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
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.

Well, it seems his foot got "stuck". A lot has been made of the problem with Brisbane's turf which, sand-based, doesn't have any "purchase" or root structure and the foot just gets wedged into the ground. Absolutely lethal. You can't slide at Brisbane, end of. And he's going off to receive treatment - some ice and a shot of whiskey no doubt. Ed Joyce is on.

50.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

50.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, again he leaves this alone

"Long hot boring afternoon in Sydney," says Garret, "and you're managing to do wonders for our morale. Pity about the productivity." Isn't it just?

End of over 51 (1 run) Australia 209/3

    • MEK Hussey 8 (16b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 57 (87b 8x4)
    • A Flintoff 13-2-40-2
    • AF Giles 6-2-15-1
51.1

Giles to Ponting, no run

51.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes down the pitch, flicking it neatly through midwicket

51.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, really nicely played from Hussey, skipping down the pitch and chipping him down to long-on

51.4

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, rubbish. Short and wide, Ponting has oodles of time to rock back and smack through the covers. Easy as.

51.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, nudged to the leg side

51.6

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, pushed with typical energy by Hussey to the leg side, sprinting a single

Hello - Jenny back on commentary. And it's Anderson first up after tea.

Right, I'm off. In the meantime, have a look at our fandabbytastic gallery which, as galleries go, beats the Tate in London hands down.

Neil Sharman, sitting a few yards down from the Gabba, thinks we're a bunch of caterers. "Can you bring me some beer, an esky and a hotdog please?" The cheek; hotdogs are rubbish anyway.

They thought about having another over, but Steve Bucknor's dying for a drink and, fortunately for him, the clock ticks over and he flicks off the bails. Tea, then - another good session for Australia, although England did well to peg back the run rate and pick up a couple of wickets. Tea for us here, too. After the break it'll be Jenny Thompson to entertain and enthrall

End of over 52 (8 runs) Australia 217/3

    • MEK Hussey 10 (18b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 63 (91b 9x4)
    • AF Giles 7-2-23-1
    • A Flintoff 13-2-40-2
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

End of over 53 (9 runs) Australia 226/3

    • RT Ponting 71 (96b 11x4)
    • MEK Hussey 11 (19b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 12-3-64-0
    • AF Giles 7-2-23-1
53.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, tempts the batsman to take a big stride forward to that one, but then there's a front-foot defensive shot

53.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, tries to force that one through cover but doesn't really get hold of it

53.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, quick use of the feet and Hussey works that one on to the leg-side with a neat punch of a drive

53.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot this time

53.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives that one, without much power, to mid-off

Coming round the wicket to Hussey now

53.6

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, a very cheeky single as the batsman dinks it down and they run through, evading the underarm throw that comes in at the stumps

End of over 54 (3 runs) Australia 229/3

    • MEK Hussey 13 (23b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 72 (98b 11x4)
    • AF Giles 8-2-26-1
    • 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

End of over 55 (2 runs) Australia 231/3

    • MEK Hussey 15 (29b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 72 (98b 11x4)
    • JM Anderson 13-3-66-0
    • AF Giles 8-2-26-1
55.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, There's a big shout for lbw, there as that ball pitches on middle but the shout's turned down. Billy Bowden, wannabe showman that he is, does the umpiring equivalent of a dummy and looks as if he's about to give the finger, before scratching his nose. The tinker. Hawk-Eye has it hitting the top of off stump, but the benefit is with the batsman

55.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot this time

55.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, and again

55.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, more defence

55.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended once more - how did you guess? - on the front foot. Ponting is looking fidgety here, not enjoying being tied down

55.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, a single this time, just helped off his toes into the short midwicket area

End of over 56 (1 run) Australia 232/3

    • RT Ponting 73 (104b 11x4)
    • MEK Hussey 15 (29b 2x4)
    • AF Giles 9-2-27-1
    • 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

A contented burble in the stands, but the Barmy Army have been stunned into silence by the legendary awfulness of the teatime entertainment," reports Andrew Miller, but just as he does they start up with the imaginative "Barmy Army".

End of over 57 (6 runs) Australia 238/3

    • RT Ponting 79 (110b 12x4)
    • MEK Hussey 15 (29b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 14-3-72-0
    • AF Giles 9-2-27-1
57.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, the batsmen settle for one after Strauss runs out to third man to collect the ball

57.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, comes down the wicket and flicks that away to midwicket like swatting a fly, but it's picked up

57.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, cut easily to point

57.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, tidy ball this time has the batsman defending on his back foot

57.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

57.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, that could have been tight if the throw, from mid-off, had gone to the non-striker's end. As you worked out, it didn't

Flintoff, by the way, is wearing a black armband to mourn the death of his wife's grandfather.

Ed Joyce is on the pitch for Matthew Hoggard

End of over 58 (2 runs) Australia 240/3

    • RT Ponting 80 (115b 12x4)
    • MEK Hussey 16 (30b 2x4)
    • AF Giles 10-2-29-1
    • 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

End of over 59 (6 runs) Australia 246/3

    • MEK Hussey 21 (35b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 81 (116b 12x4)
    • JM Anderson 15-3-78-0
    • AF Giles 10-2-29-1
59.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot

59.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, leaves that one and it nips away from him and zooms through to Jones

59.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, worked off his legs, easily, to square

59.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot again

59.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, worked off his legs down to the 45 where it's winged back in, and that single brings up the fifty partnership from just 75 balls and both are in good touch here

59.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey comes out to meet that one which pitches outside his off stump but he leaves it and it goes on, harmlessly, to Jones

Oh my word, Ian Bell has been brought on for a bowl. He has one Test wicket to his name, and a strike-rate of 102. Let's see what he can do, here

End of over 60 (2 runs) Australia 248/3

    • MEK Hussey 22 (39b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 82 (118b 12x4)
    • AF Giles 11-2-31-1
    • JM Anderson 15-3-78-0
60.1

Bell to Ponting, no run, tidy ball first up, at medium pace, and that's defended

60.2

Bell to Ponting, 1 no ball, Bell just oversteps there as he adjusts to a rare bowl

60.2

Bell to Ponting, no run

60.3

Bell to Ponting, no run, a straight drive, Bell has no chance of stopping it but the longish mid-on runs round to stop it

60.4

Bell to Ponting, FOUR, chased a wide one and got a thick edge to bring up the 250 for Australia. That ball could have gone anywhere as it flies up into space

60.5

Bell to Ponting, (no ball) FOUR, worked off his legs just in front of midwicket, lovely shot

60.5

Bell to Ponting, 1 run, straight as a die, but a touch short, the batsman is quickly on to it, getting over the ball and easing it to midwicket

A fly-slip for Bell with the keeper standing up, but even a 5-4 field can't stop the boundaries

60.6

Bell to Hussey, 1 run, easy single

End of over 61 (12 runs) Australia 260/3

    • MEK Hussey 23 (40b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 91 (125b 14x4)
    • IR Bell 1-0-12-0
    • AF Giles 11-2-31-1
61.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, gives it a touch more air, there, and the batsman gets over it to push it to mid-on

61.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, problems all round there; Hussey slams that straight to Flintoff at short midwicket who picks it up after one bounce wings it back in to the keeper, but Hussey makes his ground

61.3

Giles to Hussey, 2 runs, guided down to third man

61.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, worked behind square this time

61.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended

61.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended once more

Hoggard is coming on to replace Bell after that experiment failed

End of over 62 (2 runs) Australia 262/3

    • MEK Hussey 25 (46b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 91 (125b 14x4)
    • AF Giles 12-2-33-1
    • IR Bell 1-0-12-0
62.1

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, on the off stump but a touch short and Ponting times that easily off his legs with an on-drive that races away

62.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, forced on to the backfoot to defend

62.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, bends that one away from the right-hander who chooses to leave it

62.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting chooses to leave that one as well, but Hoggard keeps plugging away at the off-side channel

62.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, just outside the off stump again and that's defended this time

62.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, another decent delivery from Hoggard, still plugging that line, and the batsman can just to say leave it without too many problems

End of over 63 (4 runs) Australia 266/3

    • RT Ponting 95 (131b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 25 (46b 3x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 10-2-46-0
    • AF Giles 12-2-33-1
63.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, tosses that one up and the batsman comes forward to drive that one out to mid-off

63.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot this time

63.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives that one out to long-on this time

63.4

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, that's a lovely on-drive and the batsmen have to scamper to make the run as the return throw comes in strongly

63.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting's turn for a languid on-drive to long-on takes Ponting to the very cusp of his hundred

63.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 64 (4 runs) Australia 270/3

    • MEK Hussey 27 (49b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 97 (134b 15x4)
    • AF Giles 13-2-37-1
    • MJ Hoggard 10-2-46-0
64.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, squeezes a straight drive without much power

64.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hoggard adjusts his line well for the left-hander and that drifts past the outside of the edge as the batsman leaves that well alone

64.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, that's left alone again as the ball sails through to the keeper

64.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ooh, a bit of aggression there from Hoggard - but only a bit - as he scoops the ball when it's hit back to him and shapes to have a shy at the stumps

64.5

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, punches a looser one through the gap square on the off-side and Pietersen chases it down, perhaps thinking about the slide and then instantly realising that it's not a good idea

64.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 3 runs, works that one on to the on-side and that's Ponting's 32nd Test hundred, his sixth against England, and he celebrates by dissecting the air with a big swoosh and then taking off his helmet, his grin as wide as a Cheshire cat's. The Gabba rises to its feet as one and there are huge cheers and whistles around the ground. He's looked unstoppable today and that's his 10th hundred in 15 Tests, dating back to his Old Trafford epic in 2005

"Massive acclaim from the Gabba," confirms Andrew Miller. "They were out of their seats from the moment that shot was played."

End of over 65 (7 runs) Australia 277/3

    • RT Ponting 101 (136b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 30 (53b 3x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 11-2-53-0
    • AF Giles 13-2-37-1
65.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

65.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run

65.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended off the back foot

65.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended into the gully region this time

65.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, comes on the front foot to defend

65.6

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, hammered back past the bowler, flat and hit very, very hard indeed. The cameras pan in on the ball and it's looking quite battered, a bit like England's attack

End of over 66 (5 runs) Australia 282/3

    • MEK Hussey 34 (57b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 102 (138b 15x4)
    • AF Giles 14-2-42-1
    • MJ Hoggard 11-2-53-0
66.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, driven out to long-off, a touch aerial, but it's not that far away from Hoggard, who stretches out his left hand in vain

66.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, that's defended

Hoggard's bowling at 80mph here

66.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, defended again

66.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, an easy single into the covers

66.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, that one's in the channel just outside off stump but it's easily left

66.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, déjà vu - that's just outside off stump and again it's easily left

Now it's Pietersen who's been given a bowl as Flintoff searches desperately for a way to prise one of these two out

End of over 67 (1 run) Australia 283/3

    • MEK Hussey 34 (59b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 103 (142b 15x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 12-2-54-0
    • AF Giles 14-2-42-1
67.1

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, squeezed into the leg-side this time and the batsmen jog through easily

67.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, cries of "Catch it" from the bowler, but there was no bat or glove involved as the ball pops behind

67.3

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, that one found the gap

67.4

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, tickled behind square and the batsmen run through quickly, with Ponting very quick off the mark - running almost as soon as he'd struck the ball

67.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, that's a fuller length and dug out by the batsman

67.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, "Bowled, Kev, bowled," go the cries and indeed Kev did bowl the ball. It wasn't a bad one either, forcing the batsman to defend

And with the over rate being so desultory it could be a very long session indeed ... at least an hour to go but we will be in overtime plus

Drinks Well, that's me joining Will on the subs bench for the rest of the day. After the break Martin Williamson will take you through to the end of play, and he can't wait to entertain you all

End of over 68 (3 runs) Australia 286/3

    • MEK Hussey 35 (63b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 105 (144b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-3-0
    • MJ Hoggard 12-2-54-0
68.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wide, smacked stiffly to extra cover

68.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wide, smacked stiffly to mid-off. You can forgive Ponting for being a bit tired

68.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, worked past midwicket. There would have been two there had this been a one-day game

68.4

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run, driven past short extra cover for an easy one

68.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wide outside off stump at 79.4mph. Getting slower as the ball gets softer

68.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, patted away. A tame over all round really

End of over 69 (2 runs) Australia 288/3

    • RT Ponting 106 (149b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 36 (64b 4x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 13-2-56-0
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-3-0
69.1

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, driven up to the man two-thirds back at mid-off

69.2

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, glanced delicately fine

69.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, turned behind square on the leg and Jones leaps to recover a wild throw

69.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, outside off stump, left alone and it makes Jones think as it leaps off a length

69.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, much the same. No need for Hussey to bother with these

69.6

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, short, pulled from outside off stump but not timed and it bobbles into the leg side

Ordinary over. Pietersen looks stopgap rather than partnership breaker

End of over 70 (5 runs) Australia 293/3

    • MEK Hussey 38 (68b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 109 (151b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-8-0
    • MJ Hoggard 13-2-56-0
70.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, full length, easily kept out

70.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, wide and Hussey shoulders arms with an air of disdain

70.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, again wide and again Hussey sniffily leaves it

70.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, sweet judgment as Hussey leaves it and it only misses his off stump by inches. With the angle of attack, Hoggard won't move it back enough to trouble him so he can shoulder arms all day

70.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ... as he does once again

70.6

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, Hoggard adjusts his line accordingly and that allows Hussey to milk runs through the leg side with a neat flick

End of over 71 (3 runs) Australia 296/3

    • MEK Hussey 41 (74b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 109 (151b 15x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 14-2-59-0
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-8-0
71.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, wide and left alone. Here we go again

71.2

Pietersen to Hussey, 2 runs, slight outside edge as Hussey drives and it squirts behind square on the off to bring up the 100 partnership

71.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, wide and left once more

71.4

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, cut straight to point

71.5

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting turns it behind on the leg side and starts off for a single put a crisp "No" from Hussey ends that thought

71.6

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, driven for an easy one to bring up the 300

Flintoff throws himself into the attack once more

End of over 72 (4 runs) Australia 300/3

    • RT Ponting 110 (153b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 44 (78b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 3-0-12-0
    • MJ Hoggard 14-2-59-0
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

England look jaded. A day in the heat and one with little to get worked up about has taken its toll

End of over 73 (6 runs) Australia 306/3

    • RT Ponting 116 (159b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 44 (78b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 14-2-46-2
    • KP Pietersen 3-0-12-0
73.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, whoa! Real ripper, turns past Hussey's outside edge. It turned too much

73.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, Hussey can leave that as Pietersen doesn't have one that comes back into the left hander

73.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, same again

73.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, loud shout as it hits Hussey on the pads. Nobody seriously interested ...

73.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, short and pulled square on the leg side

73.6

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, On the spot and no chance of a run

That first ball from Pietersen made Hussey think a bit. Flintoff round the wicket to the left hander

End of over 74 (1 run) Australia 307/3

    • RT Ponting 116 (160b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 45 (83b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 4-0-13-0
    • 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

Flintoff yawns

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

The Barmy Army are either bored or unconscious as the chanting has got quieter

End of over 75 (1 run) Australia 308/3

    • RT Ponting 116 (163b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 46 (86b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 15-2-47-2
    • KP Pietersen 4-0-13-0
75.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, enough turn there to get the close fielders excited

75.2

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, big ripper but too short and controlled cut to the sweeper on the cover boundary

75.3

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, another sign of big turn

75.4

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting turns straight to Strauss at short square leg

75.5

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, turns it past a half drive and into Ponting's pads

75.6

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, driven to mid-off

New ball due in four overs. Who will take it? Who can bowl straight? And now another substitution as Flintoff chugs off and Joyce comes on ... and Ashley Giles comes into the attack.

End of over 76 (2 runs) Australia 310/3

    • RT Ponting 117 (167b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 47 (88b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 5-0-15-0
    • A Flintoff 15-2-47-2
76.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, nice loop and on the spot

76.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, slightly shorter and plopped into the off side allowing an easy single

76.3

Giles to Hussey, 2 runs, again nice flight, the finest of tickles down the leg side and much huffing and puffing from the fielders

76.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, fractionally more off-stump line and Hussey defends

76.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey uses his feet to come down the track and almost succeeds in getting himself in a complete tangle but he keeps it out

76.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, more conventional defence

End of over 77 (3 runs) Australia 313/3

    • MEK Hussey 49 (92b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 118 (169b 15x4)
    • AF Giles 15-2-45-1
    • KP Pietersen 5-0-15-0
77.1

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, classic forward defensive shot

77.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting shapes to turn to leg but doesn't quite get everything in the right place

77.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, driven lackadaisically down the ground to long-on

77.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, nothing doing from a straight ball

77.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, drifts down the leg side and a nudged single brings Hussey his fifty. A solid rather than spectacular innings but he's given Ponting excellent support

77.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, drifts down the leg side and a nudged single brings Hussey his fifty. A solid rather than spectacular innings but he's given Ponting excellent support

77.6

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, over corrects and too leg-side for the right hander and the net result is much the same

Flintoff returns to the field

End of over 78 (4 runs) Australia 317/3

    • RT Ponting 121 (173b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 50 (94b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 6-0-19-0
    • AF Giles 15-2-45-1
78.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, good off-stump line

78.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, same again. It's all a bit quiet. England wait for the new ball and Australia will be happy to get to the close with no alarms

More tinkering with the field as if the over rate wasn't bad enough.

78.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, "Bowled Gilo". Hmm.

78.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting defends with ease

78.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, driven up the ground to the man two-thirds back on the off

78.6

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, real tip-and-run stuff as Hussey angles the ball into the ground and into space on the off side

More than a few of the Barmy Army are going a rather glorious variety of pink. Sales of Aftersun expected to soar in Brisbane over the coming hours ...

End of over 79 (3 runs) Australia 320/3

    • MEK Hussey 52 (97b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 122 (176b 15x4)
    • AF Giles 16-2-48-1
    • KP Pietersen 6-0-19-0
79.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, a long spell for KP and he's justified it

79.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, lovely flight and well dug out

79.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, semi appeal but no one seems sure what for, especially those making the appeal

79.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, wide and left alone

79.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, same again. The last two didn't move a millimeter

79.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, but that one really turned, zipping past Hussey's defensive prod

Warne will be tickled pink at the turn his Hampshire colleague is getting. The new ball is due but not being taken yet ...

End of over 80 (maiden) Australia 320/3

    • MEK Hussey 52 (103b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 122 (176b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 7-1-19-0
    • AF Giles 16-2-48-1
80.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting has gone back into his shell, and who can blame him

80.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, watchful caution from Ponting

80.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, careful defence

80.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, and again ...

80.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks

80.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, well placed towards point and a scampered single

Everyone seems happy to let the day meander to a close

End of over 81 (1 run) Australia 321/3

    • RT Ponting 123 (182b 15x4)
    • MEK Hussey 52 (103b 4x4)
    • AF Giles 17-2-49-1
    • KP Pietersen 7-1-19-0
81.1

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, turned to leg, no runs as fielders converge

81.2

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, neatly turned fine into the shadows of the stands at fine leg

81.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, similar shot but not nearly as fine, still enough to beat the fielder

81.4

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, driven past short extra cover who's half dive is rather tired

81.5

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, waited for it and cut into the covers

81.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, good length and patted away

It's not clear what the point of this is. The bowlers are not really threatening and there are no close fielders to speak of. A tired Ponting will be quite happy with this low-key end to a long day.

End of over 82 (5 runs) Australia 326/3

    • MEK Hussey 53 (105b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 127 (186b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 8-1-24-0
    • AF Giles 17-2-49-1
82.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, wide and left

Flintoff starts warming up

82.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, driven back firmly to Giles who stops at the second attempt

82.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, placed between fielders and extra cover has to slide to stop it

82.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, defensive push

82.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey aims to sweep, misses, and looks momentarily alarmed as the ball trickles past his stumps

82.6

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, left alone to end the over

Much like a stirred-up wasps' nest, the rearguard of the Barmy Army have started chanting for no apparent reason

End of over 83 (2 runs) Australia 328/3

    • MEK Hussey 54 (108b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 128 (189b 15x4)
    • AF Giles 18-2-51-1
    • KP Pietersen 8-1-24-0
83.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, more of the same from Pietersen, some turn but little threat

83.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, placed into the covers but too close to point for a single

83.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run

83.4

Pietersen to Hussey, FOUR, superbly-placed sweep, too full and the fielders in the deep bisected with mathematical precision

83.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, plopped into the off side

83.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, crouching defensive stroke

And is it the new ball? It is. Steve Bucknor signals to the scorers and we will have six overs before the close. Flintoff having to do everything here ... the senior players are noticeable by their absence as the field drifts into position.

End of over 84 (4 runs) Australia 332/3

    • MEK Hussey 58 (114b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 128 (189b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 9-1-28-0
    • AF Giles 18-2-51-1
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

And even the Barmy Army have tired of the two-word "Barmy Army " chant

84.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off stump

Aha. They were distributing new song sheets. Hymn No. 2 "Engerland, Engerland etc"

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

Anderson gets the other end. Two new balls, four new-ball bowlers. Sums it up, really.

End of over 85 (1 run) Australia 333/3

    • MEK Hussey 58 (119b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 129 (190b 15x4)
    • A Flintoff 16-2-48-2
    • KP Pietersen 9-1-28-0
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

Pretty poor opening over. And another change as Hoggard replaces Flintoff.

End of over 86 (8 runs) Australia 341/3

    • MEK Hussey 61 (120b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 134 (195b 16x4)
    • JM Anderson 16-3-86-0
    • A Flintoff 16-2-48-2
86.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, wide and left alone

86.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, leg side but it swung ...unfortunately, further down the leg

86.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, much better, right line, almost yorker length and Hussey had to work to dig that out

86.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, up in the zone and Hussey again had to work

86.5

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey did well to squeeze a full-length ball between point and extra cover

Two slips and a gully for Ponting

86.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, solid and safe push to extra cover

Three overs left. The over rate has been dire.

End of over 87 (1 run) Australia 342/3

    • RT Ponting 134 (196b 16x4)
    • MEK Hussey 62 (125b 5x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 15-2-60-0
    • 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

Hello to our readers in the Sahara desert

End of over 88 (2 runs) Australia 344/3

    • RT Ponting 135 (200b 16x4)
    • MEK Hussey 63 (127b 5x4)
    • JM Anderson 17-3-88-0
    • MJ Hoggard 15-2-60-0
88.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, swing, but Ponting was not tempted

88.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, once more, Ponting not made to play or even made to think about playing

88.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, Hoggard overcompensates and Ponting clips it through wide midwicket. He's excelled in that area today

88.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, once more Hoggard over corrects and Ponting shoulders arms

88.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, much better, Ponting half turned square and made to play

88.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, back to the wide-outside-off-stump line

and here is Anderson for the day's final over

End of over 89 (2 runs) Australia 346/3

    • RT Ponting 137 (206b 16x4)
    • MEK Hussey 63 (127b 5x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 16-2-62-0
    • 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

And that concludes the entertainment for today. No doubt that it was Australia's day from start to finish. Justin Langer struck the early blows with 82 and then Ricky Ponting, with his 32nd Test hundred, with valuable support from Michael Hussey, really turned the screw. We've got bulletins, verdicts, Ian Chappell's audio review and much more to come in the next hour or so.

Thanks for staying with us today and for sending in comments by the thousand. Join Will Luke, Jenny Thompson and Martin Williamson at 10.00am tomorrow for full coverage of the second day's play from the Gabba. Good evening.

End of over 90 (maiden) Australia 346/3

    • MEK Hussey 63 (133b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 137 (206b 16x4)
    • JM Anderson 18-4-88-0
    • MJ Hoggard 16-2-62-0

8.40am Good morning and welcome to coverage of the second day's play at Brisbane. Weather and pitch report to follow fairly soon assuming our men on the spot set their alarm clocks.

9.10am Andrew Miller has made it to the Gabba. He reports: As the teams arrived at the Gabba for the start of the second day's play, the PA system was blaring out a song with the lyrics "looking back it was easy". It's come on again". Ricky Ponting would no doubt agree, after taking this match and the series by the scruff of the neck in the course of yesterday's wonderful unbeaten 137. With Michael Hussey sitting pretty on 63 not out, Australia have the perfect platform to cause some further mayhem when play resumes at 10 o'clock local time.

Click here for his full pre-play bulletin.

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9.20am "The pitch still has a misleading tinge of green about it this morning, but a fat lot of good it did England's bowlers yesterday," notes Andrew. "As Ricky Ponting said afterwards, the ball didn't swing at all on the first day. Ian Bell's already visualising his innings as he stands in the popping crease at the Stanley Road end ... might have to wait a little while yet."

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9.40am The commentators are having a jolly laugh in the middle as the crowds start taking their seats and the giant replay screen is showing ... er ... Edgbaston 2005.

"There was a lot of recovery work last night as a few of us haven't bowled that much," James Anderson is telling Nasser Hussain. "Flat wicket, hot day. It was tough."

9.45am Birthday boy Ian Botham out in the middle. Another scorching day and he's getting very excited about the cracks and trying to stick his finger in one. Nasser Hussain with him and reveals that England are "amazed" at how quickly the cracks have opened and the edges started to crumble. "They're only going one way," Botham says about the cracks. "Bigger and wider." Michael Atherton, meanwhile, calls for more "spunk and character."

"Strange that Atherton would call for more 'spunk and character'," emails Greg. "He never captained an English side in which such qualities were prominent ... lest we forget."

9.55am Here we go ... the teams are coming out. Your commentators throughout today will be Will Luke, Jenny Thompson and Martin Williamson.

Meanwhile, Nick has a message for Nasser and Ian re their comments about the pitch. "Welcome to drought country. Of course the bloody pitch is breaking up ... it hasn't rained a decent amount for months and its practically illegal to look at a hose with intent to spray."

10.00am Hoggard from the Stanley Street end ...

90.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on off stump, no swing, safely blocked. We're underway

90.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, outside off stump and left. 78.4 mph and conversions to kph and knots will come later when we have mastered multitasking

90.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, another gentle loosener outside off stump

90.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, hint of awayswing and Ponting takes a big stride and blocks

90.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 leg bye, Ponting moves across his stumps and the ball deflects behind square on the leg side

90.6

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, confident square drive and England's fielders resume chasing leather

James Anderson to open up. Harmison, who hasn't bowled since 2.15pm yesterday, is left kicking his heels ...

End of over 91 (4 runs) Australia 350/3

    • MEK Hussey 66 (134b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 137 (211b 16x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 17-2-65-0
    • 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

Replays show the Billy was right ...drifting down the leg side

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

And the Boonie doll on the commentary desk bellows out some advice ...

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

End of over 92 (maiden) Australia 350/3

    • MEK Hussey 66 (140b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 137 (211b 16x4)
    • JM Anderson 19-5-88-0
    • MJ Hoggard 17-2-65-0
92.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting again shuffles across his stumps and a stifled cry as Hoggard realises he has got an edge onto it

92.2

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run

92.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets everything into line and plops it into the leg side

92.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, that swung, but it started wide of off stump and kept going. Jones had to make ground to take it

92.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting works it neatly into the midwicket area, meat and drink to him

92.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, speared across and well wide of the left hander. Hoggard's not touching 80mph and not really swinging it either when it matters

End of over 93 (3 runs) Australia 353/3

    • MEK Hussey 67 (142b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 139 (215b 16x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 18-2-68-0
    • 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

Much media speculation about Harmison. "You can't hide him all day," says David Gower.

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

Michael Atherton says that Harmison simply does not bowl enough

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

End of over 94 (3 runs) Australia 356/3

    • MEK Hussey 67 (147b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 142 (216b 16x4)
    • JM Anderson 20-5-91-0
    • MJ Hoggard 18-2-68-0
94.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting flicks that off his legs to the man on the 45 two-thirds back

94.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hussey off balance and the ball, shaped in at his feet, hits his pads. Going well down the leg side. 127kph!

94.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, pushed up to mid-off

For those who have been asking, Boonie is demanding a pizza.

94.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, left alone, no swing

94.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, angled across but without swing it's harmless

94.6

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run, lovely single, Hussey on the back foot drops it down with soft hands and without a call the two batsmen scurry through. Unspoken communication from a pair who have been together for some time

Pietersen starts today's on-off substitution merry-go-round as Joyce replaces him

End of over 95 (2 runs) Australia 358/3

    • MEK Hussey 68 (152b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 143 (217b 16x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 19-2-70-0
    • 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

And here comes Harmison to cheers from the Barmy Army. This is a big moment for him after yesterday's performance. "Hard to tell whether that was a cheer or a jeer as Harmison was announced by the PA," says Andrew Miller.

End of over 96 (4 runs) Australia 362/3

    • MEK Hussey 72 (158b 6x4)
    • RT Ponting 143 (217b 16x4)
    • JM Anderson 21-5-95-0
    • MJ Hoggard 19-2-70-0
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

Flintoff leaves second slip and trots to mid-off. Atherton jokes that he has gone there as it's too dangerous in the close field.

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

Stephen Fay in the press box is recounting the legend of Frank Tyson, abysmal in the first Test, a legend in the next. Well, you've got to cling to something ... "No rhythm, no form," is Nasser Hussain's less optimistic assessment

End of over 97 (3 runs) Australia 365/3

    • RT Ponting 143 (223b 16x4)
    • MEK Hussey 72 (158b 6x4)
    • SJ Harmison 13-2-54-0
    • 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

The highest fourth-wicket partnership for Australia against England at the Gabba, passing Graeme Yallop and Kim Hughes in 1978-79. The first of many spurious stats today I reckon ...

Harmison again. "Flintoff should just bowl him till his knees bleed and hang the consequences," says Miller. That from a man who is hobbling after a collision with a shower door earlier.

End of over 98 (4 runs) Australia 369/3

    • RT Ponting 147 (229b 17x4)
    • MEK Hussey 72 (158b 6x4)
    • JM Anderson 22-5-99-0
    • 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

Another stat. Ian Botham has said "Harmison needs to bowl more" for the 100th time this morning

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

Scott Boswell was another to undergo a public meltdown with a 14-ball over in 2001. Click here

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

The problem is - and Botham is right - that none of these bowlers have enough overs under their belt. They are trying to bowl themselves back into form in a Test match

End of over 100 (maiden) Australia 371/3

    • MEK Hussey 72 (166b 6x4)
    • RT Ponting 147 (233b 17x4)
    • JM Anderson 23-6-99-0
    • SJ Harmison 14-2-55-0
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