Oz bowlers fail to impress in drawn tie against Sussex

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Sussex (England), June 28 (ANI): The drawn tour game against Sussex has left the Australian cricket team management with creases on their foreheads, at least insofar as deciding their bowling line-up for the first Ashes Test against England to played in Cardiff from July 8.

Sussex gave Australia a major fright before the match finished in a draw with the home side at 7-373 chasing 418.

Incredibly, Australia's bowlers sent down 38 no-balls for the match.

According to the Daily Telegraph, it was a day when Australia's bowlers struggled for potency with Brett Lee committing the ultimate fast bowling sin when he failed to fix his no-ball epidemic and his overstepping cost Australia a wicket.

Lee (1-51) is now a real worry for the Ashes after he bowled another five no-balls today to go with his rash of eight no-balls in the first innings of the tour match.The bowling of spinner Nathan Hauritz (1-60) and Marcus North (2-80) compounded the visitor's selection problems.

After play, coach Tim Nielsen conceded the no-balls were a major problem and insisted Australia must improve quickly.

Peter Siddle (1-35 off 15 overs) was the only bowler who gave himself an Ashes boost as Stuart Clark (0-54) and Ben Hilfenhaus (2-70) didn't make much of an impact. (ANI)

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