England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 1st Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 277 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

18.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, on the money to Ponting immediately and that's defended on the front foot

18.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended off the back foot this time

18.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, another good line to end a fine over and Ponting brings his bat down on that on the last minute, fending the ball into the covers

Australia 79/1   RT Ponting 0* (3b)

19.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, that's a better length from Harmison and the batsman can only defend that one, coming on to his front foot to do so, but quite comfortably

19.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, strays down leg this time - the batsman chases it round but is too late with his shot and that's pouched easily by Jones

19.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, shorter one, that's more like the old Harmison here, and he has Ponting defending on the back foot. The Aussie captain looks for the quick single, but both decide, rightly, that it would be too dangerous to risk

19.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, that's left alone this time

19.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, ooh that's very wide, down the off-side, and the batsman isn't interested at all

Australia 82/1   RT Ponting 0* (8b)

20.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, a big leave as that one sails down the corridor outside the off stump, wide enough to leave

20.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting walks forward to play that one off his front foot - he thinks about driving but checks the shot and the ball rolls into the covers

Australia 86/1   RT Ponting 0* (10b)

21.3

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, off the mark with a cracker - a really confident pull shot off the bottom third of his bat, which is cleanly hit

21.4

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, second four in a row, this time smacked off his back foot and punched through the covers. The ball just makes it to the boundary, creeping over the rope at the last minute for the loudest cheer of the day

21.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, this one - rising outside off stump - is left alone

21.6

Harmison to Ponting, 2 runs, comes forward to meet the ball and flicks it through leg, another neat shot

Australia 97/1   RT Ponting 10* (14b 2x4)

22.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended this time

Australia 98/1   RT Ponting 10* (15b 2x4)

24.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

24.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, more defending from the batsman. Giles is hardly gambolling into bowl; it's more of a gentle stroll

24.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, "Oh yes Ash," screams Jones. "We like it there, Gilo." But the batsman doesn't - defending on the front foot

24.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, that one's paddled away fine for a single

Australia 109/1   RT Ponting 11* (19b 2x4)

25.1

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, on target, defensive block steered into the covers and a sharp single - good running

Australia 110/1   RT Ponting 12* (20b 2x4)

26.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, on the spot and Ponting blocks with relative ease

26.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting pushes at the ball and ends up playing it well in front of him, off balance, and the ball squirts square on the off for two. Moral victory to the bowler but the runs to the batsman

26.3

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, as sublime as the previous ball was unconvincing. Up in the slot and Ponting drives straight on the leg side for a lovely four

26.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, good response from Flintoff

26.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, seamed into Ponting at 84.5mph and Ponting gets into line and plops it into the leg side

26.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, outside off stump and left alone by Ponting

Australia 124/1   RT Ponting 18* (26b 3x4)

27.2

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Pushed into the leg side

27.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, at last Anderson manages a dot ball

27.6

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, it was too good to last. Ponting whips this through the leg side, sweetly timed, but this is men against boys at the moment. That's 20 off Anderson's first two overs since lunch

Australia 135/1   RT Ponting 23* (29b 4x4)

28.3

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, slashed in the air inches from the grasp of a full-stretch gully. Ponting looks off balance, a sure sign he is not in the best of form

28.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, pushed into the leg side

Australia 141/1   RT Ponting 28* (31b 5x4)

29.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting forced onto the back foot ... a little more zip there from Anderson

29.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, another good delivery. That wicket has inspired Anderson

29.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, some movement as the ball jags back and Ponting blocks

29.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting on the move as he plays that, again his balance not quite right, and the ball goes into the leg side

29.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, that was around 88mph and Ponting left it, but it was close enough to his off stump to cause a few grunts from the close fielders

29.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, yet again Ponting on the walk as he plays it, no run, and a much better over from Anderson

Australia 141/2   RT Ponting 28* (37b 5x4)

31.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run

31.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, jagged back into Ponting at 88mph and it cuts him in half. Will Luke screams "ball of the day" but he's missed half of them as he keeps sneaking out for a fag

31.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, timed to mid-off

31.4

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, sweetly flicked into space on the leg side

31.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting forced back by a 90.1mph ball

31.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting does well to keep a good ball out. Anderson has been inspired after two dreadful overs to start the session

Australia 143/2   RT Ponting 30* (43b 5x4)

33.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting forced to hurry again by Anderson

33.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, cut straight into the ground to Pietersen and a few spectators momentarily thought that was a catch

33.3

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, pulled with real class but not quite timed ... however, Hoggard's progress round the boundary was more Julie Christie than Linford Chrsitie and he bent for the ball like a 70-year-old as it trickled past him for four

33.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, easy single to rub salt in the wound

33.6

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short, and Ponting on it like a cheetah and hammers it through midwicket. Expensive over with 12 off it

Australia 155/2   RT Ponting 39* (48b 7x4)

35.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, better line and length

35.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straight and blocked

35.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 no ball, only just over the line, but just is enough

35.6

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, short and once again pulled with conviction. Hoggard - around 80mph - is simply not fast enough to try that to a man who has shown all day that's a shot he can play with ease even if he is not in great form

Australia 168/2   RT Ponting 43* (52b 8x4)

37.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, decent enough line, but no movement and moderate pace

37.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting untroubled

37.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wide outside off stump. No doubt it would have been a one-day wide and Ponting never even sniffed at it

37.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, worked away with no effort

Australia 169/2   RT Ponting 44* (56b 8x4)

38.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, poor, down the leg side from Harmison and Ponting easily turns it away for a single. More dross from Harmison

38.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, bit more fire there from Harmison, causing Ponting to jump up and defend...which he does with ease

Australia 171/2   RT Ponting 45* (58b 8x4)

39.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting plays this on the move, as he has done all day, and there's a vain cry of "catch!" from someone. Probably in the barmy army

39.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run

Australia 177/2   RT Ponting 48* (60b 8x4)

40.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, a good ball from Harmison - no need to re-read that last sentence - right on middle, forcing Ponting forward who defends solidly

40.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, too short, too wide, left alone

40.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, and this time Ponting is hurried onto the shot, nevertheless playing it out neatly into the covers

40.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, driven hard back to the bowler who makes a good stop with one hand

40.5

Harmison to Ponting, 1 wide

40.5

Harmison to Ponting, 2 runs, terrific cricket from Ponting, dropping the ball dead on the leg side, sprinting the first and taking two

40.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, down the leg side

Australia 180/2   RT Ponting 50* (66b 8x4)

41.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

Australia 187/2   RT Ponting 50* (67b 8x4)

43.1

Giles to Ponting, no run

43.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended out to leg

43.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, well bowled outside off, batsman comes forward to meet it

43.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, good stuff from Giles, a little bit of drift into the right hander&

43.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended solidly

43.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets into a tangle here, the ball spitting up a touch and Jones makes a hash of it behind the stumps

Australia 187/2   RT Ponting 50* (73b 8x4)

44.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, shouldered arms outside off

Australia 192/2   RT Ponting 50* (74b 8x4)

45.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, and he comes confidently down the pitch, chipping it to leg but there's no timing there. Good intent though

45.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, ooh well bowled from Giles, tossing it up and giving it air and almost foxing the batsman...but he adjusts his shot and defends it neatly

45.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, chipped down to long-on - tip'n'run

Australia 194/2   RT Ponting 51* (77b 8x4)

46.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, streakily edged down to third man. Something always happens when Hercules has the ball in his hands

46.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting almost shaped to cut that over the slips, but he wisely left it alone

46.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, "waiting" cries Ponting as he rocks back into his crease, timing it out into the covers where Pietersen runs to his right and makes a good stop

46.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, clipped very neatly off his legs

Australia 198/2   RT Ponting 54* (81b 8x4)

48.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, on the move Ponting flicks this down to fine leg. He wants to be a bit careful, Ponting, walking across his crease like that

Australia 199/3   RT Ponting 55* (82b 8x4)

49.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, down the pitch comes Ponting, driving it to long-on

Australia 204/3   RT Ponting 56* (83b 8x4)

50.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, firmly driven back to Flintoff who stoops down athletically and flings the ball back to Jones.

50.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, excellent delivery outside off, Ponting shuffles across to meet it and defends carefully.

50.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, a short lifter this time, left alone by Ponting

50.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, pushed off the back foot just past Pietersen in the cover whose foot gets stuck in the turf, ala Simon Jones a few years ago. And in fact the physio has come onto the pitch to attend to him.

Australia 209/3   RT Ponting 57* (87b 8x4)

51.1

Giles to Ponting, no run

51.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes down the pitch, flicking it neatly through midwicket

51.4

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, rubbish. Short and wide, Ponting has oodles of time to rock back and smack through the covers. Easy as.

51.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, nudged to the leg side

Australia 216/3   RT Ponting 63* (91b 9x4)

52.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a big leave to one which nipped back and goes over the stumps

52.3

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, lovely shot there, straight-driving the ball back past Anderson who makes a vain attempt to stop it with his foot - and the umpire tries not to stop it with his

52.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, off the back foot this time, Anderson was very loose with that one, far too much width and Ponting helps himself to a well-cut four

52.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run

52.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, speared up there at Ponting and he leaps on to his back foot, calmly defending the ball

Australia 226/3   RT Ponting 71* (96b 11x4)

53.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot this time

53.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives that one, without much power, to mid-off

Australia 228/3   RT Ponting 72* (98b 11x4)

55.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, There's a big shout for lbw, there as that ball pitches on middle but the shout's turned down. Billy Bowden, wannabe showman that he is, does the umpiring equivalent of a dummy and looks as if he's about to give the finger, before scratching his nose. The tinker. Hawk-Eye has it hitting the top of off stump, but the benefit is with the batsman

55.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot this time

55.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, and again

55.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, more defence

55.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended once more - how did you guess? - on the front foot. Ponting is looking fidgety here, not enjoying being tied down

55.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, a single this time, just helped off his toes into the short midwicket area

Australia 232/3   RT Ponting 73* (104b 11x4)

56.1

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, helped out to point and that's an easy two

56.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, ooh, a good delivery from Anderson - that's the line he wants to be bowling, just asking Ponting to play that one, which he does, and misses

56.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, this one's defended on the front foot

56.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, shoulders arms to one which bends away from him and is still moving when it hits Jones's gloves

56.5

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, beautiful shot, a pull off the front foot just whipped over through midwicket with disdain and consummate timing. That was four all the way

56.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, that one was left alone

Australia 238/3   RT Ponting 79* (110b 12x4)

57.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, comes down the wicket and flicks that away to midwicket like swatting a fly, but it's picked up

57.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, cut easily to point

57.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, tidy ball this time has the batsman defending on his back foot

57.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

57.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, that could have been tight if the throw, from mid-off, had gone to the non-striker's end. As you worked out, it didn't

Australia 240/3   RT Ponting 80* (115b 12x4)

58.1

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, cut out to point for an easy single

Australia 241/3   RT Ponting 81* (116b 12x4)

59.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot again

59.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, worked off his legs down to the 45 where it's winged back in, and that single brings up the fifty partnership from just 75 balls and both are in good touch here

Australia 248/3   RT Ponting 82* (118b 12x4)

60.1

Bell to Ponting, no run, tidy ball first up, at medium pace, and that's defended

60.2

Bell to Ponting, 1 no ball, Bell just oversteps there as he adjusts to a rare bowl

60.2

Bell to Ponting, no run

60.3

Bell to Ponting, no run, a straight drive, Bell has no chance of stopping it but the longish mid-on runs round to stop it

60.4

Bell to Ponting, FOUR, chased a wide one and got a thick edge to bring up the 250 for Australia. That ball could have gone anywhere as it flies up into space

60.5

Bell to Ponting, (no ball) FOUR, worked off his legs just in front of midwicket, lovely shot

60.5

Bell to Ponting, 1 run, straight as a die, but a touch short, the batsman is quickly on to it, getting over the ball and easing it to midwicket

Australia 259/3   RT Ponting 91* (125b 14x4)

62.1

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, on the off stump but a touch short and Ponting times that easily off his legs with an on-drive that races away

62.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, forced on to the backfoot to defend

62.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, bends that one away from the right-hander who chooses to leave it

62.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting chooses to leave that one as well, but Hoggard keeps plugging away at the off-side channel

62.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, just outside the off stump again and that's defended this time

62.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, another decent delivery from Hoggard, still plugging that line, and the batsman can just to say leave it without too many problems

Australia 266/3   RT Ponting 95* (131b 15x4)

63.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot this time

63.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives that one out to long-on this time

63.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting's turn for a languid on-drive to long-on takes Ponting to the very cusp of his hundred

Australia 270/3   RT Ponting 97* (134b 15x4)

64.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, squeezes a straight drive without much power

64.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 3 runs, works that one on to the on-side and that's Ponting's 32nd Test hundred, his sixth against England, and he celebrates by dissecting the air with a big swoosh and then taking off his helmet, his grin as wide as a Cheshire cat's. The Gabba rises to its feet as one and there are huge cheers and whistles around the ground. He's looked unstoppable today and that's his 10th hundred in 15 Tests, dating back to his Old Trafford epic in 2005

Australia 277/3   RT Ponting 101* (136b 15x4)

65.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

65.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run

Australia 278/3   RT Ponting 102* (138b 15x4)

66.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, driven out to long-off, a touch aerial, but it's not that far away from Hoggard, who stretches out his left hand in vain

66.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, that's defended

66.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, defended again

66.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, an easy single into the covers

Australia 283/3   RT Ponting 103* (142b 15x4)

67.1

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, squeezed into the leg-side this time and the batsmen jog through easily

67.4

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, tickled behind square and the batsmen run through quickly, with Ponting very quick off the mark - running almost as soon as he'd struck the ball

Australia 286/3   RT Ponting 105* (144b 15x4)

68.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wide, smacked stiffly to extra cover

68.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wide, smacked stiffly to mid-off. You can forgive Ponting for being a bit tired

68.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, worked past midwicket. There would have been two there had this been a one-day game

68.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wide outside off stump at 79.4mph. Getting slower as the ball gets softer

68.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, patted away. A tame over all round really

Australia 288/3   RT Ponting 106* (149b 15x4)

69.2

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, glanced delicately fine

69.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, turned behind square on the leg and Jones leaps to recover a wild throw

Australia 292/3   RT Ponting 109* (151b 15x4)

71.5

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting turns it behind on the leg side and starts off for a single put a crisp "No" from Hussey ends that thought

71.6

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, driven for an easy one to bring up the 300

Australia 300/3   RT Ponting 110* (153b 15x4)

72.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting drives a loosener down the ground

72.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, better ...not much Ponting could do with that

72.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting beaten as he shaped to flick through midwicket but no chance of an lbw

72.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 4 runs, nicely clipped through midwicket and Anderson chases it all the way and stops it inches inside the boundary marker. Sadly, a waste of time as the batsmen ran four anyhow

72.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Flintoff goes more off-side with that one

72.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, slower ball, well outside off stump and Ponting not tempted or fooled

Australia 306/3   RT Ponting 116* (159b 15x4)

73.6

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, On the spot and no chance of a run

Australia 307/3   RT Ponting 116* (160b 15x4)

74.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, half a yard faster but outside off stump and Ponting expansively shoulders arms

74.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, offcutter at 83mph but it was too wide to start with

74.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting untroubled once more

Australia 308/3   RT Ponting 116* (163b 15x4)

75.3

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, another sign of big turn

75.4

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting turns straight to Strauss at short square leg

75.5

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, turns it past a half drive and into Ponting's pads

75.6

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, driven to mid-off

Australia 310/3   RT Ponting 117* (167b 15x4)

76.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, nice loop and on the spot

76.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, slightly shorter and plopped into the off side allowing an easy single

Australia 311/3   RT Ponting 118* (169b 15x4)

77.1

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, classic forward defensive shot

77.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting shapes to turn to leg but doesn't quite get everything in the right place

77.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, driven lackadaisically down the ground to long-on

77.6

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, over corrects and too leg-side for the right hander and the net result is much the same

Australia 317/3   RT Ponting 121* (173b 15x4)

78.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, "Bowled Gilo". Hmm.

78.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting defends with ease

78.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, driven up the ground to the man two-thirds back on the off

Australia 319/3   RT Ponting 122* (176b 15x4)

80.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting has gone back into his shell, and who can blame him

80.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, watchful caution from Ponting

80.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, careful defence

80.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, and again ...

80.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks

80.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, well placed towards point and a scampered single

Australia 321/3   RT Ponting 123* (182b 15x4)

81.1

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, turned to leg, no runs as fielders converge

81.2

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, neatly turned fine into the shadows of the stands at fine leg

81.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, similar shot but not nearly as fine, still enough to beat the fielder

81.5

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, waited for it and cut into the covers

Australia 326/3   RT Ponting 127* (186b 15x4)

82.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, wide and left

82.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, driven back firmly to Giles who stops at the second attempt

82.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, placed between fielders and extra cover has to slide to stop it

Australia 327/3   RT Ponting 128* (189b 15x4)

84.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, slightly leg-side and turned for an easy single

Australia 333/3   RT Ponting 129* (190b 15x4)

85.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting caught in two minds, decides to leave it very late and the ball catches the bat as he pulls it out of the way and, luckily for him, it rolls to slips

85.2

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, no indecision there. short and thwacked to the square-leg boundary

85.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, short and leg side

85.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, slightly better line

85.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting goes back and places the ball into large spaces on the leg side

Australia 338/3   RT Ponting 134* (195b 16x4)

86.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, solid and safe push to extra cover

Australia 342/3   RT Ponting 134* (196b 16x4)

87.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, wide and again left. Anderson's line is all over the place

87.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting struck on the pad but well forward and Anderson didn't look as if he believed in his half-hearted shout

87.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, no problems with that one

87.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, pushed to the right of point

Australia 344/3   RT Ponting 135* (200b 16x4)

88.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, swing, but Ponting was not tempted

88.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, once more, Ponting not made to play or even made to think about playing

88.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, Hoggard overcompensates and Ponting clips it through wide midwicket. He's excelled in that area today

88.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, once more Hoggard over corrects and Ponting shoulders arms

88.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, much better, Ponting half turned square and made to play

88.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, back to the wide-outside-off-stump line

Australia 346/3   RT Ponting 137* (206b 16x4)

90.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on off stump, no swing, safely blocked. We're underway

90.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, outside off stump and left. 78.4 mph and conversions to kph and knots will come later when we have mastered multitasking

90.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, another gentle loosener outside off stump

90.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, hint of awayswing and Ponting takes a big stride and blocks

90.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 leg bye, Ponting moves across his stumps and the ball deflects behind square on the leg side

Australia 347/3   RT Ponting 137* (211b 16x4)

92.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting again shuffles across his stumps and a stifled cry as Hoggard realises he has got an edge onto it

92.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets everything into line and plops it into the leg side

92.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, that swung, but it started wide of off stump and kept going. Jones had to make ground to take it

92.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting works it neatly into the midwicket area, meat and drink to him

Australia 353/3   RT Ponting 139* (215b 16x4)

93.1

Anderson to Ponting, 3 runs, Ponting strong off his legs and flicks it square where Harmison trundles after it almost to the boundary edge

Australia 356/3   RT Ponting 142* (216b 16x4)

94.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting flicks that off his legs to the man on the 45 two-thirds back

Australia 357/3   RT Ponting 143* (217b 16x4)

96.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 wide, ah. Well, it wasn't as wide as his first ball yesterday. That was a cheer from the locals who have woken up

96.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, short and wide down the leg side. If I didn't know better I would say he has a sniff of the yips

96.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, much better, short and he beats Ponting's defensive push

96.3

Harmison to Ponting, 1 wide, Oh lord. Another wide and this is a personal nightmare

96.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, well, it wasn't a wide but Ponting not close to needing to play it

96.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, slightly better ...

96.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, again wide but bounces and Jones takes that above his head

96.6

Harmison to Ponting, 1 bye, full toss down the leg side which Jones, to add to the sense that several wheels are lose, fumbles

Australia 365/3   RT Ponting 143* (223b 16x4)

97.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks a decent ball

97.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, same slot and driven with slightly more confidence

97.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a little wider and a crisp drive is well stopped by extra cover

97.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, overpitched and driven into a small gap between midwicket and mid-on, lovely placement

97.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, full again but Ponting doesn't time it

97.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Angled in and Ponting is hit on the front pad. Anderson appeals - not much interest elsewhere - but it was going over the top and hit the batsman outside the line. apart from that, a good appeal

Australia 369/3   RT Ponting 147* (229b 17x4)

98.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, back on a more normal(ish) line

98.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting leaves it outside off stump

98.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, and another expansive leave

98.6

Harmison to Ponting, 1 wide, very wide, Jones spills it but he had to go a long way to get it in the first place. The crowd are amused but this is a good bowler undergoing a personal horror show

98.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting forced to block one at last

Australia 371/3   RT Ponting 147* (233b 17x4)

100.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 no ball, leg side, no ball, more cheers

100.1

Harmison to Ponting, 3 runs, wide, overpitched, and superbly driven to within inches of the boundary ropes at long-off. It brings up his 11th score of 150+

100.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, no need to play that

100.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, good ball, Ponting parries and misses. A hint of a smile of the bowler's face?

100.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone and Jones takes on the rise

100.6

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, a bit short and pulled with real class to the right of midwicket. Another long day for England ...

Australia 380/3   RT Ponting 154* (239b 18x4)

102.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wide and Ponting has to stretch to reach it. "Harmison couldn't hit an elephant from 20 paces?" was Jeff Thomson's assessment earlier. Guess it depends on the size of the elephant.

102.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wide and left alone by Ponting who makes sure he lunges forward even when he has no intention of playing it

102.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, another lunge without intent

102.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, short and leggish, Ponting hooks fine and Joyce fields at fine leg. Joyce? Who's off now?

Australia 387/3   RT Ponting 155* (243b 18x4)

103.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on the spot from the off

103.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, well, he let go but he's far from happy with his feet as Ponting blocks

103.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, worked into the leg side, Ponting wants two and gets it thanks to some nifty running

103.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, steered to gully

103.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, blocked with ease

103.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, gentle wobbler on off stump at 76mph, 1023kph ... er, perhaps I pressed the wrong button?

Australia 389/3   RT Ponting 157* (249b 18x4)

104.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, that's going down the off-side, a la Harmison - not a good thing

104.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, walks onto his back foot and that's cut without much power to point where it's snapped up a treat

104.5

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, neatly clipped off his front foot to square

Australia 391/3   RT Ponting 158* (252b 18x4)

105.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straight and on the money and all the batsman can do is defend, which he does easily

105.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, tried to work that one off the front foot to midwicket but didn't quite get hold of the ball and the shot becomes more of a tap as the ball rolls gently into space

105.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, a big theatrical leave there from Ponting who shoulders arms and holds that pose for the camera

105.4

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR

105.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Hoggy huffs and puffs into bowl as Ponting plays that one on the off-side to bring up the 200 partnership, a record fourth-wicket stand on this ground for any team

Australia 398/3   RT Ponting 163* (257b 19x4)

106.1

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, oh my word, cracker. Ponting lashes that one away to the cover boundary off the back foot - he leapt on to that one really quickly and the 400 comes up

106.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, ooh, corker response from Flintoff - that one spits off a length and rears alarmingly at Ponting who sways out of the way as the ball fizzes past his face. What did that hit? "Tony Greig's keys," suggests Martin

106.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, played out to the covers

106.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

106.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting squares up to that one and an edge flies harmlessly down towards gully

106.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, a play and a miss from Ponting, who tries to cut that off the back foot to cover

Australia 402/3   RT Ponting 167* (263b 20x4)

108.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, speared right up there but the batsman is alert to it and plays a confident forward defensive

108.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, a tickle of a cover-drive this time from Ponting from a ball which had slightly more width

Australia 407/3   RT Ponting 168* (265b 20x4)

109.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, defended quietly this time

109.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on the spot again and the batsman comes forward to defend

109.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, like a housewife with a bone to pick, Hoggard continues to nag, effectively too, as the batsman defends once more

109.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, picked off his front foot and that's helped into the midwicket region

Australia 408/4   RT Ponting 169* (269b 20x4)

110.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, punched lightly off the back foot into the covers

Australia 411/4   RT Ponting 170* (270b 20x4)

111.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wideish one cut into gully

111.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, even wider this time - think 'one-day wide' - and of course that's left alone by the batsman, no point in chasing those

111.3

Harmison to Ponting, 3 runs, short and roomy enough for a cut off the back foot for a well-run three. Ponting got right on top of that one

111.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wide down the corridor

111.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone this time, although that one was nearer the stumps

Australia 421/4   RT Ponting 173* (275b 20x4)

113.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, lashed off the back foot over to the man on the boundary

Australia 422/4   RT Ponting 174* (276b 20x4)

114.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a touch of the Harmisons as Anderson's sighter goes wide down the off side

114.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, better - and Ponting chops down late on that one, but the ball flies wide of the sticks and out of any danger

114.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, more chopping from Ponting who spins round, unsure where the ball has gone. It had dropped in front of his batting crease in fact - but Anderson's testing him out here

114.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting is looking unsure once more - bringing down his bat late to defend on the front foot and again he's not sure where the ball has gone

114.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a shorter ball, straight, and Ponting is forced to defend on the back foot, this one a more solid shot

114.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, shorter again and Ponting makes room to work that one into the midwicket area

Australia 424/4   RT Ponting 175* (282b 20x4)

115.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended first up

115.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, a big shout for lbw as Ponting sweeps but that one would have gone on to miss leg stump

115.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, looped up and that's eased to the covers where Hoggard runs round and dives over the ball as the batsmen run a quick single

115.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes forward and nudges that one on the leg-side and that's lunch

Australia 427/4   RT Ponting 177* (286b 20x4)

116.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, just a hint of swing and Ponting lunges forward to meet a short-of-a-length delivery, punching it back to Hoggard

116.2

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, oooh inside edge from Ponting, squirting it down to third man. Hoggard yelps his anguish but it missed the stumps and they jog through for a single. But of encouraging inswing there for Hoggard

Australia 428/4   RT Ponting 178* (288b 20x4)

118.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, great line from Hoggard on middle, attacking the stumps and Ponting gives the ball due respect, defending it solidly with his head right over the ball

118.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, outside off, Ponting lunges forward with a characteristically big stride before shouldering arms. Excellent line once more

118.3

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, no no, don't bowl there. A wasted leg-side drifter from Hoggard and Ponting simply turned his wrists, helping it down to fine leg

118.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, better line outside off, Ponting leaves

118.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting shoulders arms outside off again - touch of swing away from the right hander

118.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, excellent delivery which nearly squares Ponting up who, expecting it to drift down the leg-side, straightens at the last minute and he drives it back to Hoggard

Australia 437/4   RT Ponting 182* (294b 21x4)

120.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, ooh shuper shtuff from Hoggard - straight and full, Ponting defending it with his life...coming right forward and presenting a perfectly straight bat

120.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, just a touch shorter this time allowing Ponting onto the back foot, but he's forced to defend it.

120.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, now then - slightly round-armish action from the bowler there, the ball almost slinging out of the back of his hand. Attempted leggie, perhaps? Either way it was too wide to bother Ponting

120.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, well left from Ponting...just a touch too wide to play at

120.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run

120.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, excellent end to a pretty tight over as Ponting raises his bat high, shuffling across and shouldering arms

Australia 443/4   RT Ponting 182* (300b 21x4)

122.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, lovely ball outside off, but Ponting is looking as solid as a breezeblock. In fact, a big pile of breezeblocks all wearing t-shirts with "I'm solid"

122.2

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run

Australia 450/4   RT Ponting 183* (302b 21x4)

123.1

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, now there's Ponting at his absolute finest, clipping this off his legs and placing it absolutely perfectly - threading it, really - through midwicket for four

123.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, better ball on middle, Ponting smothers the spin

123.3

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, fantastic batting here, Ponting down the pitch, smashing Giles over long-off with a free-flowing blade. This is superb batting

123.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, too short from Giles, who is looking hapless here

Australia 459/4   RT Ponting 192* (306b 23x4)

124.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting goes back, shuffles across and presents the straightest of bats

124.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, there's the length from Hoggard, drawing the batsman forward - but it's a touch too wide and the away-swing draws it further towards the slips

124.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, excellent ball seaming back into the batsman who is wrapped on the gloves

124.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, pushed back to the bowler

124.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, defended once more, this time on the back foot

124.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, tries to turn this to leg but can't time it

Australia 461/4   RT Ponting 192* (312b 23x4)

125.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes down the pitch pushing it out to cover and Clarke reacts immediately, sprinting through for a single. Great batting

125.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, "ooooh yes Gilo" says Jones, for no apparent reason as it was perfectly defended

125.5

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, swept fine - really well played and it's picked up on the boundary

125.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, pushed down to long-off and Australia pick up six runs off the over without even breaking a sweat.

Australia 467/4   RT Ponting 196* (316b 23x4)

126.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off

126.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting takes a big stride forward but leaves it alone, like the big-striding-leaver that he is

126.3

Hoggard to Ponting, OUT, Ponting's superb innings ends. He shuffled across his stumps looking to work to leg and was struck in front by Hoggard. A vociferous and pleading appeal was answered - finally - by Steve Bucknor and Ponting reluctantly turned and headed off, but not before he had aimed a massive swipe at the turf on his way back to the pavilion

RT Ponting lbw b Hoggard 196 (464m 319b 24x4 0x6) SR: 61.44

Australia 467/5   RT Ponting 196 (319b 23x4)
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