Ashes 2013-14: England draw tour match in Perth after collapse

Boyd Rankin, Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett
Boyd Rankin, Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett
Tour match, Perth (day three of three):
Western Australia Chairman's XI 451-5 dec & 168-5 dec drew with England 391
Match scorecard

England lost their last seven wickets for 57 runs as their tour match against Western Australia Chairman's XI in Perth ended in a draw.

Ian Bell (115) and Jonathan Trott (113 not out) completed their centuries but England slumped from 334-4 to 391 all out, a first-innings deficit of 60.

Gary Ballance fell first ball and stand-in captain Matt Prior and Ben Stokes both fell for four.

The hosts declared their second innings at the Waca on 168-5.

Bell and Trott, who resumed on 77 and 64 respectively, went to three figures, but there was no hint of what was to follow when Bell retired out, ending a third-wicket stand of 193.

In the space of four overs, England lost three wickets for 13 runs.

Ballance edged Ryan Duffield behind, and Prior - leading country for the first time in Alastair Cook's injury-enforced absence - followed in similar fashion in the same over.

Ben Stokes - like Ballance, a contender to bat at six in the Test side - was then caught behind off Jim Allenby.

Trott brought up a 200-ball century that contained 10 fours and a six, but the tail fell cheaply as Allenby finished with 4-58.

The collapse at least gave England another chance to assess the merits of their three tall seamers, Boyd Rankin, Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn, who are expected to contest the final bowling spot for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane starting on 21 November.

Rankin's match figures of 3-126 were the best of the trio. Although he removed openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harrisin the second innings, Chris Lynn - dropped on 12 by Rankin and on 19 by Joe Root - closed on 61 not out.

He shared a third-wicket partnership of 100 with Mitchell Marsh, who was the first of two victims for Finn.

"They've improved through the three days - got rid of that bit of rustiness," Prior said of his seamers.

"Steven Finn bowled a long spell there. Certainly (in) the last four or five overs he really was hitting his straps again and his pace was up.

"Boyd Rankin was fantastic all day. A bloke with such height, and good pace and bounce, on these wickets could be a pretty useful weapon over here.

"Tremlett again just got better and better, more rhythm as the game went on."

Prior added: "Our batters did fantastically. With the emphasis on big first-innings scores over here, we've not shied away from saying we need to score big runs."