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NSW SpeedBlitz Blues’ quick, Mitchell Starc, will link up with the Australian team in Manchester for the fifth and final One Day International against England on Tuesday (July 10) after injuries to Shane Watson and Brett Lee.
Watson and Lee were both injured in the fourth game of the series last Saturday (July 7), which England won by eight wickets.
Sent into bat in difficult conditions, Australia battled their way to 9-200, thanks mainly David Hussey (70). Michael Clarke also made 43 with Watson and Lee hitting 28 and 27 respectively.
England reached the victory target in the 48th over with Alistair Cook (69) and Jonathon Trott (64 not out) leading the way. Brett Lee left the field two balls into his third over, while Watson only bowled the one over.
Starc joins the Australian squad in excellent form after helping Yorkshire to another win in the Friends Life T20 against Derbyshire at Leeds overnight (July 8).
Batting first, Yorkshire hit 5-180 thanks to a County record 131 run opening stand between recently retired NSW SpeedBlitz Blues’ opener, Phil Jaques (64), and Adam Lyth (78). In reply Derbyshire managed 9-159 with Starc claiming 2-27 from four overs to maintain his place at the top of the competition’s leading wicket takers table with 18, four clear of his nearest rival.
This win, their seventh of the tournament, means Yorkshire finish on top of the North Group to earn a home Quarter Final against Worcestershire.