Lee shines in Aussie victory

Lions collapse to heavy loss despite Dalrymple's half-century

Last Updated: 16/08/09 6:28pm

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Lee: chasing Test recall

Lee: chasing Test recall

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Tour Match
Canterbury
Australia 340-9 dec (S R Watson 95, M E K Hussey 65) v England Lions 237 (J W M Dalrymple 58)
Australia beat England Lions by 103 runs

Brett Lee took three wickets to help bowl Australia to a 103-run success over England Lions on the final day of the tour match at Canterbury.

Australia had piled up 340-9 declared on the first day of the single innings contest and the Lions resumed on the second morning at 23-0, requiring another 318 for victory.

Lee, making his first competitive outing since suffering a side strain in the build-up to the first Ashes Test, had Lions opener Joe Sayers (4) caught behind in the first over of the day.

With his tail up, the New South Welshman continued to bowl at high pace, although he was indebted to a fine one-handed diving catch from Simon Katich to remove Stephen Moore for 30.

Moore, who made a century when the same teams met at Worcester earlier in the summer, forcefully drove off the back foot only to see Katich dive to his left at backward point.

The Lions were reduced to 57-3 when Mitchell Johnson (1-16) induced an edge from Michael Carberry (5) through to wicketkeeper Chris Hartley.

Hauritz impact

Shortly after lunch off-spinner Nathan Hauritz plundered two wickets in successive balls, the first seeing Andrew Gale fall on 31, caught by Shane Watson.

A delivery later Worcestershire's Steve Davies was out for a duck with Ricky Ponting producing the catch at slip.

Struggling on 111-5, the Lions saw Lee return to the attack but at the other end they were able to milk runs from Hauritz's bowling.

Lions skipper Jamie Dalrymple's free-scoring innings finally came to an end on the final ball before tea when he edged Peter Siddle (1-51) to Hartley for 58.

Dalrymple had offered some resistance and the baton was taken up by Chris Woakes, before he departed to Marcus North (1-18) on 36.

Stuart Clark (1-33) accounted for James Harris (2) before Steve Kirby (7no) was struck three times on the helmet, including twice in succession, prompting the arrival of new headgear.

Plunkett helped himself to 34 before being bowled by Lee and Katich (1'-9) mopped up Gary Keedy (0) as the Lions were all out for 237.

Lee finished with 3-37 and Hauritz 2-43 to muddy the selection waters ahead of the Ashes decider at the Oval, starting on August 20.

Hauritz appears certain to replace one of the pace quartet - most likely Clark - who starred in Australia's innings victory in the fourth Ashes Test at Headingley, while Lee has also made a tempting case for his first appearance of the series.

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