• Paul Collingwood chipped in with 80
  • Harmison was taken for scans and given a pain-killing injection

    SYDNEY: Ian Bell made 132 and Paul Collingwood 80 in Saturday's tour game against South Australia to raise England's spirits ahead of next week's first Ashes cricket Test in Brisbane.

    The pair shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 178 to rescue the tourists from a shaky start at Adelaide Oval to reach stumps on day two at 303 for six in reply to South Australia's 247 for seven declared.

    Kevin Pietersen also chipped in with a quick 32 off 35 balls before he was bowled by Jason Gillespie in the last session.

    Harmison's fitness test

    Meanwhile, England wants to wait until Sunday morning before deciding on whether Steve Harmison can play in the first Ashes Test after the paceman completed a short net session on Saturday.

    Harmison threw a scare into the England camp when he pulled out of the tourists' final practice match against South Australia in Adelaide because of soreness on his left side.

    The paceman has had injury problems before and was taken to hospital for scans and given a pain-killing injection before undergoing a fitness test on Saturday.

    He spent more than 15 minutes bowling at the nets before the start of the second day's play, gradually building to near full speed.

    England captain Andrew Flintoff said Harmison had pulled up well after his workout, but would get a better indication of his fitness after he wakes up on Sunday morning.

    The scores: South Australia 247 for seven decl. vs. England 303 for six (I. Bell 132, P. Collingwood 80).

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