England remained unbeaten on its Australian Ashes tour despite a batting collapse in a drawn three-day match against Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Set 311 to win, England slumped to 149-6 before reaching 211-6 at stumps with Matt Prior unbeaten on 102.
Test opener Andrew Strauss went in at No. 8 and the England captain was 22 not out when play was called off with 15 overs remaining.
Fast bowler Jayde Herrick was taken out of Victoria’s attack after bowling two full tosses above waist height in consecutive overs in the post-lunch session. Clint McKay led the Victoria bowling with 4-68 from 17 overs.
England will travel to Perth on Monday for the third Ashes Test starting on Thursday. England can retain the Ashes with a victory in Perth, having already taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after winning the second Test in Adelaide.
England selectors were trialling Chris Tremlett, Ajmal Shahzad and Bresnan to replace the injured Stuart Broad for the Perth Test.
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