NORTHAMPTON, England - Spinner Nathan Lyon took two wickets in the Australians' two-day tour match against the England Lions in Northampton yesterday.
At tea on a rain-affected day one, the Lions are 3-156 after 43 overs, with 83 overs available for the innings.
The Australians are resting a number of their Test starters, including captain Michael Clarke, vice-captain Brad Haddin, opener Chris Rogers and fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.
James Faulkner (1-22 from 7) is one player with an opportunity to push for selection in the fifth Test at The Oval and made an ideal start when he broke through for the first wicket in the sixth over.
Faulkner invited opener Luke Wells to have a swing outside off-stump, with the nick carrying through to wicketkeeper Matt Wade.
The Australians only took two pace bowlers into the match, with Mitchell Starc (0-16 from 7) opening from the other end.
In a slightly off-beat move, David Warner (0-25 from 4) was the first-change bowler, coming on to bowl his mediums — with the odd full toss thrown into the mix.
But as soon as Lyon (2-43 from 14) was given his chance by captain Shane Watson, the offspinner was immediately on target.
Lyon had rising England star Alex Lees edging to Watson when the batsman was on 16, only for the normally reliable first slip to grass the catch moving to his right.
However, Lees only made it to 33 before the dose was repeated, only this time Watson made no mistake with the catch.
The Lyon and Watson combination struck again in the 28th over when former England batsman Eoin Morgan nicked one to fall for five.
The standout for the England side was first drop Moeen Ali who powered to a half century and was 53 not out at tea.
Gary Ballance is not out 43 and his partnership with Ali is worth 62. Ashton Agar's figures read 0-40 from 11.
Australia would have been hoping to bat first given rain is forecast for the final day, however the England side won the toss and had no interest in letting the tourists have their wish.