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

1.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, round the wicket to Cook, good line, blocked. Gentle start at 80mph (128kph)

1.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, nice line , turned easily to mid-on

1.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, outside off stump and Cook shoulders arms as it passes

1.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, on off stump, Cook into line

1.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, angled in to the left hander, Cook easily into line and blocks

1.6

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, Cook into line, plays it firmly to extra cover and sets off for a single straight away - neat running

England 1/0   AN Cook 1* (6b)

2.1

Lee to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, he looked to leave it but it flicked the bat and the snick dropped a couple of inches short of the diving Gilchrist

2.2

Lee to Cook, 1 run, short and Cook quickly swivels and hooks

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, Cook up on his toes to block

2.5

Lee to Cook, no run, pushed with an angled bat - a bit of a jab really - into the covers

2.6

Lee to Cook, no run, played with an open face into the gully

England 3/0   AN Cook 2* (11b)

4.1

Lee to Cook, no run, pitched up, driven firmly straight back and Lee drops quickly to his right and gets enough of a hand on it to semi-stop it

4.2

Lee to Cook, 1 run, shortish and swished round into the leg side. no pace but an easy run

4.6

Lee to Cook, no run, firm defensive push to mid-off

England 9/0   AN Cook 3* (14b)

6.1

Lee to Cook, no run, angled all along the ground to gully

6.2

Lee to Cook, no run, pushed with enough pace to take it past Lee's right but mid-off round quickly to field

6.3

Lee to Cook, no run, straight and Cook gets the works behind it. He looks a model of concentration

6.4

Lee to Cook, FOUR, Cook pushes hard at that one and it flies right where fourth slip's waist would have been. Ponting is not overly attacking in these early exchanges

6.5

Lee to Cook, no run, worked to midwicket

6.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, dropped into midwicket, a moment's hesitation from Cook but that was an easy run

England 14/0   AN Cook 8* (20b 1x4)

7.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook forward, inside edge into his front pad and it dribbles towards the slips

7.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, punched defensively into the covers

7.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook not really convincing as he prods that to point, his footwork was a bit indecisive

7.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, safely blocked

7.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, once more on off stump and played square on the off side

7.6

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, a rarity as McGrath drifts to the leg and Cookflicks it behind square

England 15/0   AN Cook 9* (26b 1x4)

8.1

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, 95.2 (153kph) overpitched outside off stump, Cook drives confidently past extra cover, not perfectly timed and the grass is quite long so it hasn't got the legs to make it all the way

England 18/0   AN Cook 12* (27b 1x4)

9.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed to short midwicket, not entirely convincingly

9.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers ... Bucknor and McGrath chatting about something

9.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook lets that one pass

9.4

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, thwack. Short outside off stump, Cook pounces like a cobra and hammers that between point and extra cover, beautifully timed

9.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, left alone outside off stump

9.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed defensively to point

England 22/0   AN Cook 16* (33b 2x4)

11.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook leaves that. McGrath will have to produce something remarkable to get one to jag back in on this track

11.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, plopped back down the pitch

11.3

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, turned into the leg side - midwicket area - and again Cook a bit hesitant with the run but Strauss call him through

England 25/0   AN Cook 17* (36b 2x4)

12.3

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook lifts his arms and bat high and watches it through

12.4

Clark to Cook, no run, on off stump but no movement

12.5

Clark to Cook, no run, overpitched, driven but straight at mid-off who drops to his knees and makes sure he has everything behind it

12.6

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook back and across, played into the covers

England 27/0   AN Cook 17* (40b 2x4)

13.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, wide and left alone

13.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook into line, meets it with the middle of the bat

13.4

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, little more that a punched shot, but timed and mid-off flings himself to his left and almost deflects the ball past mid-on who had run across to assist

England 31/0   AN Cook 18* (43b 2x4)

15.1

McGrath to Cook, 3 runs, a fine little tickle off one which pitches outside leg; that's an easy, languid shot from Cook and the batsmen run through

England 37/1   AN Cook 21* (44b 2x4)

16.1

Clark to Cook, 1 run, turned that round to the 45

England 40/1   AN Cook 22* (45b 2x4)

17.1

Warne to Cook, no run, on the money right away and Cook is quick to crouch over it and defend

17.2

Warne to Cook, 1 run, a bit of turn and bounce for Warne there and Cook leans on it for a single to square

England 41/1   AN Cook 23* (47b 2x4)

18.1

Clark to Cook, 1 run, Cook is right on top of that one, uses his height well to get on top of a short one and cruise it square

England 42/1   AN Cook 24* (48b 2x4)

19.1

Warne to Cook, no run, pitches outside off, turns back in to the lefthander who just gets on top of it, but it's smothered by a scrambling Ponting at a shortish cover and he gets huge applause

19.2

Warne to Cook, no run, pitches outside off, turns back in to the lefthander who just gets on top of it, but it's smothered by a scrambling Ponting at a shortish cover and he gets huge applause

19.3

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, Cook comes down the track a touch and guides that into the midwicket region without much power

19.4

Warne to Cook, 1 run, that one veers towards leg and Cook works it square easily enough

England 45/1   AN Cook 27* (52b 2x4)

20.1

Clark to Cook, no run, offers a straight block to that one, straight to mid-off

20.2

Clark to Cook, no run, that one pitches straighter and Cook tries to nudge that square but doesn't quite get hold of it

20.3

Clark to Cook, no run, outside off and that's worked off the back foot to just in front of point - Clark probing round off stick here

20.4

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook defends once more, this time into the cover region

20.5

Clark to Cook, OUT, gone. Cook flashes an off-drive at that one which nips across the left-hander's off stump and gets a thick outside edge. A classic set-up: Clark had been working towards that one for a while. Click here for a picture

AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Clark 27 (90m 57b 2x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

England 45/2   AN Cook 27 (57b 2x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
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Dec 5, 2006

Newspapers report on England's Adelaide woes, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 5, 2006

Newspapers report on England's Adelaide woes

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Dec 5, 2006

A series of frames capture Andrew Flintoff's despair , England v Australia, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 5, 2006

A series of frames capture Andrew Flintoff's despair

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