England tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 23-27, 2006
The Ashes - 1st Test
Australia won by 277 runs
23,24,25,26,27 November 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200
108.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Flintoff roars into bowl - and the Barmy Army join in, too - and that one goes right through the gate but brushes his pad outside the line while missing his off stump. Lucky

108.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, a bouncer this time has Clarke ducking and that rounds off a neat over from Flintoff

Australia 407/4   MJ Clarke 0* (2b)
109.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, slower ball from Hoggard but that's picked easily by Clarke who steers the ball to mid-off easily

109.6

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, off the mark with a tidy shot through midwicket, clipped off his legs

Australia 410/4   MJ Clarke 2* (4b)
110.2

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, outside edge flies down and past the slip cordon as Giles launches a despairing dive at the ball - and another slip is brought in

110.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, bouncer, easily ducked

110.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, defended down into the gully region - Flintoff is really pumped here

110.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, tidy stuff from Mr Infredible as he spears one in straight at Clarke who punches forward and Flintoff snaps the ball as he dives on top

110.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, that one strays down leg and it's clipped into leg for a hard-run two: good legs

Australia 417/4   MJ Clarke 8* (9b 1x4)
111.4

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, flicked off the front foot into midwicket and Clarke sets off immediately to scamper a single

Australia 421/4   MJ Clarke 9* (10b 1x4)
112.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, steps out to cover-drive that one but Harmison is there to smother the danger

112.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, cut off his back foot into the well-packed cordon. Clarke's under some pressure here

112.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, a straighter one and this time it's defended easily

112.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke shoulders arms to one which goes down the outside not close enough to be tempting

112.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, again that one is left alone

112.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, on the button now and a defensive shot off the front foot rolls into the point region

Australia 421/4   MJ Clarke 9* (16b 1x4)
113.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, Harmison continues to struggle with his line, that one straying down the off-side

113.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 wide, huge cheers from the crowd as Harmison slings that one very wide indeed and Billy Bowden solemnly extends his arms to indicate the extra

113.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that's defended this time

113.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, a leave this time - but that's because Harmison has got that one in the corridor, still a touch too wide to ask any questions, though

113.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, wider again - he's really struggling out there

113.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one's close enough to get bat on and the batsman defends this one as the over comes to a close

Australia 423/4   MJ Clarke 9* (21b 1x4)
115.4

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

115.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke comes down the track, opens his shoulders and lashes a cover-drive, but doesn't quite time that one

Australia 426/4   MJ Clarke 10* (23b 1x4)
116.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, bouncer, and a straight one too, and Clarke sways out of the way. No need to bother playing those at this stage

116.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, excellent line, right in the corridor from Hoggard and shaping away ever so slightly to the slips. Left alone by Clarke, wisely

116.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, well bowled, a corker from Hoggard! His first of the game, probably too - swinging into the batsman before sharply seaming away, missing the forward defensive of Clarke. Great delivery

116.6

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, swinging in again to Clarke who works it through midwicket for a single

Australia 429/4   MJ Clarke 11* (27b 1x4)
117.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke comes forward, smothering the spin

117.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, too short - but a touch quicker - and Clarke goes back to cut

117.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, nice flight from Giles this time, on leg stump and Clarke again smothers it

117.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, short and wide, Clarke waits for it and chops it down into the gully. Still no run.

117.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, perfect line on middle stump, defended solidly

117.6

Giles to Clarke, FOUR, ah lovely shot from Clarke, he really waited for that one, rocking back and late-cutting this wider delivery past point for four. Very quick on his feet.

Australia 433/4   MJ Clarke 15* (33b 2x4)
119.1

Giles to Clarke, SIX, BOSH! Clarke steps down the pitch and smacks Giles over his head for the first six of the innings. That was huge

119.2

Giles to Clarke, no run

119.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, half a shout from Giles - in fact, maybe a three-quarter-shout - but the batsman had a huge stride in

119.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, better shout this time - Clarke's hiding his bat behind the pad, which is never clever - but again Bowden turns it down

119.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets some bat on it this time, pushing it out to cover

119.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, ah, Clarke comes down the pitch - a half-step, no more - squirting it inside-out to the covers...but he was done by Giles's pace there. Good comeback

Australia 443/4   MJ Clarke 21* (39b 2x4 1x6)
121.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, goddim! No he hasn't, sorry - crowd catch there as Clarke goes inside out and smacks it to Strauss at short extra-cover

121.2

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

121.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, quicker ball outside off, Clarke defends without moving his feet...poking his bat ungainly at the ball

121.4

Giles to Clarke, FOUR, well he's hit this inside out over mid-off but it was squirted rather than hammered, and was pretty fortunate not to get an outside edge on that

121.5

Giles to Clarke, 2 runs, much quicker this time but Clarke is wise to the change in pace, tickling it fine - and they sprint hard for the first and even harder for the second, great running

121.6

Giles to Clarke, no run

Australia 449/4   MJ Clarke 27* (45b 3x4 1x6)
122.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, "NO" screams Clarke who, pushing this out into the covers, nearly drew Ponting into a single.

122.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, crashed back to the bowler - a bump-ball zeroing in on Hoggard's heart who fortunately gets his hands in the way

122.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, nice banana-swing away from the right-hander, but too wide for him to be troubled

122.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, ah, Clarke nearly fished at that - he desperately wanted to before dragging his bat inside the line

Australia 450/4   MJ Clarke 27* (49b 3x4 1x6)
123.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, better - straighter and fuller - but defended with ease

123.6

Giles to Clarke, 2 runs, lovely late-cut down to third man

Australia 461/4   MJ Clarke 29* (51b 3x4 1x6)
125.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, clever shot - Clarke's so good against spin - meeting the ball on the full and clipping it to long-on

125.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, again clipped down to long-on...Clarke's milking Giles like a dairy-farmer

Australia 464/4   MJ Clarke 31* (53b 3x4 1x6)
127.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, worked into space to bring Warne onto strike

127.4

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, "bowled Gilo" screams Jones as the batsman clips it confidently down the ground. Wicketkeepers are nothing if not enthusiasts

Australia 470/6   MJ Clarke 33* (55b 3x4 1x6)
129.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, outside off and, hello, that's swung back into the right hander; reverse-swing is starting to happen

129.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, left alone by the batsman once more, just a little too wide though

129.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, pushed back to the bowler who fields neatly, flinging the ball back to the stumps and hitting them - for the first time in the match

129.4

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, outside off, the batsman rocks back and pushes it wide of point

Australia 474/6   MJ Clarke 34* (59b 3x4 1x6)
130.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, angled into Clarke who meets it with the full face

130.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, on target and a sniff of extra lift as it slaps Clarke on the bottom hand

130.3

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke gets a thick edge to a drive and it flies over the slips - it's four all the way as there is no third man. The game plan seems to be go for it now ...

130.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, push and run to mid-off

Australia 481/6   MJ Clarke 39* (63b 4x4 1x6)
131.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, straight and patted back

131.2

Harmison to Clarke, 1 leg bye, Clarke shapes to flick to leg and misses, but there is still ample time for a leg bye

131.5

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, patted into space on the leg side

Australia 484/6   MJ Clarke 40* (66b 4x4 1x6)
132.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, Flintoff drifts to leg, Clarke neatly works it behind square

132.2

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke checks on his shot and the ball loops safely over Flintoff's outstretched arm and trundles to long-on

132.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, off stump, blocked

132.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, much wider and Clarke thrusts his pad forward as the ball passes

132.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, and it's gone a bit quiet in the middle as well

132.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, another one Clarke lets pass by unmolested

Australia 490/6   MJ Clarke 44* (72b 4x4 1x6)
133.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, shorter and left

133.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke shaped to hook, checked, and the ball hit bat rather than the other way round and looped on the half volley to long leg. A few of the crowd manage a cheer

Australia 498/6   MJ Clarke 45* (74b 4x4 1x6)
134.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, paddled to the left of midwicket

134.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, wide and watched

134.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, and again wide and again left

134.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke played and missed, no foot movement

Australia 500/6   MJ Clarke 46* (78b 4x4 1x6)
136.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, no need to play

136.2

Flintoff to Clarke, 3 runs, in the groove and Clarke wristily flicks it wide of midwicket

Australia 505/7   MJ Clarke 49* (80b 4x4 1x6)
137.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, wide and left alone

137.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, wide and wayward down the leg side but not called as a wide ... and I'm not sure why

137.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, short and thumps into Jones's gloves

137.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, another one with vim but not on the right line

137.5

Harmison to Clarke, 1 leg bye, squeezed out on the leg and the crowd cheer Clarke's 50 ... but Bowden signals a leg bye and gets booed for his pains

Australia 506/7   MJ Clarke 49* (85b 4x4 1x6)
138.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, that is Clarke's fifty ... wide and he had to stretch to punch that into the covers

138.5

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke happy to take singles

Australia 513/7   MJ Clarke 51* (87b 4x4 1x6)
139.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good start from Anderson, on the spot

139.2

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, worked into space on the off side

139.5

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

139.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, plopped into the off side, no chance of a run

Australia 515/7   MJ Clarke 52* (91b 4x4 1x6)
141.1

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, short-arm pull off the front foot and two bounces into the hoardings. Poor old Ashley Giles has to go and fetch and gets some abuse from the locals for his pains. But he's probably heard it all before at Edgbaston

141.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, left alone

141.3

Anderson to Clarke, OUT, Wicket! Anderson deserved that. Clarke looks to drive but it's a bit too far from him and a thick edge flies at regulation height to Strauss at second slip.

MJ Clarke c Strauss b Anderson 56 (153m 94b 5x4 1x6) SR: 59.57

Australia 528/8   MJ Clarke 56 (94b 5x4 1x6)
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