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Cricket: Ballance adds weight to Test chance with 55

Gary Ballance boosted his chances of playing in next week's second Ashes Test with a half-century while others failed on a sweltering first day for England in their tour match on Friday. The Yorkshire left-hander, promoted to number three, scored 55 off 134 balls as the tourists could only muster 212 for seven before declaring against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Alice Springs.

Cricket: Chairman's XI v England scoreboard

Scoreboard at the close on the first day of the two-day tour match between the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI and England at Traeger Park on Friday: England XI 1st innings: Michael Carberry c Harris b Lalor 6 Joe Root c Hill b Herrick 22 Gary Ballance run out (Muirhead) 55 Matt Prior c Cazzulino b Mackin 19 Ben Stokes c Harris b Keath 28 Ian Bell c Doran b Mackin 13 Jonny Bairstow not out 31 Graeme Swann c Hill b Muirhead 29 Steven Finn not out 5
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