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

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, the odd 'Ooh' from the crowd as Bell defends uppishly - he offered a straight bat to one which pitched on a good length and it jumped ever so slightly before dropping into space, nowhere near a fielder

14.5

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, off the mark this time with one which he works easily off his toes

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, leaves that one alone and that rounds off a decent over from Clark

England 34/1   IR Bell 2* (3b)

15.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, good line, outside off stump, but an equally good leave

15.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, thought about working that one - which pitched straight - to square; decided not to

15.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell leans forward to sniff the ball, decides it doesn't smell too good and leaves it alone

15.5

McGrath to Bell, 2 runs, stands tall on the back foot, opens the face of the bat and runs that down to third man

15.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, solid defensive to one which is on off-stump

England 39/1   IR Bell 4* (8b)

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, sits that one on a length on off and that's strongly defended

16.3

Clark to Bell, no run, decent delivery, pitching outside off and on a good length, just wide enough to leave

16.4

Clark to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot - Clark's bowling a tight line here

16.5

Clark to Bell, no run, short again and once more Bell, not given many other options, defends

16.6

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell quickly makes his mind up to leave that one as it whizzes in the corridor

England 40/1   IR Bell 4* (13b)

17.3

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell signals his intent in exchange, coming down the craease and defending solidly

17.4

Warne to Bell, no run, ooh, that's a beautifully pitched leggie, straight, moves away and it's well left

17.5

Warne to Bell, no run, crouches over to defend this time, after changing his mind from sweeping

17.6

Warne to Bell, no run, fair amount of turn, conventional leggie, and Bell leaves that one alone. This is shaping up to be intriguing already

England 41/1   IR Bell 4* (17b)

18.2

Clark to Bell, no run, just short-of-a-good-length, on off stump, and that's defended off the back foot

18.3

Clark to Bell, no run, a hint of swing there, as Clark spears that down the off-side channel and the ball moves ever-so-slightly away from Bell, who leaves it well alone

18.4

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell has a mini-shuffle as he goes over to off-stump to meet that one, and defend it down, easily

18.5

Clark to Bell, no run, now, now. Clark tries a bouncer here, but it's high and wide enough down leg to leave. Good thinking from Clark

18.6

Clark to Bell, no run, back on the off-side channel this time, and Bell zooms his arms high into the air as he makes a grand gesture of leaving that one

England 42/1   IR Bell 4* (22b)

19.5

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell's in some trouble there as that one pitches on leg and fizzes right past his outside edge as he tries to defend

19.6

Warne to Bell, no run, more unconvincing defence from Bell there, as he works it to gully

England 45/1   IR Bell 4* (24b)

21.1

Warne to Bell, no run, oooh, Bell didn't pick that one and it just to say misses his off stump as it pitches on off and only just to say moves a touch away

21.2

Warne to Bell, no run

21.3

Warne to Bell, 1 run, single this time for Bell, driving into the cover region. He's not looking at all settled out there - Warne's all over him

England 48/2   IR Bell 5* (27b)

22.1

Clark to Bell, 1 run, good shot off the front foot, a pull, and that's kept down

England 49/2   IR Bell 6* (28b)

23.1

Warne to Bell, no run, 'ooh' goes the cry as that nips up off a length and pops off the leg-stump over off - not much turn here but Bell's worrying

23.2

Warne to Bell, no run, plenty of air and that's defended

23.3

Warne to Bell, no run, ripper of a delivery there, Bell completed done by one which pitches on leg and again fizzes past his outside edge and on past his off stick - similar to one which beat him earlier

23.4

Warne to Bell, no run, well worked off the front foot in front of mid-wicket

23.5

Warne to Bell, no run, defended this time

23.6

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell comes down the track - trying to match Warne's mind games, if only to show willing - and again gets over the ball to work it in front of midwicket

England 49/2   IR Bell 6* (34b)

24.2

Clark to Bell, no run, that one pitches a touch short outside off and nips in at the right-hander who defends with soft hands, in a way to make his coach proud

24.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, Bell's worked the leg-side area well enough so far and this time he guides the ball off his front foot just in front of square

24.6

Clark to Bell, no run, that one's left alone this time

England 54/2   IR Bell 7* (37b)

26.1

Clark to Bell, no run, a muffled 'Aw' as Bell defends that into cover

26.2

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone this time

26.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, that's worked behind square this time and the batsmen jog easily through

26.5

Clark to Bell, no run, squared up on the back foot but defends it tidily enough in the end

26.6

Clark to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

England 56/2   IR Bell 8* (42b)

27.2

Warne to Bell, no run, defended hastily on the front foot

27.3

Warne to Bell, 1 run, single off the back foot to cover

England 58/2   IR Bell 9* (44b)

28.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, too wide and a very gentle, wobbling loosener from McGrath which Bell ignores

28.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, better line this time, no swing though and Bell cautiously leaves it alone&

28.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, and Bell shapes to play this before waving his bat over the top, as it were...just a hint of outswing from McGrath who is assisted by quite a strong breeze bellowing across the ground

28.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, more movement away from the right handed Bell, but it's too wide and drifts wider still

28.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, tighter line, just short of a length and it swings back into Bell who leaves it alone once again

28.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, slightly wider of the crease from McGrath, angling into Bell before swinging away and that's a maiden

England 58/2   IR Bell 9* (50b)

29.2

Warne to Bell, no run, more drift for Warne - assisted by a strong breeze - ending up on leg stump before turning away. Bell's stuck in his crease here

29.3

Warne to Bell, no run, lovely, classical legbreak - Warne really tosses this one up, landing it on off stump and it turns sharply away from Bell

29.4

Warne to Bell, no run, too straight and Bell defends it, nudging it to leg

29.5

Warne to Bell, no run, ah, lovely ball on middle-and-off - the legspinner's stock delivery - and Bell comes forward to defend, opening the face and guiding it down to gully

29.6

Warne to Bell, no run, clunked down to mid-on, but there's no timing from Bell

England 59/2   IR Bell 9* (55b)

31.1

Warne to Bell, no run, too short, too wide and Bell rocks back, cutting it hard into the covers but again he can't find the gap

31.2

Warne to Bell, no run, lovely bowling from Warne! Drawing Bell forward - or it should have; Bell stayed in his crease, as he so often does, but he defended it solidly enough

31.3

Warne to Bell, no run, fuller, enticing the drive. Bell obliges it, Warne cries "Rahhh" or something of similar anguish and the ball is neatly timed to mid-off. No run...

31.4

Warne to Bell, no run, short, Bell goes back to defend

31.5

Warne to Bell, no run, and Bell comes right forward here, head over the ball practically sniffing the leather. And he likes the smell too, holding the pose

31.6

Warne to Bell, no run, ah, great ball on middle-and-off and Bell can only defend it

England 59/2   IR Bell 9* (61b)

33.1

Warne to Bell, 1 run, ugly long hop which sat up and said "Hello, I'm a long hop. Will you hit me?" but Bell can only find the man in the covers. Again.

33.3

Warne to Bell, 1 run, very neatly turned off his legs

33.6

Warne to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

England 69/2   IR Bell 11* (64b)

34.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, just short of a length, McGrath not really drawing the batsmen forward enough here and he remains in his crease to defend off the back foot

34.5

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, just a touch too straight this time and it's well played from Bell, dropping it down by his feet and sprinting through for a single to rotate the strike. Super rotating, there

England 73/2   IR Bell 12* (66b)

35.1

Lee to Bell, FOUR, messy start from Lee, firing it down the leg side and Bell tickles it fine for four. Wild and woolly...like a highland sheep on crack

35.2

Lee to Bell, no run, better, straighter, fuller and quicker but Bell defends with ease

35.3

Lee to Bell, 2 runs, again drifting into his pads, Bell tucks it through midwicket. The breeze is playing havoc with Lee's line here

35.4

Lee to Bell, no run, much better line outside off and the batsman shoulders arms

35.5

Lee to Bell, no run, shorter delivery, well directed too and Bell jumps back into his crease to defend. Almost thinks about a single before scampering back into his crease

35.6

Lee to Bell, FOUR, ooh! Bell comes forward tentatively, nervously even, and the ball takes the inside edge and zoots down to fine leg. He didn't have much of a clue there

England 83/2   IR Bell 22* (72b 2x4)

36.5

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

36.6

Warne to Bell, no run, lovely ball on leg stump, turning away and Bell does come forward this time to defend

England 84/2   IR Bell 22* (74b 2x4)

37.3

Lee to Bell, no run, outside off and left alone

37.4

Lee to Bell, 1 no ball, tentatively forward comes Bell to defend

37.4

Lee to Bell, no run, that's better from Lee, a tighter line but Bell doesn't need to play at this

37.5

Lee to Bell, no run, lovely forward defence from Bell, and it needed it too - good ball on off stump, just a hint of away swing

37.6

Lee to Bell, no run, good end to a reasonable over, bouncing and lifting on Bell but he shoulders arms, lifting his bat high up in the air

England 86/2   IR Bell 22* (79b 2x4)

39.1

Lee to Bell, 1 run, pushed down the ground

England 91/2   IR Bell 23* (80b 2x4)

40.1

Warne to Bell, no run, close! Nearly Warne's first, Bell coming tentatively forward, gets a thick outside edge but it falls short of slip

40.2

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell comes down the pitch - angry with himself for his previous shot - and hammers it back at Warne who gets his right mitt in the way

40.3

Warne to Bell, no run, again Bell comes forward, without really coming forward, and that could have gone anywhere...

40.4

Warne to Bell, no run, great bowling from Warne! He has Bell's measure here. Short of a length and Bell goes back, reading the spin and jabbing down on it.

40.5

Warne to Bell, no run, again Bell won't be tempted, clamping down on it

40.6

Warne to Bell, no run, defended once more. "Awwww" cries Warne.

England 95/2   IR Bell 23* (86b 2x4)

41.5

Lee to Bell, no run, forward comes Bell, "no" he cries as he comes forward to defend once more

41.6

Lee to Bell, 1 no ball, Bell won't be tempted by this one outside off, in spite of Lee sending down another no-ball.

41.6

Lee to Bell, no run, defended once more, and that's the end of a rather tortuous over

England 98/2   IR Bell 23* (89b 2x4)

43.1

Clark to Bell, no run, a classical cover drive from Bell...straight to short extra-cover

43.2

Clark to Bell, no run, more "from the textbook" batting from Bell, coming solidly forward

43.3

Clark to Bell, no run, short of a length but too wide from Clark, Bell shoulders arms

43.4

Clark to Bell, no run, pushed back to the bowler

43.5

Clark to Bell, no run, defended solidly

43.6

Clark to Bell, no run, angles this into the gully - first ugly shot from Bell for a while, not moving his feet and hanging his bat out in the air like a soggy tea towel.

England 100/2   IR Bell 23* (95b 2x4)

45.1

Clark to Bell, no run, well wide of off stump and left alone

45.2

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell will be happy to watch these zip by outside his off stump all day

45.3

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, half volley flicked just out of reach of short midwicket - despite the yells of "catch" - and onwards to three-quarters of the way to the boundary

45.4

Clark to Bell, no run, shorter and Bell just moves his head to allow the ball on its way

45.5

Clark to Bell, no run, watched and dropped into the gully region

45.6

Clark to Bell, no run, driven on the up but no power and the ball puffs its way to mid-on

England 108/2   IR Bell 25* (101b 2x4)

46.4

Warne to Bell, no run, watched and safely negotiated

46.5

Warne to Bell, no run, another googly ... that's three in ten balls and Bell read that

46.6

Warne to Bell, FOUR, one step down the pitch to another flighted ball, lofted over the infield and one bounce over the long-off boundary for four

England 113/2   IR Bell 29* (104b 3x4)

47.4

Clark to Bell, no run, better, back on off stump and Bell blocks

47.5

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, short, and at his pace on this pitch Clark is unlikely to get much more than a bad back from that. Bell into position early and controlled his pull through midwicket

47.6

Clark to Bell, no run, even shorter, so much so it probably pitched nearer the bowler than the batsman and Bell would have needed a cue extension to reach that

England 116/2   IR Bell 31* (107b 3x4)

49.1

Clark to Bell, no run, Clark zeros in on off stump, Bell right into line

49.2

Clark to Bell, no run, same line, Bell gets his head over it with all the caution of an auditor sniffing for some dodgy bookkeeping

49.3

Clark to Bell, no run, Clark has found his groove , good bowling

49.4

Clark to Bell, no run, this over is almost McGrathesque ... every ball on the button, Bell forced to play

49.5

Clark to Bell, no run, a touch wider and Bell follows that to plop it into gully

49.6

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell, upright, drives to mid-off

England 116/2   IR Bell 31* (113b 3x4)

50.2

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, wide half volley driven past extra cover but there's a man in the deep protecting the boundary

England 118/2   IR Bell 32* (114b 3x4)

51.1

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, waited and driven wide of extra cover, but once more the slow outfield pulls the ball up short

51.2

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell happy to block and wait for the occasional bad ball

51.3

Clark to Bell, no run, punched off the back foot to cover who is quite a way back. They need to run singles to force that man to come in

51.4

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell into line, defends

51.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, driven with more oomph wide of the man slightly deeper in the covers and an easy run as the fielder has to scamper ten yards to his right

England 121/2   IR Bell 35* (119b 3x4)

52.1

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, too full and run off the face of the bat rather than swept

52.3

Clarke to Bell, no run, that one turned and well left

52.4

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, Clarke drifts and Bell takes two paces and finds space on the leg

England 124/2   IR Bell 37* (122b 3x4)

53.6

Lee to Bell, 3 runs, Bell plays that well away from his body, through Hayden in the gully and good running from Collingwood who sprints back to the danger end

England 129/2   IR Bell 40* (123b 3x4)

54.1

Clarke to Bell, 2 runs, smacked into the deep and Stuart Clark makes a good tumbling stop on the deep square boundary

54.2

Clarke to Bell, no run, Clarke responds well

54.3

Clarke to Bell, no run, on the spot and Bell happy to treat each ball on its merits

54.4

Clarke to Bell, no run, again watchful defence

54.5

Clarke to Bell, no run, flicked to leg but straight to the man there just for that short

54.6

Clarke to Bell, 3 runs, good use of his feet from Bell, turns the delivery into a half volley and lofts it straight back , but again the long grass robs it of all its momentum

England 134/2   IR Bell 45* (129b 3x4)

55.1

Lee to Bell, no run, Patted back to Lee who picks up and hurls the ball back at the striker's stumps like a man in a coconut shy ... but no coconut for him as he misses.

55.2

Lee to Bell, no run, much the same but this time Lee opts not to show the world that he can't hit the stumps from ten yards

55.3

Lee to Bell, no run, plopped into the covers

55.4

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell right over that with an angled bat, playing the ball almost into his feet

55.5

Lee to Bell, no run, checked drive to mid-off

55.6

Lee to Bell, FOUR, short outside off stump, slashed/lofted over slips, quite deliberate, quite safe, quite frustrating for Lee who sets off for long leg chuntering to himself before the ball is even retrieved

England 138/2   IR Bell 49* (135b 4x4)

56.6

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell taking no risks on 49

England 139/2   IR Bell 49* (136b 4x4)

57.4

Lee to Bell, no run, slower ball - almost 10mph (16kph) slower - and pushed to mid-on

57.5

Lee to Bell, no run, another yorker, dug out and Lee takes it high to his right and again tries to throw down the wicket at the striker's end and yet again he misses. He should give that up as a bad job

57.6

Lee to Bell, no run, driven to cover and well stopped, if a tad theatrically

England 140/2   IR Bell 49* (139b 4x4)

58.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, Bell's turn, clipped to mid-on to bring up his 9th Test fifty

England 144/2   IR Bell 50* (140b 4x4)

59.1

Lee to Bell, 1 run, easy single on leg nipped off the hips as that one is pinged in a touch short and straying down leg

59.3

Lee to Bell, no run, Lee steams in and that's a decent ball, a good line and length and quickly defended down off the back foot

59.4

Lee to Bell, no run, gives Bell room outside off to open his shoulders and cut to Michael Clarke at point who pounces on that like an eager labrador

59.5

Lee to Bell, 1 run, more alert fielding from Australia - Bell drives that to cover and sets off quickly, turning his back to the ball as he runs his bat in, and gets whacked on the back for his troubles

England 147/2   IR Bell 52* (144b 4x4)

61.1

Lee to Bell, FOUR, wide, full bunger, rubbish and got the treatment. That's just sliced away by Bell who merely offered his bat to spank that one away

61.2

Lee to Bell, FOUR, ooh, delicious shot this time to bring up consecutive boundaries. This one from Lee did pitch, wideish and, well, help yourself frankly

61.3

Lee to Bell, no run, another full toss but Langer spares Lee's blushes, and his figures(ish), sliding onto that one at midwicket to cut off the runs

61.4

Lee to Bell, OUT, the bouncer does the trick. Lee bangs it in hard and it's on to Bell too quickly, who shapes to hook but merely sends the ball directly up in the air. 'Miiine' calls Lee, as he nearly collides with Langer, but there was nobody getting in his way as he grabs on easily. Lee's face said it all at he ran into bowl that one, and Bell's face tells a story, too, for his moment of impetuosity

IR Bell c & b Lee 60 (189m 148b 6x4 0x6) SR: 40.54

England 158/3   IR Bell 60 (148b 6x4)
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