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Lions lose despite Chopra ton

A century from Varun Chopra couldn't stop England Lions suffering a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia A in Hobart on Saturday.

The in-form Shaun Marsh limped his way to a match-winning hundred as the Lions lost a thrilling 50-over clash.

The Western Australian has been in terrific form of late and questions have been asked as to why he was not named in the party which will tour India.

Behavioural problems are believed to be the reason, but it appears fitness would have ruled him out anyway now, with the 29-year-old breaking down on the pitch as he closed in on his century.

Marsh was taking a single on 98 when he hobbled down the wicket and collapsed in pain. He gritted it out for the run he needed and then headed back to the pavilion retired hurt.

It was a shame that his knock ended as it did, although he had already done enough to put his side on their way to a seven-wicket win, sharing in an opening stand of 172 with Aaron Finch as Australia chased down England's total of 259 for six with five balls to spare.

Finch himself went for 80 leaving Joe Burns (18no) and Tim Paine (12no) to finish the job, with England's bowlers falling short in the wicket-taking department.

Their batsmen had done their part earlier, with Chopra outscoring Marsh with 105 while Ben Foakes added a tidy 56.

One-Test cap John Hastings was the pick of the bowlers for the Baggy Green, recording figures of three for 56 as he accounted for Chopra, James Vince and Rikki Clarke.

Assistance came from Ben Cutting (two for 53) but England's total looked a commanding one. That was, of course, before Marsh and Finch got to work, with the latter clubbing eight fours and two sixes as part of his 92-ball stay.

Marsh was a little more reserved, taking 128 balls with seven fours and one maximum, with Chris Wright (one for 39) England's best bowler.