January 4, 2003

Lee claims 100th Test scalp

SYDNEY, Jan 4 AAP - Australian paceman Brett Lee claimed his 100th Test wicket to dent England's second innings at the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

But by tea on day three, the tourists had recovered to 1-92, leading Australia by 91 runs, thanks to an unbeaten 47 to Michael Vaughan.

Fellow opener Marcus Trescothick was the man out, bowled by Lee in the sixth over of the innings for 22.

First innings centurion Mark Butcher was the other not out batsman at the tea break with 19.

Steve Waugh could not manage to add to his stunning century of yesterday but Adam Gilchrist took up the challenge as Australia nosed ahead of England's first innings total.

The home side was bowled out for 363 shortly after lunch, just one run ahead of the tourists' first innings total.

Gilchrist top scored with 133 off just 121 balls before being caught behind by Alec Stewart off the bowling of Steve Harmison in the second over after the lunch break.

Waugh, who resumed on 102 after hitting a four off the last ball yesterday to equal Sir Donald Bradman's record of 29 Test centuries, was out on the fifth ball he faced this morning, caught at second slip by Butcher off the bowling of Matthew Hoggard in the second over of the day.

Hoggard struck again when he had Andy Bichel caught by John Crawley for four and, with his next ball, had Lee caught by Stewart.

Jason Gillespie survived the next delivery to deny Hoggard the hat-trick.

Gillespie remained the not out batsman, hitting two fours and a six on his way to 31 and sharing an 82-run partnership with Gilchrist.

Stuart MacGill was the last man out when he was caught by Nasser Hussain off the bowling of Hoggard for one.

Hoggard claimed 4-92 for England while Andrew Caddick and Steve Harmison took three wickets each.