CRAIG Overton and Jimmy Anderson wrapped up a straightforward win for England in their Ashes warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI, with the former pressing his case for a starting spot in the all-important Test series.

The eighth-wicket stand of Matt Short and Gurinder Sandhu had held the tourists up on Friday, but Overton struck in the first over of Saturday's play in Adelaide, as he removed Short's middle stump.

The Somerset seamer finished with 3-15 off 11 overs and Anderson 3-12 off 10.2, the England vice-captain taking the last two wickets to secure a 192-run victory inside 30 minutes.

Despite his struggles with the bat in the match - out for ducks in both innings - Overton is in a good position to claim a starting berth come the first Ashes Test on November 23.

Rival pace bowler Jake Ball sustained ankle ligament damage during day two against Cricket Australia XI, and is a doubt for the final warm-up match in Townsville - Sussex seamer George Garton being called up as cover.


ELLYSE Perry's 213 not out helped Australia to a first innings lead of 168 over England in the Women's Ashes Test.

Her stellar innings helped the hosts post 448-9 dec, before England finished day three on 40-0, 128 runs behind.

Somerset bowler Anya Shrubsole was as powerless to stop Perry as the rest of the tourists' attack, and she ended the innings with figures of 1-57 off 22 overs.