England heads into next week's Ashes opener brimming with confidence after a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Australia ‘A' on the fourth and final day of their tour match at Bellerive Oval on Saturday.

Skipper Andrew Strauss hit the winning runs to clinch England's second victory on its Australian tour to wrap up a meticulous preparation for the first Brisbane Test, starting on Thursday.

The scores: Australia ‘A' 230 (S. O'Keefe 66, S. Smith 59, C. Tremlett four for 54, A. Shahzad three for 57) and 301 (P. Hughes 81, C. White 111, Tremlet three for 67, Bresnan four for 86) lost to England 523 (A. Cook 60, J. Trott 41, P. Collingwood 89, I. Bell 192, O'Keffe four for 88) and 11 for no loss . — AFP

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