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

4.1

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, short and Langer goes back and pulls it, well in front of square and without much timing...but it races for four. Dreadful start from Anderson.

4.2

Anderson to Langer, no run, better length and straighter, too, but Langer is looking in fine touch here, crisply driving it back to the bowler who athletically stoops to his right to field

4.3

Anderson to Langer, 3 runs, too short again and Langer reads the swing, what little there was, pulling it straighter past mid-on

4.4

Anderson to Hayden, no run, outside the off stump, quicker too, and Hayden watchfully leaves it alone

4.5

Anderson to Hayden, 3 runs, classy shot from Hayden clipping it off his legs wide of mid-on, Harmison gives chase once more

4.6

Anderson to Langer, no run, good delivery outside the off stump, Langer leaves alone

Australia 31/0   JM Anderson 1-0-10-0

6.1

Anderson to Langer, no run, good ball from Anderson luring Langer forward who defends it on the front foot

6.2

Anderson to Langer, no run, excellent delivery again, on off stump and just swinging back into Langer who - head right over the ball - comes forward to defend.

6.3

Anderson to Langer, no run, three out of three for Anderson, this time causing Langer trouble on the back foot

6.4

Anderson to Langer, no run, Langer tries to cut loose, cutting this wider delivery off the back foot but it's straight to gully. Pressure being built; this is better from England here

6.5

Anderson to Langer, no run, quicker, but it's a little too short - Langer rocks back and defends off the back foot without alarm. Still no run, though...

6.6

Anderson to Langer, 3 runs, and the sixth ball is Australia's let-off as Langer pulls it, misjudging the length slightly, through midwicket

Australia 40/0   JM Anderson 2-0-13-0

8.1

Anderson to Hayden, no run, crisply clipped off his legs but straight to midwicket

8.2

Anderson to Hayden, no run, now that's well bowled from Anderson, drawing him forward but Hayden is too wise and canny...leaves it alone

8.3

Anderson to Hayden, no run, clipped again off his pads but straight to midwicket once more

8.4

Anderson to Hayden, no run, fuller from Anderson, seeking swing but finding very little, and Hayden leaves it alone

8.5

Anderson to Hayden, no run, Hayden bullishly advances down the pitch, shaping to smash Anderson over the top before shouldering arms

8.6

Anderson to Hayden, no run, very well bowled, fuller and quicker but it's just wide enough for Hayden to ignore it

Australia 40/0   JM Anderson 3-1-13-0

10.1

Anderson to Langer, no run, nudged to the leg side

10.2

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, crash: Langer cuts hard in front of point, smashing it for four

10.3

Anderson to Langer, no run, quick bouncer there, Langer threatened to hook before ducking underneath it. Oddly for Langer, he hasn't been hit yet - and we've nearly had a whole hour's play

10.4

Anderson to Langer, no run, crashed off the back foot, but to Pietersen in covers

10.5

Anderson to Langer, no run, that's nicely bowled from Anderson - that's the line and length, forcing Langer forward and forcing him to defend his stumps. It's not rocket science.

10.6

Anderson to Langer, no run, pushed off the back foot but he can't find the gap

Australia 51/0   JM Anderson 4-1-17-0

12.1

Anderson to Langer, no run, full and straight, clipped off his legs but straight to the fielder

12.2

Anderson to Langer, no run, pushed back to the bowler

12.3

Anderson to Langer, no run, straighter this time, on off stump and Langer defends it on the back foot. Wary, though, wary of the swing - what little there is

12.4

Anderson to Langer, no run, Langer rides the bounce here, pushing it off the back foot into the gully. Really neatly played

12.5

Anderson to Langer, no run, left alone by Langer

12.6

Anderson to Langer, no run, fine ball - and a maiden over - defended on the front foot

Australia 57/0   JM Anderson 5-2-17-0

14.1

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, bosh - great shot from Langer there, a full-blooded cover drive from one which pitches just a touch short and that races away

14.2

Anderson to Langer, no run, good reply from Anderson - straight, and that raps Langer on the thigh pad

14.3

Anderson to Langer, no run, a play and a miss from Langer, looking for a repeat of the pull shot that's worked well for him already today

14.4

Anderson to Langer, 1 wide, bouncer and that climbs and climbs and Langer has got no need to even pull out of that shot, as it's nowhere near him

14.4

Anderson to Langer, no run

14.5

Anderson to Langer, no run, a touch of width this time, only a hint, mind, and that's cut firmly to point where it's picked up without trouble

14.6

Anderson to Langer, no run, decent delivery, straight and on a good length but Langer defends it easily

Australia 68/0   JM Anderson 6-2-22-0

25.1

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

25.2

Anderson to Langer, no run, punched into the covers off the back foot

25.3

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, a little more width and crashed square through the covers for four

25.4

Anderson to Langer, no run, tries the same shot but this time fails to time it as well and Pietersen fields

25.5

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, take that! Again up in the zone and Langer launches a ferocious off drive, much straighter, and the ball races to the rope

25.6

Anderson to Langer, no run, Short and Langer attempts to hook but doesn't get hold of it. Nine off the over and Australia in the box seat from the off

Australia 118/1   JM Anderson 7-2-31-0

27.1

Anderson to Langer, 1 leg bye, squirted behind square on the leg side for a single

27.2

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

27.3

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, Langer is feasting on this. Wide and smeared to the cover boundary. Anderson shakes his head, as well he might. Expect another complaint about the ball ...

27.4

Anderson to Langer, 1 run, Langer doesn't quite get hold of this but it still produces a run

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   JM Anderson 8-2-41-0

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   JM Anderson 9-3-41-0

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   JM Anderson 10-3-43-0

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

33.5

Anderson to Martyn, 3 runs, beautifully-timed square drive, Pietersen retrieves inches inside the ropes

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   JM Anderson 11-3-55-0

52.1

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

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   JM Anderson 12-3-64-0

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   JM Anderson 13-3-66-0

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   JM Anderson 14-3-72-0

58.1

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

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   JM Anderson 15-3-78-0

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

85.6

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

Australia 341/3   JM Anderson 16-3-86-0

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

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   JM Anderson 17-3-88-0

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   JM Anderson 18-4-88-0

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   JM Anderson 19-5-88-0

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

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   JM Anderson 20-5-91-0

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   JM Anderson 21-5-95-0

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   JM Anderson 22-5-99-0

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   JM Anderson 23-6-99-0

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   JM Anderson 24-6-105-0

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   JM Anderson 25-6-106-0

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

139.3

Anderson to Lee, no run, Not forward or back, Lee caught in two minds and neither of them produces a run

139.4

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, slashed with power and Cook makes a good stop at point. That hurt and he trots out the boundary rubbing his wrist

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   JM Anderson 26-6-108-0

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

141.4

Anderson to Clark, FOUR, whipped away off the back foot through point to signal Australia's intent now

141.5

Anderson to Clark, no run, defended this time

141.6

Anderson to Clark, no run, tries to drive off the back foot, doesn't get hold of it properly and the ball rolls to mid-off

Australia 532/8   JM Anderson 27-6-116-1

143.1

Anderson to Lee, FOUR, too short and that's easily slapped away through point off the back foot

143.2

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, short again and the batsman is quickly over to it with his back foot, cutting away to point again

143.3

Anderson to Clark, 3 runs, Clark's quickly on to that one, one step forward and that's flicked off the legs easily

143.4

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, easy single

143.5

Anderson to Clark, no run, that one sails down the off-side channel, where it's left alone without alarm

143.6

Anderson to Clark, no run, full toss, but Anderson gets away with it as it's steered straight to the man at cover

Australia 548/8   JM Anderson 28-6-125-1

145.1

Anderson to Clark, SIX, bosh! That's big! Clark, not messing round, lifts a short-ish delivery in front of midwicket

145.2

Anderson to Clark, SIX, and again! This time it's straighter, over wide long-on, but the result is the same - a hooked six

145.3

Anderson to Clark, 2 runs, Anderson responds with a yorker, but he strayed down leg and that's worked - along the ground this time - to midwicket

145.4

Anderson to Clark, no run, tries the bouncer, but it bends well away from the batsman and Jones does well to take that acrobatically diving up to his left

145.5

Anderson to Clark, 2 runs, smacked hard to wide long-off and they sneak two runs

145.6

Anderson to Clark, no run, a huge swat which could have knocked out a whole swarm of flies... but he hits fresh air instead

Australia 564/8   JM Anderson 29-6-141-1
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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

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