White & Hussey Guide Australia To Win Over Middlesex
Australians 277-5 (White 106, Hussey 72no, Murtagh 3-43) beat
Middlesex 273-5 (Shah 92, Newman 55no, Bollinger 3-24) by five wickets
Tour game, Lord's
Australia began their tour of England with an impressive five-wicket win over a Middlesex side captained by Adam Gilchrist in a 50-over tour match at Lord's.
Australia take on England in the first of five One-Day Internationals at The Rose Bowl on 22nd June and warmed up by overcoming a target of 274 with 13 balls to spare thanks to a Cameron White century.
Batting first, Middlesex reached 273 for five with England reject Owais Shah top scoring with 92, Scott Newman hitting a quickfire unbeaten 55 and newly-capped Neil Dexter also making 45.
Gilchrist, a long-serving vice-captain to Ricky Ponting during his days as an international cricketer, made 38 in 43 balls with two sixes against his former team-mates before seeing Doug Bollinger pick up three for 24 after he himself was dismissed by Shane Watson.
Clint McKay alsoo picked up a wicket by dismissing Shah and while Gilchrist made a start against his compatriots, David Warner made just five in five balls before he was caught by wicket-keeper Tim Paine for Bollinger's first wicket.
Shane Watson (24) and Tim Paine (10) were then both run out and when Ponting (17) and Michael Clarke (0) were both trapped in front by Tim Murtagh, Australia were struggling at 64 for four.
However, White then stroked 106 in 120 balls and Michael Hussey an unbeaten 72 in 99 deliveries to steer them clear of trouble and to the brink of victory when White became Murtagh's third wicket and was caught by Newman.
White hit eight fours and one six during his innings and alongside Hussey at the end of the game was Steven Smith, who made 28 in just 17 balls to hurry the tourists home.
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