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18 November 2017
Cricket Australia XI batsman Matthew Short congratulates Jason Sangha. Cricket Australia XI batsman Matthew Short congratulates Jason Sangha.

England had experienced their fair share of demoralising days in the Queensland sun but, just five days out from the Ashes, they didn't expect another soul-destroying one.

The visitors' final Ashes preparations ended on Saturday in embarrassing fashion, as grade cricketers Jason Sangha (133) and Matt Short (134no) combined for a four-and-a-half hour, 263-run stand to take the Cricket Australia XI towards a draw.

It might have been a lifeless pitch as England experimented with their lines and lengths. And it barely has had the importance of the long days at the Gabba to which England have become accustomed.

But the stumps score of 4-364 should at least raise concerns.

After they began the day with a lead of 144 runs after their first-innings score of 515, England planned on steamrolling the youngsters. But in the end, their only saving grace was a one-hour early finish with no chance of a result.

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