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

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, wide - not a Harmison standard opening wide, but wide nevertheless

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, and again. Not a sniff of swing, it went where it was aimed

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, same line, Strauss not remotely interested

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, A cheer as Lee gets one on target, Strauss back and defends easily

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss back and solid again. Lee working up a real head of steam - 95mph (152.8kph)

0.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee again on target, Strauss into line,. and 0.5mph faster than the previous ball

England 0/0   AJ Strauss 0* (6b)

2.3

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, leg side, Strauss flicks it off his toes to backward square leg

England 3/0   AJ Strauss 1* (7b)

3.1

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, McGrath, coming over the wicket, bounces Strauss who gets right over his hook to fine leg

3.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, on off stump and Strauss right into line

3.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a much quicker bouncer, Strauss started to hook, realised it was getting big on him and pulled out of the shot. The speed gun says it was slower. Utter bilge!

3.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pitched up and on line

3.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, genuine edge which falls just short of third slip. No movement from McGrath, he just put it in the right place and Strauss did the rest

3.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, circumspect defence from Strauss

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 3* (13b)

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, straight, Strauss turned a bit square as the ball heads towards cover

4.4

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, leg side, sweetly flicked just backward of square and long leg has to make some ground to field a couple of yards inside the boundary

4.5

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, a yard short, Strauss into line and punches into midwicket for another easy run&

England 9/0   AJ Strauss 6* (16b)

5.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight , blocked, McGrath his accurate self already

5.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, and once more on the spot

5.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss plays it out into the covers

5.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, this over is a series of similar deliveries. Good, accurate bowling from a man who only passed a late fitness test two hours before the start

5.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pushed to mid-off

5.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, last ball much the same as the rest, played back to McGrath who bends a little stiffly, fields, rolls the ball back to Gilchrist and turns to head down to long leg

England 9/0   AJ Strauss 6* (22b)

8.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss on his toes to make sure he gets everything behind it

8.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, a slight grunt as Lee lets fly, but it's wide and Strauss leaves it

8.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, short - so short that Strauss barely has to duck as it arcs over his head

8.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, pushed back to lee who shapes to throw it back with interest but thinks better of it. Jeers from the crowd who are beginning to become more lubricated

8.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, shortish and outside off stump, no shot

England 18/0   AJ Strauss 6* (27b)

10.1

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, leg side, worked easily between midwicket and mid-on

10.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, wide and Strauss barely shows any interest as it passes

10.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss into line, watchfully defends

10.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee again loses his line and it passes well wide of the left hander

10.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, bouncer, but once more far too short

10.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, only marginally wide of off stump but with the ball not moving in the air or off the seam, Strauss leaves with confidence

England 24/0   AJ Strauss 8* (33b)

11.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, wide and Strauss slashes that square but well fielded by point

11.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a slight hush as McGrath hits the spot and Strauss defends

11.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, short, Strauss pulls, rolls his wrists well and the ball goes all along the ground

England 26/0   AJ Strauss 9* (36b)

12.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, fractionally leg side, angled to short midwicket

12.2

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, again he drifts to leg and Strauss waits and works it into space

England 27/0   AJ Strauss 10* (38b)

13.1

McGrath to Strauss, 3 runs, edged but Strauss dropped his hands late and the ball went along the ground through third/fourth slip, again the slow outfield holds it up

13.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, not even a sniff from Strauss

13.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, one-day running - Strauss drives firmly just to the right of mid-off and scurries through for a single

England 32/0   AJ Strauss 14* (41b)

14.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, left that one alone as it went harmlessly down the channel

14.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, a touch wider and again that's left by Strauss, who shoulders arms

14.3

Clark to Strauss, OUT, oh dear, shocking shot. Strauss expects one on off stump, instead it pitches on middle-and-leg and he tries to steer it into the leg-side but mistimes it completely and it carries to Martyn at short midwicket - and that's Clark's 29th wicket in just seven Tests. Yet again Strauss is dismissed on the leg-side

AJ Strauss c Martyn b Clark 14 (63m 44b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.81

England 32/1   AJ Strauss 14 (44b)
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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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