PERTH, Australia (AP) Key batsmen Alastair Cook and Joe Root failed but England rallied to reach 349-6 at stumps Saturday on the first day of its two-day tour match against Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
Cook was dismissed for a duck with the second ball of the match by Australian test hopeful and Western Australia captain Nathan Coulter-Nile. England captain Root was out for nine to a contentious caught behind decision.
England's innings was restored by a 152-run second wicket partnership between opener Mark Stoneman who made 85, including 16 fours, and James Vince who made 82 with 12 boundaries.
Dawid Malan scored 56 and Gary Ballance hit 51 in a 104-run partnership for the fifth wicket before both retired. Jonny Bairstow was 36 not out and Chris Woakes 25 not out at stumps.