England tour of Australia, 2nd Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 1-5, 2006
The Ashes - 2nd Test
Australia won by 6 wickets
Played at Adelaide Oval
1,2,3,4,5 December 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 0-50
2.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, shortish ball pitching outside off and Ponting is quick to defend that one, and he does it strongly, too

2.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, "Ooh, yes Hog!" goes the cry as that one pitches on a good length forcing yet more defence

2.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, pitches straight and is turned into midwicket. "In on it, Kev" suggests the very wise Jones, prompting Pietersen to chase after it and return

Australia 15/1   RT Ponting 1* (3b)
3.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, extra bounce and zip from Flintoff as that pitches on a good length, rears a tad at Ponting whose bottom hand flies off the bat handle as the ball crashes into the right index finger. He takes off his glove to examine, but is soon ready to face again

3.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, sets off as soon as he's worked that out to point

Australia 22/1   RT Ponting 2* (5b)
4.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, tighter and that's squeezed to mid-off where Anderson picks it up

4.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, tries to drive that one quickly to the cover but it's collected easily

4.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, driven to mid-off where a tumbling Harmison commando-rolls to his right and does an excellent job of cutting off the boundary

4.5

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, that one strays down leg, rubbish really, and that's well worked off the legs by Ponting. Meat and drink to him, not to mention bread and butter

4.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, drags that a touch short again, it wobbles in the air and swings away from the right-hander who fends it into the gully region

Australia 28/1   RT Ponting 7* (10b 1x4)
5.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, explodes off a length and sways away

5.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, and that one kept a fraction low. England aren't out of this contest yet ...

Australia 33/2   RT Ponting 7* (12b 1x4)
6.4

Giles to Ponting, no run

6.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended forward this time

6.6

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, that one bounces on leg and that's some very quick running for two as the ball flies out square on the off-side

Australia 36/2   RT Ponting 9* (15b 1x4)
7.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 no ball, oversteps with the effort and that's pushed up there, defended

7.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides across outside off to punch that to cover with a straight bat

7.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, lovely steer off the back foot to just in front of point

7.5

Flintoff to Ponting, 3 runs, driven in front of midwicket but Anderson hunts it down inside the rope. A lovely shot

Australia 43/2   RT Ponting 13* (19b 1x4)
8.1

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, that's on off, plenty of room for Ponting to wait and cut that away off the back foot. There's no man at backward point. "That's the wrong line," thunders Botham

8.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, 'Waiting' as Ponting nudges that along the ground to Flintoff at midwicket

8.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, easy singled tickled into the on-side

8.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, worked tidily off his legs behind square

Australia 48/2   RT Ponting 17* (23b 1x4)
9.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, that angles in at the right-hander who hit it into gully

9.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, ooh, ooh and that's a big shout but 'Not out' says Umpire Koertzen. Ponting tries to play across the line, taking a straight one and whipping it off his legs, but misses. That's probably going over, and perhaps even missing leg - benefit to the batsman after all

9.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, single out to the man sweeping just inside the cover boundary

9.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 leg bye, unconvincingly worked off the legs, oh, with the leg - that's a leg bye - and it runs down to the 45

Australia 51/2   RT Ponting 18* (27b 1x4)
10.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, pitches just outside leg and that's worked into midwicket

10.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended

10.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, goes for the leg-side tactic, pitching that into rough; the batsman kneels down and takes his time to paddle-sweep that round behind square

Australia 54/2   RT Ponting 20* (30b 1x4)
11.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, defended into the covers

11.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, good length there from Harmison and that darts in at the right-hander who's forced to defend on the front foot

11.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run

Australia 58/2   RT Ponting 20* (33b 1x4)
12.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, strangled shout as that one bends in at the right-hander

12.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, drags that one down, allowing the batsman plenty of time to get over it and work it in front of midwicket

12.4

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, a touch short, and that's a lovely shot, angled through the seagulls behind point, with a lovely, lovely late cut. Liked that one

12.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, a touch wide on the off-side and there's plenty of time and room to cut that away, but that goes straight to the fielder

12.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, short, on off stick, and that's hit hard away square and that's drinks ... not it's not! Change of heart from the umpires ...

Australia 68/2   RT Ponting 27* (38b 2x4)
13.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, flicked into the leg side for an ambled single

13.3

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, Harmison strays down the leg side and it's easily turned to long leg

Australia 71/2   RT Ponting 29* (40b 2x4)
14.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, forward defensive

Australia 79/2   RT Ponting 29* (41b 2x4)
15.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting plays that back with a ramrod-straight bat

15.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, scooped to short midwicket

15.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, too cramped to get any force behind an attempted steer past point and an easy stop

Australia 84/2   RT Ponting 29* (44b 2x4)
16.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting looks to run it on the leg and a thick edge lobs just short of the man saving one on the leg-side 45

16.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, firm drive, well stopped by Giles moving quickly to his left

16.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting barely hit that five yards on the off but they still ran a single to Anderson and almost got overthrows into the bargain

Australia 92/2   RT Ponting 30* (47b 2x4)
17.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off stump, driven to extra cover

17.2

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, lovely shot, a cracked drive past Harmison at mid-off sends the seagulls into the air and the crowd into raptures

17.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Pietersen fields in the covers

17.4

Anderson to Ponting, 4 runs, Ponting throws his weight into that drive, and for a millisecond it looked as if it might carry to Harmison at mid-off ... but it falls just short and they run four even though the fielders catch the ball just inside the boundary

17.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, clipped into the leg side. Ponting and Hussey are like cats playing with a tired mouse that has lost the will to live

Australia 101/2   RT Ponting 39* (52b 3x4)
18.1

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, straight and blocked with suspicion by Ponting

18.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, turned behind on the leg but straight to the man there for that very shot

18.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting waits and drops it into the leg side with soft hands

Australia 102/2   RT Ponting 40* (55b 3x4)
19.2

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, oh yes! Ponting hammers Giles over extra cover and this time Strauss can do nothing but retrieve it from in front of the advertising hoardings

19.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes down the pitch and chips feet short of extra cover

19.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, played back to Giles

19.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, chipped into the midwicket area

Australia 109/2   RT Ponting 45* (59b 4x4)
20.1

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting comes down to meet that, chips it over midwicket and quick running means that they come back for an easy two

20.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, blocked

20.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, one step, driven up to mid-off

Australia 112/2   RT Ponting 48* (62b 4x4)
21.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting waits and places it into the off side. There are enough gaps for him to do that as and when he pleases

21.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting looks to tip and run but Pietersen in like a gazelle and Hussey sends his captain back

21.4

Giles to Ponting, OUT, Ponting looks to hit it through the covers but doesn't make a good connection and Strauss at short extra cover takes a good waist-high catch

RT Ponting c Strauss b Giles 49 (95m 65b 5x4 0x6) SR: 75.38

Australia 116/3   RT Ponting 49 (65b 4x4)
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