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

0.2

Lee to Cook, no run, cracking ball, pitching wide of the off stump, swinging in and cutting just a touch off the pitch to pass by a tentative backward defensive

0.3

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, but this time Lee is too straight and Cook works him easily off his legs. Neat stroke, not looking to hit it too hard

0.4

Lee to Cook, no run, again this moves into the left hander but he shoulders arms, wisely

0.5

Lee to Cook, no run, a confident stride down the pitch as Cook leaves this outside the off stump again

0.6

Lee to Cook, no run, very well bowled - Lee's been on the money so far, and Cook comes forward a little nervously here, pushing it out into the covers

England 3/0   AN Cook 2* (5b)

1.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, immediately McGrath adjusts his line and attacks off stump, Cook defends

1.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, gone! No! Sorry, bit excited there. Like Strauss, Cook came very nervously, meekly forward and the ball cut back into him, missing his bat by a few inches

1.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, straighter this time and Cook defends it quite firmly

England 4/0   AN Cook 2* (8b)

2.3

Lee to Cook, no run, neatly timed to cover, but he can't find the gap

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, just a touch shorter from Lee this time, forcing Cook back onto his stumps who jumps up and blocks it out

2.5

Lee to Cook, 1 run, ah, that's neatly played by Cook just angling it into the gully and sprinting through for a single

England 6/0   AN Cook 3* (11b)

3.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook is slightly squared up here. He doesn't look comfortable with McGrath around the wicket, but played this reasonably solidly nevertheless, off the back foot and back to the bowler

3.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, and again he is turned around by McGrath, wary of the ball moving away off the seam but defends it solidly

3.3

McGrath to Cook, 2 runs, calmly, neatly bunted off the back foot past mid-on

3.4

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, very nicely timed, just working it off his pads and timing it through midwicket. McGrath stands like a teapot as though he's never taken a wicket, ever, in his life. Bowl straighter, then...

3.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook immediately forced back into defending

3.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, well bowled McGrath - nearly squaring up Cook again but he played this with soft, low hands to angle it into the gully

England 12/0   AN Cook 9* (17b 1x4)

5.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, outside off and pushed off the back foot. No timing there though

5.2

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

5.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, Cook shaped to play at that but wisely strode forward and shouldered arms

5.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, turned off his legs but excellent fielding there from Clarke, buoyed by his hundred

5.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, fuller - first time for a while he's pitched one up - and defended on the front foot

5.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, and he comes forward pretty solidly to defend

England 12/0   AN Cook 9* (23b 1x4)

7.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump, too full to cut and Cook can only prod it to short extra cover

7.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, again too wide, left alone

England 20/0   AN Cook 9* (25b 1x4)

8.3

Lee to Cook, no run, defended solidly on the back foot

8.4

Lee to Cook, no run, strays in line with leg stick and that's flicked down to square where it's neatly picked up

8.5

Lee to Cook, no run, bangs that in, angling in at the lefthander, and it hardly gets up with a defensive prod into the leg-side

8.6

Lee to Cook, no run, comes down the pitch, thinking of driving, and that's pushed to mid-off

England 25/0   AN Cook 9* (29b 1x4)

10.1

Clark to Cook, no run, an accurate one first up, line and length and that's quietly defended on the front foot

10.2

Clark to Cook, no run, over the wicket, by the way, and that angles across the left-hander, just to say wide enough to leave

10.3

Clark to Cook, no run, that pitches on middle and Cook strolls forward to defend on the front foot

10.4

Clark to Cook, no run, that one angles slightly across to just outside off where yet more defence results

10.5

Clark to Cook, no run, defended once more

10.6

Clark to Cook, OUT, and he's gone this time. It was a good delivery, slanting across him, tempting him to play and play he did, edging straight to Gilchrist who took a good two-handed catch at his ankles. Nothing more than a decent line-and-length delivery and that's his fourth wicket this match

AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Clark 9 (48m 35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.71

England 31/1   AN Cook 9 (35b 1x4)
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Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 2-5, 2007
Australia won by 10 wickets
Australia v England at Melbourne - Dec 26-28, 2006
Australia won by an innings and 99 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 14-18, 2006
Australia won by 206 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 1-5, 2006
Australia won by 6 wickets
Australia v England at Brisbane - Nov 23-27, 2006
Australia won by 277 runs
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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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