Warner, McKay shine in gloomy tour opener

TOM WALD
Last updated 12:09 22/06/2012

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David Warner and Clint McKay provided the bright spots on a gloomy day as Australia enjoyed a 102-run win over Leicestershire in their one-day tour opener.

Warner retired on 74 from 78 balls as the tourists chalked up 8-241 from their 41 overs in their rain-affected encounter at Grace Road.

Clint McKay (4-31) enjoyed the success with the ball in the home side's response of 136 from 29.4 overs with the Duckworth-Lewis method needing to be employed.

The Australians used their batting innings to adjust to British conditions as part of their build-up for a five-match one-day series against England starting June 29 at Lord's.

With nearly three hours lost due to rain during Australia's innings, Warner's knocked was ended following a passing shower to allow his teammates a hit.

The powerful left-hander showed he was in good nick by striking three sixes in his innings, clubbing two in one over from the bowling of spinner James Sykes.

Warner and Matthew Wade (32) set up the innings with a 69-run stand before the wicketkeeper was trapped in front by Abdul Razzaq (3-39).

Shane Watson (1) came and went cheaply, failing to connect with an attempted heave over mid wicket and being caught in the deep off the bowling of Sykes.

Captain Michael Clarke (29) looked to be finding his touch before playing a ball onto his stumps while David Hussey (37 runs from 25 balls) fell trying to clear the ropes.

George Bailey (21) and Steve Smith (11) fell in pursuit of quick runs while Mitchell Johnson ended the innings on 21 not out on the longest day of the year in England.

In response, Michael Clarke ensured all his bowlers rolled the arm over with McKay using his slower ball to deadly effect against the hosts and Watson (2-14) claiming two wickets in three balls.

Even in front of the modest crowd, Johnson copped some grief from the English fans with a few chanting the mocking tune 'Super Mitchell Johnson'.

The tourists head to Ireland on Friday for Saturday's clash in Belfast before a final warm-up match against Essex on Tuesday.

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