Watson Top Scores In Northampton Draw

Shane Watson hit a brisk 45 in 44 balls in Northampton against the England Lions
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England Lions 269-7 dec. (Ballance 104) drew with
Australians 227-6 (Watson 45)
Tour game, Northampton

Shane Watson top scored with 45 as Australia closed the second and final day of their tour game against England Lions at Northampton on 227 for six.

Replying to the England Lions score of 269 for seven, no Australian batsman could reach a half-century while Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes impressed with a brace of wickets.

He removed Usman Khawaja, who would have been keen to spend time in the middle following a difficult Test at Chester-le-Street, for six, and Steven Smith, for 18.

Watson, meanwhile, hit eight fours and a six to make 45 in 44 balls but none of his team-mates could match his fluency.

Openers Ed Cowan (17 in 47 balls) and David Warner (35 in 46) put on 52 for the first wicket before Phillip Hughes made 30 in 92 deliveries.

Watson's blitz lit up a drab day in the Midlands, which was again disjointed by rain, before Stokes struck to leave Australia on 156 for five and when Hughes fell to Keith Barker, they were 160 for six.

Matthew Wade then made an unbeaten 38 in 69 deliveries and James Faulkner hit an unbeaten 29 in 75 balls to steer Australia to the close without any further wickets falling.

James Harris, Liam Plunkett and Simon Kerrigan also took a wicket.

Gary Ballance struck 104 on the opening day and Moeen Ali made 61 before Nathan Lyon (3-80) and Smith (2-8) pegged them back.

Australia have already lost the Ashes, trailing England 3-0 in the five-match series and the final match begins at The Oval on Wednesday (21st August).

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