England wins toss, bats in 4-day tour match

TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) England won the toss and will bat first in its four-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI, its final warmup for the first Ashes test against Australia.

Allrounder Moeen Ali will play for the first time on tour after recovering from a side strain while seamer Craig Overton has a chance to press claims for a test debut in the absence of Jake Ball, who has an ankle injury.

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Cricket Australia XI: Nick Larkin, Jake Carder, Ryan Gibson, Will Pucovski, Jason Sangha, Matt Short (captain), Harry Neilsen, Simon Milenko, Gurinder Sandhu, Daniel Fallins, Harry Conway.

England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonathan Bairstow, Moen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad

Mason Crane.