England struggle against Victoria in Melbourne

England dropped a string of catches as Victoria declared on 216-2 in the tour match and Alastair Cook fell cheaply as the batsmen reached 50-1 in reply.

On the first day of three in Melbourne, England were asked to field first, resting their Test attack, along with Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott.

Tim Bresnan and Monty Panesar each took a wicket, with Chris Tremlett unable to obtain a breakthrough at the MCG.

Tremlett is tipped to replace the injured Stuart Broad in the third Test.

With much of the attention on the bowling of Tremlett, Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad – one of whom is certain to make their Ashes debut in Perth on 16 December – Michael Hill quietly helped himself to a maiden first-class century.

Full story: BBC Sport

 

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