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

0.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, quick and swinging into the left hander's pads who whips it, just in time, off his legs to get off the mark

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 1* (1b)

1.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, and a little jump back into his crease by Strauss, watching the ball like a hawk and watching it sail by his off stump

1.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, good ball! Great ball from McGrath, Strauss looking very tentative here, pushing forward without any conviction and that just cuts away from the bat

1.3

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, but McGrath loses his line here, Strauss turning him off his legs

England 4/0   AJ Strauss 2* (4b)

2.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss comes forward, raising his bat and leaving this wider delivery. No need to touch those

2.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, ooh, streaky shot from Strauss, trying to drive Lee on the up through extra cover but, as we saw in the first innings and at Brisbane, he's closing the face of the bat too often..and this very nearly cannons into his stumps

2.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, wasted bouncer, too straight and it sails down the leg side

England 6/0   AJ Strauss 3* (7b)

4.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss resists the temptation to cut this - wide, as it was - and shoulders arms

4.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, big stride down the pitch and he leaves it alone

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, no movement here for Lee, and it's too short - and wide. Strauss again doesn't have to play at this

4.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, better; a well-directed bouncer which Strauss very nearly makes a mess of Strauss's head, but he evaded it just in time

4.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, firmly punched to mid-on, but again he was looking to drive that much straighter than where it ended up. Crisply timed, though

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, that's better from Strauss, firmly clunking it back to the bowler with a nice, straight bat

England 12/0   AJ Strauss 3* (13b)

6.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, and he leaves this alone - quick, swinging in and he shoulders arms

6.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, too straight and worked off his legs, but he can't find the gap

6.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, firmly driven but again with a closed face of the bat, Lee fields expertly with one hand before flinging it back at Strauss - at his stumps, rather - who dives out of the way

6.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, good bouncer, good aggression and Strauss ducks beneath it

6.5

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, ooh, well in the end it was nicely tucked down to fine-leg but that was pretty quick from Lee, and Strauss was a little late on it

6.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, worked off his legs

England 15/0   AJ Strauss 6* (19b)

7.1

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, that's nicely turned off his legs - best shot of the innings, really powerfully hit. McGrath's losing his line here

7.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that's much better, right on off stump and forcing the defensive

7.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight, full and defended

7.4

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, excellent running from England, Strauss dropping this into the gap at midwicket and stealing a single

England 20/0   AJ Strauss 11* (23b 1x4)

8.1

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, flashes that behind point straight into the ground and that races away

8.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, nipped that one to square

England 25/0   AJ Strauss 16* (25b 2x4)

9.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, a bit of spin, pitching way outside off into the footholes and that pops up

9.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, more fizz as that one again bends into the left-hander, Strauss leaves it, it raps him on the pad and there are big shouts. HawkEye had it just going over, but that was very, very close

9.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, defended on the front foot

9.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, more defence - Warne is causing lots of problems here, looking more of a threat than he has all match

9.5

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, gets bat on that to turn it square for a quick single, oh no, a two

9.6

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, brave shot from Strauss there, kneeling down, playing with the spin and whipping it away from outside off to square

England 31/0   AJ Strauss 22* (31b 3x4)

11.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, that just eludes the outside edge as it spins back in at the lefthander

11.2

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, swatted behind square this time

11.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, swept neatly

England 34/1   AJ Strauss 24* (34b 3x4)

12.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended

12.3

Clark to Strauss, no run

12.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, ooh, close lbw call, but saved by what would be a very, very thin inside edge - a Nicole Ritchie-esque Size O size edge if you like - if it exists, but, ah, it's a touch high, too. That explains things

12.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended into the covers

12.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, nips away from the left-hander off the seam and it's taken by Gilchrist

England 38/1   AJ Strauss 24* (39b 3x4)

14.1

Clark to Strauss, 3 runs, juicy half-volley driven through the covers by Strauss, just leaning on it

England 47/1   AJ Strauss 27* (40b 3x4)

15.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, pitches wide outside off and turns back in a bit but it was so wide to begin with that it's well left

15.2

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, driven out to cover and that brings up England's fifty

15.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, pitches on off, Strauss works that into the leg-side

15.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, defended forward and that's 'Aw, yes, Shane'

15.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, ooh hello, that was a good'un, pitching outside off, turning back in from the rough and a little inside edge bobbles up into space on leg

15.6

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, punched down the ground and that's chased down by the man at long-on

England 53/1   AJ Strauss 31* (46b 3x4)

16.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, worked off the legs and that's picked up at square

England 58/1   AJ Strauss 31* (47b 3x4)

18.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended off the back foot into leg

18.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, straight and short, but not banged in, and Strauss defends off the back foot

18.3

Clark to Strauss, 1 leg bye

England 59/1   AJ Strauss 31* (50b 3x4)

19.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, immediately some turn for Warne, tossing this outside Strauss's off stump who comes forward and hides the bat behind his pad. Big turn

19.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, a touch straighter, on off stump and Strauss calmly smothers it - although he didn't come forward with too great a stride

19.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up again, luring Strauss forward and it lands in the rough, turning prodigiously back into the left hander who leaves alone

19.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, and this time Strauss comes firmly forward, head over the ball and defends this flatter delivery

19.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, whipped off middle-and-leg - "catch" is the cry but short-leg didn't have a hope there. Neatly, calmly played by Strauss to get a quick single

England 60/1   AJ Strauss 32* (55b 3x4)

21.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, outside off, again turning in quite massively. Strauss not sure what to do with it.

21.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, Strauss forward to this one, again hiding the bat behind the pad. And again big turn from Warne

21.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, this time he chooses to pad it away

21.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, and Strauss rather impetuously comes down the pitch here, using his pad to kick it away

21.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, clever bowling, this is fascinating stuff from Warne - tossing it high, very wide of the off stump and he leaves alone. Or rather, he pads it away

21.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, and it's pushed into the off side but straight to a deepish gully

England 61/1   AJ Strauss 32* (61b 3x4)

22.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, ah, lovely bowling, just moving away from Strauss who is looking decidedly dodgy here this morning. Unlike Bell he does fish at this but fortunately it doesn't bite, and nor does it take the outside edge

22.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, better from Strauss, defended solidly

22.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, outside off, cutting back into the left hander who leaves alone

England 62/1   AJ Strauss 32* (64b 3x4)

23.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, again the same tactics from Warne to Strauss, the batsman hiding his bat behind the pad

23.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, surely a wide? No call from the umpire...well, that was tossed some two feet from Strauss's off stump - almost not landing on the cut strip - and, predictably, Strauss just ignored it

England 63/1   AJ Strauss 32* (66b 3x4)

24.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, very close! Very close indeed. Unlike Bell, Strauss is looking impetuous and nervous here. Swinging away from the left hander he drove, wildly, eyeing up the first boundary of the day...but missed it, and the ball flew through to Gilchrist

England 64/1   AJ Strauss 32* (67b 3x4)

26.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, and again! Ridiculous shot given the circumstances, flaying his hands at this outside off and very nearly edging it

26.2

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, and he finally breaks the shackles, Clark drifting this down the leg side and he whips it just wide of mid-on

26.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, now that's much better from Strauss, driving it with a straight bat down the ground. Well, down to mid-off anyway. No airy-fairy rubbish this time

26.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, the wrong line from Clark but Strauss can't beat the man at a deepish short-leg

26.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, driven on the up to mid-off. Or reverse-defended...

26.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, and again, driven quite confidently but straight to mid-off

England 68/1   AJ Strauss 34* (73b 3x4)

29.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, and he does play at this one, outside off, "catch is the cry" but he padded it away

29.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, not really sure what in the name of sanity Strauss was trying to do there. Running down the pitch like a man with a bus to catch, and almost chesting the ball away before diving back into his crease

29.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, and he wisely decides to use that thing in his hands called a bat, this time

29.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone

29.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, ooh er, he wasn't sure what to do with that. Outside off, short, Strauss goes back and almost seems to forget that

29.6

Warne to Strauss, OUT, gone! Oh dear. Don't think Strauss is too happy with that. He came skipping down the pitch, trying to work it to leg, the ball hit the pad and ballooned to short-leg who appealed...as did every Australian and Bucknor raises his finger. Replays confirm the ball missed the bat by, well...several inches.

AJ Strauss c Hussey b Warne 34 (125m 79b 3x4 0x6) SR: 43.03

England 69/2   AJ Strauss 34 (79b 3x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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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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