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Clinical Australia wrap up series

Fourth one-day international, Lord's:
Australia 221-3 (43.4 ovs) bt England 220 (46.3 ovs) by seven wickets
Match scorecard

By Jamie Lillywhite

Brett Lee bowls Adil Rashid
Lee's dramatic dismissal of Rashid was timed at 95mph

Australia secured an unassailable 4-0 lead in the seven-match one-day series against England with a commanding seven-wicket victory at Lord's.

Andrew Strauss made 63 but Brett Lee was the destroyer with 5-49 as England were all out for 220, the last five wickets falling for 20 in 21 balls.

Lee shattered the stumps four times as England were all out in the 47th over.

In reply, Tim Paine scored a maiden ODI fifty and Michael Clarke a stylish 62 as the win arrived with 38 balls left.

Strauss said that defeat in the third match was like Groundhog Day so quite how bemused he would be after making 63 for the second match in succession and then seeing his team subside with the bat following his dismissal yet again is hard to comprehend.

He will no doubt just be relieved that Lee did not play in the Ashes, while Australia will be regretting not giving their star paceman a chance at least in the deciding Oval Test, which England won by 197 runs.

After Clarke called tails incorrectly for the first three matches, the returning skipper Ricky Ponting opted for a head but was also unsuccessful and Strauss chose to bat on a perfect early autumn morning at the home of cricket.

England brought in Joe Denly and Stuart Broad for the rested Paul Collingwood and James Anderson, and there was a third change as one spinner, Adil Rashid, replaced another, Graeme Swann.

Denly, who was subjected to hostility both with a Lee bouncer in the Twenty20 international and an Owais Shah tackle in a warm-up football match, got off the mark in style first ball with a flick off his pads from a loosener.

It was just about the only gentle delivery Lee bowled, however.

Strauss hit successive boundaries with a cut and leg glance as 29 came from as many deliveries before Denly edged Lee high to first slip.

Ravi Bopara opened his boundary account with a deft leg glance off Lee and the fifty partnership with his captain arrived in 55 balls.

Strauss recorded an assured 18th one-day half century with his eighth four but it was to be the last boundary for 75 balls as England's familiar problems resurfaced.

They found off-spinner Nathan Hauritz particularly hard to score off, and he trapped Bopara trying to sweep then tempted Strauss, trying to force the pace, into a top-edge that spooned to point.

Matt Prior tried some innovation, with a Tillakaratne Dilshan-style scoop over his shoulder for four, but the England partnerships were more Boycott and Brearley than Dilshan and Jayasuriya.

Having taken 2-22 from nine overs, Hauritz was taken off, but it proved to be an inspired decision from Ponting, allowing Lee to extract some reverse swing in an over with the old ball before its mandatory change after 34 overs.

Michael Clarke
Clarke ensured Australia got to their target in quick time

It had an instant, dramatic impact, as Lee's inswinging yorker shattered Prior's stumps.

Irish left-hander Eoin Morgan made a painstaking 13 before he was superbly stumped by Paine off a leg-side wide from seamer Nathan Bracken.

Although he never looked fluent, Shah was established, albeit subdued, but the batting powerplay was not taken until the 42nd over.

Four fours came in the first 10 balls of it, before Lee produced more devastating yorkers to dislodge Luke Wright and Broad in the space of three deliveries.

Shah hooked a high full toss that might have been called no-ball to mid-wicket, but there was no doubt about the dismissal of Rashid, who saw all three stumps rattled by a virtually unplayable inswinging yorker timed at 95mph from Lee.

England needed something inspirational in the field but managed to produce the opposite, suffering the ignominy of a no-ball for having too many fielders outside the 30-yard circle as the Australian 50 arrived in the 10th over.

Tim Bresnan trapped Shane Watson lbw playing across the line, but that merely brought in Ponting, who immediately looked in masterful touch in his first competitive innings since being run-out by Andrew Flintoff on the final day of the Ashes on 23 August.

A nervous Rashid sent down some horrible deliveries but did collect the wicket of Paine, who gloved a sweep to give Prior a simple catch.

The only surprise as the match petered out in glorious sunshine was that Ponting, back from a brief trip home to Australia, lost his concentration after a drinks break and drove straight to cover two short of fifty.

With England's performances appearing to go from bad to worse, they now face the prospect of their first 7-0 defeat, and have to somehow revive their fortunes in the next match at Trent Bridge, a day/night game on Thursday.



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