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England collapse in Perth
England lost their last seven wickets for 57 runs to concede a first-innings deficit of 60 as their previously relentless run-fest against a WA Chairman's XI took an unexpected turn.
Ian Bell (115) and Jonathan Trott (113 not out) duly completed their centuries - but otherwise, after a remarkable run of nine 50s or better from 11 individual innings, a procession of single-figure scores took hold.
Batsman error, rather than exaggerated deterioration of the pitch or dramatic improvement in the bowling, appeared to be the common denominator as England were bowled out for 391 and then their hosts stumbled to 24 for two before recovering to 80 without further loss by tea on the final day of three at the WACA.
There was no hint of what was to follow when Bell retired out, ending his third-wicket stand of 193 with Trott.
Then, however, in the space of four overs three more batsmen came and went for the addition of 13 runs.
In the bigger picture, with the Ashes set to start in less than three weeks, England's collapse meant they found out next to nothing about the claims of either Gary Ballance or Ben Stokes to the undecided number six spot this winter.
Bell had reached his hundred with two sumptuous, successive fours off Matt Dixon.
The first flashed past cover and the next down the ground to bring him yet another three-figure score - this one including 17 fours and two sixes from 153 balls - to go with his three hundreds in last summer's Ashes.
It was decided Bell had done enough, and the time was right to give others a chance to see what they could do against the second new ball.
Sadly for Ballance, it was the minimum, as he edged a useful delivery behind from Ryan Duffield to add a golden duck to the zero he made in two balls in his only previous innings for England - in a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin three months ago.
Matt Prior, leading his country for the first time in Alastair Cook's injury-enforced absence here, clumped a pull high over the in-field for four before edging a drive behind for Duffield's second wicket in the over.
Stokes managed a boundary too, down the ground off Jim Allenby, but the Glamorgan all-rounder got his revenge as the left-hander became a third consecutive caught-behind departure - edging an attempted cut.
Trott remained a reassuring presence, grinding out his century from exactly 200 balls having hit 10 fours and a collector's-item six - muscled over cow corner off a Michael Beer full toss.
That blow was followed by a broadening of the shoulders from a player rarely associated with clearing the ropes, but then a reversion to type which meant England subsided only slowly as the tail folded at the other end to Beer and Allenby (four for 58).
The change of pace at least gave England's seamers a second chance to impress, having been less than impressive first time round, and management could again assess which of their tall men is the front-runner to support James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Home openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harris had set the tone two days ago with a stand of 115. But this time both fell cheaply to Boyd Rankin, Towers caught at third slip to a ball that bounced traditionally at this venue and Harris playing no shot to go lbw to one that kept low after hitting a crack.
Change bowlers Steven Finn and Stokes might also each have had a wicket, but Chris Lynn was dropped on 12 by Rankin diving to his left at mid-on off the former and then on 19 by Joe Root high away to his right at second slip.
Finn, in particular, was then well short of his best again as Lynn and Mitch Marsh eased to an unbroken half-century stand.