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England spinners find form in Alice Springs

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England’s quicks have been embarrassed by a bunch of little-known Chairman’s XI players on Saturday in their two-day tour match in Alice Springs.

Resuming on 0-16 on day two in reply to England’s 7-212 declared, the home side declared at 8-254 late on day two after staging a dramatic recovery from 6-142.

No.6 Ashton Turner (39no) and Josh Lalor (45) shared a 64-run stand for the seventh wicket before Turner combined with 20-year-old tailender James Muirhead (39) for an entertaining partnership of 48.

Muirhead slapped 29 off 17 balls as pacemen Boyd Rankin (1-52), Steven Finn (0-61) and Ben Stokes (0-37) failed to impress.

Test offspinner Graeme Swann has gained some confidence following his mauling at the hands of Australia’s batsmen in last week’s first Test by picking up 4-56 while Test hopeful Monty Panesar claimed 3-41.

England finished the day on 1-47 in their second dig, with Joe Root the man dismissed for just 1.

Michael Carberry (37no) and Gary Ballance (8no) were the unbeaten batsmen as the game ended in a draw.

Not a single member of the 12-man Chairman’s XI side is a current Shield player.

Trailing 1-0 in the Ashes series, England may be tempted to recall Panesar in a twin-spin attack for Adelaide.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia stood down ground announcer David Nixon after Panesar was introduced in an Indian accent on Saturday.

“Cricket Australia deemed the conduct of the PA announcer as inappropriate and as such he will take no further part in the match,” a CA spokesperson said.

Panesar, 31, has played 48 Tests.

He was born in Luton of Indian descent.