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

7.1

Clark to Cook, no run, loose loosener down the leg side

7.2

Clark to Cook, no run, still adjusting his radar as that one goes wide down the off side

7.3

Clark to Cook, no run, he's getting there, that was closer

7.4

Clark to Cook, 1 run, half volley which Cook gently plops into the off side and he runs a comfortable single

7.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, played gently along the ground to gully

7.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss onto the back foot, gets everything behind it and plays it into the off side

England 24/0   SR Clark 1-0-1-0

10.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, On the spot again

10.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, Strauss plays that gently into the leg field

10.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, driven firmly to mid -on

10.4

Clark to Strauss, OUT, Sucker punch! Clark bangs one in and Strauss hooks but doesn't get over it and Ryan Broad, the substitute on for McGrath, runs in three or four yards and pouches the catch ten yards in from the boundary. Click here for the picture

AJ Strauss c sub (RA Broad) b Clark 11 (51m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.48

10.5

Clark to Bell, no run, no need to play at that, outside off stump

10.6

Clark to Bell, no run, played back to mid-off. A good end to a maiden over

England 29/1   SR Clark 2-1-1-1

12.1

Clark to Cook, no run, driven straight, so straight that it smacks into the stumps at the bowler's end

12.2

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook plays that confidently off the back foot, well into line and plenty of time

12.3

Clark to Cook, no run, short, Cook shapes to pull but the ball barely gets above knee height and passes past the off stump. variable bounce is just what England don't need

12.4

Clark to Cook, no run, on line and blocked

12.5

Clark to Cook, no run, again Cook looks to pull - despite the odd bounce two balls earlier - but misses and it hits him on the pads

12.6

Clark to Cook, no run, played to mid-off

England 36/1   SR Clark 3-2-1-1

14.1

Clark to Cook, no run, short and again Cook opts to have a go but misses. Long leg will be licking his lips in anticipation

14.2

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook struck on the pad. Good appeal except for the fact it pitched outside leg and was missing leg

14.3

Clark to Cook, no run, Clark bangs another one in and once more Cook misses an attempted pull. It did keep a bit low ...

14.4

Clark to Cook, FOUR, rank long hop, and this time Cook seizes on it and smashes it through midwicket. Clark is not quick enough to get away with that

14.5

Clark to Cook, no run, on off stump and blocked

14.6

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook plays that off the middle of the bat to mid-off

England 40/2   SR Clark 4-2-5-1

16.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood left that, but it was a late, late decision.

16.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, super ball, Colingwood beaten all ends up

16.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, driven but his hand comes off the bat as he plays the shot and Martyn, at short extra cover, spills a very hard chance about an inch off the ground. Would have been a brilliant catch

16.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, thumps into the pads, beating Collingwood's unconvincing grope

16.5

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, slightly leg side and a relived Collingwood gets a single into the midwicket region

16.6

Clark to Cook, no run, on off stump and a little extra bounce causes Cook to take his bottom hand off the bat as he blocks it

England 42/2   SR Clark 5-2-6-1

18.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, safely blocked

18.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, edged, semi controlled, along the ground to gully

18.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, hard-handed block, the ball plops up but there is no-one close in on the leg side

18.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, and again ... Gilchrist will need to bring someone in ... he's not worried about the runs, after all

18.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, this time Collingwood looks more assured as he blocks it

18.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, peach of a ball, fractionally outside off stump and nipping away off a crack, Collingwood drives at air

England 43/2   SR Clark 6-3-6-1

20.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, super delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, but Collingwood is certain enough to leave it alone

20.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, solidly defended on the front foot

20.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, loose shot from Collingwood, fishing outside off...the ball hits one of the craters and the ball keeps low

20.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, very well bowled, full and straight and it's firmly defended

20.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, cracking ball! It hardly moved off the seam - straight up, straight down and Collingwood hung the bat out to dry before pulling it back..too late though

20.6

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, too straight from Clark, for once, and Collingwood neatly tucks it off his legs through deep midwicket and they run four

England 51/2   SR Clark 7-3-10-1

22.1

Clark to Cook, 1 run, banged in short and Cook calmly pulls it around just wide of fine leg who runs to his right. Nicely controlled shot, rolling his wrists

22.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a tempting tempter from Clark but Collingwood will not be tempted; outside off and left alone

22.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, gone! No! Dropped! No! Didn't carry. Collingwood fishes at it to Warne at first slip and it bounced just short. Warne immediately shakes his head

22.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot, Collingwood practically eating his stumps there

22.5

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, firmly timed off the back foot, neatly played

22.6

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, classical Collingwood, chipping it down the ground - check-driving it, turning his wrists nicely and timing it down to mid-on

England 67/2   SR Clark 8-3-17-1

24.1

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, nearly a fine catch by short extra-cover as Collingwood pushes it off the back foot

24.2

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

24.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, banged in short but Collingwood refuses to hook

24.4

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood turns his wrists and, without moving his feet, flicks it to McGrath at deep backward square

24.5

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook jumps back into crease and blocks this out with a high front elbow. Solid.

24.6

Clark to Cook, 1 run, shorter, Cook hooks it but miscues it...just to the right, and behind, Gilchrist

England 73/2   SR Clark 9-3-21-1

26.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, fullish but not quite straight enough to challenge Collingwood who leaves it alone

26.2

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, streaky! Collingwood doesn't come forward to this, it takes the outside edge and races down to the vacant third man.

26.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, better from Collingwood, going back and shuffling across to defend it

26.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, wasted delivery, short and down the leg side. Collingwood not interested

26.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, again short and directed at the batsman's chest who plays it down by his toes. Cries of "catch" from the slips but short-leg didn't have a hope

26.6

Clark to Collingwood, 3 runs, very well played by the batsman, pouncing on this shorter delivery outside off and punching it firmly through the covers

England 82/2   SR Clark 10-3-28-1

46.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, slightly off line but that flew off a crack. Had it been straighter that would have been very interesting

46.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a bit too wide again and Collingwood leaves

46.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, once more too wide

46.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Clark can't find the right line

46.5

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, overpitched and a text book straight drive between bowler and mid-off, no need to chase at it races to the boundary

46.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, back to the outside-off-stump line and Collingwood disdainfully watches it pass

England 154/3   SR Clark 11-3-32-1

48.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Clark wide again

48.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, his radar really needs recalibrating

48.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, patted back

48.4

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, even wider and this time Collingwood leans back and hits it over the infield for four just behind square on the off side. A quite deliberate and safe shot

48.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, good response from Clark ... well, it was on target at least

48.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, wide again and left

England 168/3   SR Clark 12-3-36-1

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   SR Clark 13-4-36-1

52.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, an extra yard of pace, and that carried through to Gilchrist at chest height but Collingwood got his bat and hands out of the way

52.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, full length and played into the covers

52.3

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, short into the body, Collingwood shimmies and turns it to square leg. No power on the ball so they run two as the man in the deep scurries in

52.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, short and again Collingwood drops his hands and watches the ball on its way

52.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, on off stump, meets the ball with the full face of the bat

52.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, fractionally short and blocked effectively but not prettily

England 178/3   SR Clark 14-4-38-1

54.1

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, flicked into the vacant midwicket zone

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

54.6

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, half volley outside off stump, driven, slightly uppish, but safe and it races to the extra-cover boundary. That's the 100 partnership from 159 balls

England 194/3   SR Clark 15-4-46-1

56.1

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

56.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, good line

56.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a bit more oomph from Clark - 83.6mph (134.5kph) and Collingwood has to stand tall to block and the ball bounces at his feet and squirts safely away

56.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, up in the slot and blocked

56.5

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, "shot," coo Will and Jenny like a married couple, driven hard and straight. Billy Bowden, still sore after being struck yesterday, takes evasive action as the ball races past him

56.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, well defended

England 212/3   SR Clark 16-4-51-1

74.1

Clark to Jones, no run, shoulders arms outside off

74.2

Clark to Jones, no run, right on his off stump but Jones is up to it, clamping down on it

74.3

Clark to Jones, no run, comes forward to defend

74.4

Clark to Jones, no run, ah, well bowled just taking the outside edge of Jones's forward defence, but soft hands let the ball land short of the gully

74.5

Clark to Jones, 1 leg bye, banged in short but hardly any bounce, the ball hitting Jones's arm who tried to duck underneath it, Clark appeals - massively so - but Billy Bowden derisively shakes his head

74.6

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

England 279/5   SR Clark 17-5-51-1

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

76.3

Clark to Jones, 1 run, paddled round the corner

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   SR Clark 18-5-54-1

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

78.4

Clark to Jones, no run, outside off, no swing or seam there and it's left alone

78.5

Clark to Jones, 1 run, competent pull shot but again without much timing. Late in the day...everyone's knackered

78.6

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

England 289/5   SR Clark 19-5-56-1

90.1

Clark to Giles, no run, oh, hello. What did that hit? Giles is completely bemused as that ball pitches outside leg, bangs into a crack and moves like a legspinner towards first slip

90.2

Clark to Giles, no run, plays that one watchfully - and given the last delivery, no wonder - forward with a deliberate press to cover

90.3

Clark to Giles, 2 runs

90.4

Clark to Giles, 2 runs, a thick outside edge runs away hard

90.5

Clark to Giles, no run, ah, interesting, interesting. That seemed like a nick, there, as if the ball had taken Giles's outside edge, but it was a mere whoosh. Terrific delivery, mind

90.6

Clark to Giles, no run, defended on the back foot this time

England 336/7   SR Clark 20-5-60-1

92.1

Clark to Giles, FOUR, huge cheers as Giles thumps that square as you like through the off-side

92.2

Clark to Giles, no run, left alone

92.3

Clark to Giles, no run, a touch of width and Giles is quick on to that one, firing it to point where it's scooped neatly

92.4

Clark to Giles, 2 runs, defended on the front foot

92.5

Clark to Giles, OUT, edged - and gone. That one, on a decent length, squares Giles up a treat and the outside edge flies straight to Warne at first slip; such chances don't come much more straightforward. Giles, like a simpering lover who can't accept he's been dumped, lingers longingly at the crease, but indeed he has been dismissed and he trudges slowly off

AF Giles c Warne b Clark 23 (55m 38b 3x4 0x6) SR: 60.52

92.6

Clark to Harmison, no run, outside off stump and Harmison aims a disinterested swish

England 346/8   SR Clark 21-5-66-2

94.1

Clark to Hoggard, FOUR, short, edged short of Warne at first slip, bounced just in front of him and past him to the boundary

94.2

Clark to Hoggard, no run, again short and this time Hoggard gets everything into line and drops it at his feet

94.3

Clark to Hoggard, no run, another one at midriff height but slightly leg side and Hoggard sways inside the line

94.4

Clark to Hoggard, no run, much the same, down the leg side and flicks Hoggard's shirt on the way through ... a half-hearted appeal from Gilchrist but nobody took that seriously

94.5

Clark to Hoggard, no run, again short. Clark needs to sort his length out here

94.6

Clark to Hoggard, 1 run, yet again slightly short and leg side, flicked away to long leg

England 352/8   SR Clark 22-5-71-2

96.1

Clark to Harmison, no run, outside off stump and Harmison prods at it as if it he wanted to see if it was still alive

96.2

Clark to Harmison, 1 run, flicked round to square leg

96.3

Clark to Hoggard, no run, short, Hoggard forced back and plays it with a degree of discomfort

96.4

Clark to Hoggard, no run, short and Hoggard theatrically pulls back his bat

96.5

Clark to Hoggard, no run, played into the covers

96.6

Clark to Hoggard, no run, safely defended

England 355/8   SR Clark 23-5-72-2

98.1

Clark to Hoggard, no run, jagged back off the seam into Hoggard's chest. An audible grunt as it thuds into his body

98.2

Clark to Hoggard, OUT, the two-card trick. One short, and the next full, outside off stump and Hoggard drives with no discernible foot movement and Warne takes a regulation catch at first slip. Click here for the picture

MJ Hoggard c Warne b Clark 8 (49m 35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.85

98.3

Clark to Anderson, no run, angled into the slips, confident start

98.4

Clark to Anderson, no run, played into the leg side

98.5

Clark to Anderson, no run, pushed into the covers

98.6

Clark to Anderson, no run, Anderson again safely keeps that one out

England 361/9   SR Clark 24-6-72-3

100.1

Clark to Harmison, OUT, it's over. Slightly short, Harmison hooks but off the top edge and straight down the throat of McGrath at long leg. The Australians rush to embrace each other in a celebratory huddle as the England batsmen troop off.

SJ Harmison c McGrath b Clark 13 (31m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

England 370/10   SR Clark 24.1-6-72-4
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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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Glenn McGrath raises a stump in celebration after Australia trounce England at Brisbane, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, November 27, 2006

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