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

2.1

Lee to Cook, no run, defended into the packed ring on the off-side

2.2

Lee to Cook, no run, Cook walks forward to defend again

2.3

Lee to Cook, no run, the batsmen briefly consider a single as that one's dinked into leg, and they set off - but turn back, realising there's no run on

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, left alone outside the off stump

2.5

Lee to Cook, no run, that was left alone again

2.6

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, runs this time as Cook shuffles forward to press a cover-drive off his front foot and Clarke hunts it down

England 6/0   AN Cook 3* (6b)

3.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

3.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

3.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, that was close. Good bowling from GD as Cook is done by one which whistles past his outside edge as he prods a defensive shot at it - no edge, though

3.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, more convincing from Cook, who fends into gully with the open face of his bat

3.5

McGrath to Cook, 1 leg bye, an easy punch off his hips to square

England 7/0   AN Cook 3* (11b)

5.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, nearly out on two counts - but out on neither in the end, at the end. Coming round the wicket, that one bends in at the left-hander and moves off the seam, but catches neither the edge, nor is it in line with the stumps... It nearly took the off stump, however Umpire Bucknor is unmoved as the team go up to shout - Gilchrist didn't look convinced, but appealed anyway

5.2

McGrath to Cook, 2 runs, that's chopped away through covers off the back foot, a decent shot

5.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

5.4

McGrath to Cook, (no ball) 1 run, tucked off his legs just in front of midwicket

England 18/0   AN Cook 6* (15b)

6.1

Lee to Cook, no run, a good length, and that's taken by the keeper

6.2

Lee to Cook, 1 no ball, front-foot no-ball and that's fended to square leg

6.2

Lee to Cook, no run, ooh, a probe from Cook as that hits a crack and veers away from the left-hander

6.3

Lee to Cook, 1 no ball, another overstepping and that's defended on the back foot this time

6.3

Lee to Cook, 1 run, that's worked off the front foot in front of midwicket

6.5

Lee to Cook, no run, a touch wide but Cook is still tempted to explore and he rushes at it, lucky not to have his edge caught in the process

6.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, jabbed down off his hips and the batsmen run through quickly

England 23/0   AN Cook 8* (22b)

7.1

Clark to Cook, no run, loose loosener down the leg side

7.2

Clark to Cook, no run, still adjusting his radar as that one goes wide down the off side

7.3

Clark to Cook, no run, he's getting there, that was closer

7.4

Clark to Cook, 1 run, half volley which Cook gently plops into the off side and he runs a comfortable single

England 24/0   AN Cook 9* (26b)

8.1

Lee to Cook, no run, Cook forced onto the back foot. That one was 93mph (149.73 kph)

8.2

Lee to Cook, FOUR, banged in and Cook was onto that quickly, a perfect hook shot all along the ground. That will boost the young man's confidence

8.3

Lee to Cook, no run, Lee responds with a good ball on off stump

8.4

Lee to Cook, 1 run, leg side, turned just to the left of the man in close just behind square leg

England 29/0   AN Cook 14* (30b 1x4)

9.1

Warne to Cook, no run, flighted up and Cook takes a big stride forward to block

9.2

Warne to Cook, no run, wide of off stump and it goes straight on as Cook sticks out his pad

9.3

Warne to Cook, no run, controlled defensive prod

9.4

Warne to Cook, no run, same again, plopped to the man a forward short leg

9.5

Warne to Cook, no run, into a rhythm now, same place and the same shot. Not much turn so far, but there's plenty of time for that

9.6

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook steps back and cuts that, but a bit close to him and he cannot find the power or the placement to beat the infield

England 29/0   AN Cook 14* (36b 1x4)

11.1

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, cut square, not enough power to take it more than two-thirds of the way to the boundary

11.2

Warne to Cook, FOUR, full toss, smacked between midwicket and mid-on

11.3

Warne to Cook, no run, ripper, Cook sticks out his pad and gets everything else out of the way. That one turned appreciably

11.4

Warne to Cook, no run, the fun starts. Warne is turning this some way and plenty of noise from the close fielders now

11.5

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook again left that alone

11.6

Warne to Cook, 1 run, not what the doctor ordered. Cook punched that to cover off the back foot and Bell had to dive to make his ground. The throw was poor ...had it been a direct hit then it might have been a bit more interesting

England 36/1   AN Cook 21* (42b 2x4)

12.1

Clark to Cook, no run, driven straight, so straight that it smacks into the stumps at the bowler's end

12.2

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook plays that confidently off the back foot, well into line and plenty of time

12.3

Clark to Cook, no run, short, Cook shapes to pull but the ball barely gets above knee height and passes past the off stump. variable bounce is just what England don't need

12.4

Clark to Cook, no run, on line and blocked

12.5

Clark to Cook, no run, again Cook looks to pull - despite the odd bounce two balls earlier - but misses and it hits him on the pads

12.6

Clark to Cook, no run, played to mid-off

England 36/1   AN Cook 21* (48b 2x4)

14.1

Clark to Cook, no run, short and again Cook opts to have a go but misses. Long leg will be licking his lips in anticipation

14.2

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook struck on the pad. Good appeal except for the fact it pitched outside leg and was missing leg

14.3

Clark to Cook, no run, Clark bangs another one in and once more Cook misses an attempted pull. It did keep a bit low ...

14.4

Clark to Cook, FOUR, rank long hop, and this time Cook seizes on it and smashes it through midwicket. Clark is not quick enough to get away with that

14.5

Clark to Cook, no run, on off stump and blocked

14.6

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook plays that off the middle of the bat to mid-off

England 40/2   AN Cook 25* (54b 3x4)

15.2

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook reaches and drives to mid-off

15.3

Warne to Cook, no run, wide, no appreciable turn, and Cook lets it go

15.4

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook sticks out his pad, well wide

15.5

Warne to Cook, no run, better line, into the rough but Cook well behind it

15.6

Warne to Cook, no run

England 41/2   AN Cook 25* (59b 3x4)

16.6

Clark to Cook, no run, on off stump and a little extra bounce causes Cook to take his bottom hand off the bat as he blocks it

England 42/2   AN Cook 25* (60b 3x4)

17.4

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook looks to cut a ball outside off stump, against the spin, but it keeps low and even Gilchrist is surprised and fumbles it

17.5

Warne to Cook, no run, there or there abouts, blocked

17.6

Warne to Cook, no run, it's a wonder that Cook can see daylight, there are so many fielders packed round him now. But he manages to get everything over it and defends it well

England 43/2   AN Cook 25* (63b 3x4)

19.1

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, outside off and too short, Cook is quick to pounce on this and guide it down to third man. Encouraging bounce there for Warne

19.2

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward to defend. Gilchrist says "Orrrrr"

19.3

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, too short and Cook again does well to rock back and cut it front of square

19.4

Warne to Cook, no run, ooh a bit fuller, Cook goes back again onto his crease

19.5

Warne to Cook, no run, ooh and a huge appeal from Warne - a huge legbreak almost turning square from outside the left hander's off stump...Cook shoulders arms, dangerously so, but the bounce saves Cook

19.6

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward to defend

England 47/2   AN Cook 29* (69b 3x4)

21.1

Warne to Cook, no run, "awwww" cries Warne as Cook whips this one to leg, perfectly safe though

21.2

Warne to Cook, FOUR, fabulous shot, he really waited for that one. Again Warne gives Cook too much width, too short, and Cook cuts it hard in front of square for four.

21.3

Warne to Cook, 1 run, pushed off his legs

England 56/2   AN Cook 34* (72b 4x4)

22.1

Clark to Cook, 1 run, banged in short and Cook calmly pulls it around just wide of fine leg who runs to his right. Nicely controlled shot, rolling his wrists

England 61/2   AN Cook 35* (73b 4x4)

23.1

Warne to Cook, no run, well flighted just outside off, Cook comes forward and hides his bat behind the pad

23.2

Warne to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

23.3

Warne to Cook, no run, down on one knee, smashed to cover

23.4

Warne to Cook, no run, pushes forward at this and defneds

23.5

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, ooh, outside edge there past slip - but perhaps it was intentional. Played with soft hands

23.6

Warne to Cook, no run, big stride forward, the ball ballooning to slip and the crowd go wildish

England 69/2   AN Cook 37* (79b 4x4)

24.5

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook jumps back into crease and blocks this out with a high front elbow. Solid.

24.6

Clark to Cook, 1 run, shorter, Cook hooks it but miscues it...just to the right, and behind, Gilchrist

England 73/2   AN Cook 38* (81b 4x4)

25.1

Warne to Cook, no run, ooh Cook was a touch late on that but jabbed down on it solidly enough

25.2

Warne to Cook, no run

25.3

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, very nicely played indeed from Cook, meeting the ball, opening the face and pushing it down past slip. A short third man collects but that was very classily played

25.4

Warne to Cook, no run, and he kicks this out of the rough, well played Cook

25.5

Warne to Cook, no run, padded away once more

25.6

Warne to Cook, no run, not much turn for Warne there and Cook defends it on the front foot

England 75/2   AN Cook 40* (87b 4x4)

27.6

Warne to Cook, no run, yowzers! That was millimetres away from bowling Cook, what a ball from Warne, turning a country mile outside off, Cook leaves it alone and it shaves the off stump.

England 87/2   AN Cook 40* (88b 4x4)

28.2

Lee to Cook, no run, ooh Cook goes back and swishes at this one, the ball moving away from the left-hander very late. Super bowling

28.3

Lee to Cook, no run, confidently forward from Cook, pushing it out

28.4

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, lovely shot off the back foot, whipping it in front of square and timing it nicely, using the pace of the ball

28.5

Lee to Cook, 1 run, again this is calmly, confidently clipped off his legs by Cook to deep backward square

England 91/2   AN Cook 43* (92b 4x4)

29.1

Warne to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot once again

29.2

Warne to Cook, OUT, Gone! Big turn from Warne there, Cook came tentatively forward - not reading the spin - blindly looking for the ball, gets an inside edge to Hussey at short leg. Fine innings from Cook, but simply not enough. Click here for the picture

AN Cook c Hussey b Warne 43 (128m 94b 4x4 0x6) SR: 45.74

England 91/3   AN Cook 43 (94b 4x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Nov 27, 2006

Dad's Army: Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath celebrate the win at Brisbane, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, November 27, 2006

Dad's Army: Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath celebrate the win

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Nov 27, 2006

Glenn McGrath raises a stump in celebration after Australia trounce England at Brisbane, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, November 27, 2006

Glenn McGrath raises a stump in celebration after Australia trounce England at Brisbane

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