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

47.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended

47.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, and he comes forward solidly again

47.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, pushed to short-leg...this is great stuff from Giles

47.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot once more

Australia 198/3   MEK Hussey 0* (4b)

48.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey takes a big step down the pitch to shoulder arms outside the off stump.

48.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, full and straight, Hussey jabs down on it and almost falls over - as he often does - fooling Ponting into thinking he's going for a run.

48.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, excellent bouncer! Terrific aggression from Flintoff, and well directed too; Hussey snapped his neck out of the way and the ball zipped through to Jones

48.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, ooh very close! Very well bowled, fuller and flicking Hussey's pad who left it alone. No appeal, superbly bowled nevertheless

48.6

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, shot, Hussey, driving it back past Flintoff. The moment he pitched it up, Hussey pounced

Australia 203/3   MEK Hussey 4* (9b 1x4)

49.2

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, immediately Hussey is down the pitch to meet the ball, clipping it powerfully off his toes and, well...that's superbly timed, fine confident shot

49.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, "no" shouts Hussey who defends this ball into the covers

49.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, better ball - tossed up and straighter - and Hussey clamps down on it

49.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey again watchfully defends this, head right over the ball

49.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, good line, really well bowled outside off but Hussey pushes it out to cover

Australia 208/3   MEK Hussey 8* (14b 2x4)

50.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

50.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, again he leaves this alone

Australia 209/3   MEK Hussey 8* (16b 2x4)

51.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, really nicely played from Hussey, skipping down the pitch and chipping him down to long-on

51.6

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, pushed with typical energy by Hussey to the leg side, sprinting a single

Australia 217/3   MEK Hussey 10* (18b 2x4)

52.1

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, squeezes that one on the on-side with a cheeky drive

Australia 218/3   MEK Hussey 11* (19b 2x4)

53.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, tempts the batsman to take a big stride forward to that one, but then there's a front-foot defensive shot

53.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, tries to force that one through cover but doesn't really get hold of it

53.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, quick use of the feet and Hussey works that one on to the leg-side with a neat punch of a drive

53.6

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, a very cheeky single as the batsman dinks it down and they run through, evading the underarm throw that comes in at the stumps

Australia 229/3   MEK Hussey 13* (23b 2x4)

54.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, that one's sprayed down the off side and the batsman leaves it alone easily

54.2

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, lovely shot, worked off his hips with a nice clip, and that's well timed

54.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, still a touch wide and that goes through to Jones who takes it without alarm

54.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, the batsmen look for a quick run, but decide against it - and probably for the best, as well, as it's picked up speedily by the man in short on the off-side

54.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, defended forward and there's a loud, solid shout of "No"

54.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, that one bends away from the left-hander, who's contented to just shoulder arms

Australia 231/3   MEK Hussey 15* (29b 2x4)

57.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, the batsmen settle for one after Strauss runs out to third man to collect the ball

Australia 239/3   MEK Hussey 16* (30b 2x4)

58.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, lashes at that one, a loose delivery, but doesn't get hold of the ball at all and it bobbles into the off-side

58.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good line and length and Hussey comes forward to defend that one, which he smothers

58.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, comes forward to sniff the ball, leaves it alone and it flies through, seaming away, to Jones

58.5

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, banged in at 85mph - which isn't fast enough on this pitch for that kind of ball - and there's no man at deep backward square leg, so Hussey can loft it in the air, which he does

58.6

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, worked into square this time

Australia 246/3   MEK Hussey 21* (35b 3x4)

59.1

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

59.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, leaves that one and it nips away from him and zooms through to Jones

59.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, worked off his legs, easily, to square

59.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey comes out to meet that one which pitches outside his off stump but he leaves it and it goes on, harmlessly, to Jones

Australia 248/3   MEK Hussey 22* (39b 3x4)

60.6

Bell to Hussey, 1 run, easy single

Australia 260/3   MEK Hussey 23* (40b 3x4)

61.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, gives it a touch more air, there, and the batsman gets over it to push it to mid-on

61.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, problems all round there; Hussey slams that straight to Flintoff at short midwicket who picks it up after one bounce wings it back in to the keeper, but Hussey makes his ground

61.3

Giles to Hussey, 2 runs, guided down to third man

61.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, worked behind square this time

61.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended

61.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended once more

Australia 262/3   MEK Hussey 25* (46b 3x4)

63.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, tosses that one up and the batsman comes forward to drive that one out to mid-off

63.4

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, that's a lovely on-drive and the batsmen have to scamper to make the run as the return throw comes in strongly

63.6

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

Australia 270/3   MEK Hussey 27* (49b 3x4)

64.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hoggard adjusts his line well for the left-hander and that drifts past the outside of the edge as the batsman leaves that well alone

64.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, that's left alone again as the ball sails through to the keeper

64.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ooh, a bit of aggression there from Hoggard - but only a bit - as he scoops the ball when it's hit back to him and shapes to have a shy at the stumps

64.5

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, punches a looser one through the gap square on the off-side and Pietersen chases it down, perhaps thinking about the slide and then instantly realising that it's not a good idea

Australia 274/3   MEK Hussey 30* (53b 3x4)

65.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended off the back foot

65.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended into the gully region this time

65.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, comes on the front foot to defend

65.6

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, hammered back past the bowler, flat and hit very, very hard indeed. The cameras pan in on the ball and it's looking quite battered, a bit like England's attack

Australia 282/3   MEK Hussey 34* (57b 4x4)

66.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, that one's in the channel just outside off stump but it's easily left

66.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, déjà vu - that's just outside off stump and again it's easily left

Australia 283/3   MEK Hussey 34* (59b 4x4)

67.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, cries of "Catch it" from the bowler, but there was no bat or glove involved as the ball pops behind

67.3

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, that one found the gap

67.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, that's a fuller length and dug out by the batsman

67.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, "Bowled, Kev, bowled," go the cries and indeed Kev did bowl the ball. It wasn't a bad one either, forcing the batsman to defend

Australia 286/3   MEK Hussey 35* (63b 4x4)

68.4

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run, driven past short extra cover for an easy one

Australia 288/3   MEK Hussey 36* (64b 4x4)

69.1

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, driven up to the man two-thirds back at mid-off

69.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, outside off stump, left alone and it makes Jones think as it leaps off a length

69.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, much the same. No need for Hussey to bother with these

69.6

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, short, pulled from outside off stump but not timed and it bobbles into the leg side

Australia 293/3   MEK Hussey 38* (68b 4x4)

70.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, full length, easily kept out

70.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, wide and Hussey shoulders arms with an air of disdain

70.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, again wide and again Hussey sniffily leaves it

70.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, sweet judgment as Hussey leaves it and it only misses his off stump by inches. With the angle of attack, Hoggard won't move it back enough to trouble him so he can shoulder arms all day

70.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ... as he does once again

70.6

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, Hoggard adjusts his line accordingly and that allows Hussey to milk runs through the leg side with a neat flick

Australia 296/3   MEK Hussey 41* (74b 4x4)

71.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, wide and left alone. Here we go again

71.2

Pietersen to Hussey, 2 runs, slight outside edge as Hussey drives and it squirts behind square on the off to bring up the 100 partnership

71.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, wide and left once more

71.4

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, cut straight to point

Australia 299/3   MEK Hussey 44* (78b 4x4)

73.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, whoa! Real ripper, turns past Hussey's outside edge. It turned too much

73.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, Hussey can leave that as Pietersen doesn't have one that comes back into the left hander

73.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, same again

73.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, loud shout as it hits Hussey on the pads. Nobody seriously interested ...

73.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, short and pulled square on the leg side

Australia 307/3   MEK Hussey 45* (83b 4x4)

74.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey pulled his bat out of the way late and the ball struck it and rolled to a sprawling slip

74.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, short and safely avoided

74.3

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey forced back but he took the pace off the ball, dropped it into the off side and the pair took a sharp single

Australia 308/3   MEK Hussey 46* (86b 4x4)

75.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, enough turn there to get the close fielders excited

75.2

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, big ripper but too short and controlled cut to the sweeper on the cover boundary

Australia 309/3   MEK Hussey 47* (88b 4x4)

76.3

Giles to Hussey, 2 runs, again nice flight, the finest of tickles down the leg side and much huffing and puffing from the fielders

76.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, fractionally more off-stump line and Hussey defends

76.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey uses his feet to come down the track and almost succeeds in getting himself in a complete tangle but he keeps it out

76.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, more conventional defence

Australia 313/3   MEK Hussey 49* (92b 4x4)

77.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, nothing doing from a straight ball

77.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, drifts down the leg side and a nudged single brings Hussey his fifty. A solid rather than spectacular innings but he's given Ponting excellent support

77.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, drifts down the leg side and a nudged single brings Hussey his fifty. A solid rather than spectacular innings but he's given Ponting excellent support

Australia 315/3   MEK Hussey 50* (94b 4x4)

78.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, good off-stump line

78.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, same again. It's all a bit quiet. England wait for the new ball and Australia will be happy to get to the close with no alarms

78.6

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, real tip-and-run stuff as Hussey angles the ball into the ground and into space on the off side

Australia 320/3   MEK Hussey 52* (97b 4x4)

79.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, a long spell for KP and he's justified it

79.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, lovely flight and well dug out

79.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, semi appeal but no one seems sure what for, especially those making the appeal

79.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, wide and left alone

79.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, same again. The last two didn't move a millimeter

79.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, but that one really turned, zipping past Hussey's defensive prod

Australia 320/3   MEK Hussey 52* (103b 4x4)

81.4

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, driven past short extra cover who's half dive is rather tired

81.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, good length and patted away

Australia 326/3   MEK Hussey 53* (105b 4x4)

82.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, defensive push

82.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey aims to sweep, misses, and looks momentarily alarmed as the ball trickles past his stumps

82.6

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, left alone to end the over

Australia 328/3   MEK Hussey 54* (108b 4x4)

83.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, more of the same from Pietersen, some turn but little threat

83.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, placed into the covers but too close to point for a single

83.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run

83.4

Pietersen to Hussey, FOUR, superbly-placed sweep, too full and the fielders in the deep bisected with mathematical precision

83.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, plopped into the off side

83.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, crouching defensive stroke

Australia 332/3   MEK Hussey 58* (114b 5x4)

84.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, solidly defended to one on off stump

84.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off stump

84.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, oh dear. wide again

84.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, even wider, no need for Hussey to even sniff at that

84.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, and again wide. Flintoff didn't really make them play at enough that over

Australia 333/3   MEK Hussey 58* (119b 5x4)

85.6

Anderson to Hussey, 3 runs, Hussey given width and he places it neatly past point

Australia 341/3   MEK Hussey 61* (120b 5x4)

86.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, wide and left alone

86.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, leg side but it swung ...unfortunately, further down the leg

86.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, much better, right line, almost yorker length and Hussey had to work to dig that out

86.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, up in the zone and Hussey again had to work

86.5

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey did well to squeeze a full-length ball between point and extra cover

Australia 342/3   MEK Hussey 62* (125b 5x4)

87.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wide, left alone

87.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, another easy run. There is no pressure being put on the batsmen even though the new ball has been taken

Australia 343/3   MEK Hussey 63* (127b 5x4)

89.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey blocks with conviction

89.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, short and seamed back into Hussey who had to add a bit to his lean back to ensure he stayed out of harm's way

89.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, no need to play

89.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, yet again the batsman can leave with comfort

89.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, on the right line but too short and Hussey able to leave it as it passes well over the top of off stump

89.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, swung back but not enough to trouble Hussey

Australia 346/3   MEK Hussey 63* (133b 5x4)

90.6

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, confident square drive and England's fielders resume chasing leather

Australia 350/3   MEK Hussey 66* (134b 5x4)

91.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, super start, pitches in line and swings back into the left hander, confident shout as it strikes him on the pad - he's only half forward - but Bowden not interested

91.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, patted down to mid-off

91.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off stump

91.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, again left alone outside off stump - the angle means that Hussey is quite safe doing this unless Anderson produces something extraordinary

91.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wider and Hussey watches it sail past

91.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey leaves that one. A good start from Anderson but he needs to make the batsman play more

Australia 350/3   MEK Hussey 66* (140b 5x4)

92.2

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run

92.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, speared across and well wide of the left hander. Hoggard's not touching 80mph and not really swinging it either when it matters

Australia 353/3   MEK Hussey 67* (142b 5x4)

93.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey lets it go outside his off stump

93.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, better line forces Hussey to defend rather than leave it

93.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Anderson slides that across Hussey but too wide to be dangerous

93.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, even wider

93.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, well, it swung but the line was wrong to start with

Australia 356/3   MEK Hussey 67* (147b 5x4)

94.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hussey off balance and the ball, shaped in at his feet, hits his pads. Going well down the leg side. 127kph!

94.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, pushed up to mid-off

94.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, left alone, no swing

94.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, angled across but without swing it's harmless

94.6

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run, lovely single, Hussey on the back foot drops it down with soft hands and without a call the two batsmen scurry through. Unspoken communication from a pair who have been together for some time

Australia 358/3   MEK Hussey 68* (152b 5x4)

95.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed to cover, Hussey takes one stride and then bellows "No" in case Ponting was coming

95.2

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, too full, inswinger, sumptuous drive through extra cover, sweet timing and no need to do anything other than wait for a steward to throw it back&

95.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, slightly better length and patted back

95.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, swung into Hussey who left it. That was left on length as it was close to off stump

95.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, "No, no, no, no" yells Hussey as the cover fielders race in to field a ball dropped on the off side

95.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Left alone outside off stump

Australia 362/3   MEK Hussey 72* (158b 6x4)

98.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, better start. This is painful to watch though ...

98.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 bye, wide down the leg side and Jones makes a diving one-handed semi-stop. More ironic cheers

Australia 370/3   MEK Hussey 72* (160b 6x4)

99.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, angled across, left alone

99.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey plays that with ease into the covers

99.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, once more the angle was wrong and no need for Hussey to do anything other than watch

99.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, better, and Hussey blocks

99.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, swung into Hussey and he watchfully drops his bat on it

99.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, the widest one of the over. He looks as if he is feeling the heat

Australia 371/3   MEK Hussey 72* (166b 6x4)

100.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, drifting to leg, worked away safely

Australia 376/3   MEK Hussey 73* (167b 6x4)

101.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, a tiring Anderson continues with one outside off

101.2

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, angled with intent through the gap between slips and gully, Pietersen chases and retrieves

101.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, up in the slot, plopped to extra cover

101.4

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, super stuff. pitched up and crisply driven on the rise between Collingwood and Pietersen who chase with no real hope of catching it

101.5

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

101.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, more of the same. Is that it for Anderson? He looks tired

Australia 386/3   MEK Hussey 79* (173b 7x4)

102.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, wide down the leg. If this was an ODI Harmison would still be in his first over

102.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, another wide one. Bucknor doesn't call it but probably because his arms are getting tired

Australia 387/3   MEK Hussey 79* (175b 7x4)

104.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, that's straight and true and that's defended on the back foot

104.2

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, just strayed down leg a touch, Hussey bends over the ball as he works it off his hips for a quick single

104.6

Flintoff to Hussey, 2 runs, a cheeky single - made into an even cheekier two - as that's dinked into the short midwicket region. Good running from the pair

Australia 393/3   MEK Hussey 82* (178b 7x4)

105.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, dinked to cover and there's a loud cry of "No"

Australia 398/3   MEK Hussey 82* (179b 7x4)

107.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run

107.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ooh, good line from Hoggard there, in the corridor where there's no certainty - but Hussey chooses to leave it and his judgment proves sound

107.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, again that one's left, but the choice was much easier - the ball went wider and continued to swing away from Hussey as it left him

107.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, similar ball, similar finish - a leave and Jones pouches the ball

107.5

Hoggard to Hussey, 4 runs, firm strike through midwicket off the front foot prompts Giles to dash to the boundary and slide to try to keep the ball in - but no joy for him

107.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ooh, more good judgment from Hussey there who moves his bat away from the danger as the ball flies over the off stump

Australia 406/3   MEK Hussey 86* (185b 7x4)

108.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, that one sails harmlessly down the channel outside off stump and Hussey isn't interested

108.4

Flintoff to Hussey, OUT, bowled through the gate as Hussey attempts a forward defensive and that's a brilliant ball from Flintoff as the timber goes flying. A good tactic from the England captain, too, coming round the wicket - Hussey had been leaving the ball all morning as the ball angled across him and this one made him play... although ultimately he missed. Again it's that man Flintoff who has broken the deadlock and that's three wickets for him

MEK Hussey b Flintoff 86 (257m 187b 8x4 0x6) SR: 45.98

Australia 407/4   MEK Hussey 86 (187b 7x4)
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Nov 27, 2006

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