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Australia ease to morale-boosting win

June 30, 2013 08:19 IST

Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes and Brad Haddin scored half-centuries as Australia put a difficult week behind them to notch a six-wicket win over Somerset in their four-day tour match on Saturday.

Having axed coach Mickey Arthur on Monday following a poor Champions Trophy, the tourists were keen to make a statement in the first of two warm-up matches ahead of the first Ashes Test against England starting at Trent Bridge on July 10.

They began the final day on 36 without loss, requiring a further 224 runs to win.

Usman KhawajaEd Cowan and Khawaja added 86 for the first wicket before Cowan fell to Gemaal Hussain for the second time in the match when on 46.

Khawaja top-scored with 73 and Hughes made his second half-century of the match.

Vice-captain Haddin was also in the runs, ending the game with a six of George Dockrell to finish on 52 off 40 balls.

Australia's final warm-up match is against Worcestershire starting on Tuesday.

Image: Usman Khawaja hits a four over midwicket as wicketkeeper Alex Barrow looks on during day three of the Somerset vs Australia tour match

Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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