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Friday, July 03, 2009

Lee fires, other bowlers fizzle

England Lions 6/302 (81.0 ov, S Moore 120, J Denly 66, S Davies 53, B Lee 5/53) trail Australians 358 (M Hussey 150, S Harmison 4/80) by 56 runs with 4 first inns wickets in hand: Day 2 at Worcester.

A disappointing effort from the Australian bowlers, Brett Lee excepted, today after Mike Hussey's 150/234b/19x4 underwrote a reasonable team total of 358 .

England Lions got out of the blocks and more with an opening partnership of 172 before Lee, summoned from autograph signing on the boundary by his less than amused captain, produced a great spell (and almost a hat trick) which brought Australia back into the game. Unfortunately he wasn't well supported: Mitchell Johnson was prodigal, Stuart Clark merely steady and Nathan Hauritz alternated between steadiness and innocuousness.

In the field the Australians visibly lacked enthusiasm and seemed to confirm what Robin Martin-Jenkins , who played in the Sussex warm-up match, wrote in Wisden Cricketer
"they lacked the presence that the best team in the world should have". To RM-J one manifestation of this was a lack of sledging, which seems hard to imagine, but perhaps that will change when the Test series begins. On the evidence of the first two days of this match, a few other things will need to.

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