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
0.1

Harmison to Langer, 1 wide, and it's wild and woolly, a massive wide taken by first slip. Welcome back to Australia, Steve

0.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, and it's down the leg side this time, but no wide signalled from the umpire.

0.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, much better, fuller and straighter and it raps Langer high up on the pad.

0.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, good ball right on middle stump, hurrying Langer - but Harmison still looks tentative, nervous, and hesitant here

0.4

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, yorker length and quick, Langer clips it past square leg and falls over in doing so...but still gets enough bat on it for four. Slippery pitch out there, bit of grass

0.5

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, outside off, driven on the up and it's edged past third slip and down to third man for four. Very edgy, Ashley Giles didn't have a hope of reaching it at gully

0.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, down the leg side and ignored by Langer

Australia 9/0   SJ Harmison 1-0-9-0
2.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, very good ball on off stump, Langer is forced onto the front foot and defends it solidly.

2.2

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, very well bowled just short of a length forcing the drive from Langer who doesn't come forward sufficiently, edging it wide of gully and down to third man for four

2.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, on off stump this time, Langer tries to turn it to leg but without any timing

2.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, rapped on the pads and Harmison points his finger to the umpire in a half-shout for lbw - very good ball, hurrying Langer, but it was going over the top

2.5

Harmison to Langer, FOUR, "Catch!" is the shout as Langer flails his arms at this shorter, wider delivery and it's over the slips and down to third man

2.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, down the leg side to finish the over, as has been the trend so far this morning

Australia 17/0   SJ Harmison 2-0-17-0
15.1

Harmison to Hayden, 2 runs, a rising delivery is controlled well by Hayden, who takes it off his nose and pulls it down and round to the 45

15.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, that one bends well, well away from the left-hander - Harmison is struggling with his radar again

15.3

Harmison to Hayden, 1 leg bye, the bowler overcompensates for the previous delivery and this one goes down leg

15.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, that's down leg again and it's easily pouched by Jones

15.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, a straighter one this time

15.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, straight again and Langer bends over that as he defends it and the ball drops to the man in short on the leg side

Australia 71/0   SJ Harmison 3-0-19-0
17.1

Harmison to Langer, 3 runs, didn't time that cover-drive properly, but found enough space through the covers and there was such power behind that one that the batsmen run three

17.2

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, this one wasn't timed properly either, another drive, and Pietersen does a tumbling dive to stop that

17.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, straighter, and full, and that's defended on the front foot

17.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, defended again

17.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, ooh, a bottom edge and Langer nearly chops that one on - it flies wide of the off-stump though and bounces down way in front of Jones. That would have been an unfortunate way to get out just short of his half-century

17.6

Harmison to Langer, 1 leg bye, cheers from the crowd who think Langer's brought up his fifty, but he keeps his bat down and smiles, knowing it's a leg-bye, as does the umpire who signals so

Australia 78/0   SJ Harmison 4-0-23-0
19.1

Harmison to Langer, 3 runs, more runs for Langer, this time through midwicket, with his ever-productive pull shot. Good stuff

19.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, that's a better length from Harmison and the batsman can only defend that one, coming on to his front foot to do so, but quite comfortably

19.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, strays down leg this time - the batsman chases it round but is too late with his shot and that's pouched easily by Jones

19.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, shorter one, that's more like the old Harmison here, and he has Ponting defending on the back foot. The Aussie captain looks for the quick single, but both decide, rightly, that it would be too dangerous to risk

19.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, that's left alone this time

19.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, ooh that's very wide, down the off-side, and the batsman isn't interested at all

Australia 82/1   SJ Harmison 5-0-26-0
21.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, Langer gets a headrush and has a waft at that one, but the ball sails under his bottom edge and through to Jones

21.2

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, strays a touch on leg and that's worked off his hips

21.3

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, off the mark with a cracker - a really confident pull shot off the bottom third of his bat, which is cleanly hit

21.4

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, second four in a row, this time smacked off his back foot and punched through the covers. The ball just makes it to the boundary, creeping over the rope at the last minute for the loudest cheer of the day

21.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, this one - rising outside off stump - is left alone

21.6

Harmison to Ponting, 2 runs, comes forward to meet the ball and flicks it through leg, another neat shot

Australia 97/1   SJ Harmison 6-0-37-0
34.1

Harmison to Martyn, no run, decent start on the spot

34.2

Harmison to Martyn, FOUR, short, wide and got what it deserved. It's hard to believe that this man so battered the Australians on the first day of the 2005 series. I watched that from behind the bowler's arm and he was awesome. Today it's just awful ...

34.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, bouncer, but at 85mph. He's not been much quicker all day

34.4

Harmison to Martyn, no run, again just short and Martyn plays on the back foot with ease

34.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, similar ball, same end result

34.6

Harmison to Martyn, 1 run, Martyn almost waited and angled the ball into space in the covers. Pietersen was quick but the placement was too good even for him

Australia 160/2   SJ Harmison 7-0-42-0
36.1

Harmison to Martyn, no run, perhaps Harmison is slowly finding his rhythm and line

36.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, peach of a ball which beats Martyn. 88.3mph

36.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, leg side and a ripper which Jones has to stretch and pluck from on high like a cherry picker reaching for a high branch

36.4

Harmison to Martyn, no run, another decent ball which Martyn has to think about

36.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, Martyn on the back foot

36.6

Harmison to Martyn, no run, Martyn forced to jump to play that one, but he got well over it. A better over and the England players rush to congratulate him. Imagine what they will do if he takes a wicket ...

Australia 168/2   SJ Harmison 8-1-42-0
38.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, poor, down the leg side from Harmison and Ponting easily turns it away for a single. More dross from Harmison

38.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, quick, certainly, but ineffective and wide outside the off stump...left alone.

38.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, a touch straighter, and a bit of movement into the right hander but Martyn ignores it

38.4

Harmison to Martyn, no run, that's a bit better from Harmison, shorter and quick, rising onto Martyn who shoulders arms but it fairly zipped through

38.5

Harmison to Martyn, 1 run, neatly played from Martyn, tucking it off his hip down to fine leg...easy single, easy life

38.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, bit more fire there from Harmison, causing Ponting to jump up and defend...which he does with ease

Australia 171/2   SJ Harmison 9-1-44-0
40.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, a good ball from Harmison - no need to re-read that last sentence - right on middle, forcing Ponting forward who defends solidly

40.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, too short, too wide, left alone

40.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, and this time Ponting is hurried onto the shot, nevertheless playing it out neatly into the covers

40.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, driven hard back to the bowler who makes a good stop with one hand

40.5

Harmison to Ponting, 1 wide

40.5

Harmison to Ponting, 2 runs, terrific cricket from Ponting, dropping the ball dead on the leg side, sprinting the first and taking two

40.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, down the leg side

Australia 180/2   SJ Harmison 10-1-47-0
42.1

Harmison to Martyn, no run, cut off the back foot straight to point, no timing there. And it was massively wide. If a wide can be described as massive - which in Harmison's case, it can

42.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, neatly tucked off his hip but no run available there

42.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, on a good length, turned off his toes but straight to the man just behind square leg

42.4

Harmison to Martyn, no run, far too wide. Just, well...Martyn couldn't have reached that with three bats

42.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, much better delivery, straighter and threatening Martyn's neck who jabs his head out of the way

42.6

Harmison to Martyn, no run

Australia 187/2   SJ Harmison 11-2-47-0
44.1

Harmison to Martyn, no run, quick, full, but too wide...defended solidly

44.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, too short from Harmison

44.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, super ball, that, right outside the off stump and Martyn shuffles across to defend. He makes batting look disgustingly easy

44.4

Harmison to Martyn, 2 runs, terrible ball. Really awful delivery outside off, miles wide and slapped off the back foot

44.5

Harmison to Martyn, 3 runs, delicious shot once again from Martyn - sorry if I'm getting carried away here - off the back foot, through extra cover but Bell chases it down well

44.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, shouldered arms outside off

Australia 192/2   SJ Harmison 12-2-52-0
96.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 wide, ah. Well, it wasn't as wide as his first ball yesterday. That was a cheer from the locals who have woken up

96.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, short and wide down the leg side. If I didn't know better I would say he has a sniff of the yips

96.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, much better, short and he beats Ponting's defensive push

96.3

Harmison to Ponting, 1 wide, Oh lord. Another wide and this is a personal nightmare

96.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, well, it wasn't a wide but Ponting not close to needing to play it

96.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, slightly better ...

96.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, again wide but bounces and Jones takes that above his head

96.6

Harmison to Ponting, 1 bye, full toss down the leg side which Jones, to add to the sense that several wheels are lose, fumbles

Australia 365/3   SJ Harmison 13-2-54-0
98.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, better start. This is painful to watch though ...

98.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 bye, wide down the leg side and Jones makes a diving one-handed semi-stop. More ironic cheers

98.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, back on a more normal(ish) line

98.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting leaves it outside off stump

98.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, and another expansive leave

98.6

Harmison to Ponting, 1 wide, very wide, Jones spills it but he had to go a long way to get it in the first place. The crowd are amused but this is a good bowler undergoing a personal horror show

98.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting forced to block one at last

Australia 371/3   SJ Harmison 14-2-55-0
100.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 no ball, leg side, no ball, more cheers

100.1

Harmison to Ponting, 3 runs, wide, overpitched, and superbly driven to within inches of the boundary ropes at long-off. It brings up his 11th score of 150+

100.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, drifting to leg, worked away safely

100.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, no need to play that

100.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, good ball, Ponting parries and misses. A hint of a smile of the bowler's face?

100.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone and Jones takes on the rise

100.6

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, a bit short and pulled with real class to the right of midwicket. Another long day for England ...

Australia 380/3   SJ Harmison 15-2-64-0
102.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wide and Ponting has to stretch to reach it. "Harmison couldn't hit an elephant from 20 paces?" was Jeff Thomson's assessment earlier. Guess it depends on the size of the elephant.

102.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wide and left alone by Ponting who makes sure he lunges forward even when he has no intention of playing it

102.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, another lunge without intent

102.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, short and leggish, Ponting hooks fine and Joyce fields at fine leg. Joyce? Who's off now?

102.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, wide down the leg. If this was an ODI Harmison would still be in his first over

102.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, another wide one. Bucknor doesn't call it but probably because his arms are getting tired

Australia 387/3   SJ Harmison 16-2-65-0
111.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wideish one cut into gully

111.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, even wider this time - think 'one-day wide' - and of course that's left alone by the batsman, no point in chasing those

111.3

Harmison to Ponting, 3 runs, short and roomy enough for a cut off the back foot for a well-run three. Ponting got right on top of that one

111.4

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

111.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wide down the corridor

111.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone this time, although that one was nearer the stumps

Australia 421/4   SJ Harmison 17-2-69-0
113.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, lashed off the back foot over to the man on the boundary

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   SJ Harmison 18-2-71-0
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

129.5

Harmison to Warne, no run, cracker from Harmison - this is better - and Warne again cries "ooorrr" to one which left him right at the last minute

129.6

Harmison to Warne, 2 runs, short, angling back into Warne who plays it very neatly, back-cutting it down wide of third man...and he sprints through for two

Australia 476/6   SJ Harmison 19-2-74-0
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

131.3

Harmison to Warne, no run, Warne aims a pull, premeditated and with no real regard for line or length, Unsurprisingly, he misses it by some way and the ball passes over his middle stump

131.4

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, steered past gully, controlled and all along the ground

131.5

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

131.6

Harmison to Warne, 2 runs, half flicked, half wafted to backward square leg

Australia 486/6   SJ Harmison 20-2-78-0
133.1

Harmison to Warne, FOUR, Warne stands up and batters the ball through the covers - it just has the legs to reach the yellow boundary marker. Harmison cannot give him that much room to free his arms

133.2

Harmison to Warne, no run, leg side and Warne sways out of the way

133.3

Harmison to Warne, 2 runs, not text book but effective. Pulled from outside off stump to mid-on

133.4

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, chipped into the leg side. Again effective, and the kind of shot from a No. 8 that will really annoy a bowler

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   SJ Harmison 21-2-86-0
135.1

Harmison to Warne, no run, Warne not tempted. How long will this last ...

135.2

Harmison to Warne, no run, kept a little low, Warne aimed a swish and the ball sneaked over the stumps&

135.3

Harmison to Warne, OUT, Harmison strikes. Short, down the leg side and Warne chased, got an oh-so-feint glove to it and Bowden's crooked finger did the rest. Harmison will get many, many better wickets but few will so welcome given his tribulations over the last five sessions

SK Warne c †Jones b Harmison 17 (42m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 65.38

135.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, speared into Lee and a confident appeal as it raps him on the pads. Harmison looks a reinvigorated man

135.5

Harmison to Lee, 2 runs, even the best me have their off moments. Lee paddles it up to mid-off and Flintoff completely misses it and has to trot back to retrieve as the batsmen amble a single

135.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, fiery bouncer which Lee has to limbo to avoid

Australia 502/7   SJ Harmison 22-2-88-1
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

137.6

Harmison to Lee, 4 runs, great shot, punched off the back foot through the covers and just stopped short of the boundary

Australia 510/7   SJ Harmison 23-2-92-1
142.1

Harmison to Lee, no run, a big swish off the back foot at one which rises and keeps rising as it flies over the upper edge of the bat

142.2

Harmison to Lee, no run, that one's left alone, with a jump away off the back foot

142.3

Harmison to Lee, no run, decent ball from Harmison, a straight bouncer which has the batsman sinking backwards, and he has to stretch out his left hand on the ground for balance

142.4

Harmison to Lee, 1 run, angles that one in at the right-hander, who bends over the ball to defend - and they squeeze out a run

142.5

Harmison to Clark, 2 runs, chipped over Ian Bell's head down to long-off

142.6

Harmison to Clark, FOUR, tries a yorker, but it's a bit too straight and full and that's nicely clipped away off the legs through midwicket

Australia 539/8   SJ Harmison 24-2-99-1
144.1

Harmison to Lee, no run, the batsman decides early to leave that one alone, a ball which flies past him on the off side

144.2

Harmison to Lee, no run, that's dug in at Lee's ribs and the batsman jumps and jams down his bat on the ball, but it hits his glove and that's gonna hurt - so he shakes his hand in pain

144.3

Harmison to Lee, no run, a late cut is tidily picked up at gully

144.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, this time it's some sharp fielding in the covers

144.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, point is the man who gets fielding practice this time

144.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, straight and true and the batsman bends over the ball to defend and bring up a maiden for Harmison

Australia 548/8   SJ Harmison 25-3-99-1
146.1

Harmison to Lee, no run, like a magician and his lovely assistant, Harmison cuts Lee in half and there's a big appeal but Bucknor shakes his head, and correctly, too - the ball brushed clothing and no more

146.2

Harmison to Lee, no run, another ball in a good spot

146.3

Harmison to Lee, no run, this is more like the hostile Harmison we know - with an accurate bouncer which has Lee ducking away from it, leaving his bat like a cock-eyed periscope

146.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, this one is lashed out to point

146.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, defended this time

146.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, lashed off the back foot to wide mid-off

Australia 564/8   SJ Harmison 26-4-99-1
148.1

Harmison to Clark, no run, ooh, Harmison tries the bouncer and Clark tries the hook... but completely misses, being too late on the shot... that was very nearly a wide it was so high

148.2

Harmison to Clark, no run, "waiting" is the cry as Clark steers that one into the covers off the back foot

148.3

Harmison to Clark, 3 runs, now, there was a chance. Clark went for the hook, took his eyes off that one and sent it high over to Cook who ran round and made a complete hash out of that, just getting outstretched fingertips to it

148.4

Harmison to Lee, 3 runs, a hook this time

148.5

Harmison to Clark, 1 run, driven off the back foot to bring up the 50 partnership in just 44 balls

148.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, a slower ball, wide, but Lee plays it anyway, just sending a gentle drive into the covers

Australia 578/8   SJ Harmison 27-4-106-1
150.1

Harmison to Lee, no run, cut off the back foot straight to point where it's snaffled without alarm

150.2

Harmison to Lee, 1 run, clips that one off his hips

150.3

Harmison to McGrath, 1 run, tucked off his hips this time

150.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, up there and on the money and that's defended on the front foot

150.5

Harmison to Lee, FOUR, late-cut hard down to the third man boundary

150.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, slashes hard at that one off the back foot and misses it completely

Australia 584/9   SJ Harmison 28-4-112-1
152.1

Harmison to McGrath, no run, tries to pull that one and shuffles across the stumps to do so, but misses

152.2

Harmison to McGrath, no run, an easy defensive shot into the covers

152.3

Harmison to McGrath, 1 run, top improvisation from ooh-aah Glenn as he moves across his stumps, closes his eyes, and hoicks it behind square

152.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, ooh, that one nearly did for Lee there as he plays down the wrong line and nearly gets an inside edge - it carries on through to the keeper

152.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, a better shot from Lee, a better position and his head was over the ball, as he drove it into the covers

152.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, ooh, short and wide and Lee lashes at it with haste, but misses

Australia 588/9   SJ Harmison 29-4-113-1
154.1

Harmison to Lee, no run, that's lashed hard into the ground and reaches Giles in the covers on the bounce

154.2

Harmison to Lee, 1 run, larruped off the back foot to point

154.3

Harmison to McGrath, 3 runs, firmly struck drive just wide of extra-cover

154.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, cut just behind point

154.5

Harmison to Lee, FOUR, lovely shot, up and over down to third man to bring up Australia's 600. Ponting is standing on the boundary, smiling, as well he might

154.6

Harmison to Lee, 2 runs, just wide of the fielder on the off-side and Ponting comes to the boundary to call in his men

Australia 602/9   SJ Harmison 30-4-123-1
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