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Joe Sayers

Joe Sayers falls to Brett Lee early on the second day, the first of the pace bowler's three wickets at Canterbury

Brett Lee was the pick of the bowlers as Australia warmed up for the fifth Ashes Test with a 103-run victory over England Lions at Canterbury.

Lee, yet to feature in the series due to injury, is unlikely to figure in the decider at the Brit Oval starting on Thursday, but that did not prevent him finishing with 3-37.

Spinner Nathan Hauritz took 2-43 and is widely tipped to force his way into Australia's team for the series finale at the expense of seamer Stuart Clark.

The two-day match was awarded to Australia on first-innings score after England were bowled out for 237 in response to the tourists' 340.

Glamorgan's Jamie Dalrymple was the pick of the Lions batsmen with 58 off 122 balls.

One of the highlights of the day was provided by a seagull that swooped on one of the bails that had been dislodged when Lee bowled Liam Plunkett.

Lee gave chase after the other bail was thrown at the bird, but it escaped and performed a lap around the ground before flying off, leaving the umpires to send for a replacement.

Lee struck in his first over of the day when Joe Sayers edged to wicketkeeper Chris Hartley.

It ended a painstaking 40-ball innings from the Yorkshireman that yielded just four runs.

With his tail up, Lee continued to bowl at pace, although he was indebted to a fine one-handed diving catch from Simon Katich to remove Stephen Moore for 30.

Chris Hartley & Jamie Dalrymple

Jamie Dalrymple adopts an effective rather than attractive approach en route to a doughty half-century for the Lions

Moore, who made a century when the teams met at Worcester, forcefully drove off the back foot only to see Katich gather the ball diving to his left at backward point.

The Lions were reduced to 57 for three when Mitchell Johnson induced an edge from Michael Carberry through to Hartley.

Shortly after lunch Hauritz claimed two wickets in as many balls, Andrew Gale caught by Shane Watson for 31 before Steven Davies edged to Ricky Ponting to slip.

Struggling on 111 for five, the Lions saw Lee return to the attack but at the other end they were able to take runs off Hauritz's bowling.

Dalrymple hit successive boundaries and continued to score freely but his innings finally came to an end off the final ball before tea when he edged Peter Siddle behind.

Dalrymple had offered some resistance and the baton was taken up by Chris Woakes, who contributed a useful 36 before falling to Marcus North.

Clark accounted for James Harris before Steve Kirby was struck three times on the helmet, including twice in succession, to prompt the arrival of new headgear.

Plunkett helped himself to 34 but was bowled by Lee, and Katich removed Gary Keedy to bring proceedings to a close.