LONDON: Brett Lee routed England as Australia won the fourth one-day international at Lord's today by seven wickets to take an unbeatable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.
Lee took 5-49 as England were dismissed for 220 with 21 balls of their innings left. World champions Australia then made 221-3, reaching their victory target with more than six overs remaining. Australia captain Ricky Ponting, in his first match since his post-Ashes break, made 48 before holing out off Tim Bresnan. But it was Ponting's heir apparent, Michael Clarke, who saw Australia home with 62 not out after opener Tim Paine made 51.
Earlier, Lee clean bowl Matt Prior, Luke Wright and Stuart Broad, having previously dismissed Joe Denly. He completed his five-wicket haul by uprooting Adil Rashid's stumps. It was the ninth time the 32-year-old quick, out with a side injury at the start of the Ashes and unable to get back in during the remainder of England's 2-1 triumph, had taken five wickets in an innings in 179 ODIs. He was well-supported by off-spinner Nathan Hauritz, who took 2-23.
England captain Andrew Strauss made 63 for the second time in as many matches but, yet again this series, saw a top order without injured batsman Kevin Pietersen fail, with no other home batsman making more than Owais Shah's 39.
SL beat India
Colombo: Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya and Thilina Kandamby hammered India’s bowlers to give Sri Lanka a morale-boosting win by 139 runs in the tri-series today.
Jayasuriya returned to form with 98 off 79 balls and Kandamby hit a blistering 91 not out from 73 balls as Sri Lanka piled up 307-6. India were out for 168 in reply with medium-pacer Angelo Mathews emerging Sri Lanka’s surprise trump card with a career-best 6-20. Rahul Dravid top-scored for India with 47 but their middle-order collapse saw five wickets fall for 13 runs before the last pair of Rudra Pratap Singh and Ishant Sharma put on 29 runs.