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Cricket Consolation: Australia Crush England To Claim Series, Ashes Redemption

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Brett Lee of Australia celebrates the wicket of Adil Rashid of England with Mitchell Johnson during the 4th NatWest One Day International between England and Australia at Lord's on September 12, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Aaron KumarSenior Writer ISeptember 13, 2009

Australia gained some consolation for losing the Ashes as they crushed England once again Saturday at Lord's, this time by seven wickets. It is Australia's second victory at the home of cricket in the series, and the tourists now have an unassailable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Brett Lee turned in a superb performance with the ball, picking up 5-49 as England slumped from 111-2 to be bowled out for just 220. Australia had few problems in sealing victory as Vice Captain Michael Clarke hit an unbeaten 62 to guide Australia home with over six overs to spare.

Despite Australia's disappointing form in Test Cricket over the last months, they appear to have some talented young players in the shorter form of the game, and winning this series in England will give Ricky Ponting's men a lot of confidence moving forward.

Just a few days after this series ends, England and Australia will travel to South Africa for the ICC Champions trophy, of which Australia are the defending champions. If Australia can maintain this form, they have every chance of upsetting the Betting Odds and winning the series, 7-0.

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