Warner shines in the gloom
David Warner provided the bright note for Australia on a gloomy start to their one-day tour of the United Kingdom.
The opener retired on 74 from 78 balls as the tourists chalked up 8-241 from their 41 overs in a rain-affected encounter against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
The Australians used the innings to adjust to British conditions as part of their build-up for a five-match one-day series against England starting June 29 at Lord’s.
With nearly three hours lost due to rain, Warner’s innings was ended following a passing shower to allow his teammates a hit.
The powerful left-hander showed he was in good nick by striking three sixes in his innings, clubbing two in one over from the bowling of spinner James Sykes.
Warner and Matthew Wade (32) set up the innings with a 69-run stand before the wicketkeeper was trapped in front by Abdul Razzaq (3-39).
Shane Watson (1) came and went cheaply, failing to connect with an attempted heave over mid wicket and being caught in the deep off the bowling of Sykes.
Michael Clarke (29) looked to be finding his touch before playing a ball onto his stumps while David Hussey (37 runs from 25 balls) fell trying to clear the ropes.
George Bailey (21) and Steve Smith (11) fell chasing quick runs while Mitchell Johnson ended the innings on 21 not out.
The tourists head to Ireland on Friday for Saturday’s clash in Belfast before a final warm-up match against Essex on Tuesday.© AAP 2013
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