18 Aug 2009

Aussies set for Ashes decider

5:07 am on 18 August 2009

Australian Spinner Nathan Hauritz and seamer Stuart Clark kept their chances alive of selection for the Ashes cricket decider following their tour match in Canterbury.

Hauritz took two for 43 off 16 overs and Clark one for 33 off 11 overs and are fighting it out for the final bowling spot in the Australian team at The Oval with pitch conditions expected to play a major role in selection.

In reply to Australia's 340 for 9 declared, the England Lions were dismissed for 237 on the final day when it was agreed to call an early end to play.

One of the highlights of the day came just before the close when a big seagull flew off with one of the bails in his mouth after Brett Lee bowled tailender Liam Plunkett.

The bail had gone flying down in the direction of fine leg and the bird thought it had found a scrap of food.

In comical scenes, Lee tried to entice the bail from the bird and it dropped it around the square leg position.

Then just as Lee moved over to pick it up, the bird swooped and captured the bail and flew over the crowd before flying off with its prey.

Lee warmed up for the upcoming limited-overs section of the tour by capturing 2 for 7 in his morning spell in his first match in six weeks.