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

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 ...

End of over 101 (9 runs) Australia 380/3
RT Ponting    154* (239b 18x4)      SJ Harmison    15-2-64-0
MEK Hussey    73* (167b 6x4)      JM Anderson    23-6-99-0

101.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, a tiring Anderson continues with one outside off

101.2

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, angled with intent through the gap between slips and gully, Pietersen chases and retrieves

101.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, up in the slot, plopped to extra cover

101.4

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, super stuff. pitched up and crisply driven on the rise between Collingwood and Pietersen who chase with no real hope of catching it

"I've got me box caught in me undies," chirps Boonie. Thanks.

101.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey blocks a decent ball

101.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, more of the same. Is that it for Anderson? He looks tired

End of over 102 (6 runs) Australia 386/3
MEK Hussey    79* (173b 7x4)      JM Anderson    24-6-105-0
RT Ponting    154* (239b 18x4)      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?

Giles, it seems. This fielder rotation is really taking the biscuit

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

Hoggard into the attack to replace Anderson. The ECB have some serious questions to ask about the daft itineraries they agree to. It's one thing not overbowling key players, but this is ridiculous. Almost all the bowlers are underprepared.

End of over 103 (1 run) Australia 387/3
MEK Hussey    79* (175b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    16-2-65-0
RT Ponting    155* (243b 18x4)      JM Anderson    24-6-105-0

103.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on the spot from the off

Hoggard runs in but doesn't let go. He didn't like the way he landed. Try again

103.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, well, he let go but he's far from happy with his feet as Ponting blocks

103.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, worked into the leg side, Ponting wants two and gets it thanks to some nifty running

A reader asks if we can list all the dropped catches so far. Yes. There have been none.

103.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, steered to gully

103.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, blocked with ease

103.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, gentle wobbler on off stump at 76mph, 1023kph ... er, perhaps I pressed the wrong button?

Thanks Martin, and thanks Will. Hello everyone and welcome wherever you are - there's probably a fair few of you hiding in that drinks cart. Shaped like a big drinks bottle (see what they did there) that cart is huuuge. I wonder if it's got anything in it other than drinks, perhaps a radar for Harmison... certainly wouldn't go amiss. Poor lamb. Right, let's see if England can grab a wicket in the rest of the morning session, or if Australia will just continue in scorching vein. It's Andrew Flintoff anyway...

It's drinks time as Will lobs over a chocolate bar. Since we are in stat mode, yesterday we had 322,000 users in Australia alone, a record. Thank you. And now for the remainder of the session, it is my pleasure to hand over to Jenny Thompson

End of over 104 (2 runs) Australia 389/3
RT Ponting    157* (249b 18x4)      MJ Hoggard    20-2-72-0
MEK Hussey    79* (175b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    16-2-65-0

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

'Where's Boonie?' asks Beefy, who is no doubt going to start spouting stats in a minute, too

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

End of over 105 (4 runs) Australia 393/3
MEK Hussey    82* (178b 7x4)      A Flintoff    17-2-52-2
RT Ponting    158* (252b 18x4)      MJ Hoggard    20-2-72-0

105.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straight and on the money and all the batsman can do is defend, which he does easily

105.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, tried to work that one off the front foot to midwicket but didn't quite get hold of the ball and the shot becomes more of a tap as the ball rolls gently into space

105.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, a big theatrical leave there from Ponting who shoulders arms and holds that pose for the camera

105.4

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR

105.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Hoggy huffs and puffs into bowl as Ponting plays that one on the off-side to bring up the 200 partnership, a record fourth-wicket stand on this ground for any team

105.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, dinked to cover and there's a loud cry of "No"

End of over 106 (5 runs) Australia 398/3
MEK Hussey    82* (179b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    21-2-77-0
RT Ponting    163* (257b 19x4)      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

"Hi from Adelaide uni," chirps Corey. We have about 150 students here watching your commentary." Hi Corey and your 150 chums!

End of over 107 (4 runs) Australia 402/3
RT Ponting    167* (263b 20x4)      A Flintoff    18-2-56-2
MEK Hussey    82* (179b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    21-2-77-0

107.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run

107.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ooh, good line from Hoggard there, in the corridor where there's no certainty - but Hussey chooses to leave it and his judgment proves sound

107.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, again that one's left, but the choice was much easier - the ball went wider and continued to swing away from Hussey as it left him

107.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, similar ball, similar finish - a leave and Jones pouches the ball

107.5

Hoggard to Hussey, 4 runs, firm strike through midwicket off the front foot prompts Giles to dash to the boundary and slide to try to keep the ball in - but no joy for him

107.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ooh, more good judgment from Hussey there who moves his bat away from the danger as the ball flies over the off stump

End of over 108 (4 runs) Australia 406/3
MEK Hussey    86* (185b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    22-2-81-0
RT Ponting    167* (263b 20x4)      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

Flintoff tosses the ball up and down before choosing to come round the wicket to the left-hander

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

The crowd has suddenly come alive and Flintoff gets deserved cheers at the end of a sparkling over

End of over 109 (1 run) Australia 407/4
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      A Flintoff    19-2-57-3
RT Ponting    168* (265b 20x4)      MJ Hoggard    22-2-81-0

109.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, defended quietly this time

109.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on the spot again and the batsman comes forward to defend

109.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, like a housewife with a bone to pick, Hoggard continues to nag, effectively too, as the batsman defends once more

109.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, picked off his front foot and that's helped into the midwicket region

109.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, slower ball from Hoggard but that's picked easily by Clarke who steers the ball to mid-off easily

109.6

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, off the mark with a tidy shot through midwicket, clipped off his legs

End of over 110 (3 runs) Australia 410/4
MJ Clarke    2* (4b)      MJ Hoggard    23-2-84-0
RT Ponting    169* (269b 20x4)      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

"Find the bloke that cloned Dolly the sheep and order up 10 more Freddie Flintoff's. He's holding England together," says Ben Searle

110.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, bouncer, easily ducked

Four slips and a gully in for Clarke now

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

Speaking of legs, Flintoff appears to have a little twinge in his ankle - fingers crossed he's OK. And there will be bags of finger-crossing now as Harmison prepares to bowl - from the other end

End of over 111 (7 runs) Australia 417/4
MJ Clarke    8* (9b 1x4)      A Flintoff    20-2-64-3
RT Ponting    170* (270b 20x4)      MJ Hoggard    23-2-84-0

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

Cheers from my colleagues as the 12312231st mention of Harmison being underbowled is made by the Sky commentary team

End of over 112 (4 runs) Australia 421/4
RT Ponting    173* (275b 20x4)      SJ Harmison    17-2-69-0
MJ Clarke    9* (10b 1x4)      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

End of over 113 (maiden) Australia 421/4
MJ Clarke    9* (16b 1x4)      A Flintoff    21-3-64-3
RT Ponting    173* (275b 20x4)      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

Harmison stops on his run-up - he's not at the races today - and gets a word of encouragement from Hoggard

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

Flintoff's taken himself off and has chosen to bring back Anderson - who has three slips in place now

End of over 114 (2 runs) Australia 423/4
MJ Clarke    9* (21b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    18-2-71-0
RT Ponting    174* (276b 20x4)      A Flintoff    21-3-64-3

114.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a touch of the Harmisons as Anderson's sighter goes wide down the off side

114.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, better - and Ponting chops down late on that one, but the ball flies wide of the sticks and out of any danger

114.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, more chopping from Ponting who spins round, unsure where the ball has gone. It had dropped in front of his batting crease in fact - but Anderson's testing him out here

114.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting is looking unsure once more - bringing down his bat late to defend on the front foot and again he's not sure where the ball has gone

114.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a shorter ball, straight, and Ponting is forced to defend on the back foot, this one a more solid shot

114.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, shorter again and Ponting makes room to work that one into the midwicket area

More skivers. "Hey," says Jack, "we're three year-8's at Unley High and are bludging class in our computer room just to listen to you." We're not sure what bludging means, but thanks Jack anyway.

Kanga says: "'Very wide indeed', 'Say hello to your chums'. How about a bit of Australian speak, Mr Commentator." OK, ripper mate, corker, etc. Only problem is I'm not a Mr! Strewth!

Back at the cricket - Giles is coming on

End of over 115 (1 run) Australia 424/4
RT Ponting    175* (282b 20x4)      JM Anderson    25-6-106-0
MJ Clarke    9* (21b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    18-2-71-0

115.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended first up

115.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, a big shout for lbw as Ponting sweeps but that one would have gone on to miss leg stump

115.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, looped up and that's eased to the covers where Hoggard runs round and dives over the ball as the batsmen run a quick single

A man in short on the off-side

115.4

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

115.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke comes down the track, opens his shoulders and lashes a cover-drive, but doesn't quite time that one

115.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes forward and nudges that one on the leg-side and that's lunch

Here come the players and it'll be Hoggard to open after lunch. And there's a girl in the crowd with a rather fetching yellow t-shirt, emblazoned with "Howzat" on it. No comment.

12.30pm Welcome back everyone. Will here. Martin's been on dinner duty and has served up a feast of red thai chicken curry. Thankfully, the poultry wasn't Harmisoned (underdone and raw) and he's upped the munching-benchmark for me tomorrow. Well, what a brilliant session that was for Australia - their fourth in a row and, in spite of Flintoff's Herculean effort - they are increasingly under the cosh.

Anyway, great to be here with you all, wherever you might be. We've had thousands of emails from all around the world; schools, colleges, offices and bedrooms. Hello to you all. We're about 10 minutes away from starting, so stick the kettle on or crack open a cold one.

Lunch Well that's lunch, and Australia's session once more as Ponting continues in imperious vein; he'll be looking forward to tucking into lunch and then the bowlers once more this afternoon, as he goes in pursuit of his double ton. Clarke has looked a bit nervous so far, but has plenty of time to settle in his groove. Hussey was the only faller of the morning session, with Flintoff picking him off. Join us for the afternoon session when it will be Will Luke taking you through to drinks, and in the meantime I've been asked to bring your attention to this.

Oh and thanks to everyone who's written in to relate that bludging means skiving. I've been adding to my Aussie dictionary recently and now also know that cling film is called glad wrap; it'll come in handy one day I'm sure!

Oops, sorry Jack... looks like you're in trouble... We have a message for you: "Hey Jack, It's Mr O'Callaghan here. Get back to class!"

End of over 116 (3 runs) Australia 427/4
RT Ponting    177* (286b 20x4)      AF Giles    19-2-54-1
MJ Clarke    10* (23b 1x4)      JM Anderson    25-6-106-0

116.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, just a hint of swing and Ponting lunges forward to meet a short-of-a-length delivery, punching it back to Hoggard

116.2

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, oooh inside edge from Ponting, squirting it down to third man. Hoggard yelps his anguish but it missed the stumps and they jog through for a single. But of encouraging inswing there for Hoggard

116.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, bouncer, and a straight one too, and Clarke sways out of the way. No need to bother playing those at this stage

116.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, excellent line, right in the corridor from Hoggard and shaping away ever so slightly to the slips. Left alone by Clarke, wisely

116.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, well bowled, a corker from Hoggard! His first of the game, probably too - swinging into the batsman before sharply seaming away, missing the forward defensive of Clarke. Great delivery

116.6

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, swinging in again to Clarke who works it through midwicket for a single

Pretty good start from Hoggard, there. It's Giles to continue

End of over 117 (2 runs) Australia 429/4
MJ Clarke    11* (27b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    24-2-86-0
RT Ponting    178* (288b 20x4)      AF Giles    19-2-54-1

117.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke comes forward, smothering the spin

117.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, too short - but a touch quicker - and Clarke goes back to cut

117.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, nice flight from Giles this time, on leg stump and Clarke again smothers it

117.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, short and wide, Clarke waits for it and chops it down into the gully. Still no run.

117.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, perfect line on middle stump, defended solidly

117.6

Giles to Clarke, FOUR, ah lovely shot from Clarke, he really waited for that one, rocking back and late-cutting this wider delivery past point for four. Very quick on his feet.

End of over 118 (4 runs) Australia 433/4
MJ Clarke    15* (33b 2x4)      AF Giles    20-2-58-1
RT Ponting    178* (288b 20x4)      MJ Hoggard    24-2-86-0

118.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, great line from Hoggard on middle, attacking the stumps and Ponting gives the ball due respect, defending it solidly with his head right over the ball

118.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, outside off, Ponting lunges forward with a characteristically big stride before shouldering arms. Excellent line once more

118.3

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, no no, don't bowl there. A wasted leg-side drifter from Hoggard and Ponting simply turned his wrists, helping it down to fine leg

22 fours from Ponting now

118.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, better line outside off, Ponting leaves

And Ponting is 5 away from 187, which is 13 away from 200, which is a bit of a superstition

118.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting shoulders arms outside off again - touch of swing away from the right hander

And Ponting is 5 away from 187, which is 13 away from 200, which is a bit of a superstition

118.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, excellent delivery which nearly squares Ponting up who, expecting it to drift down the leg-side, straightens at the last minute and he drives it back to Hoggard

End of over 119 (4 runs) Australia 437/4
RT Ponting    182* (294b 21x4)      MJ Hoggard    25-2-90-0
MJ Clarke    15* (33b 2x4)      AF Giles    20-2-58-1

119.1

Giles to Clarke, SIX, BOSH! Clarke steps down the pitch and smacks Giles over his head for the first six of the innings. That was huge

119.2

Giles to Clarke, no run

119.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, half a shout from Giles - in fact, maybe a three-quarter-shout - but the batsman had a huge stride in

119.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, better shout this time - Clarke's hiding his bat behind the pad, which is never clever - but again Bowden turns it down

119.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets some bat on it this time, pushing it out to cover

119.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, ah, Clarke comes down the pitch - a half-step, no more - squirting it inside-out to the covers...but he was done by Giles's pace there. Good comeback

End of over 120 (6 runs) Australia 443/4
MJ Clarke    21* (39b 2x4 1x6)      AF Giles    21-2-64-1
RT Ponting    182* (294b 21x4)      MJ Hoggard    25-2-90-0

120.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, ooh shuper shtuff from Hoggard - straight and full, Ponting defending it with his life...coming right forward and presenting a perfectly straight bat

Good start after lunch by Hoggard

120.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, just a touch shorter this time allowing Ponting onto the back foot, but he's forced to defend it.

120.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, now then - slightly round-armish action from the bowler there, the ball almost slinging out of the back of his hand. Attempted leggie, perhaps? Either way it was too wide to bother Ponting

120.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, well left from Ponting...just a touch too wide to play at

120.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run

120.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, excellent end to a pretty tight over as Ponting raises his bat high, shuffling across and shouldering arms

End of over 121 (maiden) Australia 443/4
RT Ponting    182* (300b 21x4)      MJ Hoggard    26-3-90-0
MJ Clarke    21* (39b 2x4 1x6)      AF Giles    21-2-64-1

Long-on in place this time for Clarke

121.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, goddim! No he hasn't, sorry - crowd catch there as Clarke goes inside out and smacks it to Strauss at short extra-cover

121.2

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

121.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, quicker ball outside off, Clarke defends without moving his feet...poking his bat ungainly at the ball

121.4

Giles to Clarke, FOUR, well he's hit this inside out over mid-off but it was squirted rather than hammered, and was pretty fortunate not to get an outside edge on that

121.5

Giles to Clarke, 2 runs, much quicker this time but Clarke is wise to the change in pace, tickling it fine - and they sprint hard for the first and even harder for the second, great running

121.6

Giles to Clarke, no run

End of over 122 (6 runs) Australia 449/4
MJ Clarke    27* (45b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    22-2-70-1
RT Ponting    182* (300b 21x4)      MJ Hoggard    26-3-90-0

122.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, lovely ball outside off, but Ponting is looking as solid as a breezeblock. In fact, a big pile of breezeblocks all wearing t-shirts with "I'm solid"

122.2

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run

122.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, "NO" screams Clarke who, pushing this out into the covers, nearly drew Ponting into a single.

122.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, crashed back to the bowler - a bump-ball zeroing in on Hoggard's heart who fortunately gets his hands in the way

122.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, nice banana-swing away from the right-hander, but too wide for him to be troubled

122.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, ah, Clarke nearly fished at that - he desperately wanted to before dragging his bat inside the line

"A few desultory chants from the Barmy Army," says Andrew Miller, "but it's Australia all the way, on and off the pitch. Expelling the Barmy's trumpeter was a masterstroke from the Gabba authorities".

End of over 123 (1 run) Australia 450/4
MJ Clarke    27* (49b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    27-3-91-0
RT Ponting    183* (302b 21x4)      AF Giles    22-2-70-1

123.1

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, now there's Ponting at his absolute finest, clipping this off his legs and placing it absolutely perfectly - threading it, really - through midwicket for four

123.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, better ball on middle, Ponting smothers the spin

123.3

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, fantastic batting here, Ponting down the pitch, smashing Giles over long-off with a free-flowing blade. This is superb batting

And that's Ponting's 1000th run at the Gabba. Greg Chappell has the highest - 1006 - but that won't last long

123.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, too short from Giles, who is looking hapless here

123.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, better - straighter and fuller - but defended with ease

123.6

Giles to Clarke, 2 runs, lovely late-cut down to third man

End of over 124 (11 runs) Australia 461/4
MJ Clarke    29* (51b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    23-2-81-1
RT Ponting    192* (306b 23x4)      MJ Hoggard    27-3-91-0

124.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting goes back, shuffles across and presents the straightest of bats

124.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, there's the length from Hoggard, drawing the batsman forward - but it's a touch too wide and the away-swing draws it further towards the slips

Some running repairs for Ponting here, fiddling with his gloves...and the crowd are slow-clapping

124.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, excellent ball seaming back into the batsman who is wrapped on the gloves

124.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, pushed back to the bowler

124.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, defended once more, this time on the back foot

124.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, tries to turn this to leg but can't time it

Reasonable over from Hoggard who, although not very threatening, has at least given Flintoff some support. Talking of which, the captain is due a bowl...&

End of over 125 (maiden) Australia 461/4
RT Ponting    192* (312b 23x4)      MJ Hoggard    28-4-91-0
MJ Clarke    29* (51b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    23-2-81-1

125.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, clever shot - Clarke's so good against spin - meeting the ball on the full and clipping it to long-on

125.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes down the pitch pushing it out to cover and Clarke reacts immediately, sprinting through for a single. Great batting

6,000 England supporters here for the Test. That's a whole lotta Barmy

125.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, again clipped down to long-on...Clarke's milking Giles like a dairy-farmer

125.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, "ooooh yes Gilo" says Jones, for no apparent reason as it was perfectly defended

125.5

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, swept fine - really well played and it's picked up on the boundary

125.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, pushed down to long-off and Australia pick up six runs off the over without even breaking a sweat.

"The biggest cheer of the day is for a security guard," says Andrew Miller, "who pounced on a beachball ... and threw it back into the stands. It's only because it's a massive great official Green-and-Gold beachball though. Cynicism knows no bounds."

End of over 126 (6 runs) Australia 467/4
RT Ponting    196* (316b 23x4)      AF Giles    24-2-87-1
MJ Clarke    31* (53b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    28-4-91-0

126.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off

126.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting takes a big stride forward but leaves it alone, like the big-striding-leaver that he is

126.3

Hoggard to Ponting, OUT, Ponting's superb innings ends. He shuffled across his stumps looking to work to leg and was struck in front by Hoggard. A vociferous and pleading appeal was answered - finally - by Steve Bucknor and Ponting reluctantly turned and headed off, but not before he had aimed a massive swipe at the turf on his way back to the pavilion

RT Ponting lbw b Hoggard 196 (464m 319b 24x4 0x6) SR: 61.44

And Will Luke got so excited that he jumped up and pulled the power lead out of his PC. His language would have made Boonie blush ...

Hoggard coming round the wicket

126.4

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, no shot to a wide one

126.5

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, angled in at his pads, Gilchrist shapes to flick to leg but misses

126.6

Hoggard to Gilchrist, OUT, strewth ... it's a collapse! Gilchrist played down the wrong line to a ball angled into him - a sniff of swing as well - and another raucous appeal as it hit him on the front foot. It was in line and hitting leg, and Bucknor positively raced into the decision (well, it only took about five seconds)

AC Gilchrist lbw b Hoggard 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Warne emerges blinking into the sunlight

End of over 127 (wicket maiden) Australia 467/6
     MJ Hoggard    29-5-91-2
MJ Clarke    31* (53b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    24-2-87-1

127.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, worked into space to bring Warne onto strike

127.2

Giles to Warne, no run, Warne forward with undue respect to a fellow spinner

Hello gang. I'm back again. Stupid PC.

127.3

Giles to Warne, 1 run, timed down to long-on

127.4

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, "bowled Gilo" screams Jones as the batsman clips it confidently down the ground. Wicketkeepers are nothing if not enthusiasts

127.5

Giles to Warne, no run

127.6

Giles to Warne, 1 run, and he rocks back into his crease, pushing it down to long-on again

End of over 128 (4 runs) Australia 471/6
SK Warne    2* (4b)      AF Giles    25-2-91-1
MJ Clarke    33* (55b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    29-5-91-2

128.1

Hoggard to Warne, 2 runs, DROPPED HIM! The first clanger of the match as Warne chips it off the toe of his bat, over Hoggard's head. Anderson run in from mid-on, sprinting and making good ground but he just can't get his hands to it

128.2

Hoggard to Warne, no run, what a belter! Hoggard's moving it just enough here and Warne plays-and-misses

128.3

Hoggard to Warne, no run, down the leg side, Warne misses out here

128.4

Hoggard to Warne, no run, another corking corker from Hoggard - effectively a fast leg-break, bowled appropriately enough to Warne

128.5

Hoggard to Warne, no run, and again - this is fine bowling indeed from Hoggard who could've had Warne several times this over. Warne cries "Ooorrr" as though winded.

128.6

Hoggard to Warne, no run, squared up this time but Warne gets bat on it, and the crowd cheer (jeer? Surely not) with a fat dose of ironic applause

End of over 129 (2 runs) Australia 473/6
SK Warne    4* (10b)      MJ Hoggard    30-5-93-2
MJ Clarke    33* (55b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    25-2-91-1

Oh it's Harmison back into the attack. I hope the umpires have been stretching their arms&

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

And Warne goes down the pitch to do some gardening

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

Mark Taylor says both Hoggard lbw decisions were right, for what that's worth

Right, that's it from me. I'm off to blow up someone else's computer. It's Martin to entertain and amuse you for the next hour

End of over 130 (3 runs) Australia 476/6
SK Warne    6* (12b)      SJ Harmison    19-2-74-0
MJ Clarke    34* (59b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    30-5-93-2

130.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, angled into Clarke who meets it with the full face

130.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, on target and a sniff of extra lift as it slaps Clarke on the bottom hand

130.3

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke gets a thick edge to a drive and it flies over the slips - it's four all the way as there is no third man. The game plan seems to be go for it now ...

130.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, push and run to mid-off

130.5

Hoggard to Warne, no run, Warne plays it into the covers with minimal foot movement

130.6

Hoggard to Warne, no run, punched to mid-on, again with little attempt to get his feet working

Ponting is likely to want at least an hour to have a go at England, so we might get some batting fireworks from hereon in

End of over 131 (5 runs) Australia 481/6
SK Warne    6* (14b)      MJ Hoggard    31-5-98-2
MJ Clarke    39* (63b 4x4 1x6)      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

A better over from Harmison, but he's still a shadow of what he has been. And Hoggard gives way to Flintoff

End of over 132 (5 runs) Australia 486/6
SK Warne    9* (17b)      SJ Harmison    20-2-78-0
MJ Clarke    40* (66b 4x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    31-5-98-2

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

Not sure what the authorities have out in the beer, but the crowd are spookily quiet

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

Even our Boonie and Beefy figures have dropped off.

End of over 133 (4 runs) Australia 490/6
MJ Clarke    44* (72b 4x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    22-3-68-3
SK Warne    9* (17b)      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

The lack of noise could be because the Barmy Army have been split up by the killjoys who spend the rest of their time puncturing the inflatable balls which come from the stands

End of over 134 (8 runs) Australia 498/6
MJ Clarke    45* (74b 4x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    21-2-86-0
SK Warne    16* (21b 1x4)      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

Matt says: "I was at the game yesterday and the crowd are quiet because there are cops and security staring down the crowd and the fans are too scared to cheer or do the Mexican wave for fear of getting ejected! They have ruined the atmosphere!"

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

"Are they allowed to have beer, I thought the fun police banned that too?" we are asked. Anyone know?

End of over 135 (2 runs) Australia 500/6
MJ Clarke    46* (78b 4x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    23-3-70-3
SK Warne    17* (23b 1x4)      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

That wicket has got Harmison shifting through the gears

End of over 136 (2 runs) Australia 502/7
B Lee    2* (3b)      SJ Harmison    22-2-88-1
MJ Clarke    46* (78b 4x4 1x6)      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

Botham (real one, not plastic gnomish one) baiting Australians on air about being old. He is 51 today ...

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

And the Barmy Army start singing. Perhaps the silence wasn't so bad ...

136.6

Flintoff to Lee, no run, Lee spars and misses

We are told: Many of the Barmy Army have boycotted today's cricket because of the treatment of their bugler, who was ejected yesterday. Paul Burnham, the leader of the Army, said "an awful lot" of members had chosen to watch from their hotels - and he also suggested that the Barmy Army tour of Australia could be scrapped.

End of over 137 (3 runs) Australia 505/7
B Lee    2* (7b)      A Flintoff    24-3-73-3
MJ Clarke    49* (80b 4x4 1x6)      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

The singing has woken up our own Andrew Miller who tells us: " The crowd are suddenly getting behind Harmison now. All it took was a wicket."

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

End of over 138 (5 runs) Australia 510/7
B Lee    6* (8b)      SJ Harmison    23-2-92-1
MJ Clarke    49* (85b 4x4 1x6)      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

Stephen writes: I was fortunate enough to be at the 'Gabba for the last Ashes in Aust and thoroughly enjoyed my two days, the atmosphere was fantastic. The Barmy Army provide an aspect of cricket no other country can. At no stage did I feel threatened or intimidated. Our politicians and sports administrators have decided that passion and atmosphere are not good for the game.

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

Michael warns: "it will be worse when you get to the WACA as the fun police are in the process of banning everything. The Mexican wave has already been banned. Clapping and cheering will probably be next." Sounds like Lord's. Anderson into the attack as Harmison ambles off the pitch

End of over 139 (3 runs) Australia 513/7
B Lee    7* (12b)      A Flintoff    25-3-76-3
MJ Clarke    51* (87b 4x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    23-2-92-1

139.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good start from Anderson, on the spot

139.2

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, worked into space on the off side

139.3

Anderson to Lee, no run, Not forward or back, Lee caught in two minds and neither of them produces a run

139.4

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, slashed with power and Cook makes a good stop at point. That hurt and he trots out the boundary rubbing his wrist

139.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off stump

139.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, plopped into the off side, no chance of a run

End of over 140 (2 runs) Australia 515/7
MJ Clarke    52* (91b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    26-6-108-0
B Lee    8* (14b)      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

And after an hour of silence, Boonie springs into action with a chant of "we want some beer". Welcome back

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

Last over before tea coming up

End of over 141 (9 runs) Australia 524/7
B Lee    16* (20b 2x4)      A Flintoff    26-3-85-3
MJ Clarke    52* (91b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    26-6-108-0

141.1

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, short-arm pull off the front foot and two bounces into the hoardings. Poor old Ashley Giles has to go and fetch and gets some abuse from the locals for his pains. But he's probably heard it all before at Edgbaston

141.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, left alone

141.3

Anderson to Clarke, OUT, Wicket! Anderson deserved that. Clarke looks to drive but it's a bit too far from him and a thick edge flies at regulation height to Strauss at second slip.

MJ Clarke c Strauss b Anderson 56 (153m 94b 5x4 1x6) SR: 59.57

Thanks Martin. The players are coming back on the pitch, Lee and Clark swishing their bats, playing fresh-air shots with intent - and they're not even at the crease yet! Hello again everyone, Jennifer here; just call me Rusty. And it's Clark to face Anderson.

And now for the next hour it's Jenny Thompson, who was remarkably described as the online Dusty Springfield by one reader earlier today. Given that dear old Dusty would be 66 if she was still alive, that's about right ...

There's a mutiny going on. The PA has been annexed by the Fanatics who are singing a version of "In the Jungle" with the lyrics "They whinge-away" and the entire stadium is booing. Colonel Andrew Miller of Tonbridge writes: "It's loud, abysmal and far more offensive than any lone trumpeter."

And another (unrelated) Andrew offers a reason the Mexican waves have been outlawed: "Its not so much the wave itself that is causing officials at the WACA to act like the SS in days gone by, but rather the amount of half-sucked chicken legs and beer dregs which end up in your lap courtesy of the people four rows in front of you tossing their **** in the air."

And that will be tea at the Gabba. That was a more even session but Australia remain very much in charge.

141.4

Anderson to Clark, FOUR, whipped away off the back foot through point to signal Australia's intent now

141.5

Anderson to Clark, no run, defended this time

141.6

Anderson to Clark, no run, tries to drive off the back foot, doesn't get hold of it properly and the ball rolls to mid-off

End of over 142 (8 runs) Australia 532/8
SR Clark    4* (3b 1x4)      JM Anderson    27-6-116-1
B Lee    16* (20b 2x4)      A Flintoff    26-3-85-3

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

End of over 143 (7 runs) Australia 539/8
SR Clark    10* (5b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    24-2-99-1
B Lee    17* (24b 2x4)      JM Anderson    27-6-116-1

143.1

Anderson to Lee, FOUR, too short and that's easily slapped away through point off the back foot

143.2

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, short again and the batsman is quickly over to it with his back foot, cutting away to point again

Henry says: "How can I justify to my daughter that we should go to the cricket again after nearly hit by a half-full can and covered in stale beer when the Mexican wave went through and then losing our seats after we couldn't sit 4 rows away from the knuckleheads doing it in front of us." Fair enough

143.3

Anderson to Clark, 3 runs, Clark's quickly on to that one, one step forward and that's flicked off the legs easily

143.4

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, easy single

143.5

Anderson to Clark, no run, that one sails down the off-side channel, where it's left alone without alarm

143.6

Anderson to Clark, no run, full toss, but Anderson gets away with it as it's steered straight to the man at cover

End of over 144 (9 runs) Australia 548/8
SR Clark    13* (8b 2x4)      JM Anderson    28-6-125-1
B Lee    23* (27b 3x4)      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

End of over 145 (maiden) Australia 548/8
B Lee    23* (33b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    25-3-99-1
SR Clark    13* (8b 2x4)      JM Anderson    28-6-125-1

145.1

Anderson to Clark, SIX, bosh! That's big! Clark, not messing round, lifts a short-ish delivery in front of midwicket

145.2

Anderson to Clark, SIX, and again! This time it's straighter, over wide long-on, but the result is the same - a hooked six

145.3

Anderson to Clark, 2 runs, Anderson responds with a yorker, but he strayed down leg and that's worked - along the ground this time - to midwicket

The slip has come out now so there's just three saving one, and six men out on the boundary

145.4

Anderson to Clark, no run, tries the bouncer, but it bends well away from the batsman and Jones does well to take that acrobatically diving up to his left

145.5

Anderson to Clark, 2 runs, smacked hard to wide long-off and they sneak two runs

145.6

Anderson to Clark, no run, a huge swat which could have knocked out a whole swarm of flies... but he hits fresh air instead

End of over 146 (16 runs) Australia 564/8
SR Clark    29* (14b 2x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    29-6-141-1
B Lee    23* (33b 3x4)      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

Flintoff is loosening up

End of over 147 (maiden) Australia 564/8
B Lee    23* (39b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    26-4-99-1
SR Clark    29* (14b 2x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    29-6-141-1

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

This partnership is already worth 36

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

End of over 148 (7 runs) Australia 571/8
B Lee    24* (41b 3x4)      A Flintoff    27-3-92-3
SR Clark    35* (18b 3x4 2x6)      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 - and the crowd in particular - are really enjoying this, as their batsmen are rattling along, much to England's frustration. What will Flintoff's plan be now? He's having a chat with Harmison, smiling wryly, and prepares to bowl.

End of over 149 (7 runs) Australia 578/8
B Lee    27* (43b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    27-4-106-1
SR Clark    39* (22b 3x4 2x6)      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

End of over 150 (wicket maiden) Australia 578/9
GD McGrath    0* (5b)      A Flintoff    28-4-92-4
B Lee    27* (43b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    27-4-106-1
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