Morgan gets Lions moving

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The England Lions batsmen made only modest progress on the first day of the unofficial Test against Australia A at Old Trafford, reaching 140 for 4 off 66 overs after rain had wiped out the morning's play.

Captain Eoin Morgan made 50 and Nick Compton 46 on a slow wicket to nudge the senior England selectors who may soon have one or two vacancies to fill.

Ravi Bopara, who had been called into the Lions squad on Sunday evening after withdrawing from the Headingley Test for personal reasons, put his immediate international future in doubt by also pulling out of this match, saying via the England and Wales Cricket Board that it was "too early" for him to return to action.