Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cricket: Lee sets Brisbane alight as England struggle

A devastating bowling spell by Brett Lee has set England on the back foot in the one day international at Brisbane.

Chasing 250 to win, England are 27 for 3 after 7 overs.

England started off steadfastly despite quality 90mph bowling from Lee (remember in cricket, when you bowl you can't straighten your arm like when you pitch in Baseball), to reach 20 for no loss. But accurate bowling from Australia combined with some sloppy batting started a mini-collapse, with Prior, Strauss, and Trott disappearing in the space of eight deliveries.

England now need to steady the boat and stem the loss of wickets rather like Australia in their innings if they are to remain in contention.

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