England Lions lose to Australia A in Brisbane with James Bracey’s hundred in vain | Cricket News

England Lions suffer a 112 point defeat to Australia A in Brisbane; James Bracey completed the century on the last day before tourists rushed out for 347; off-spinner Dom Bess takes six wickets in the match and could be a contender for a spot on England’s Ashes team

Last updated: 12/12/21 7:47

James Bracey’s second inning century was in vain as England’s Lions lost to Australia A by 112 points

England’s Lions followed their senior counterparts by suffering a weekend defeat in Brisbane while Australia A won 112 points on the fourth and final day at the Ian Healy Oval.

A day after England lost nine wickets to Australia in Ashes’ opener at The Gabba, the Lions were knocked out 347 in their second inning after scoring a whopping 460 to win.

Gloucestershire’s James Bracey scored the best with 113, while Lancashire’s Josh Bohannon (51) and Surrey’s Ben Foakes (73) also passed the fifties.

Bracey shared a 95 point stand with Bohannon for the fourth wicket to lift the Lions from 77-3 to 172-3 and then, after Bohannon and Harry Brook (1) fell in quick succession, Bracey added 111 with Foakes as their team advanced to 285-5.

The Lions then lost the last five wickets by 62 points, with the sacking of Liam Norwell who sentenced the second English series to defeat in Queensland.

The Lions have been behind since being eliminated 103 in their first innings – Bohannon top scorer with 22 – and set a huge goal for the fourth inning after Australia declared their second inning at 349-4.

Dom Bess took six wickets in the match to boost his hopes of playing in The Ashes

Dom Bess took six wickets in the match to boost his hopes of playing in The Ashes

Off-spinner Dom Bess took six wickets in the game, including 4-80 in the first innings of Australia A by 213 all out.

The Yorkshire bowler could be a candidate to enter England’s Ashes XI for the second test in Adelaide with fellow spinner Jack Leach who suffered a punitive match at The Gabba.

Leach was crushed for 102 points by the 13 overs he pitched in the Australian first innings.

The Adelaide Test, which is a day-night match, starts on Thursday.


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