Bell, Collingwood show Ashes form in tour match

Hobart: Ian Bell made a century and Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood scored half centuries as England continued its impressive Ashes buildup on day two of its tour match against Australia A.

Bell was 121 not out and Collingwood 74 at stumps on a rain-affected day as England moved to 335-5 in reply to Australia A`s first innings of 230.

Bell`s century came from only 113 balls and he had hit 16 fours and a six while Collingwood, with whom he formed an unbroken 198-run partnership, had faced 128 balls.

Cook scored 60 from 70 balls with seven fours. Bell, Collingwood and Cook continued the strong form of England`s top order batsmen ahead of the first test against Australia starting at Brisbane on Nov 25.

Bureau Report