England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 2nd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 6 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

2.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting takes a big stride forward and defends

2.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, shouts from behind the wicket as Ponting again thrusts a pad forward and the ball misses the bat. Hoggard knew that was well outside the line

2.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, down the leg side and Ponting moves across and lets it go through

2.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting again takes a step to the off and flicks to short midwicket

Australia 9/1   RT Ponting 0* (4b)

3.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, down the leg side and Jones stops it - not cleanly, but a stop is a stop

3.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, short, Ponting dramatically shoulders arms and lets it pass

3.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, turned to the leg side

Australia 17/1   RT Ponting 1* (7b)

4.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on the spot, in the groove and safely negotiated

4.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, lovely dramatic leave from Ponting, pad thrust forward and bat vertical like a periscope struggling to break the surface. One of the best leavers in the modern game

4.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, and again, pad even further forward this time

4.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straighter and this time he uses the bat

4.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, short and wide, smacked straight to Anderson at extra cover

4.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting waits for that one and whips it off his midriff to deepish midwicket

Australia 18/1   RT Ponting 2* (13b)

5.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting assuredly into line

5.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, classic Ponting leave to one 18 inches outside off stump

5.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, short, Ponting onto it really quickly - that was the assurance and speed of a man in form - and hooked to Hoggard at long leg

Australia 19/1   RT Ponting 3* (16b)

6.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, fuller length and Ponting prods it into the ground

6.2

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, too short, neatly driven off the back foot past the man at silly extra cover - he had no chance of doing much more than getting out of the way - and it races away

6.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, fuller and Ponting again into line, right behind that

6.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, classic forward defensive shot with an extra-step flourish at the end

6.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, much the same but slightly more of a crouching posture as he played it

6.6

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, it's a four but Ponting walked across to one that swung and flicked it fine, dispersing the seagulls. had he missed, he would have been out ... but he rarely misses at the moment

Australia 27/1   RT Ponting 11* (22b 2x4)

7.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, into line and defended

7.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting right into line

7.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, turned to midwicket

7.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets a bit square-on as he shapes to drive and the ball goes to cover

Australia 28/1   RT Ponting 11* (26b 2x4)

9.1

Flintoff to Ponting, (no ball) 1 run, strangled shouts from nobody but my colleagues as Flintoff crashes that one into the bat in line with off-stump and Ponting comes down the pitch to squeeze that on the front foot - plus it's a no-ball (overstepping)

Australia 30/1   RT Ponting 12* (27b 2x4)

10.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, peach of a start moved off the pitch, kept a bit low and that just eludes Ponting's outside edge with a play and a miss. That was bowled at 78.8mph, which is 127kph (we'll do the maths; it's the weekend after all)

10.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, big leave to one which pitches way outside off and swings away

10.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting's offering bigger leaves here than genetically-modified trees with too much growth hormone (sorry, that's a loosener from me)

10.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, swinging away, came forward with a solid defence

10.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 3 runs, classic straight-drive, a big backlift on the up; that nutmegs Hoggard and Harmison throws back having chased that down to long-on - he's on target, too; a good start from the big man

Australia 33/1   RT Ponting 15* (32b 2x4)

11.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, cut away to point

11.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended

11.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, big shout for LBW but while it's a peach, it's not plumb - and Ponting gets a big stride forward to one which cuts back from outside off as he allows it to crash into his front pad

11.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

11.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, winged back in from point

11.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 leg bye, squirts out to square off the pad - it looked like there was some inside edge, though and Ponting's a bit surprised at the leg-bye signal

Australia 34/1   RT Ponting 15* (38b 2x4)

12.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone as that one goes through off

12.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, 'Waiting' they cry as that one eases on the off-side

12.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, 'No' this time as that's tickled to short midwicket

12.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, driven without much power forward

Australia 35/1   RT Ponting 16* (42b 2x4)

13.1

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, that strays onto middle-and-leg and that's whipped strongly off his hips, evading the short leg. A strong shot from Ponting, nice

13.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 no ball, no-ball from an overstep

13.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, "Wait," the batsmen cry as that one goes into the covers. "Good areas, Fred," shout England as one

13.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, ooh, a touch straighter and Ponting walked across to that one and sends it wide of Giles at mid-on who gives successful chase

13.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, worked off his legs to Cook at deep midwicket

13.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, made Ponting play that one, up there and in line with off stick

Australia 45/2   RT Ponting 23* (48b 3x4)

15.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, on the spot from Harmison - big cheers from the crowd for that - and that's fended into the on-side

Australia 46/2   RT Ponting 24* (49b 3x4)

16.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Jones up to the stumps here as Hoggard swings that one away and Ponting is quickly over it to defend strongly

16.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, a touch of width and Ponting is typically alert, smashing that to cover where it's sharply picked up

16.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting shuffles over to that one but shoulders arms at the last minute, realising that, like a choosy would-be lover, it's too wide to be worth chasing

16.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone this time

16.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, defended into the covers

16.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, straighter from Hoggard and Ponting squeezes that through to midwicket and there's some quick running

Australia 52/2   RT Ponting 26* (55b 3x4)

18.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, crashes a cut, hard, off a loose one but Cook dives on to that one at cover

18.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, 'Ooh, yes, Hog!' chirps Jones in a passable imitation of Alec 'Yeeees, Oi liiike that' Stewart

18.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off as that swings a touch away from the right-hander - some good shape, this, encouraging the bowler

18.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone once more

18.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, just a fraction too short and Ponting doesn't quite get hold of that as he shapes to hook but lands it in the middle of three fielders

18.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straight up there on the money and that's defended on the front foot

Australia 54/2   RT Ponting 28* (61b 3x4)

20.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, steered behind square

Australia 55/2   RT Ponting 29* (62b 3x4)

21.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off this time as that one goes srtraight and sharp

21.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting hits it back in Harmison's direction, he gets one hand on it and it falls to the floor. Ponting thinks about a quick single, but changes his mind - good decision

21.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, more good pace - 93mph (150kph) to be exact - and that's left alone

21.5

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, hostile again, but down leg and Ponting latches on to that one very quickly indeed - quick feet, quick hands, and that's pulled down through square with great timing. That brings up 1000 runs at Adelaide for Ponting

21.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, ooh, Ponting goes for a big expansive drive on the off-side, fails to get hold of it fully but there's no danger from the resulting edge

Australia 63/2   RT Ponting 33* (67b 4x4)

23.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, fast, short offcutter into the body of the batsman, half appeal but that was closer to going over Ponting's head than hitting the stumps

23.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting steps across in that familiar style and clips to midwicket

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 no ball, whoa! That one slipped and Ponting lost it, ducked, and the ball almost clocked him on the helmet. Ponting looks as bewildered as George Bush at a press conference, he clearly lost it. In fairness, had he stayed upright and seen it that would have been a four-ball

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 no ball, wicked bouncer at 93mph (149.7kph)

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone

23.5

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run

Australia 74/3   RT Ponting 35* (73b 4x4)

24.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, dramatic leave, Jones standing up whips off the bails

24.2

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, dropped! Short, pulled but Ponting didn't get over it and Giles, at deep square leg, spills one above his head, He got both hands to it but never really left the ground with his jump. As the crowd jeer, Giles hangs his head

Australia 79/3   RT Ponting 36* (75b 4x4)

25.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wayward. Leg side and Ponting sways inside it and lets it go

25.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, flicked into space on the leg side

25.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, the kind of the leave shoulders arms, pad thrust forward

25.6

Harmison to Ponting, 3 runs, too full, textbook off drive which is slowed down by the sluggish outfield. It deserved four. A cry of exasperation from Harmison

Australia 84/3   RT Ponting 40* (79b 4x4)

26.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, well forward, Jones chirruping in Ponting's ear

26.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Pointing a bit rushed as that one zipped back in at him

26.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straight ball gently played back to the bowler who considers a wild shy at the stumps but settles for a lobbed throw to Jones instead

26.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, crisp off drive in to the gap between the ring of fielders to the man back for just that stroke

Australia 85/3   RT Ponting 41* (83b 4x4)

27.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, loosener into the off side for an easy single

Australia 86/3   RT Ponting 42* (84b 4x4)

28.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven, outside edge skews inches short of Bell in the gully. Loads of oohs and aahs

28.2

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, driven, off the meat this time, past extra cover, but again a man back for that

Australia 87/3   RT Ponting 43* (86b 4x4)

29.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting across his stumps and turns it straight to square leg

29.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, and again Ponting a little foot-tied as he steps across

29.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets everything into line and plays it up to mid-off

29.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, played out to short midwicket

29.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks ...he's been turned square a couple of times this over and that will give Flintoff heart

29.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, another step across from Ponting and he plops it to short midwicket again

Australia 87/3   RT Ponting 43* (92b 4x4)

30.3

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, turned behind square on leg, the man is right back and so they run two

30.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven to point, not timed and so no power in the shot

30.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting forward and his bat turns in his hands as he plays it and the ball skews to mid-on

30.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, oh yes! Lovely ball, swings back and through a loose attempted drive by Ponting whose bottom hand comes off the bat as he swishes and misses

Australia 90/3   RT Ponting 45* (96b 4x4)

32.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, on the button, blocked

32.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, good shout, nipped back in but sliding down the leg. Ponting only half forward and beaten by that one

32.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, controlled flick to mid-on

32.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting across and slightly surprised by some extra bounce, played uppishly but safely to midwicket

32.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting into line, safe as houses

Australia 92/3   RT Ponting 46* (101b 4x4)

33.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 3 runs, ... unlike Ponting, who calls for an oh-so-tight single to square leg. He was on the back foot and so slow to set off, Collingwood's shy would have left Ponting yards short at the bowler's end but it missed and he got overthrows for good measure. Potning was so far out he didn't even bother trying to run his bat in!

Australia 97/3   RT Ponting 49* (102b 4x4)

34.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting cautious. Two let-offs this morning so far, and he will now just want to get to lunch

34.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, into line and defended

34.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, played into the covers

34.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short, Ponting rocks back and smacks that with va va voom behind square to bring up his 36th Test fifty

34.5

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, Anderson overcorrects, too full and driven through short extra cover. Shot of the day so far. I wonder how Ashley Giles is feeling ....

34.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting drives to mid-off, takes two steps down the pitch but thinks better of it and screams "No", Hussey, on the ball before the break, was going nowhere anyway

Australia 105/3   RT Ponting 57* (108b 6x4)

36.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off and a touch of reverse swing there, Ponting strides down the pitch massively to shoulder arms, massively

36.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, too wide from Anderson, no swing this time and Ponting leaves it alone

36.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, bit of wobble on that one, but it's again too wide.

36.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, fuller, again swinging into the batsman (reverse swing) and Ponting bunts it to mid-on and is quick to set off for a single

36.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, fine shot on the up from Ponting, clonking it through extra cover. But Flintoff has a sweeper out there to protect Anderson; his captaincy and management of his bowlers has been spot on today

Australia 108/3   RT Ponting 59* (113b 6x4)

37.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting shuffles across his crease, goes back and defends

37.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, "NO" is the call from Ponting who is again fiercely solid in defence

37.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Harmison gives Ponting some room here - that had four written all over it. And I promise never to utter that disgusting metaphor in this commentary ever again. Pushed out into the covers without timing

37.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, fine cricket from Ponting, coming forward solidly and pushing it out into the covers to pick up a single

Australia 109/3   RT Ponting 60* (117b 6x4)

38.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, nicely bowled but Ponting aggressively came down the pitch here, to counter the reverse swing, and defended it on the front foot

38.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, ooh, an uncertain stroke from Ponting, reaching for this and attempting to cover-drive it...but gets an inside-edge

38.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run

38.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, too wide. Ponting shoulders arms with that extravagant lunge of the front foot

38.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting, with a stance some two or three inches outside leg, shuffles across to off and leaves it alone.

38.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, again he comes forward and leaves alone

Australia 109/3   RT Ponting 60* (123b 6x4)

40.1

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, lovely firm cover drive but Pietersen is out on the deep extra-cover boundary, jogs to his right and fields with one hand

40.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a little bit of inswing to Ponting who reads it well, coming forward to defend with his head right over the ball

40.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, and he leaves this one alone outside off, no swing there

40.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, clunked without timing to mid-off

40.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, pushed off the back foot to Pietersen again in the deep

Australia 114/3   RT Ponting 63* (128b 6x4)

41.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, almost squares Ponting up here who shuffles across his crease, dangerously so...

41.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, misdirected down the leg side, Ponting pulls to fine-leg where Ed Joyce fields

Australia 115/3   RT Ponting 64* (130b 6x4)

42.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward, desperate to get this through the covers but he can't

42.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pushed out to the covers

42.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, flicked off his legs - the wrong line from Anderson but Ponting can't get any more than a single

Australia 122/3   RT Ponting 65* (133b 6x4)

44.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, nice line, wobbling away in the air from Ponting who defends

44.2

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, a huge stride forward from Ponting pushing it out into the covers, "yes Freddie" shouts Jones to his captain

Australia 126/3   RT Ponting 66* (135b 6x4)

45.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, and that's too short, Ponting swivels it around the corner

Australia 127/3   RT Ponting 67* (136b 6x4)

47.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting walks across his stumps here - looks so dangerous, always has me jumping in my seat. But I suppose someone averaging nearly 60 in Test cricket knows what he's doing.

47.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, again he walks across his stumps - I wish he wouldn't do that - and flicks this in the air just wide of Alastair Cook who, it is rumoured, might have moved slightly from his proper position...the fool

Australia 139/3   RT Ponting 69* (138b 6x4)

48.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, good flight, landed on middle-and-off before turning away

48.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, and Ponting skips down the pitch like a cheeky imp, pushing it back to Giles

48.3

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, short, wide, hammered for four. Poor bowling

48.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting's eyes light up, eyeing a juicy four, but he decides against hitting it into New Zealand and times into the calmer waters of cover

Australia 144/3   RT Ponting 74* (142b 7x4)

49.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, flicking it off his pads - a misdirected slower ball there and Jones can't grab it

49.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, and Ponting defends this off the back foot, great line from Flintoff here, a nagging length too

49.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

49.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, pushed out into the covers

Australia 147/3   RT Ponting 77* (146b 7x4)

50.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, comes down the wicket to meet that one which pitches outside off and he smothers it with defence

50.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, creeps forward again, more defence

50.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, looks to come down to defend, the ball's a touch fuller than expected and he defends on the back foot

50.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Giles gives a bit of air to that, loops it a touch wide and Ponting meets that with a big stride, driving it out on the off-side

Australia 152/3   RT Ponting 78* (150b 7x4)

51.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on the money first up and that's defended on the front foot

51.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, jabs his bat down on that one and that squirts gently down into the gully region where it's picked up on the bounce

51.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, tickled off the legs to the man at deep midwicket

51.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wobbles in the air, pitches on a good length and provokes a forward defensive

51.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, good stop in the gully from a crashing late cut which is played down low and hard

Australia 155/3   RT Ponting 81* (155b 7x4)

53.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, ooh, a real stretch for Ponting outside off and he did his best - or was that worst - to try to drag it back on - the ball thuds into the ground and way, way, way over leg stump, over the vacant leg-slip area in fact

Australia 159/3   RT Ponting 82* (156b 7x4)

54.1

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

54.2

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, we like that one - and so do the crowd - Ponting comes forward and launches a brave but bold lofted off-drive way which clears Harmison at long-off. Nice

54.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, comes forward again, but drives along the ground this time, without power, to Flintoff at short cover

54.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, gives himself room to lash a cut in front of point

Australia 164/3   RT Ponting 87* (160b 8x4)

55.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, comes forward and defends that. "Bowled, Hoggy," observes Jones, correctly

55.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, leaves that one alone outside off stump

55.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wings a little bit away as it pitches full but outside off and a thick inside on that one slaps into the ground

55.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 3 runs, dinked nicely off his toes out to the man at square and that's the hundred partnership and they punch gloves. Well batted, everyone

Australia 167/3   RT Ponting 90* (164b 8x4)

56.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, 'Aaaar-eeey' says a fielder in an attempt at appealing, but the batsman's a long way down the track and that's defended

56.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, that one goes down leg and it's well taken by Jones

56.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, worked off the back foot to point

56.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, good use of the feet and Ponting comes down to drive that cover

56.6

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, driven to cover

Australia 171/3   RT Ponting 93* (169b 8x4)

58.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, cut away off the back foot but that's well fielded at extra cover by Cook

58.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, on the button and that's defended

58.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, pads up to that one and it balloons off the pad in the air

58.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, pitches outside leg and tickles it to square

Australia 174/3   RT Ponting 95* (173b 8x4)

59.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, worked to Giles behind square - Ponting closing on yet another Test ton here

Australia 175/3   RT Ponting 96* (174b 8x4)

60.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, gives that one some air but Ponting punctures the threat with a stifling defence

60.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, gently turned into the leg-side

60.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot, pad and bat nestling together nicely

60.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, comes down to meet that one which pitches on middle and again he defends it

60.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, turns out of the rough outside leg into the right-hander and once more defence is the order of the day

60.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, guided out on the leg-side for a quick strike-stealing single

Australia 176/3   RT Ponting 97* (180b 8x4)

61.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, an easy two for Ponting who helps himself to some low leg-side dross and turns it down to fine leg

61.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, comes forward with only one thing on his mind as he sees the ball pitch on a good length - defence - and so he plays solidly forward, offering the full face of the bat

61.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, push forward into cover brings up his 33rd Test hundred, Australia's leading hundred-maker for the country, going past Steve Waugh (32). That hundred came up in 183 balls and England will rue dropping him on 35

61.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended forward

61.6

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

Australia 182/3   RT Ponting 100* (185b 8x4)

62.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended this time

62.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, down the pitch to straight drive that one but Harmison is out at long-off and he wings it back in

62.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, pitches on leg and that's kicked away

Australia 185/3   RT Ponting 101* (188b 8x4)

63.4

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting flicks that on the walk behind square on the leg and Harmison fields in the deep. He has the grace of a giraffe at a watering hole when he bends to gather the ball ...

63.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off stump, a big stride and a bigger leave

63.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven into the covers and a tumbling stop that was all rather unnecessary. A surefire sign that he doesn't do his own washing

Australia 188/3   RT Ponting 103* (191b 8x4)

64.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, outside leg stump ...padded away .. it's like Bangalore 2001 all over again

64.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, still outside leg but Ponting waits and flicks it to leg

64.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, same again, but there's a strangling field to prevent just that

64.6

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, too short, and a cry of anguish from Giles as the ball is on its way. Ponting rocks back and punches it through extra cover

Australia 191/3   RT Ponting 105* (195b 8x4)

66.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, Outside leg but, unlike Pietersen, Ponting playing at these

66.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, three steps down the pitch to make that into a half volley and crisply driven to mid-off

66.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, more flight and Ponting forward to smother any spin

66.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, bites out of the rough outside leg stump but Ponting back to block

66.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, very wide outside leg, Ponting shuffles back and watches it pass him. That should have been a wide given that Giles is bowling deliberately down that line to try to frustrate the batsman

Australia 199/3   RT Ponting 106* (200b 8x4)

67.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting into line and blocks

67.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting takes a big stride and pushes it to the left of Flintoff at extra cover ...he dives but it bobbles past him to cheers from the crowd

Australia 205/3   RT Ponting 107* (202b 8x4)

68.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting forward but the ball squirts along the ground to slip

68.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting again forward to defend

68.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, it's all very well trying to frustrate Ponting with a negative line, but it won't work when every third ball is short ... Ponting able to wait and hit it into space

68.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting shoulders arms but that kicks and it could have struck a glove as it got big on him

68.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, too wide and padded away

Australia 207/3   RT Ponting 108* (207b 8x4)

70.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting takes a big stride and drives to mid-off

70.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, outside leg, Ponting turns it to backward square leg

70.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, outside leg again and Jones fumbles ... all a bit scrappy

70.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks that, as he can afford to with two bad balls an over

Australia 213/3   RT Ponting 109* (211b 8x4)

71.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, poor ball, short and Ponting pulls, bisecting the men in the deep

71.5

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, pitched up and this time Ponting finds the gap through midwicket off the front foot

71.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting milking the gaps with consummate ease

Australia 221/3   RT Ponting 116* (214b 9x4)

72.1

Pietersen to Ponting, FOUR

72.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, padded back down the pitch

72.3

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, played back to the bowler

72.4

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, tossed up, comes forward and presents a dead bat

72.5

Pietersen to Ponting, 3 runs, flatter and quicker on middle and off, Ponting goes back and turns that around the corner, they run hard and Hussey is caught struggling on the third, a wayward throw comes back from Harmison high over the stumps, Jones has some work to do, collects it over his head and brings it down, whips offthe bails, Hussey dives and his bat is just inside, that was close call, third umpire took a long time deciding. Ponting played it round the corner to fine leg, Hussey dived for the crease, and agonising delay for the replay, decision not out, despite the bails moving while the bat was out of the crease. The problem was the gap between frames, but it's fair to say it was a controversial call

Australia 228/3   RT Ponting 123* (219b 10x4)

73.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting all behind that

73.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Anderson dragged down as he let go of that and it went 18 inches wide of off stump, Ponting unimpressed

73.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pushed to mid-on who is in quickly to prevent any thoughts of a quick single

73.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short and Ponting swivels, again pulling right between the two fielders out in the deep. Anderson just can't bowl short to Ponting

73.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, left alone

73.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting, on the walk, misses it and an appeal as it hits him on the front foot. He's so far forward it will be a brave man who gives that

Australia 232/3   RT Ponting 127* (225b 11x4)

74.4

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, turned to leg, a second's hesitation and then they scurry through as the fielders are even more slow to react

Australia 234/3   RT Ponting 128* (226b 11x4)

75.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting waits and cuts straight to point

75.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting puts in a big stride and blocks with pad and bat

75.5

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, worked round behind on the leg side ... an ugly shot but its runs in the bank

75.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting waits and lets the ball hit the bat rather than the other way round

Australia 238/3   RT Ponting 130* (230b 11x4)

76.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, flighted, Ponting takes a stride and drives to mid-off

76.3

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, short, cut, and Strauss saves the day at cover

76.4

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, angled safely into the ground

76.5

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting stands tall and drops the ball at his feet

76.6

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, controlled semi edge past slip

Australia 241/3   RT Ponting 132* (235b 11x4)

78.1

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, played into the off and Strauss slow to react, allowing a quick single. Very end-of-day fielding

Australia 242/3   RT Ponting 133* (236b 11x4)

79.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, lands this on off stump. No turn...

79.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, touch more flight, Ponting bunts it with no shortage of bunt to mid-on

Australia 243/3   RT Ponting 134* (238b 11x4)

80.1

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, nicely flighted and decent turn for Pietersen, Ponting chips it into the covers

80.2

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes down the track, meeting the ball on the full, shakes hands with it and hammers it into the covers again who does well to save three

80.6

Pietersen to Ponting, FOUR, ah, terrific ball outside off, Ponting rocks back and hammers it through the covers for four

Australia 249/3   RT Ponting 139* (241b 12x4)

81.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, leg-side-drifter (the ball, that is) Ponting chips it to mid-on

81.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, turned off his toes to a short midwicket

Australia 253/3   RT Ponting 141* (243b 12x4)

82.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, wrong line from Hoggard, down the leg and Ponting knocks one off to midwicket

82.6

Hoggard to Ponting, OUT, and he's GONE! A terrific ball from Hoggard, superbly bowled in the corridor and just moving away ever so slightly from Ponting who came forward tentatively, prodding at it, the ball taking the outside edge and Jones swallows a simple catch

RT Ponting c †Jones b Hoggard 142 (353m 245b 12x4 0x6) SR: 57.95

Australia 257/4   RT Ponting 142 (245b 12x4)
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