Ashes - Australia draw against Worcestershire

Australia were denied a pre-Ashes victory in their final warm-up match against Worcestershire as the combination of dogged batting and a docile pitch ensured a draw at New Road.

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Australia captain Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann (PA Sport)

With plenty of runs in the bank for the Australian batsmen and a good look at likely back-up seamers Jackson Bird and Ryan Harris, the fixture has largely served its purpose ahead of next week's first Test.

But there will be some disappointment that they were only able to pick up four wickets in the day, when five more would have delivered a morale-boosting win.

When Michael Clarke shook on a draw at 5pm, the hosts were 274 for five, skipper Daryl Mitchell (54) and 19-year-old batsman Tom Fell (62no) having occupied 277 balls between them.

It was the latter's maiden first-class fifty, with his only LV= County Championship innings resulting in a golden duck.

None of the touring attack presented an irresistible case for a Test place as they failed to get the better of the flat deck, though all-rounder James Faulkner did take the wickets of Matt Pardoe (57) and Moeen Ali (35) before lunch.

Harris took the only wicket to fall in a moribund afternoon session, Alexei Kervezee dragging the ball onto middle stump, but Mitchell prevented further inroads before tea.

The evening session brought the end of the captain, whose concentration finally snapped when he top-edged Harris to mid-on.

Fell assured there would be no late collapse, with Ben Cox adding an unbeaten 25 before the draw was settled at the earliest opportunity.

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