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England secure warm-up win

England finally had something to cheer on their tour of Australia following a 172-run victory over a Prime Minister's XI on Tuesday.

The tourists, who suffered a whitewash in the Ashes, were blown away in the opening one-dayer on Sunday, but at least have now enjoyed a taste of success.

England batted first and posted a decent 264-8 total from their 50 overs with Jos Buttler top-scorer, although there were more failures for Test duo Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

The home side had a number of Big Bash players in their line-up, however, fireworks never materialised as they slumped to 92 all out from just 26 overs.

Coming off the back of the disastrous Ashes Test series and a defeat in the opening one-day international in Melbourne on Sunday, this match gave some of England's beleaguered batsmen the chance to finally make some runs.

No-one on the tourist's side is more in dire need of some time at the crease like captain Cook but he failed to make it past the first over as he nicked his second ball, off the bowling of Brett Lee, to the keeper to depart for one.

He was followed soon after by Root, who struggled in making one from 14 balls before being trapped lbw by retired former Australia international Lee, who ended with 2-22 from seven overs.

Carberry (47) remained at the crease, though, and when he was joined by Balance (56), England finally asserted themselves on the game.

Carberry was closing in on a near run-a-ball half-century before he was caught by Lee off the bowling of Ben Cutting.

Balance remained and made his way past 50 before he became the third victim of leg-spinner James Muirhead, who had earlier claimed the wickets of Eoin Morgan (4) Ravi Bopara (18).

England were again reeling but Buttler, ably assisted by Tim Bresnan (36), saw them top 229 before the two fell within in the space of two overs.

However, Chris Jordan (11) and James Tredwell (18) ensured a strong finish, the latter hitting two fours as England reached 264.