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

1.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, forces the batsman to play immediately, a forward defensive

1.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that one angles across the left-hander, who shoulders arms to one which pitches slightly short

1.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, very straight, but true, and that's defended into the leg-side

1.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that one flies through and Gilchrist, affecting some kind of long-barrier stance, tries to pouch it, misses, but the ball flies into his body

1.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss, batting out of his crease, forward-defends that one easily

1.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, shoulders arms to a rising delivery

England 3/0   GD McGrath 1-1-0-0

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

3.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, again that's worked off the hips and flies square

England 8/0   GD McGrath 2-1-1-0

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

5.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that one flies through on a good length to Gilchrist's hands without a sniff of interest from Strauss - given its line - whose uplifted bat says it all

5.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, eek, Strauss prods at that one, but misses it and it flies to Gilchrist

5.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a solid defensive on the front foot this time

England 18/0   GD McGrath 3-1-5-0

35.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood takes his time to steer the ball, slowly, back to mid-off from a regulation line-and-length delivery

35.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, a touch straighter from McGrath and Collingwood is quick on to his back foot in line with the ball to jab it down, the bat face slightly closed

35.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, same ball, same result - McGrath on the money again

35.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, well bowled and Collingwood plays that one strangely, trying to pull it, but he gets squared up and it raps him on the top of the right thigh

35.5

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, another unconvincing stroke from the indecisive Collingwood, and he squirts it on the leg-side, off the inside edge

35.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, better, that one was more cleanly struck

England 107/3   GD McGrath 4-1-8-0

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

37.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, walks forward to meet that one and is still walking as he plays the shot, a defensive shot, trying to smother the movement off the crack

England 117/3   GD McGrath 5-1-9-0

39.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, McGrath is the lone appealer, jumping up and down and waving both hands like directing a plane into land. But the ball was too high and would have gone over leg stump

39.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 no ball, over-stepped as Collingwood jabs his bat down in defence

39.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot

39.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, tries to play that one to square, but it jumps off his arm

39.4

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, turned that round behind square, oh, off his pads

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   GD McGrath 6-1-10-0

41.1

McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR, great shot to bring up his half-century, whipped off his front foot and sailing over midwicket for a one-bounce four. He battled through the hard times early on and he's prospering now

41.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, left that one alone outside off stump

41.3

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

41.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, good line-and-length has the batsman flashing. Gilchrist likes that one, flapping his big orange oven-gloves together

41.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, regulation leave this time

41.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, tucked off his hips just behind square and there's a gentle single

England 132/3   GD McGrath 7-1-14-0

43.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that's defended on the back foot and snapped up by Martyn who then tosses the ball up and down as the bowler returns to his mark

43.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 no ball, defended off the back foot once more and McGrath walks back to his spot, shaking his head at overstepping

43.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, in the channel again and another defensive shot results

43.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, variation - this one's defended on the front foot

43.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, banged in and the batsman gets ready to sway away from one he expects to fly past his face. But the ball smacks the wrong side of a crack and sashays through at hip-height

43.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, quiet defence this time

43.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended into the covers this time

England 141/3   GD McGrath 8-1-15-0

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   GD McGrath 9-1-23-0

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   GD McGrath 10-2-23-0

62.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, excellent running by Collingwood as he drops this out into the covers, looks up to Pietersen who reacts immediately

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   GD McGrath 11-2-26-0

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

64.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, defended solidly

64.4

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, and Flintoff gets his head right over the ball, blocking it out

64.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, defended off the back foot

64.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, pushed out into the covers

England 254/4   GD McGrath 12-2-30-0

81.1

McGrath to Jones, no run, a fairly gentle start, deviating in at the batsman off a good length but wide enough to leave alone

81.2

McGrath to Jones, no run, extra bounce to Jones who moves across on his back foot and cuts that down to gully

81.3

McGrath to Jones, no run, ooh, that cut back off a crack a fair whack and Jones makes an "ooh" face as he adjusts at the last minute and defends over the ball

81.4

McGrath to Jones, no run, this one has Jones hopping on to his back foot to defend, pretty solidly in the end

81.5

McGrath to Jones, FOUR, shot! A hint of width and Jones is over and onto that one, with a crashing late-ish cut off the back foot which flies wide to the right of gully

81.6

McGrath to Jones, 2 runs, another lovely shot, punched off the back foot and the fielder hunts it down inside the boundary at backward of point

England 299/6   GD McGrath 13-2-36-0

83.1

McGrath to Giles, no run, McGrath thunders in, sticks it on a good length and all Giles can do is defend on the front foot

83.2

McGrath to Giles, FOUR, wider from McGrath and Giles wastes no time helping it through his favoured gully area with a steer off the back foot

83.3

McGrath to Giles, no run, on the button this time and that's defended down off the back foot

83.4

McGrath to Giles, FOUR, ah. The bouncer was a good idea, but with too much width - Giles leaps up on his back foot and dinks it over the slips

83.5

McGrath to Giles, no run, ooh, more width again and Giles can't resist flashing hard at it, but it nearly takes his edge on the way through to Gilchrist

83.6

McGrath to Giles, no run, that one veers off a crack into Giles' midriff and he bends over as he tries to defend

England 319/6   GD McGrath 14-2-44-0

85.1

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

85.2

McGrath to Jones, no run, that one, coming through at 133kph, is left alone

85.3

McGrath to Jones, FOUR, another lovely stroke from Jones, stepping into a neat, nay textbook, cover-drive and the ball flies right off the face of the bat

85.4

McGrath to Jones, no run, left alone this time

85.5

McGrath to Jones, no run, Jones watches that one sail past him, arcing gently away as it goes, through to Gilchrist

85.6

McGrath to Jones, no run, ooh, a bit of lift surprises Jones, but the ball's too high and wide to be of interest and he lets it go on its merry way into the gloves

England 325/6   GD McGrath 15-2-48-0

87.1

McGrath to Jones, OUT, that one kept low and Jones, trying to play freely on the off-side, gets a bottom edge which crashes back on to his stumps. A good line and it's all smiles and high tens for McGrath and Australia, who are sensing that the end is nigh. Jones has batted nicely for his 33, but it's highly unlikely to have been enough to save England. Click here for the picture

GO Jones b McGrath 33 (68m 48b 5x4 0x6) SR: 68.75

87.2

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, crab-like defence from Hoggard, almost Chanderpaul-esque, as he crouches over that one

87.3

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, left alone this time

87.4

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard takes one tentative step towards that one, an innocuous delivery sailing down the channel, and then steps away, not interested

87.5

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, good stuff from McGrath. Pace, bounce and that one has Hoggard swaying away as it rears alarmingly at the last minute

87.6

McGrath to Hoggard, 1 run, eased into the gully region and that rounds off a very decent over from McGrath

England 327/7   GD McGrath 16-2-49-1

89.1

McGrath to Giles, 2 runs, squeezed off the back foot backward of point

89.2

McGrath to Giles, no run, driven off the back foot, without much power, into the covers

89.3

McGrath to Giles, no run, ooh, that one kept low and Giles does well to keep his wicket there, as the ball, like a really rubbish razor, just fails to shave the inside edge

89.4

McGrath to Giles, no run, ducks under a short one and it flies through Gilchrist

89.5

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, eased off the back foot into the covers

89.6

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, a play and a miss

England 332/7   GD McGrath 17-2-52-1

91.1

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, quiet defence

91.2

McGrath to Hoggard, 4 leg byes, oh hello. That one's been given as leg-byes, coming off his arm as he fends it in front of his face as it rears off a length and zips up

91.3

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, that one's in the channel this time and there's a swing and a miss

91.4

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, defended off the back foot

91.5

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, a loose one here and that swings away down leg

91.6

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, in trying to get the ball straighter, McGrath overcompensates and that just one flings a bit wide down off

England 340/7   GD McGrath 18-3-52-1

93.1

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, McGrath at his steady best

93.2

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard gets into line and blocks it

93.3

McGrath to Hoggard, no run, again on the spot and Hoggard into line

93.4

McGrath to Hoggard, 1 run, tight run. Hoggard played that to cover and took on Clarke who picked up and threw in one movement ... Hoggard stretched for home and would have made it even if the throw had hit

93.5

McGrath to Harmison, no run, short and Harmison beaten

93.6

McGrath to Harmison, no run, Harmison left that alone, good leave

England 347/8   GD McGrath 19-3-53-1
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

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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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