England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 2nd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 6 wickets

Overs 0-50

6.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, on leg and it turns away from Hussey

6.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, similar delivery on leg and it turns away from Hussey who thinks about chasing it

6.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, he's on to it this time, attackingly smacking it to the man square in the deep

Australia 34/2   MEK Hussey 1* (3b)

7.1

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, over the wicket to the lefthander, angles that one across and it's tickled into cover

7.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, hit out past cover

7.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, dinked down off the back foot to gully and that's picked up easily - straight to the man

Australia 43/2   MEK Hussey 3* (6b)

8.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, pushed up there this time and that's defended off the back foot, angling slightly to leg with the shot

8.5

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, two men out there but that one - an aerial pull - falls short of the man at deep midwicket

Australia 47/2   MEK Hussey 4* (8b)

9.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, cannons that one in the channel just outside off; it stays low and the batsman manages to get bat down on it

9.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, a touch, just a touch, short outside off and that's eased into the covers for yet another run and that brings up Australia's fifty inside ten overs

Australia 50/2   MEK Hussey 5* (10b)

10.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, dragged down outside off and that's pulled over to square, at least that's its direction, but it crashes into the close-in Cook's thigh

10.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, a big - but admittedly lone - shout for one which pitched outside off, turned back in but was way outside the line

10.6

Giles to Hussey, 3 runs, reverse sweep brings up huge cheers as it goes round to the 45

Australia 57/2   MEK Hussey 9* (13b)

11.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, good start from Harmison, over the wicket to the left-hander and that pitches straight and it's defended quietly on the back foot

11.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, ooh, tasty - Hussey jabs at that one which leaps under his under-edge on the off-side

11.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, tucked away nicely off the legs

Australia 58/2   MEK Hussey 10* (16b)

12.1

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, nice shot, a late cut down to the wide third man boundary where there's a good chase from Strauss and Bell who do a lovely relay moment

Australia 61/2   MEK Hussey 13* (17b)

13.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, pulled but he didn't get hold of it and it ended up trundling to wide mid-on&

13.4

Harmison to Hussey, 2 runs, sweetly turned off his toes, good running as well to come back for a second

13.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, angled across the left-hander and he leaves it. That prompts a chorus of approval from the fielders

13.6

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, short-lived accuracy ... leg-side line, flicked through midwicket

Australia 74/2   MEK Hussey 17* (21b)

14.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, one step to meet the ball and then flicked to midwicket

14.2

Giles to Hussey, 2 byes, left alone, it hits the rough and spits, striking the helmeted Jones on the shoulder and past him for byes

14.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, "Bowled, Gilo," chirps Jones. Well, it was straight and a dot ball

14.4

Giles to Hussey, 2 runs, neatly reverse swept to third man

14.5

Giles to Hussey, 1 leg bye, Hussey just picks his spot and ambles a single

Australia 79/2   MEK Hussey 19* (26b)

15.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, leg side, flicked off his hip by Hussey but he doesn't connect properly and Jones makes a good diving stop

15.2

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, short, he looked to run it through point but it was a bit close to him and he ended up dabbing it through the big gap between Jones and the one man in at third slip

15.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, played square on the off side

Australia 84/2   MEK Hussey 24* (29b 1x4)

16.1

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, great shot, swept from outside off stump and the ball has enough pace to beat a despairing dive from the man running round from backward square leg

16.2

Giles to Hussey, 2 runs, driven square on the off, an immediate shout of "two" as Hussey sets off and he's as good as his word

16.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, dink, dropped into the off and an easy single

Australia 91/2   MEK Hussey 31* (32b 2x4)

17.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, a dot ball to end the over

Australia 101/2   MEK Hussey 31* (33b 2x4)

18.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, good ball, Hussey can only block

18.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, and again, flat and little spin but Hussey can't get it away

18.6

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, short, thumped to Cook on the midwicket boundary

Australia 103/2   MEK Hussey 32* (36b 2x4)

19.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, he starts with a full toss and only a diving stop by Strauss on the midwicket boundary spares Giles's blushes

19.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, reverse sweep, but there's a man there for that shot and it goes straight to him

Australia 109/2   MEK Hussey 33* (38b 2x4)

20.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, dropped into the off side and a momentary mix-up as fielders converge

20.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 2 runs, driven between cover and extra cover, again two there to the man in the deep

20.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, blocked, but the pressure off with each passing ball

Australia 114/2   MEK Hussey 35* (41b 2x4)

21.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, swept to backward square leg

Australia 116/2   MEK Hussey 36* (42b 2x4)

23.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, wide of extra cover for a single

23.4

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey waits and flicks it into space on the leg side

23.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to sweep from outside off stump, misses and almost loses his off stump. He doesn't need to take risks like that at this stage

Australia 125/4   MEK Hussey 38* (45b 2x4)

25.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, worked off the legs to midwicket. Hussey is so good at picking off the singles

25.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, Giles turns that one into Hussey who ends up far too cramped for the cut he was looking to play

Australia 135/4   MEK Hussey 39* (47b 2x4)

27.1

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, swept with real venom, he hit that so hard and with such placement that the two men in the deep had no chance

27.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, this time he hits straight at the man at square leg

27.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, swept into the deep once more but Pietersen fields to ironic cheers from the crowd after his overthrows earlier

27.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, turned to midwicket, Clarke wanted the run but Hussey was having none of it and Clarke had to turn sharply and scramble back to safety

27.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, played into the leg side but this time the consensus is no run

Australia 143/4   MEK Hussey 44* (52b 3x4)

28.4

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, threaded between the two slips, quite deliberate and a lovely shot

28.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 3 runs, Hussey aimed a pull but it didn't bounce as much as expected and he edged, via thigh pad, between keeper and slip all along the ground

Australia 151/4   MEK Hussey 51* (54b 4x4)

29.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, short, Hussey misses with an attempted hook and is struck on his shoulder. He was through the shot by the time it arrived ... how times change

29.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 wide, when the going gets tough, the tough bowl a wide. Not in the Brisbane class, but still wide enough

29.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, placed into the point region

Australia 153/4   MEK Hussey 52* (56b 4x4)

30.1

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, prodded to deepish cover

Australia 158/4   MEK Hussey 53* (57b 4x4)

31.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, decent line, no run

31.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, indecent line ... leg side, and helped on its way. Harmison looks cross, as well he might

31.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, played up to short extra cover

31.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, a loose drive beats the bat and Jones hints at an appeal but realises it missed the edge and thinks better of it

31.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, prodded to extra cover

Australia 160/4   MEK Hussey 54* (62b 4x4)

32.2

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, crisply driven to the cover boundary

32.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, blocked

32.4

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey leans back and hammers that with a short-arm pull high over wide mid-on, He punches the air ... almost there ...

32.5

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, that's it ... Hussey drives through extra cover and punches the air and jumps around as well he might. Australia, seemingly down and out after two days, have recorded a remarkable win. Handshakes all round, and the grinning Australians emerge from the pavilion to meet the hangdog English side at the boundary edge ...

Australia 168/4   MEK Hussey 61* (66b 5x4)
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Dec 5, 2006

Andrew Strauss is unhappy to be wrongly given out caught at short leg, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, December 5, 2006

Andrew Strauss is unhappy to be wrongly given out caught at short leg

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Dec 5, 2006

The hill in front of the scoreboard is deserted after the end of play, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, December 5, 2006

The hill in front of the scoreboard is deserted after the end of play on day five

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