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Root comes up short in Perth
Joe Root was the odd man out, the first of nine to be dismissed under 50, as England replied to the WA Chairman's XI's 451 for five declared.
Root, inked in as Alastair Cook's opening partner for the Ashes, had to watch the top six opposition batsmen pass a half-century at least and was then in attendance 22 yards away when team-mate Michael Carberry (78) followed suit.
The young Yorkshireman could not reach the milestone himself, though, shuffling across his crease to be lbw to medium-pacer Jim Allenby for 36 in an opening stand of exactly 100 - before England reached a teatime 156 for two on the middle day of what is turning into a run-fest at the WACA.
Carberry has his chance in this opening tour match thanks to Cook's absence with a sore back and, after a watchful start in 20 minutes before lunch and then in the early afternoon, he unfurled a succession of impressive boundaries - mostly through the off-side - in a 61-ball 50.
He too had reason for regret, though, when an apparent lapse of concentration cost him an obvious chance of a hundred as he became Ashton Turner's maiden victim in first-class cricket in the 20-year-old off-spinner's first over just before tea.
England's bowlers had continued to suffer on another sunny morning as Glamorgan all-rounder Allenby (53) and then Turner (62no), in his first innings at this level, continued the unbroken sequence of 50s.
England could muster only a solitary wicket - and their hosts moved from an overnight 369 for four past 400 with a rush of eight boundaries in 33 runs and just 27 minutes off the bowling of Chris Tremlett and James Anderson.
Not all the fours came off the middle of the bat. But two down the ground by Turner off Tremlett resoundingly did, and Allenby also got plenty on the one off his legs from Anderson for his eighth boundary to take him past 50 and his team past 400.
He was gone soon afterwards - for the lowest completed score by a home batsman in this match - lbw playing slightly across the third ball of Steven Finn's first over of another sunny morning.
Turner remained assured, however, completing his 50 alongside wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt - who was dropped by his opposite number Matt Prior, racing back towards fine-leg from a mishook at Boyd Rankin, shortly before the declaration came.
Root and Carberry made it safely to lunch but seamer Burt Cockley did not, limping out of the attack in his third over for scans on a knee injury.
Triffitt was an afternoon casualty, struck in the face standing up without a helmet to Michael Beer and needing six stitches below his right eye before returning to his duties behind the stumps.
Life continued to be much less hazardous for batsmen until Root, and then Carberry, contributed to their own downfalls.