Hayden limbers up with ton
Australia gained the perfect hit-out before their Twenty20 cricket match against England with a 95-run win over county side Leicestershire at the Grace Road.
Australia gained the perfect hit-out before their Twenty20 cricket match against England with a 95-run win over county side Leicestershire at the Grace Road ground overnight.
Australia posted 4-321 from their 50 overs and, despite Leicestershire's good form over the past year in limited overs cricket, the Foxes were never in the hunt and finished on 8-226.
Matthew Hayden (107) scored Australia's first century of the Ashes tour, while Damien Martyn (85) and Andrew Symonds (92 not out) smashed a 136-run fourth wicket stand from 18 overs.
Symonds clobbered three sixes and 10 fours in a brutal 59-ball knock and could be one of his side's trump cards against England at the Rose Bowl.
The Australians were just as impressive with the ball, as Brett Lee took 1-32, Glenn McGrath 2-33 and left-arm wrist spinner Brad Hogg collected 3-56 through the middle stage of the innings.
Former West Indies player Ottis Gibson scored 50 for Leicestershire after taking 2-65 with the ball.
He and wicketkeeper Paul Nixon (43) put on 94 for the seventh wicket.