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

11.1

Flintoff to Hayden, 2 runs, timed off the back foot to mid-on who fields neatly...the batsmen scamper a single but it's going to be tight, there's a shy at the stumps and - oh no! - overthrows. Oh dear, that was village from Anderson

11.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, short and quick but it's misdirected, too straight and left alone down the leg side

11.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 no ball, perfect length and line, just on off stump and defended solidly. Oh, but a no ball.

11.3

Flintoff to Hayden, (no ball) 1 run, squared up by a shorter delivery but he gets decent bat on it, and they scamper a single

11.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, struck on the pads, hurried onto him and short leg fields

11.4

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, short ball which Langer doesn't quite get hold of

11.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, defended on the front foot

11.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, left alone outside the off stump

Australia 57/0   A Flintoff 1-0-6-0

13.1

Flintoff to Hayden, 2 leg byes, Flintoff round the wicket to Hayden and ooh, that's just down the leg side - ah, it's a leg bye - and Jones palms that one down to long leg

13.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, an easy single clipped off the legs to midwicket

13.3

Flintoff to Langer, 3 runs, good line, but the batsmen gets on his back foot, punches, and that bisects the two gullies. There's some quick running, too

13.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, on the back foot again and that's forced to the gully where it rolls gently and that's picked up easily

13.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, defended this time

13.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, shoulders arms as that one sails down the channel just outside the off stump, but that's high enough - sailing way over the sticks - to leave

Australia 63/0   A Flintoff 2-0-10-0

16.1

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, that one pitches on leg and Hayden tries to work that behind him, but doesn't quite time the ball

16.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, Langer thinks about playing that one, but pulls out of the shot at the last moment as he realises the ball is a fuller length than he was expecting, pitching just outside off

16.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, good areas again from Flintoff, this time the ball is fired down the channel and just to say nips away from the lefthander as it pitches

16.4

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, decent shot from Langer, who gets nicely on top of that one and strongly pulls away to the leg-side boundary

16.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, that's a big leave there from Hayden as the ball sails down the off-side channel

16.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, good line, but a good leave, too, from Hayden

Australia 73/0   A Flintoff 3-0-12-0

18.1

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, he's got his fifty this time, with a nice drive and it's a good one, too, full of aggression and all of the shots and coming up from just 66 balls. He raises his bat in muted celebration, a smile on his face - but he'll be aiming for his hundred next, and the way he's batting, there's no reason why he can't get it. It's his first fifty in 11 Test innings

18.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, shouldered arms this time

18.3

Flintoff to Hayden, OUT, a good line and length from Flintoff and Hayden is caught fishing on the front foot; he's squared up a treat and a thick edge flies straight to Collingwood at second slip. England have the breakthrough at last and Hayden departs after an erstwhile-supportive innings

ML Hayden c Collingwood b Flintoff 21 (88m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.68

18.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, on the money to Ponting immediately and that's defended on the front foot

18.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended off the back foot this time

18.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, another good line to end a fine over and Ponting brings his bat down on that on the last minute, fending the ball into the covers

Australia 79/1   A Flintoff 4-0-13-1

20.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, good pace and good bounce - that one spat and the batsman pulled his bat away from the ball, inside the line, at the last minute

20.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, cracker of a delivery - good aggression from Flintoff, and he spears that one in and it rises sharply, Langer sinking to his knees as he swerves out of the way. The batsman has a wry smile afterwards - this is a good contest between the two

20.3

Flintoff to Langer, (no ball) 2 runs, Flintoff overstepped there and the batsmen run positively as Langer helps the ball to leg

20.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, the batsman pulled out of chasing that one at the last minute

20.4

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, Langer plays that one carefully off his hips and it glides to square leg where it's picked up easily

20.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, a big leave as that one sails down the corridor outside the off stump, wide enough to leave

20.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting walks forward to play that one off his front foot - he thinks about driving but checks the shot and the ball rolls into the covers

Australia 86/1   A Flintoff 5-0-17-1

22.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, that's defended into the covers off the front foot

22.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, that's hit down to gully

22.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, defended forward and that flies back to the bowler

22.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, hit off the back foot into cover

22.5

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, full, but Langer gets bat on it, working it behind square, his bottom hand leaving the bat as he plays the shot

22.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended this time

Australia 98/1   A Flintoff 6-0-18-1

26.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, on the spot and Ponting blocks with relative ease

26.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting pushes at the ball and ends up playing it well in front of him, off balance, and the ball squirts square on the off for two. Moral victory to the bowler but the runs to the batsman

26.3

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, as sublime as the previous ball was unconvincing. Up in the slot and Ponting drives straight on the leg side for a lovely four

26.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, good response from Flintoff

26.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, seamed into Ponting at 84.5mph and Ponting gets into line and plops it into the leg side

26.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, outside off stump and left alone by Ponting

Australia 124/1   A Flintoff 7-0-24-1

28.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, lovely response from Flintoff as he beats Langer's parry outside off stump. Sadly for England, they need another three or four Flintoffs

28.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, Langer drops and scurries through for a quick single ... for a horrible moment it seemed as if Flintoff in his follow through might flatten Ponting who was rushing to make his ground

28.3

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, slashed in the air inches from the grasp of a full-stretch gully. Ponting looks off balance, a sure sign he is not in the best of form

28.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, pushed into the leg side

28.5

Flintoff to Langer, OUT, at last one goes to hand and again it's Flintoff who makes the breakthrough. Langer slashes at a wide one but the ball is steered straight into the midriff of Pieterson at point. A fine innings from Langer, but one must wonder why he was quite so gung-ho after the break

JL Langer c Pietersen b Flintoff 82 (136m 98b 13x4 0x6) SR: 83.67

28.6

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, Martyn forced onto the back foot and Flintoff makes him play from the start

Australia 141/2   A Flintoff 8-0-30-2

30.1

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, turned to square leg

30.2

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, down the leg side with a bit more bounce and Martyn sways inside the line as Jones takes at head height

30.3

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, outside off stump at 86mph

30.4

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, textbook backward defensive stroke, and Martyn holds the pose for the photographers

30.5

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, another one at 86mph but again the line is a bit amiss

30.6

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, Martyn blocks to end a good over

Australia 141/2   A Flintoff 9-1-30-2

32.1

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, dug in and Martyn has to hurry to get out of the way

32.2

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, straight and blocked

32.3

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, Flintoff into a groove and Martyn happy to play along

32.4

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, slightly shorter and Martyn onto tiptoes to control it

32.5

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, outside off stump at 88.4mph

32.6

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, speared into Martyn and it hits him on the thigh pad. No hint of an appeal, and rightly so

Australia 143/2   A Flintoff 10-2-30-2

46.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, streakily edged down to third man. Something always happens when Hercules has the ball in his hands

46.2

Flintoff to Martyn, no run, outside off, too wide and Martyn ignores it&

46.3

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 run, Martyn pokes at this, ungainly so, but as ever times it perfectly down to third man

46.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting almost shaped to cut that over the slips, but he wisely left it alone

46.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, "waiting" cries Ponting as he rocks back into his crease, timing it out into the covers where Pietersen runs to his right and makes a good stop

46.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, clipped very neatly off his legs

Australia 198/2   A Flintoff 11-2-34-2

48.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, on the move Ponting flicks this down to fine leg. He wants to be a bit careful, Ponting, walking across his crease like that

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   A Flintoff 12-2-39-2

50.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, firmly driven back to Flintoff who stoops down athletically and flings the ball back to Jones.

50.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, excellent delivery outside off, Ponting shuffles across to meet it and defends carefully.

50.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, a short lifter this time, left alone by Ponting

50.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, pushed off the back foot just past Pietersen in the cover whose foot gets stuck in the turf, ala Simon Jones a few years ago. And in fact the physio has come onto the pitch to attend to him.

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   A Flintoff 13-2-40-2

72.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting drives a loosener down the ground

72.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, better ...not much Ponting could do with that

72.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting beaten as he shaped to flick through midwicket but no chance of an lbw

72.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 4 runs, nicely clipped through midwicket and Anderson chases it all the way and stops it inches inside the boundary marker. Sadly, a waste of time as the batsmen ran four anyhow

72.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Flintoff goes more off-side with that one

72.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, slower ball, well outside off stump and Ponting not tempted or fooled

Australia 306/3   A Flintoff 14-2-46-2

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

74.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, half a yard faster but outside off stump and Ponting expansively shoulders arms

74.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, offcutter at 83mph but it was too wide to start with

74.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting untroubled once more

Australia 308/3   A Flintoff 15-2-47-2

84.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, slightly leg-side and turned for an easy single

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   A Flintoff 16-2-48-2

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

104.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, that's going down the off-side, a la Harmison - not a good thing

104.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, walks onto his back foot and that's cut without much power to point where it's snapped up a treat

104.5

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, neatly clipped off his front foot to square

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   A Flintoff 17-2-52-2

106.1

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, oh my word, cracker. Ponting lashes that one away to the cover boundary off the back foot - he leapt on to that one really quickly and the 400 comes up

106.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, ooh, corker response from Flintoff - that one spits off a length and rears alarmingly at Ponting who sways out of the way as the ball fizzes past his face. What did that hit? "Tony Greig's keys," suggests Martin

106.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, played out to the covers

106.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

106.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting squares up to that one and an edge flies harmlessly down towards gully

106.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, a play and a miss from Ponting, who tries to cut that off the back foot to cover

Australia 402/3   A Flintoff 18-2-56-2

108.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, speared right up there but the batsman is alert to it and plays a confident forward defensive

108.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, a tickle of a cover-drive this time from Ponting from a ball which had slightly more width

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

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   A Flintoff 19-2-57-3

110.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, punched lightly off the back foot into the covers

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   A Flintoff 20-2-64-3

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   A Flintoff 21-3-64-3

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   A Flintoff 22-3-68-3

134.1

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

134.2

Flintoff to Warne, no run, Warne seemed to be about to leave that, which would have been interesting as it was on middle stump, but jabbed down just in time

134.3

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, steered by a creasebound Warne to long leg to bring up the 500

134.3

Flintoff to Warne, 1 run, short outside off stump and Clarke ducks out of the way, although he could have stayed put and it would have missed him

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   A Flintoff 23-3-70-3

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

136.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, blocked and no chance of a run

136.4

Flintoff to Lee, no run, again Lee has to sway out of the way of a short one. He will be storing this up for when he bowls

136.5

Flintoff to Lee, no run, angled into Lee and he just about keeps that out

136.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, Lee spars and misses

Australia 505/7   A Flintoff 24-3-73-3

138.1

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

138.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, driven but not timed to extra cover

138.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, played out into the covers

138.4

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, short and Lee climbs onto his toes and guides that off an open face to third man

138.5

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

138.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, Lee has to hurry to jab down on one pitched up

Australia 513/7   A Flintoff 25-3-76-3

140.1

Flintoff to Lee, 1 wide, Flintoff seemed to let go of that too late and it started wide and got wider

140.1

Flintoff to Lee, no run, better line

140.2

Flintoff to Lee, no run, Lee cramped and gets rapped on the glove for his pains

140.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, pushed off the back foot to extra cover

140.4

Flintoff to Lee, FOUR, Short, Lee ducks but leaves his bat up like a periscope and the ball strikes the toe of the bat and loops wide of Jones for four. Lee grins, Flintoff scowls

140.5

Flintoff to Lee, FOUR, genuine edge flies over the slips and thumps into the advertising hoardings. Flintoff now seriously unamused

140.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run

Australia 524/7   A Flintoff 26-3-85-3

147.1

Flintoff to Clark, no run, a loose-ish one first up

147.2

Flintoff to Clark, FOUR, Clark hooks that one over through midwicket, completely bisecting the men on the boundary and that one just dribbles over the rope, bringing up huge cheers

147.3

Flintoff to Clark, 1 run, driven forward

147.4

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, cut hard off the back foot to the man inside the cover boundary

147.5

Flintoff to Clark, 1 run, driven to long-off

147.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, oooh, how wasn't that out?! Great ball dug in by Flintoff and there's some good fortune for Lee as an inside edge from his attempted back-foot defence threatens to plop on top of the bails, but just jumps over

Australia 571/8   A Flintoff 27-3-92-3

149.1

Flintoff to Clark, OUT, gottim. The straight yorker did the job and the timber goes flying... but Clark walks off to a rousing reception from the crowd for his entertaining, and useful, knock

SR Clark b Flintoff 39 (34m 23b 3x4 2x6) SR: 169.56

149.2

Flintoff to McGrath, no run

149.3

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, ouch, the bouncer comes straight at McGrath and the silly billy takes his eyes off it and gets rapped on the upper arm for his troubles

149.4

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, more of the short stuff from Flintoff but McGrath's approach is better and he stands tall to defend off the back foot

149.5

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, useful delivery and that swings slightly away from the right-hander

149.6

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, that cannons into McGrath's bat and brings up a tidy wicket maiden

Australia 578/9   A Flintoff 28-4-92-4

151.1

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, speared up there and that's driven forward

151.2

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, chases that one down leg and is too late on the shot

151.3

Flintoff to McGrath, 1 run, oh, a good run there from the batsmen as that's dinked into space just in front of the ring on the off-side

151.4

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, a good shot, adjusting at the last minute to play it later than it expected and it bounces just in front off the man at third man

151.5

Flintoff to McGrath, 1 run, interesting - the batsman stuns the ball with a back foot half-defence, half-attack and it's pounced on by the man at mid-off who shies at the non-striker's stumps, misses, and they scramble a run

151.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, a swing and a miss to end the over

Australia 587/9   A Flintoff 29-4-95-4

153.1

Flintoff to McGrath, 1 run, too full and that's driven into the covers this time

153.2

Flintoff to Lee, 2 runs, another attempted yorker and that's hit over to square

153.3

Flintoff to Lee, no run, defended down off the back foot

153.4

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, Flintoff fires in a low-ish bouncer and Lee swivels right round, trying to get out of the way. He leaves his bat dangling in the air and it takes an edge, but it evades Jones's outstretched grasp. Lee and Flintoff eye each other afterwards, and exchange smiles

153.5

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, defended

153.6

Flintoff to McGrath, no run, another defence, this one off the back foot and into the covers

Australia 592/9   A Flintoff 30-4-99-4
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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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