17-man Ashes squad, weathered a searching examination from Tremlett and Shahzad before the latter picked up his first wicket.

Khawaja (13) belatedly went to defend a fullish ball just outside off stump and nicked to Matt Prior, before Tim Bresnan picked up the highly-rated Callum Ferguson for seven, courtesy of another Prior catch.

Ajmal Shahzad breaks through
Ajmal Shahzad sent down some terrific balls, picking up three wickets

With the seamers continuing to pose problems with lateral movement, it was nevertheless a Bresnan long-hop which produced the next wicket as Cowan, having worked hard to reach 31, pulled the ball towards Panesar at square-leg who threw himself to his right to claim a spectacular catch.

Skipper Cameron White was then bowled by Tremlett for five, and lunch was taken at 75-5.

Australia A enjoyed their most fruitful period of the day immediately after the interval, Smith adding 62 with Tim Paine (27) and then a further 59 with O'Keefe.

It was another reminder for England that wickets are always harder to come by in Australia when the Kookaburra ball goes soft - and the first breakthrough after lunch was a fortuitous one, when Paine was caught down the leg-side off Tremlett.

Smith and O'Keefe, primarily in the side for their spin-bowling expertise, struck 11 boundaries and three sixes between them with England continuing to set attacking fields.


After some imaginative hitting on both sides of the wicket off Bresnan and a couple of close lbw escapes against Panesar the two right-handers took Australia A to 166-6 at tea before Smith was bowled off the inside edge by Shahzad.

The Yorkshire paceman also shifted Clint McKay swiftly, but O'Keefe continued to blaze away with the tail before presenting Tremlett with his final wicket.

Afterwards, the 6ft 7in Tremlett, who played three Tests in 2007, said: "I had a bit of an infection, a bit of a temperature. But I've been waiting a long time for an opportunity, so it wasn't really going to stop me playing.

"I took a few pills and things and managed to get through the day. It would have taken a lot for me not to play."

Tremlett, 29, enjoyed a rare season free from significant injuries last year after switching from Hampshire to Surrey.

He added: "I was quite nervous for the first couple of overs, because it was the first time I've been involved for a while.

Steve O'Keefe
Steve O'Keefe led Australia A's resistance

"I haven't been involved for a couple of years, and I have come in and noticed a difference in confidence within the side.

"I guess that comes from winning a lot of series, and a lot of games back to back."

England only had seven overs of batting before stumps, but despite playing without any great concerns they were unable to go into the second day unscathed.

A thick edge from Strauss was picked up by O'Keefe, fielding in the gully, to give Mark Cameron a morale-boosting wicket, but Alastair Cook remained on 10 not out at stumps, with night-watchman Panesar on two.

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