James Harris and Chris Jordan shone with the ball on a tough day one for the England Performance Programme in their clash with a Western Australia Second XI.
Harris returned 3-58 while Jordan had figures of 3-83 as the hosts compiled 319 for eight declared, underpinned by fine knocks from Marcus Harris and Tim Armstrong on a sweltering day in Perth.
The EPP then had Varun Chopra trapped lbw by Matt Dixon as the tourists closed on 34 for one, a deficit of 285.
Western Australia won the toss at the James Oval and openers Harris and Aaron Todd put on 63 before the latter became Harris’ first victim.
The Middlesex seamer then struck again four balls later in the same over, sending John Rogers back to the pavilion without adding to the score.
But Harris raced off to complete his fifty and had appeared well set to reach three figures until Jordan cleaned him up when on 74.
Jordan then struck again, ending Will Bosisto’s stay following a patient 17, as the hosts slumped to 139 for four.
Tom Beaton and Hilton Cartwright steadied the ship, hitting 20 and 31 respectively before both fell to Danny Briggs, who ended with 2-42.
But Armstrong put the hosts in a strong position, scoring a 128-ball 75, that included 10 fours.
He was backed up by Tom Triffitt’s 32, the highlight of which was two sixes, and Nathan Rimmington’s unbeaten 21.
Armstrong eventually fell to the tireless Jordan and the declaration soon followed.
England had eight overs to negotiate at the end of the day but Dixon struck in the sixth over after Chopra had reached 17.
But Sam Robson and Gary Ballance safely negotiated the final deliveries of the day and will resume on day two of the three-day game on 12 and four respectively.