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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Australia bat Lions out of game as umpire's back strikes

Australia 358 and 4/438 dec (M North 191*, M Clarke 80, M Hussey 62 ret hurt) drew with England Lions 352 and 4/162: Tour match Day 4 at Worcester.


A not unpredictable result.

Postives for Australia which emerged from the match:

# Batting of Mike Hussey, Marcus North and Michael Clarke

# Brett Lee's bowling

Continuing concerns:

# Spin bowling: I thought Simon Katich looked the best of the three who bowled in the Lions' second innings

# Phillip Hughes opening the batting

# Brad Haddin's wicketkeeping.


1. Umpire Evans collapsing at what turned out to be the end of the match: note Australians first to help him.

2. Nasser Hussain during a tea interval masterclass doing an unacknowledged imitation of Victor Trumper.
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