Stoneman: Big scores a necessity
England opening batsman Mark Stoneman has warned that he and his team-mates need to start cashing in and make centuries on the Ashes tour of Australia.
The Surrey left-hander was speaking at the close of play on day one of the second warm-up game Down Under, with the tourists making 278-8 against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.
We also need to be scoring hundreds, and big hundreds.Mark Stoneman
Stoneman was one of three players to pass 50, having been one of four batsman to register a half-century in the tour opener against a WACA XI.
However, none of those 50s were converted into centuries and Stoneman is aware that major innings will be needed when the Test series gets under way at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday 23rd November.
He told reporters: "Some of the dismissals we had today were a touch on the sloppy side, so it was a little bit frustrating more than anything that we didn't kick on and probably have a couple of hundreds scored out there.
"Everyone got a bit of time in the middle, so that was encouraging - but we also need to be scoring hundreds, and big hundreds. So there are lessons to be learned from today."
Stoneman can be backed at 8/1 to be top team batsman for England in the Ashes series, with captain Joe Root 7/1 and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow 4/1.
Off the field Moeen Ali returned to batting practice in the nets following a side strain, while the England squad will welcome Surrey seamer Tom Curran to the fold on Friday, when he flies in to replace the injured Steven Finn.
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