Exactly eight years ago, Brett Lee registered his ninth ODI five-wicket haul in figures of 9-1-49-5 against England at Lord’s. Apparently, it turned out to be his last five-fer in cricket. Having lost the Ashes in 2009, Australia came back strongly in the ODI series. With this facile victory, the visitors gained an unassailable 4-0 lead in the 7-match series over England.
Andrew Strauss, the then England captain, won the toss and chose to bat. As had been the story of the series, England batsmen made starts. but, none of them could convert them into a match-winning innings. Strauss’ opening partner, Joe Denly (11), became Lee’s first wicket in the match.
Having bowled a five-over spell, Lee was brought back into the attack in the 32nd over by Ricky Ponting. Lee castled Matt Prior’s (29) stumped with the first ball that he bowled. In the 44th over, Lee clean bowled Luke Wright (12) and Stuart Broad (2) in the space of two balls.
In his next over, Lee proved to be too hot to handle for Adil Rashid (4) as he affected another bowled dismissal. Watch the full video of Lee’s lethal spell: