Sunday 16 August 2009 

Ashes 2009: Lee On Song As Australia Thump Lions

Ashes 2009: Lee On Song As Australia Thump Lions
Ashes 2009: Lee On Song As Australia Thump Lions
© REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images

Australians 340-9 dec. (Watson 95, Hussey 65) beat
England Lions 237 (Dalrymple 58, Lee 3-37) by 103 runs
Two-day warm-up match, Canterbury

Brett Lee picked up three wickets to help the Australians complete their preparations for the decisive fifth Ashes Test match with a 103-run win over the England Lions at Canterbury.

The tourists were too strong for the Lions, who were bowled out for 237 in reply to Australia's 340 for nine on day one.

Shane Watson (95) and Mike Hussey (65) found form with the bat before Lee, who remains unlikely to play at The Oval, removed Lions openers Joe Sayers (4), Stephen Moore (30) and all-rounder Liam Plunkett (34).

There were two wickets for off-spinner Nathan Hauritz, who missed the fourth Test at Headingley but is expected to feature in the decider and a wicket apiece for Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Marcus North and Simon Katich.

Lions captain Jamie Dalrymple top scored with 58 and Chris Woakes made 36.

The final Ashes Test gets underway with the series tied at 1-1 on Thursday 20th August.

© Cricket World 2009

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