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Cricket: England declare in tour game at 430 for seven

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England lost five wickets in the middle session before declaring at 430 for seven at tea on final day of their rain-hit tour match against Australia A on Saturday.

Skipper Alastair Cook called a halt just before tea with Joe Root unbeaten on 58 off 97 balls.

England wickets tumbled as the sun finally shone in Hobart after the second and third days' play were washed out without a ball bowled.

Trent Copeland trapped Kevin Pietersen leg before wicket for eight, while Jonathan Trott was caught behind off Ben Cutting for four.

Gary Ballance did not help his Test hopes with another cheap score following up his first-ball duck in Perth with four before he was lbw to Cutting.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior made 26 off 57 balls before he fell lbw to spinner Jon Holland, who also got the wicket of Stuart Broad for eight.

Root enhanced his claims of batting lower down the order in the Ashes series opener after opener Michael Carberry's century in this match with a handy half-century which included six fours.

Earlier Cook (154 not out) and Carberry (153 not out) both retired out before the start of Saturday's play to give their teammates some batting practice ahead of the November 21 first Brisbane Test.

Queensland paceman Cutting was the best of the Australia A bowlers with two for 75 off 30 overs while Holland snared two for 105.

England have a final warmup game against a NSW invitational XI in Sydney, starting on Wednesday, ahead of the Ashes series opener against Australia.

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