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

29.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, massive stride forward - quicker ball from Warne - well defended

29.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, another humungous stride down the pitch, timed into the covers

29.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

29.6

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

England 91/3   KP Pietersen 0* (4b)

31.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen gets into a right mess here, shuffling down the pitch massively before losing his footing and sliding down the pitch.

31.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, crunched out into the covers, very well timed. Pietersen's not going to hang around here

31.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, but he cautiously defends this. Ooh bit of banter now, Warne giving it to KP who smiles back

31.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, again he comes forward to this leg-side ball, pushing it back to Warne

31.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, tries to sweep this on the front foot but it's the slider, rushes on to Pietersen who misses. Good take from Gilchrist though

31.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, and he flicks this down to long-on to get off the mark

England 98/3   KP Pietersen 1* (10b)

32.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, outside off and he opens the face, guiding it into the gully

32.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run

32.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, short - but probably not as short as Pietersen thought who ducks underneath it

32.4

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, ooh, streaky - very Pieterseny - outside off and he flails his hands at it, torpedoing it through the gully. As expression goes, "if you're going to flash, flash hard." I hate that expression

32.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, and he turns his wrists, neatly tucking it behind square

England 103/3   KP Pietersen 6* (15b 1x4)

33.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, comes forward to defend this

33.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pushed to leg. Come on, give it some humpty

33.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, corr, some massive inside-edge-action there which just evades short-leg

33.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run

33.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, goes back, smacks it hard into the ground - the ball bobbling over Justin Langer, not the tallest man by any means, who can't quite reach it.

33.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended solidly

England 103/3   KP Pietersen 6* (21b 1x4)

34.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, dug out off the back foot and squirts a drive to the covers

34.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, a very solid defensive that, to one which comes in at him off a length and he plays off the back foot with a very straight bat

England 104/3   KP Pietersen 6* (23b 1x4)

37.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, solid as an ox with that defensive there

37.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, that loops in at the batsman and he manages to defend it on the front foot

37.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 4 byes, ooh, that one hit a crack and veered alarmingly past the batsman, down leg, and ran away for four byes

37.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen did well to jab his bat down on that one which was in a good area and came on pretty quickly

37.5

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, just nudged off his legs into space

England 117/3   KP Pietersen 7* (28b 1x4)

38.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, short and Pietersen ducks away from that one, to cheers from the crowd

38.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, the batsman shapes to drive that one through cover but checks the shot and takes his bottom hand off it

38.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, driven out to the man at cover point

38.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, defended this time

38.5

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, well bowled, taking all the speed of it, but Pietersen senses what's going on early, takes a big stride forward, goes down on one knee and lamps it a touch aerially over cover

38.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, left alone this time

England 121/3   KP Pietersen 11* (34b 2x4)

39.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes Collingwood's lead and walks into that shot, down the off side, trying to get himself well down the pitch and outside the line as he plays that on the front foot

39.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, easy leave

England 123/3   KP Pietersen 11* (36b 2x4)

40.3

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, Lee came round the wicket this time and that's worked out behind square and right out inside the boundary

40.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, tried to work that into space on the leg-side

England 127/3   KP Pietersen 12* (38b 2x4)

42.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, pulls out of that one, ducking away and showing the ball his shoulder as it flies past

42.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, round the wicket again, and that's way past the batsman, a touch wide and easily left alone

42.6

Lee to Pietersen, (no ball) FOUR, Pietersen rockets that in front of midwicket - he leapt on to it with trademark Pietersen speed and boshes it all the way to the boundary

42.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, defended this time

England 140/3   KP Pietersen 16* (42b 3x4)

44.1

Hussey to Pietersen, FOUR, offers up a nice juicy half-volley; Pietersen licks his lips and tucks in, peeling that one through the covers

44.2

Hussey to Pietersen, no run, that bends well away from the right-hander, not interesting him at all

44.3

Hussey to Pietersen, no run, teased to cover

44.4

Hussey to Pietersen, no run, leaves that one alone

44.5

Hussey to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen strokes that one down to gully

44.6

Hussey to Pietersen, 1 run, lashed out to Clarke just in front of point

England 146/3   KP Pietersen 21* (48b 4x4)

45.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen rocks back and thwacks that to point where Langer, like an efficient icecream seller, is quick to scoop and serve

45.2

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, Warne gives that one more air, Pietersen skips down the pitch and drills it wide of mid-on to bring up England's 150. Have some of that&

45.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, smothers that one into the ground with a forward defensive

45.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, another cushioning defensive

45.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, half-shouts for lbw, as the ball raps Pietersen low on the leg, but it wasn't out, as it was missing leg

45.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended - and that's tea

England 150/3   KP Pietersen 25* (54b 5x4)

47.1

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen takes a step to meet it, turns it into a half volley which he clips through midwicket

47.2

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, down the track again, turns this into a full toss this time and Pietersen hammers it to the right of mid-on. we have a contest

47.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, more circumspect

47.4

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen uses his feet for the third time in four balls, once more crashing it through the gap between mid-on and midwicket

47.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, snorting, ripping reply from Warne, turning it past Pietersen's outside edge

47.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, driven back to Warne who slightly petulantly hurls the ball back, far too close to the batsman and Pietersen thwacks the ball over the slips! Gilchrist laughs but KP is very unhappy and calls Warne - his mate - several rather nasty words which are not for a family audience

England 164/3   KP Pietersen 35* (60b 7x4)

49.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, super conventional legbreak, turns past Pietersen's groping prod

49.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, turned behind on the leg side

England 169/3   KP Pietersen 36* (62b 7x4)

50.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, that's better. On off stump and Pietersen blocks

50.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, back into the groove outside off stump and KP not remotely tempted

50.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, same line. The batsmen will not be drawn in when it's that wide

50.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, better line and Pietersen has to play, planting the ball into the covers

50.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, well, that proves I know nothing! Outside off stump and Pietersen gropes and misses. That was 81.5mph (131kph)

50.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, driven firmly to extra cover

England 169/3   KP Pietersen 36* (68b 7x4)

51.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen leaves it alone outside off stump

England 176/3   KP Pietersen 36* (69b 7x4)

53.1

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, two steps and Pietersen crashes that up and over mid-off. McGrath gives chase but he wouldn't have got that in his prime

53.2

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, half volley fetched from outside off stump through midwicket. That went like a missile

53.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen went to cut, missed and a massive appeal from the close fielders as Gilchrist took it ... Gilchrist races down the pitch but Bucknor not interested. The Australians are perplexed and, oddly, Bucknor looked across to his colleague before seeming to shrug. Replays not clear either way

53.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, wide and left alone

53.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, no shot ... have we had the drama for the over?

53.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, legbreak outside off stump and Pietersen misses with an ugly swish

England 186/3   KP Pietersen 44* (75b 9x4)

54.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, backward defensive stroke

54.3

Clark to Pietersen, 2 runs

54.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, wide and left

54.5

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen tips-and-runs into the covers. Good calling and comfortable as they set off so quickly

England 190/3   KP Pietersen 47* (79b 9x4)

55.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, wide and Piertsen sniffily watches it pass

55.2

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, short and Pietersen cuts that with real power to the cover boundary. That's his seventh Test fifty

55.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, premeditated sweep

England 199/3   KP Pietersen 52* (82b 10x4)

56.1

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, blocked but the ball squirts out on the leg side

England 208/3   KP Pietersen 53* (83b 10x4)

57.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, turned into the leg side

England 213/3   KP Pietersen 54* (84b 10x4)

58.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, gentle half volley to ease his way back into action, patted to mid-on

58.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, widish and left

58.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, another half volley, driven back and McGrath bends and gathers like someone in the first flush of youth

58.4

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, oh yes! Another half volley outside off stump and Pietersen steers that past extra cover. That would please the purists

58.5

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, and again. Pietersen hits that in the same place but with added vim. "Oh gosh," mutters McGrath. Or something like that

58.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, another cracking drive, but that extra-cover region has been reinforced and it beats the first man but not the second

England 225/3   KP Pietersen 62* (90b 12x4)

59.4

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, short and flat-batted to deep square leg

59.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run

England 230/3   KP Pietersen 65* (92b 12x4)

60.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, wide outside off stump and left

60.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, driven firmly but straight to the fielder

60.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, one step down the track, flicked to short midwicket where Langer made a mess of a simple stop

60.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, McGrath back in the groove after a slightly wayward first over. How long will Pietersen allow himself to be bottled up ... this is a good test of his temperament

60.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, right on the button and blocked

60.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, blocked on the walk

England 230/3   KP Pietersen 65* (98b 12x4)

61.3

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, another massively aggressive shot from Pietersen, going down on one knee and sweep-slapping Warne from outside off in front of square

61.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, turned around the corner to fine leg

61.6

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, ah, what a fabulous shot, sweeping Warne from well outside off stump and getting it much finer than previously in the over, bisecting the two sweepers on the boundary&

England 239/3   KP Pietersen 72* (101b 13x4)

62.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, firmly, and expansively driven by Pietersen but straight to mid-off

62.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 2 runs, nipped back off the seam, Pietersen tucks him off his legs for a couple more

62.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, powerfully struck once more with a high front elbow, but straight to mid-off again

62.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, ah, now then, that spat up off a length to Pietersen - first time that's happened for a while - almost squaring him up, who prods it out to mid-on

62.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, driven out into the covers

England 242/3   KP Pietersen 74* (106b 13x4)

64.1

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, well that's cheeky from Pietersen, very classy shot just opening the face and guiding it past the slips and gully to the vacant third man. Excellent

64.2

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, cockiness from Pietersen who practically runs down the pitch to McGrath, the ball rising on him and it flicks off his pad

England 254/4   KP Pietersen 78* (108b 14x4)

65.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, miles too wide from the big winning Warne, well outside Pietersen's leg stump who leaves it alone

65.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, comes forward and pads it away

65.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pushes this out to cover

65.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended solidly

65.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pads it away once more

65.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and again he kicks it away

England 254/4   KP Pietersen 78* (114b 14x4)

67.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Warne to continue with his around-the-wicket tactics

67.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, again kicked away

67.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, once again padded away...he's going to go for it this over, surely

67.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, and he does go for it, to a delivery which is slightly straighter this time, timing it out to the off side

England 263/4   KP Pietersen 79* (118b 14x4)

68.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, swinging into Pietersen who doesn't quite time it, pushing it to mid-on and they scamper a single

England 264/4   KP Pietersen 80* (119b 14x4)

69.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, got him! No he hasn't, sorry, nearly got him, Pietersen overbalances, misses the ball - but so does Gilchrist, and a stumping chance goes begging. Damn hard one, though

69.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, padded away

69.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, again he kicks this away. "awww, loving this Warney" offers Gilchrist

69.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, expansively cover-driven, but straight to extra cover

England 269/4   KP Pietersen 81* (123b 14x4)

70.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, no great pace from Lee, no swing either and it's left alone outside off

70.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, crack! Smacked on the up, but straight to cover

70.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, that's a touch quicker from Lee and this time he does find some inswing, Pietersen times it to mid-on but again can't find the gap

70.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, and again he can't bisect the fielder; he really timed that superbly, and short mid-off took the brunt of it

70.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, nearly! Pietersen tried to hit that into New Zealand, an almighty swing of the bat and he misses the ball by several feet

70.6

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, tucked off his legs for a couple

England 271/4   KP Pietersen 83* (129b 14x4)

72.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

72.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, left alone

72.3

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, oh where's this gone? Pietersen tries to hook this bouncer and it spirals up in the air, over square leg but somehow lady luck is smiling on him. Dreadful, careless cricket this.

England 272/5   KP Pietersen 84* (132b 14x4)

73.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, padded away

73.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and padded away again

73.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, again he won't be tempted, padding this away

73.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, a touch straighter but again Pietersen can just kick this away

73.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and this rips past Pietersen, turning massively but it pitched a mile outside leg

73.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, kicked away to end the over

England 278/5   KP Pietersen 84* (138b 14x4)

74.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, he sways out the way of this shorter ball

England 279/5   KP Pietersen 84* (139b 14x4)

75.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pushed off his legs

England 283/5   KP Pietersen 85* (140b 14x4)

76.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, attempted pull but it hits him on the arm

76.2

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, purposefully edged past Gilchrist down to third man

76.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, attempted pull, misses out and it goes through to Gilchrist

76.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, solidly defended on the back foot, bit of extra bounce there

76.6

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, too short but it doesn't quite get up enough, but Pietersen nevertheless paddles it around the corner

England 286/5   KP Pietersen 87* (145b 14x4)

77.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, outside off, Pietersen sweeps it down to fine leg

England 287/5   KP Pietersen 88* (146b 14x4)

78.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, banged in short and again it doesn't quite get up - worrying signs for the batsmen - and the ball scoots beneath Pietersen's pull shot

78.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, again short but it climbs up and is defended on the back foot

78.3

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, turned down to fine leg, no great power in the shot there

78.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot

England 289/5   KP Pietersen 89* (150b 14x4)

79.4

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, quicker - the slider? - and Pietersen sweeps, misses, Warne roars and appeal...but they get a run down the leg side

79.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, swept in the air, top edge but it falls safe of the man at fine-leg

England 293/5   KP Pietersen 92* (152b 14x4)

80.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, solid start from the batsman, defending that one at 134kph, as it pitches on off stump

80.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen swishes at that across the line, he misses, and it clatters into him at hip-height, but too high

80.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, defended this time

80.4

Lee to Pietersen, OUT, oh! and he's gone - flicking impulsively at Martyn in a very short midwicket. The new ball has done the trick for Australia, and that's just the start that they wanted, with the big wicket of Pietersen. Click here for the picture

KP Pietersen c Martyn b Lee 92 (227m 155b 14x4 0x6) SR: 59.35

England 293/6   KP Pietersen 92 (156b 14x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Nov 27, 2006

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