SOMERSET'S Ashes hopeful Craig Overton was out for a duck as England ended day one of their warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI on 278-8 in Adelaide.

The 23-year-old came in at number eight towards the end of the opening day in the four-day floodlit fixture but, eight balls from the scheduled close of play, he drove Gurinder Sandhu to point without scoring.

It was a frustrating dismissal for the Barnstaple-born seamer from a ball that looked as if it may have stopped on him somewhat, with Overton perhaps caught in two minds as to whether to attack or defend and succeeding only in chipping to Jake Carder.

The failure with the bat is a blow to Overton's chances of playing the first Test in Brisbane, as his advantage over pace rival Jake Ball is his all-round ability, but he does of course have the opportunity to impress with the ball over the coming days.

The Somerset man took 2-70 in the first warm-up match in Perth over the weekend, and is likely to need further wickets this time around if he is to nudge back ahead of Ball in the pecking order.

Overton aside, it was a mixed day for England's batsmen in Adelaide.

Mark Stoneman (61), Joe Root (58) and Dawid Malan (63) each made half-centuries, but Alastair Cook (15) and Jonny Bairstow (9) fell cheaply.

Day two gets underway at 3.30am tomorrow morning - live coverage is available via the BT Sport Facebook page.