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5 star Lee destroys England

Published: Sunday, September 13, 2009, 10:34 [IST]
 
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5 star Lee destroys England

London: A deadly bowling spell by Brett Lee (5 for 49) and a spectacular knock by Michael Clarke (63) enabled Australia to a seven wicket win and an unassailable 4-0 lead in the seven-match One-day series against England.

Batting first England were restricted 220 all out from 46.3 overs after they had won the toss in good batting conditions on a sunny morning.

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Captain Andrew Strauss top scored England innings with 63 in 75 deliveries but he was the only England player to craft any substantial innings.

Australia reached 221/3 in reply with 6.2 overs remaining.

Michael Clarke, who stood in as captain in the first three matches when Ricky Ponting took a break in Australia, finished the match with an unbeaten 62, while opener Tim Paine made 51 and Ponting stroked 48.

While Australia will be seeking a 7-0 whitewash after losing the Ashes series 2-1, England need to regain credibility and confidence before the ICC Champions Trophy begins in South Africa later this month.

Lee, who misses the entire Ashes series through injury, made the initial breakthrough when he had Joe Denly caught at first slip for 11. He later bowled Matt Prior (29), Luke Wright (12), Adil Rashid (4) and Stuart Broad (2) with dipping, swinging yorkers in excess of 145 kms an hour.

England lost their last five wickets for just 20 runs in 22 balls. Off-spinner Nathan Hauritz claimed two for 23 from 10 accurate overs that strangled the England run rate.

Strauss was out top-edging a slog-sweep off Hauritz, while Owais Shah was caught for 39 from a Shane Watson full toss that he felt should have been called a no-ball

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