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

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, a loosener from Lee and that's left alone

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, ooh, interesting one - Lee's on the money this time and Strauss just to say takes his bat away from that forward defensive in time and the ball flies past his outside edge

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, straighter and that's defended easily off the back foot

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee's right arm just strays a little on release and the ball flies wide down the off-side channel, and the batsman isn't interested in that

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, better, on the off-stump line and that's defended

Hussey gees up his side with a call and a clap and Lee changes his angle of attack, coming round the wicket

0.6

Lee to Strauss, 3 runs, strays a touch and that's cover-driven out to the boundary where Clarke wings it back in without too much fuss

Huge cheers and whistles for the next bowler - no prizes; it's McGrath, looking to add to his six-wicket tally of the first innings. He loosesns up by doing some endearingly 80s-style warm-ups, bending from side to side

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0
AJ Strauss    3* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

1.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, forces the batsman to play immediately, a forward defensive

1.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that one angles across the left-hander, who shoulders arms to one which pitches slightly short

Gilchrist runs over with some advice, wanting another catcher in

1.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, very straight, but true, and that's defended into the leg-side

1.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that one flies through and Gilchrist, affecting some kind of long-barrier stance, tries to pouch it, misses, but the ball flies into his body

1.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss, batting out of his crease, forward-defends that one easily

GD is bowling in the low 130s here (and yes, that's kph, else that would be really impressive)

1.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, shoulders arms to a rising delivery

What more can go wrong for Andrew Flintoff? Flayed at Brisbane, back in England a horse he co-owns, called Flintoff, was strolling to victory at Towcester on Saturday before fading badly and being pipped at the post. At least it got near the finishing line, unlike its owner ... As The Times noted: "I'm not sure what would bother Andrew Flintoff more: that his racehorse came second or that his thoroughbred bowlers look like such donkeys." Thanks, Patrick, for bringing that to our attention.

End of over 2 (maiden) England 3/0
AJ Strauss    3* (12b)      GD McGrath    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)      B Lee    1-0-3-0

2.1

Lee to Cook, no run, defended into the packed ring on the off-side

2.2

Lee to Cook, no run, Cook walks forward to defend again

That one was 145.5, and round the wicket, too

2.3

Lee to Cook, no run, the batsmen briefly consider a single as that one's dinked into leg, and they set off - but turn back, realising there's no run on

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, left alone outside the off stump

The scoreboard has died here, so no more speeds for you for a while, sorry...

2.5

Lee to Cook, no run, that was left alone again

2.6

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, runs this time as Cook shuffles forward to press a cover-drive off his front foot and Clarke hunts it down

David Ward - that one? - writes: "So England have been set the ninth highest victory target ever! This is the third time a victory target of over 500 has been set in all Tests at Brisbane. The highest was in 1928-29 at the Exhibition Ground when England set Australia 742 to win - and they scored 66 all out. Surely England can't do worse than that. Can they?" Want a bet?

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 6/0
AN Cook    3* (6b)      B Lee    2-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    3* (12b)      GD McGrath    1-1-0-0

3.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

My favourite email of the entire Test has just come in from Afsar. "Please write run-rate for England win." Good one.

3.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

3.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, that was close. Good bowling from GD as Cook is done by one which whistles past his outside edge as he prods a defensive shot at it - no edge, though

3.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, more convincing from Cook, who fends into gully with the open face of his bat

3.5

McGrath to Cook, 1 leg bye, an easy punch off his hips to square

3.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, again that's worked off the hips and flies square

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 8/0
AJ Strauss    4* (13b)      GD McGrath    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    3* (11b)      B Lee    2-0-6-0

4.1

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, worked off the front foot in front of midwicket and that's zoomed back in to the non-striker's end

4.2

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, strays a touch down leg and the batsman is quickly on to that one, simply timing it away off his toes through midwicket and that's a top shot

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

4.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, that one flies through the corridor, but wide enough to leave

4.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee's bowling round the wicket here and that one comes in at the left-hander but he shoulders arms easily

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, worked off the back foot into cover

End of over 5 (6 runs) England 14/0
AJ Strauss    10* (19b 1x4)      B Lee    3-0-12-0
AN Cook    3* (11b)      GD McGrath    2-1-1-0

5.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, nearly out on two counts - but out on neither in the end, at the end. Coming round the wicket, that one bends in at the left-hander and moves off the seam, but catches neither the edge, nor is it in line with the stumps... It nearly took the off stump, however Umpire Bucknor is unmoved as the team go up to shout - Gilchrist didn't look convinced, but appealed anyway

5.2

McGrath to Cook, 2 runs, that's chopped away through covers off the back foot, a decent shot

5.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

5.4

McGrath to Cook, (no ball) 1 run, tucked off his legs just in front of midwicket

5.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that one flies through on a good length to Gilchrist's hands without a sniff of interest from Strauss - given its line - whose uplifted bat says it all

5.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, eek, Strauss prods at that one, but misses it and it flies to Gilchrist

5.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a solid defensive on the front foot this time

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 18/0
AJ Strauss    10* (22b 1x4)      GD McGrath    3-1-5-0
AN Cook    6* (15b)      B Lee    3-0-12-0

6.1

Lee to Cook, no run, a good length, and that's taken by the keeper

6.2

Lee to Cook, 1 no ball, front-foot no-ball and that's fended to square leg

6.2

Lee to Cook, no run, ooh, a probe from Cook as that hits a crack and veers away from the left-hander

6.3

Lee to Cook, 1 no ball, another overstepping and that's defended on the back foot this time

6.3

Lee to Cook, 1 run, that's worked off the front foot in front of midwicket

6.4

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, banged in at 144.5kph and Strauss steers it to square, but not convincingly - his bottom hand flies up off the bat as he connects

6.5

Lee to Cook, no run, a touch wide but Cook is still tempted to explore and he rushes at it, lucky not to have his edge caught in the process

6.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, jabbed down off his hips and the batsmen run through quickly

Time to hand over to Martin Williamson.

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 23/0
AN Cook    8* (22b)      B Lee    4-0-17-0
AJ Strauss    11* (23b 1x4)      GD McGrath    3-1-5-0

Thanks Jenny. Super effort that. Change in the bowling as well as Stuart Clark comes on

7.1

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

7.2

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

Three slips and a gully, plus a point, mid-off, mid-on, square leg, fine leg

7.3

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

7.4

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

7.5

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

7.6

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

End of over 8 (1 run) England 24/0
AJ Strauss    11* (25b 1x4)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    9* (26b)      B Lee    4-0-17-0

8.1

Lee to Cook, no run, Cook forced onto the back foot. That one was 93mph (149.73 kph)

I have brought a calculator to work today and hope to master converting mph to kph. Time will tell ...

8.2

Lee to Cook, FOUR, banged in and Cook was onto that quickly, a perfect hook shot all along the ground. That will boost the young man's confidence

8.3

Lee to Cook, no run, Lee responds with a good ball on off stump

8.4

Lee to Cook, 1 run, leg side, turned just to the left of the man in close just behind square leg

Lee comes round the wicket to Cook

8.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, short and a yard faster outside off stump, Strauss seemed to be thinking about cutting but it was far too short and he pulled out of the shot early

8.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, on off stump and Strauss well into line

And a massive cheer as Shane Warne comes on. "Warn-ie, Warn-ie, Warn-ie," shout the crowd.

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 29/0
AJ Strauss    11* (27b 1x4)      B Lee    5-0-22-0
AN Cook    14* (30b 1x4)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0

9.1

Warne to Cook, no run, flighted up and Cook takes a big stride forward to block

9.2

Warne to Cook, no run, wide of off stump and it goes straight on as Cook sticks out his pad

9.3

Warne to Cook, no run, controlled defensive prod

One slip, gully, backward point, cover, short cover, deep mid-off, deep mid-on, short midwicket, deep fine leg ... gully's gone already, and short leg's come in

9.4

Warne to Cook, no run, same again, plopped to the man a forward short leg

And now midwicket comes in ten yards ... he's about five yards from the bat now

9.5

Warne to Cook, no run, into a rhythm now, same place and the same shot. Not much turn so far, but there's plenty of time for that

9.6

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook steps back and cuts that, but a bit close to him and he cannot find the power or the placement to beat the infield

End of over 10 (maiden) England 29/0
AN Cook    14* (36b 1x4)      SK Warne    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    11* (27b 1x4)      B Lee    5-0-22-0

10.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, On the spot again

Two slips, two gullies, point, mid-off, mid-on, square-leg, fine-leg

10.2

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

10.3

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

10.4

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

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

Two slips, two gullies, point, square leg, mid-off, mid-on, fine leg

10.5

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

10.6

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

And good news for Australia as Glenn McGrath trots back out to the middle

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) England 29/1
IR Bell    0* (2b)      SR Clark    2-1-1-1
AN Cook    14* (36b 1x4)      SK Warne    1-1-0-0

11.1

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, cut square, not enough power to take it more than two-thirds of the way to the boundary

11.2

Warne to Cook, FOUR, full toss, smacked between midwicket and mid-on

11.3

Warne to Cook, no run, ripper, Cook sticks out his pad and gets everything else out of the way. That one turned appreciably

11.4

Warne to Cook, no run, the fun starts. Warne is turning this some way and plenty of noise from the close fielders now

11.5

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook again left that alone

11.6

Warne to Cook, 1 run, not what the doctor ordered. Cook punched that to cover off the back foot and Bell had to dive to make his ground. The throw was poor ...had it been a direct hit then it might have been a bit more interesting

End of over 12 (7 runs) England 36/1
AN Cook    21* (42b 2x4)      SK Warne    2-1-7-0
IR Bell    0* (2b)      SR Clark    2-1-1-1

12.1

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

12.2

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

12.3

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

12.4

Clark to Cook, no run, on line and blocked

Clark settles into an 82mph (131 mph) groove

12.5

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

12.6

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

End of over 13 (maiden) England 36/1
AN Cook    21* (48b 2x4)      SR Clark    3-2-1-1
IR Bell    0* (2b)      SK Warne    2-1-7-0

13.1

Warne to Bell, no run

13.2

Warne to Bell, OUT, Bell gets well forward, the ball hit him on the front pad and a confident appeal gets the finger from Steve Bucknor. Bell looks unhappy - a bit more than disappointment - as that could have been sliding down the leg side. It matters not a jot, he's out and England are slipping towards a day off tomorrow. Click here for the picture

IR Bell lbw b Warne 0 (11m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

13.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, short, Collingwood onto the back foot

13.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, up in the blockhole and watched with care by Collingwood

Hawkeye says Bucknor got the Bell decision right. Good for him

13.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood reaches for that and blocks

13.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood gets everything behind that

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) England 36/2
PD Collingwood    0* (4b)      SK Warne    3-2-7-1
AN Cook    21* (48b 2x4)      SR Clark    3-2-1-1

14.1

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

14.2

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

14.3

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

14.4

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

14.5

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

14.6

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

Lunch looms in 15 minutes and Jenny has left and is preparing a Chinese meal for us. England, meanwhile, only need 606 to win

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 40/2
AN Cook    25* (54b 3x4)      SR Clark    4-2-5-1
PD Collingwood    0* (4b)      SK Warne    3-2-7-1

15.1

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, leg side and Collingwood off the mark with a flick to long leg

15.2

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook reaches and drives to mid-off

15.3

Warne to Cook, no run, wide, no appreciable turn, and Cook lets it go

Warne tinkers with his field, bring in a man at short extra cover

15.4

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook sticks out his pad, well wide

15.5

Warne to Cook, no run, better line, into the rough but Cook well behind it

15.6

Warne to Cook, no run

End of over 16 (1 run) England 41/2
AN Cook    25* (59b 3x4)      SK Warne    4-2-8-1
PD Collingwood    1* (5b)      SR Clark    4-2-5-1

16.1

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

16.2

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

16.3

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

16.4

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

Torrid times for Collingwood. he's battling but it's tough

16.5

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

16.6

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

End of over 17 (1 run) England 42/2
AN Cook    25* (60b 3x4)      SR Clark    5-2-6-1
PD Collingwood    2* (10b)      SK Warne    4-2-8-1

17.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, flighted, little turn and blocked

17.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, much the same. He's toying with Collingwood

17.3

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, fractionally leg side and turned all along the grouhd to the man on the 45 behind square

17.4

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook looks to cut a ball outside off stump, against the spin, but it keeps low and even Gilchrist is surprised and fumbles it

17.5

Warne to Cook, no run, there or there abouts, blocked

Warne changes his line of attack, coming round the wicket and bringing in more close catchers

17.6

Warne to Cook, no run, it's a wonder that Cook can see daylight, there are so many fielders packed round him now. But he manages to get everything over it and defends it well

End of over 18 (1 run) England 43/2
AN Cook    25* (63b 3x4)      SK Warne    5-2-9-1
PD Collingwood    3* (13b)      SR Clark    5-2-6-1

18.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, safely blocked

Last over before the break

18.2

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

18.3

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

18.4

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

18.5

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

In comes short leg

18.6

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

Afternoon all, Will here. The culinary standard of Chez Cricinfo continues to rise with Jenny's second innings today, a marvellous Chinese. Suitably refreshed, it's back to the cricket - and Mike Atherton is analysing the pitch, trying his utmost not to lose a Julius Marlo down one of the cavernous craters. They really are massive. Yesterday, he managed to fit several fingers in between one of them. And today he placed a ball on one which almost lodged in between. "So, the England batsman just have to put the cracks out of their mind" was his only advice. We're about five minutes away from the resumption.

12.35pm Here we go again ... the teams are coming out. Your commentators throughout today will be Will Luke, Jenny Thompson and Martin Williamson. And for the next hour, it's Will ... and as if to celebrate his arrival, the Beefy doll has just asked: "Has anyone got a scone?". It's odd, but the voice sounds like a cross between John Inman and Dermot Reeve. Meanwhile, the real Beefy is on TV waxing lyrical about the need for Steve Harmison to bowl more ... seriously ... it's like listening to a re-run of the first day. Anyhow, here's Will ...

12.25pm Keep the feedback coming. MonkeyBrain 88 (hmm) says: "I am very disappointed in your commentary and the response of the media to the performance of England. The attitude of you guys is appalling. Just because something is difficult and has never been done before does not mean that it cannot be done. Remember the West Indies record chase against Australia. According to you guys the West Indies had already lost. You mocked at a guy who asked what the required run rate was for England to win. That is truly unacceptable." Well, MonkeyBrain, if England win this match then you can have all our jobs for the next Test.

Lunch That's ten sessions out of ten for Australia and it seems more a question of when they will win rather than if. And those England supporters who are clinging to hope because they heard rumours that there are storms forecast for Brisbane tomorrow ... sorry, not the case.

And those who have been asking where Ponting is ... he strained his back batting in the first over of the day and has not taken the field.

We're off to sample more of Jenny's cooking, but in the meantime please send us your thoughts by clicking here. Back soon ...

Now ... Gilchrist took the ball and then threw down the stumps. Bucknor calls for the third umpire to have a look. Collingwood is in, but it was worth a go as no sooner had the ball hit the stumps than the batsman actually lifted his back foot in the air!

End of over 19 (maiden) England 43/2
PD Collingwood    3* (19b)      SR Clark    6-3-6-1
AN Cook    25* (63b 3x4)      SK Warne    5-2-9-1

19.1

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, outside off and too short, Cook is quick to pounce on this and guide it down to third man. Encouraging bounce there for Warne

19.2

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward to defend. Gilchrist says "Orrrrr"

19.3

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, too short and Cook again does well to rock back and cut it front of square

19.4

Warne to Cook, no run, ooh a bit fuller, Cook goes back again onto his crease

19.5

Warne to Cook, no run, ooh and a huge appeal from Warne - a huge legbreak almost turning square from outside the left hander's off stump...Cook shoulders arms, dangerously so, but the bounce saves Cook

19.6

Warne to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward to defend

And it'll be Stuart Clark to resume who has 1-6 from 6 overs so far. Not bad, then.

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 47/2
AN Cook    29* (69b 3x4)      SK Warne    6-2-13-1
PD Collingwood    3* (19b)      SR Clark    6-3-6-1

20.1

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

"God save the queen 'coz nothing's gonna save these England cricketers," squeaks the Boonie doll.

20.2

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

20.3

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

20.4

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

20.5

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

20.6

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

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 51/2
PD Collingwood    7* (25b 1x4)      SR Clark    7-3-10-1
AN Cook    29* (69b 3x4)      SK Warne    6-2-13-1

Re our lunchtime feedbacker ... Big Bob writes: "Hey MonkeyBrain, If you don't like commentary then don't look at it." And Mark says: "MonkeyBrain ... sort of gives it away right there, doesn't he?"&

21.1

Warne to Cook, no run, "awwww" cries Warne as Cook whips this one to leg, perfectly safe though

21.2

Warne to Cook, FOUR, fabulous shot, he really waited for that one. Again Warne gives Cook too much width, too short, and Cook cuts it hard in front of square for four.

21.3

Warne to Cook, 1 run, pushed off his legs

21.4

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

21.5

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR

21.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot and Warne has the hang-me-now expression of a man who's never, ever taken a Test wicket in his life

End of over 22 (9 runs) England 60/2
PD Collingwood    11* (28b 2x4)      SK Warne    7-2-22-1
AN Cook    34* (72b 4x4)      SR Clark    7-3-10-1

22.1

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

22.2

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

22.3

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

22.4

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

22.5

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

22.6

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

End of over 23 (7 runs) England 67/2
PD Collingwood    17* (33b 3x4)      SR Clark    8-3-17-1
AN Cook    35* (73b 4x4)      SK Warne    7-2-22-1

23.1

Warne to Cook, no run, well flighted just outside off, Cook comes forward and hides his bat behind the pad

23.2

Warne to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

23.3

Warne to Cook, no run, down on one knee, smashed to cover

23.4

Warne to Cook, no run, pushes forward at this and defneds

23.5

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, ooh, outside edge there past slip - but perhaps it was intentional. Played with soft hands

23.6

Warne to Cook, no run, big stride forward, the ball ballooning to slip and the crowd go wildish

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 69/2
AN Cook    37* (79b 4x4)      SK Warne    8-2-24-1
PD Collingwood    17* (33b 3x4)      SR Clark    8-3-17-1

24.1

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

24.2

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

24.3

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

Just two slips in place...why?

24.4

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

24.5

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

24.6

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

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 73/2
AN Cook    38* (81b 4x4)      SR Clark    9-3-21-1
PD Collingwood    20* (37b 3x4)      SK Warne    8-2-24-1

25.1

Warne to Cook, no run, ooh Cook was a touch late on that but jabbed down on it solidly enough

25.2

Warne to Cook, no run

25.3

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, very nicely played indeed from Cook, meeting the ball, opening the face and pushing it down past slip. A short third man collects but that was very classily played

Around the wicket now to Cook

25.4

Warne to Cook, no run, and he kicks this out of the rough, well played Cook

25.5

Warne to Cook, no run, padded away once more

25.6

Warne to Cook, no run, not much turn for Warne there and Cook defends it on the front foot

Vivek Chhajer asks: "Why doesn't England persist with Mark Ramprakash or has he retired? He's a beast when it comes to county cricket." He can be seen in sequined shirts revealing his hairless chest (which he assured British TV viewers he doesn't wax) every Saturday night on Strictly Come Dancing. A lot safer than facing the Australians. Oh, and it's worth mentioning that Jenny has a slight crush on Ramps and has pictures of him plastered all over her desk.

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 75/2
AN Cook    40* (87b 4x4)      SK Warne    9-2-26-1
PD Collingwood    20* (37b 3x4)      SR Clark    9-3-21-1

26.1

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

26.2

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

Still two slips and a gully to a man is renowned for his fishing

26.3

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

26.4

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

26.5

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

26.6

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

Here's Warne over the wicket

Sensible, controlled batting this from England. These two have been there for exactly two hours now.

End of over 27 (7 runs) England 82/2
PD Collingwood    27* (43b 4x4)      SR Clark    10-3-28-1
AN Cook    40* (87b 4x4)      SK Warne    9-2-26-1

27.1

Warne to Collingwood, 4 runs, poor bowling, far too short and wide and Collingwood cuts it hard in front of square. Michael Clarke saves four, but they run four

Fifty partnership from 85 balls

27.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and he's beaten here, coming forward to Warne and it turns away. Although in Collingwood's defence, he didn't play it wholeheartedly...

27.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pushed off the front foot into the covers

Warne's getting frustrated here

27.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, "awwww-ooohhh" cries Warne, for no apparent reason as the batsman comes solidly forward to defend

27.5

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, tip'n'run from Collingwood, excellent batting

Around the wicket to Cook

27.6

Warne to Cook, no run, yowzers! That was millimetres away from bowling Cook, what a ball from Warne, turning a country mile outside off, Cook leaves it alone and it shaves the off stump.

Now then, Brett Lee into the attack replacing Stuart Clark. Aussies just starting to show a few signs of impatience here

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 87/2
AN Cook    40* (88b 4x4)      SK Warne    10-2-31-1
PD Collingwood    32* (48b 4x4)      SR Clark    10-3-28-1

28.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, whipped off his legs to fine leg

28.2

Lee to Cook, no run, ooh Cook goes back and swishes at this one, the ball moving away from the left-hander very late. Super bowling

McGrath has still only bowled three overs today. He's received treatment on his ankle but is out there on the field.

28.3

Lee to Cook, no run, confidently forward from Cook, pushing it out

And Ricky Ponting's not out on the field either, in case you didn't know.

28.4

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, lovely shot off the back foot, whipping it in front of square and timing it nicely, using the pace of the ball

28.5

Lee to Cook, 1 run, again this is calmly, confidently clipped off his legs by Cook to deep backward square

28.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 91/2
PD Collingwood    33* (50b 4x4)      B Lee    6-0-26-0
AN Cook    43* (92b 4x4)      SK Warne    10-2-31-1

Around the wicket to Cook

29.1

Warne to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot once again

29.2

Warne to Cook, OUT, Gone! Big turn from Warne there, Cook came tentatively forward - not reading the spin - blindly looking for the ball, gets an inside edge to Hussey at short leg. Fine innings from Cook, but simply not enough. Click here for the picture

AN Cook c Hussey b Warne 43 (128m 94b 4x4 0x6) SR: 45.74

That could really wake Warne up who, so far, has been quite subdued

29.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, massive stride forward - quicker ball from Warne - well defended

Deep midwicket in place for Pietersen

29.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, another humungous stride down the pitch, timed into the covers

29.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

29.6

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

Wicket maiden for Warne. Now then, what can Pietersen do? He's hardly going to block it for 30 overs. This could be messy

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) England 91/3
KP Pietersen    0* (4b)      SK Warne    11-3-31-2
PD Collingwood    33* (50b 4x4)      B Lee    6-0-26-0

30.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, cut off the back foot

30.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, a touch of inswing there for the big man, moving cutting away off the seam

30.3

Lee to Collingwood, SIX, shot! Banged in short, Collingwood uppercuts it over the slips and - what a crowd catch that is! The sightscreen operator moves to his right, gets his hands up high and takes a blinder.

30.4

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

30.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, solidly blocked out

30.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, inswing there for Lee, well pitched up but Collingwood's up to it

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 97/3
PD Collingwood    39* (56b 4x4 1x6)      B Lee    7-0-32-0
KP Pietersen    0* (4b)      SK Warne    11-3-31-2

31.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen gets into a right mess here, shuffling down the pitch massively before losing his footing and sliding down the pitch.

Warne looks at him disparagingly, staring at him, absolutely motionless

31.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, crunched out into the covers, very well timed. Pietersen's not going to hang around here

31.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, but he cautiously defends this. Ooh bit of banter now, Warne giving it to KP who smiles back

31.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, again he comes forward to this leg-side ball, pushing it back to Warne

31.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, tries to sweep this on the front foot but it's the slider, rushes on to Pietersen who misses. Good take from Gilchrist though

31.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, and he flicks this down to long-on to get off the mark

Now then now then now then. Pietersen versus Lee.

End of over 32 (1 run) England 98/3
KP Pietersen    1* (10b)      SK Warne    12-3-32-2
PD Collingwood    39* (56b 4x4 1x6)      B Lee    7-0-32-0

32.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, outside off and he opens the face, guiding it into the gully

32.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run

32.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, short - but probably not as short as Pietersen thought who ducks underneath it

32.4

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, ooh, streaky - very Pieterseny - outside off and he flails his hands at it, torpedoing it through the gully. As expression goes, "if you're going to flash, flash hard." I hate that expression

32.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, and he turns his wrists, neatly tucking it behind square

32.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, aggressive, short, fast but too wide. Collingwood rightly ignores it

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 103/3
PD Collingwood    39* (57b 4x4 1x6)      B Lee    8-0-37-0
KP Pietersen    6* (15b 1x4)      SK Warne    12-3-32-2

Well we still have no news on McGrath but will bring it to you when we have it. But the big story of today is the news that Billy Birmingham's bringing out a new 12th Man album. Sooooper effort that

33.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, comes forward to defend this

33.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pushed to leg. Come on, give it some humpty

33.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, corr, some massive inside-edge-action there which just evades short-leg

33.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run

33.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, goes back, smacks it hard into the ground - the ball bobbling over Justin Langer, not the tallest man by any means, who can't quite reach it.

33.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended solidly

That's all from me. Over to Jennifer 'Ramps' Thompson. Thank you William 'Hilarious' Luke. And greetings again, all.

End of over 34 (maiden) England 103/3
KP Pietersen    6* (21b 1x4)      SK Warne    13-4-32-2
PD Collingwood    39* (57b 4x4 1x6)      B Lee    8-0-37-0

34.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, speared down the channel and the batsman shoulders arms

34.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, again that's down the channel, a smidgen wider, and again that's left alone

34.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, that one comes in at the right-hander, short and rearing, and he quickly fends it down off the back foot

34.4

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, shapes to drive off the back foot and that's a good diving stop in the covers, although the batsmen have time aplenty to scramble through the single

34.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, dug out off the back foot and squirts a drive to the covers

34.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, a very solid defensive that, to one which comes in at him off a length and he plays off the back foot with a very straight bat

A bowling change at the Vulture Street End and the roars from the crowd tell you it's GD McGrath back into the attack

End of over 35 (1 run) England 104/3
KP Pietersen    6* (23b 1x4)      B Lee    9-0-38-0
PD Collingwood    40* (61b 4x4 1x6)      SK Warne    13-4-32-2

35.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood takes his time to steer the ball, slowly, back to mid-off from a regulation line-and-length delivery

35.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, a touch straighter from McGrath and Collingwood is quick on to his back foot in line with the ball to jab it down, the bat face slightly closed

35.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, same ball, same result - McGrath on the money again

35.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, well bowled and Collingwood plays that one strangely, trying to pull it, but he gets squared up and it raps him on the top of the right thigh

35.5

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, another unconvincing stroke from the indecisive Collingwood, and he squirts it on the leg-side, off the inside edge

35.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, better, that one was more cleanly struck

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 107/3
PD Collingwood    43* (67b 4x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    4-1-8-0
KP Pietersen    6* (23b 1x4)      B Lee    9-0-38-0

36.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, tries to work that on the on-side, fails, and the ball catches the outside edge and drops short of the gully area

36.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, well played on the back foot, a tidy defensive shot

36.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, that's a fuller one but well dug out and it's driven, without much power, on the on-side

36.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, ooh. Collingwood shuffles across to play one which whistles past his nose and he fails to connect. So close and Lee grasps his head with both hands

36.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, that one was left alone easily this time

36.6

Lee to Collingwood, (no ball) FOUR, nice punch away through extra-cover off the back foot this time, with enough power for it to race to the boundary

36.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, shuffles forward but then immediately ducks, more of a bob in fact, as the ball flies high and wide above him

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 112/3
PD Collingwood    47* (74b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    10-0-43-0
KP Pietersen    6* (23b 1x4)      GD McGrath    4-1-8-0

37.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, solid as an ox with that defensive there

37.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, that loops in at the batsman and he manages to defend it on the front foot

37.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 4 byes, ooh, that one hit a crack and veered alarmingly past the batsman, down leg, and ran away for four byes

37.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen did well to jab his bat down on that one which was in a good area and came on pretty quickly

37.5

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, just nudged off his legs into space

37.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, walks forward to meet that one and is still walking as he plays the shot, a defensive shot, trying to smother the movement off the crack

Byron Jones writes to tell us that the sightscreen operator who took the blinding catch off Collingwood was Anton Booy from Cairns

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 117/3
PD Collingwood    47* (75b 5x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    5-1-9-0
KP Pietersen    7* (28b 1x4)      B Lee    10-0-43-0

38.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, short and Pietersen ducks away from that one, to cheers from the crowd

38.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, the batsman shapes to drive that one through cover but checks the shot and takes his bottom hand off it

The crowd are cheering as they volley a beachball around. It's got horizontal stripes on it - no trace of the green and gold - so they're going to have their fun before it's confiscated for being dangerous and disorderly

38.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, driven out to the man at cover point

38.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, defended this time

38.5

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, well bowled, taking all the speed of it, but Pietersen senses what's going on early, takes a big stride forward, goes down on one knee and lamps it a touch aerially over cover

38.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, left alone this time

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 121/3
KP Pietersen    11* (34b 2x4)      B Lee    11-0-47-0
PD Collingwood    47* (75b 5x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    5-1-9-0

39.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, McGrath is the lone appealer, jumping up and down and waving both hands like directing a plane into land. But the ball was too high and would have gone over leg stump

39.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 no ball, over-stepped as Collingwood jabs his bat down in defence

39.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot

39.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, tries to play that one to square, but it jumps off his arm

39.4

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, turned that round behind square, oh, off his pads

39.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes Collingwood's lead and walks into that shot, down the off side, trying to get himself well down the pitch and outside the line as he plays that on the front foot

39.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, easy leave

End of over 40 (2 runs) England 123/3
KP Pietersen    11* (36b 2x4)      GD McGrath    6-1-10-0
PD Collingwood    47* (80b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    11-0-47-0

40.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, that's straight and it's defended off the back foot

40.2

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, turns that into short midwicket

40.3

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, Lee came round the wicket this time and that's worked out behind square and right out inside the boundary

40.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, oversteps this time, going round again, and that's defended as it angles across him

40.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 no ball, a big flash at that one, and that just fails to take the edge as it bends slightly away

The entire stadium is now chanting 'Give us our ball back!' as more beachballs are confiscated by the Fun Police who are doing their best impressions of miserable neighbours

40.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, turned off his hips

40.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, tried to work that into space on the leg-side

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 127/3
KP Pietersen    12* (38b 2x4)      B Lee    12-0-51-0
PD Collingwood    49* (85b 5x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    6-1-10-0

41.1

McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR, great shot to bring up his half-century, whipped off his front foot and sailing over midwicket for a one-bounce four. He battled through the hard times early on and he's prospering now

41.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, left that one alone outside off stump

41.3

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

41.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, good line-and-length has the batsman flashing. Gilchrist likes that one, flapping his big orange oven-gloves together

41.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, regulation leave this time

41.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, tucked off his hips just behind square and there's a gentle single

Ryan Scrimgeour wants to know more about Billy Birmingham's new album. Well, it's out later this week and we'll have a review of it next Sunday. We'll bring you more when we get it.

End of over 42 (5 runs) England 132/3
PD Collingwood    53* (91b 6x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    7-1-14-0
KP Pietersen    12* (38b 2x4)      B Lee    12-0-51-0

42.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended

42.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, oohs from the crowd as the edge off a jumping back-foot defensive nearly crashes on to the stumps; as it is it bounces down and over

42.3

Lee to Collingwood, 3 runs, good shot, round the wicket, too straight and Collingwood went back and punched it through the covers

42.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, pulls out of that one, ducking away and showing the ball his shoulder as it flies past

42.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, round the wicket again, and that's way past the batsman, a touch wide and easily left alone

42.6

Lee to Pietersen, (no ball) FOUR, Pietersen rockets that in front of midwicket - he leapt on to it with trademark Pietersen speed and boshes it all the way to the boundary

"Got any sausage rolls?" chirps Boonie from nowhere. "Got any English muffins?" retorts Beefy. Boonie must be hungry - he follows up with "Did someone order pizza?"

42.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, defended this time

End of over 43 (8 runs) England 140/3
KP Pietersen    16* (42b 3x4)      B Lee    13-0-59-0
PD Collingwood    56* (94b 6x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    7-1-14-0

43.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that's defended on the back foot and snapped up by Martyn who then tosses the ball up and down as the bowler returns to his mark

43.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 no ball, defended off the back foot once more and McGrath walks back to his spot, shaking his head at overstepping

43.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, in the channel again and another defensive shot results

43.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, variation - this one's defended on the front foot

43.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, banged in and the batsman gets ready to sway away from one he expects to fly past his face. But the ball smacks the wrong side of a crack and sashays through at hip-height

43.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, quiet defence this time

43.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended into the covers this time

Change of bowling, it's Mike Hussey, who's yet to take a Test match wicket

End of over 44 (1 run) England 141/3
PD Collingwood    56* (101b 6x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    8-1-15-0
KP Pietersen    16* (42b 3x4)      B Lee    13-0-59-0

44.1

Hussey to Pietersen, FOUR, offers up a nice juicy half-volley; Pietersen licks his lips and tucks in, peeling that one through the covers

One slip and a gully, two catching in the covers, deep point, mid-off, mid-on, fine leg and cow corner

44.2

Hussey to Pietersen, no run, that bends well away from the right-hander, not interesting him at all

44.3

Hussey to Pietersen, no run, teased to cover

44.4

Hussey to Pietersen, no run, leaves that one alone

44.5

Hussey to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen strokes that one down to gully

44.6

Hussey to Pietersen, 1 run, lashed out to Clarke just in front of point

Warnie to bowl the last over before tea and he sets about pointing where he wants his fielders to go

End of over 45 (5 runs) England 146/3
KP Pietersen    21* (48b 4x4)      MEK Hussey    1-0-5-0
PD Collingwood    56* (101b 6x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    8-1-15-0

45.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen rocks back and thwacks that to point where Langer, like an efficient icecream seller, is quick to scoop and serve

45.2

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, Warne gives that one more air, Pietersen skips down the pitch and drills it wide of mid-on to bring up England's 150. Have some of that&

45.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, smothers that one into the ground with a forward defensive

For those who have asked for more information about the forthcoming 12th Man CD, check out this link in our Surfer column. And our own Brydon Coverdale will be rushing down to the shops in time to review it on the site next Sunday.

45.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, another cushioning defensive

45.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, half-shouts for lbw, as the ball raps Pietersen low on the leg, but it wasn't out, as it was missing leg

45.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended - and that's tea

2.55pm Thanks Jenny. Yes, I am old. Old enough to have seen Denis Compton and Richie Benaud play ... but even the great Richie is not as old as your boyfriend in Goa. Meanwhile, as Jenny looks longingly through Saga catalogues, the players are returning to the middle ... Ponting still off the field with his bad back and McGrath slightly hobbling, troubled with a sore heel ... Clark to resume from the Stanley Street End

Tea Well, England's spectators at long last have something to cheer as Collingwood makes a half-century and they have a tidy afternoon. His partnership with Pietersen is worth 59 so far. There's been pace from McGrath but very little movement and he's not found the same penetration as in the first innings, possibly because of his bruised heel. The rest of the Aussie attack has been fairly quiet this session - but of course their side is well on top and has been for ages. Stay with us to find out what will happen after tea when it will be Martin Williamson to enthrall you with the proceedings and also with his wit and the wisdom that comes from being an old man.

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 150/3
KP Pietersen    25* (54b 5x4)      SK Warne    14-4-36-2
PD Collingwood    56* (101b 6x4 1x6)      MEK Hussey    1-0-5-0

46.1

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

46.2

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

Still only two slips and a gully. Odd that Gilchrist, standing in for the sidelined Ponting, is still not attacking more

46.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, once more too wide

46.4

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

46.5

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

46.6

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

Warne continues from the Vulture Street End

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 154/3
PD Collingwood    60* (107b 7x4 1x6)      SR Clark    11-3-32-1
KP Pietersen    25* (54b 5x4)      SK Warne    14-4-36-2

47.1

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen takes a step to meet it, turns it into a half volley which he clips through midwicket

47.2

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, down the track again, turns this into a full toss this time and Pietersen hammers it to the right of mid-on. we have a contest

47.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, more circumspect

47.4

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen uses his feet for the third time in four balls, once more crashing it through the gap between mid-on and midwicket

47.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, snorting, ripping reply from Warne, turning it past Pietersen's outside edge

47.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, driven back to Warne who slightly petulantly hurls the ball back, far too close to the batsman and Pietersen thwacks the ball over the slips! Gilchrist laughs but KP is very unhappy and calls Warne - his mate - several rather nasty words which are not for a family audience

End of over 48 (10 runs) England 164/3
KP Pietersen    35* (60b 7x4)      SK Warne    15-4-46-2
PD Collingwood    60* (107b 7x4 1x6)      SR Clark    11-3-32-1

48.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Clark wide again

48.2

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

48.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, patted back

48.4

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

48.5

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

48.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, wide again and left

Now Warne to resume to his pal Pietersen. I have never called my friends any of those names selected by KP at the end of the last over though ...

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 168/3
PD Collingwood    64* (113b 8x4 1x6)      SR Clark    12-3-36-1
KP Pietersen    35* (60b 7x4)      SK Warne    15-4-46-2

49.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, super conventional legbreak, turns past Pietersen's groping prod

49.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, turned behind on the leg side

Pietersen and Warne exchange more pleasantries as they pass

49.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, outside leg and kicked away

49.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, floated up and well defended, head right over it

49.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, a bit flatter but well played again

49.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, a tad too short and a bit leg sidish, Collingwood goes back but misses as he tries to flick it through midwicket

Here comes Clark again. He needs to aim 18 inches to the leg side

End of over 50 (1 run) England 169/3
PD Collingwood    64* (117b 8x4 1x6)      SK Warne    16-4-47-2
KP Pietersen    36* (62b 7x4)      SR Clark    12-3-36-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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