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

0.4

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

Australia 5/0   JL Langer 4* (4b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 0.4-0-5-0

0.5

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

Australia 9/0   JL Langer 8* (5b 2x4)   SJ Harmison 0.5-0-9-0

2.2

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

Australia 13/0   JL Langer 12* (8b 3x4)   SJ Harmison 1.2-0-13-0

2.5

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

Australia 17/0   JL Langer 16* (11b 4x4)   SJ Harmison 1.5-0-17-0

3.2

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, the first fine shot of the morning; Hoggard pitched it up, too full really, and Hayden slams his front foot down the crease and just times it perfectly past mid-off for four. Lovely shot

Australia 21/0   ML Hayden 4* (8b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 1.2-1-4-0

4.1

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, short and Langer goes back and pulls it, well in front of square and without much timing...but it races for four. Dreadful start from Anderson.

Australia 25/0   JL Langer 20* (13b 5x4)   JM Anderson 0.1-0-4-0

5.4

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, OOH but he nearly got his man there, pitching it up and Hayden drove it loosely in the air but, yet again, wide of the sole gully. And yet again it's down to third man for four

Australia 37/0   ML Hayden 13* (18b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 2.4-1-10-0

9.2

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, Langer edges this airborne, never moving his feet, but somehow it evades backward point. This is excellent bowling from Hoggard, and rather impetious batting from Langer

Australia 44/0   JL Langer 30* (30b 6x4)   MJ Hoggard 4.2-2-14-0

10.2

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, crash: Langer cuts hard in front of point, smashing it for four

Australia 51/0   JL Langer 37* (35b 7x4)   JM Anderson 3.2-1-17-0

14.1

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, bosh - great shot from Langer there, a full-blooded cover drive from one which pitches just a touch short and that races away

Australia 67/0   JL Langer 45* (49b 8x4)   JM Anderson 5.1-2-21-0

21.3

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

Australia 91/1   RT Ponting 4* (11b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 5.3-0-31-0

21.4

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

Australia 95/1   RT Ponting 8* (12b 2x4)   SJ Harmison 5.4-0-35-0

23.1

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, jabbed into the gap between slip and gully and that races away over the lightning outfield, with two men chasing in vain - and that's Australia's hundred in what seems like no time at all. Good stuff&

Australia 102/1   JL Langer 62* (80b 9x4)   MJ Hoggard 5.1-2-21-0

23.2

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, four more and that's another boundary behind square for Langer - he has ten to his name now

Australia 106/1   JL Langer 66* (81b 10x4)   MJ Hoggard 5.2-2-25-0

25.3

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, a little more width and crashed square through the covers for four

Australia 114/1   JL Langer 72* (89b 11x4)   JM Anderson 6.3-2-27-0

25.5

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, take that! Again up in the zone and Langer launches a ferocious off drive, much straighter, and the ball races to the rope

Australia 118/1   JL Langer 76* (91b 12x4)   JM Anderson 6.5-2-31-0

26.3

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

Australia 124/1   RT Ponting 18* (23b 3x4)   A Flintoff 6.3-0-24-1

27.3

Anderson to Langer, FOUR, Langer is feasting on this. Wide and smeared to the cover boundary. Anderson shakes his head, as well he might. Expect another complaint about the ball ...

Australia 130/1   JL Langer 80* (94b 13x4)   JM Anderson 7.3-2-36-0

27.6

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, it was too good to last. Ponting whips this through the leg side, sweetly timed, but this is men against boys at the moment. That's 20 off Anderson's first two overs since lunch

Australia 135/1   RT Ponting 23* (29b 4x4)   JM Anderson 8-2-41-0

28.3

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

Australia 140/1   RT Ponting 27* (30b 5x4)   A Flintoff 7.3-0-29-1

33.3

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, pulled with real class but not quite timed ... however, Hoggard's progress round the boundary was more Julie Christie than Linford Chrsitie and he bent for the ball like a 70-year-old as it trickled past him for four

Australia 147/2   RT Ponting 34* (46b 6x4)   JM Anderson 10.3-3-47-0

33.6

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short, and Ponting on it like a cheetah and hammers it through midwicket. Expensive over with 12 off it

Australia 155/2   RT Ponting 39* (48b 7x4)   JM Anderson 11-3-55-0

34.2

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

Australia 159/2   DR Martyn 7* (16b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 6.2-0-41-0

35.6

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, short and once again pulled with conviction. Hoggard - around 80mph - is simply not fast enough to try that to a man who has shown all day that's a shot he can play with ease even if he is not in great form

Australia 168/2   RT Ponting 43* (52b 8x4)   MJ Hoggard 7-2-35-0

41.2

Giles to Martyn, FOUR, what a shot! One step down the pitch and Martyn smacks him over his head with the minimum of fuss, one bounce and that's four.

Australia 184/2   DR Martyn 19* (41b 2x4)   AF Giles 1.2-0-5-0

48.6

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, shot, Hussey, driving it back past Flintoff. The moment he pitched it up, Hussey pounced

Australia 203/3   MEK Hussey 4* (9b 1x4)   A Flintoff 12-2-39-2

49.2

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, immediately Hussey is down the pitch to meet the ball, clipping it powerfully off his toes and, well...that's superbly timed, fine confident shot

Australia 208/3   MEK Hussey 8* (10b 2x4)   AF Giles 5.2-2-15-1

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.

Australia 215/3   RT Ponting 62* (90b 9x4)   AF Giles 6.4-2-21-1

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

Australia 222/3   RT Ponting 67* (93b 10x4)   JM Anderson 11.3-3-60-0

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

Australia 226/3   RT Ponting 71* (94b 11x4)   JM Anderson 11.4-3-64-0

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

Australia 238/3   RT Ponting 79* (109b 12x4)   JM Anderson 13.5-3-72-0

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

Australia 245/3   MEK Hussey 20* (34b 3x4)   JM Anderson 14.5-3-77-0

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

Australia 253/3   RT Ponting 86* (123b 13x4)   IR Bell 0.4-0-5-0

60.5

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

Australia 258/3   RT Ponting 90* (124b 14x4)   IR Bell 0.4-0-10-0

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

Australia 266/3   RT Ponting 95* (126b 15x4)   MJ Hoggard 9.1-2-46-0

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

Australia 282/3   MEK Hussey 34* (57b 4x4)   AF Giles 14-2-42-1

83.4

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

Australia 332/3   MEK Hussey 58* (112b 5x4)   KP Pietersen 8.4-1-28-0

85.2

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, no indecision there. short and thwacked to the square-leg boundary

Australia 337/3   RT Ponting 133* (192b 16x4)   JM Anderson 15.2-3-82-0

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&

Australia 362/3   MEK Hussey 72* (154b 6x4)   JM Anderson 20.2-5-95-0

97.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, overpitched and driven into a small gap between midwicket and mid-on, lovely placement

Australia 369/3   RT Ponting 147* (227b 17x4)   JM Anderson 21.4-5-99-0

100.6

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

Australia 380/3   RT Ponting 154* (239b 18x4)   SJ Harmison 15-2-64-0

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

Australia 386/3   MEK Hussey 79* (171b 7x4)   JM Anderson 23.4-6-105-0

105.4

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR

Australia 397/3   RT Ponting 162* (256b 19x4)   MJ Hoggard 20.4-2-76-0

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

Australia 402/3   RT Ponting 167* (258b 20x4)   A Flintoff 17.1-2-56-2

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

Australia 415/4   MJ Clarke 6* (5b 1x4)   A Flintoff 19.2-2-62-3

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.

Australia 433/4   MJ Clarke 15* (33b 2x4)   AF Giles 20-2-58-1

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

Australia 437/4   RT Ponting 182* (291b 21x4)   MJ Hoggard 24.3-2-90-0

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

Australia 447/4   MJ Clarke 25* (43b 3x4 1x6)   AF Giles 21.4-2-68-1

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

Australia 454/4   RT Ponting 187* (303b 22x4)   AF Giles 22.1-2-74-1

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

Australia 458/4   RT Ponting 191* (305b 23x4)   AF Giles 22.3-2-78-1

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 ...

Australia 480/6   MJ Clarke 38* (62b 4x4 1x6)   MJ Hoggard 30.3-5-97-2

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

Australia 494/6   SK Warne 13* (18b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 20.1-2-82-0

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

Australia 520/7   B Lee 12* (18b 1x4)   A Flintoff 25.4-3-81-3

140.5

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

Australia 524/7   B Lee 16* (19b 2x4)   A Flintoff 25.5-3-85-3

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

Australia 528/7   MJ Clarke 56* (92b 5x4 1x6)   JM Anderson 26.1-6-112-0

141.4

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

Australia 532/8   SR Clark 4* (1b 1x4)   JM Anderson 26.4-6-116-1

142.6

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

Australia 539/8   SR Clark 10* (5b 2x4)   SJ Harmison 24-2-99-1

143.1

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

Australia 543/8   B Lee 21* (25b 3x4)   JM Anderson 27.1-6-120-1

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

Australia 568/8   SR Clark 33* (16b 3x4 2x6)   A Flintoff 26.2-3-89-3

150.5

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

Australia 584/9   B Lee 32* (47b 4x4)   SJ Harmison 27.5-4-112-1

154.5

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

Australia 600/9   B Lee 41* (60b 5x4)   SJ Harmison 29.5-4-121-1
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Nov 27, 2006

Dad's Army: Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath celebrate the win at Brisbane, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, November 27, 2006

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