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

11.3

Warne to Bell, no run, big rip from the big man - that pitches on leg and Bell gets squared up and just manages to get bat on it, just below the splice to be exact - to avoid a Gatting ball

11.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, hit slowly to leg

11.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, driven slowly to mid-off

England 35/1   IR Bell 2* (3b)

12.1

Clark to Bell, 3 runs, driven through midwicket where it's hunted down

England 38/1   IR Bell 5* (4b)

13.1

Warne to Bell, no run, defended down to the man close in on the leg-side

13.2

Warne to Bell, FOUR, rank full toss and that's not wasted by Bell who drives it off his legs in front of midwicket

13.3

Warne to Bell, no run, pitches outside leg and as it's moving back in at Bell he kills the spin with a quiet defensive

13.4

Warne to Bell, no run, driven to cover

13.5

Warne to Bell, no run, pitched outside leg and quickly smothered, bat out in front of pad

13.6

Warne to Bell, 2 runs, more leg-side tactics, but Bell creeps forward and nudges that square off his legs

England 44/1   IR Bell 11* (10b 1x4)

14.2

Clark to Bell, no run, down the channel, left alone

14.3

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, strays on to middle-and-leg and Bell wastes no time working that easily off the legs, lovely shot

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, crikey, that was a good decision to leave in the end - an inch away from tickling the off stump. That pitched just short of a length, came back in, and hopped over the sticks - just

14.5

Clark to Bell, no run, a touch more width this time and it's defended off the back foot

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot now

England 49/1   IR Bell 13* (15b 1x4)

16.1

Clark to Bell, no run

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, squares up a touch to that one and plays a defensive off the back foot

16.3

Clark to Bell, FOUR, strays down leg and Bell walks into that shot, timed it well away just in front of midwicket

16.4

Clark to Bell, no run, pitches on off on a good length and that's defended off the back foot

16.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, driven through cover and that's just a single

England 58/1   IR Bell 18* (20b 2x4)

17.1

Warne to Bell, no run, pitches outside leg and Bell comes forward to defend confidently

17.2

Warne to Bell, no run, same ball, same result

17.3

Warne to Bell, no run, pitches outside leg and that's well fielded by Clark in the midwicket region, pouncing on that low on his left

17.4

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell waits for it, waits a bit more, and then drives forward

17.5

Warne to Bell, no run, aw, top stuff from Warne, sliding that one in on middle and then turns massively off the pitch. Bell tries to defend and misses it all ends up - the Sherminator is nearly terminated

17.6

Warne to Bell, no run, driven slowly to wide mid-on

17.6

Warne to Bell, no run, driven slowly to wide mid-on

England 58/1   IR Bell 18* (26b 2x4)

18.4

Clark to Bell, no run, up there and that's defended

18.5

Clark to Bell, no run, up there on a good length and that's dug out

18.6

Clark to Bell, no run, on off stump and that's defended forward to round off the day

England 59/1   IR Bell 18* (29b 2x4)

19.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, Warne doesn't adjust his line here, landing it on the right hander's leg stump and Bell clips him to the leg side

England 61/1   IR Bell 19* (30b 2x4)

20.1

Clark to Bell, no run, drifting into Bell who confidently drives this back to the bowler, and Clark does well to get a mitt on this, bending down and preventing the single

20.2

Clark to Bell, no run, just short of a length - a nagging length, a Clark length - and Bell wisely leaves this alone

20.3

Clark to Bell, no run, and Bell again shoulders arms (what's the history behind that expression?) to this one outside off, just drifting away

20.4

Clark to Bell, no run, ooh very well bowled, Bell came forward and fished at this - it cut away, just enough to miss the outside edge of his bat

20.5

Clark to Bell, no run, and again outside off but Bell just dragged his bat inside the line

20.6

Clark to Bell, no run, and a cracker - a gem from Clark to finish the over. Like Hoggard, Clark is finding just enough movement to trouble the batsmen here and Bell needs to rein in his fishing tendencies

England 61/1   IR Bell 19* (36b 2x4)

22.1

Clark to Bell, no run, and Clark is right on the money, attacking Bell's off stump but the batsman shows an excellent technique, just shuffling across and defending it off the back foot

22.2

Clark to Bell, no run, just a bit too wide here from Clark, Bell pushes it into the covers

22.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, guided into the gully; soft hands, head over the ball and very calmly played. No fishing, or any other metaphors for wafty outside-the-off-stump

England 62/1   IR Bell 20* (39b 2x4)

23.1

Warne to Bell, no run, very straight, on middle-and-off and Bell goes back to defend. Goes right back in fact

23.2

Warne to Bell, no run, held this back a bit, but Bell reads this and comes forward to defend - looking solid in defence

23.3

Warne to Bell, no run, too short, Bell rocks back and hammers it into the covers

23.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, very nicely played - not much turn from Warne and it was a touch too short, allowing Bell to go back and time it neatly past the infield for a single to the off side

England 63/1   IR Bell 21* (43b 2x4)

24.1

Clark to Bell, no run, excellent line from Clark - he's been superb so far this morning, not giving the batsmen an inch. Such a nagging line and Bell can only defend it

24.2

Clark to Bell, no run, a little bit too wide and Bell can leave this alone quite safely

24.3

Clark to Bell, no run, this swings in a touch - reversing perhaps? - and Bell uses the angle of the ball to work it to leg

24.4

Clark to Bell, no run, this cuts back a touch on Bell who is, once again, very solid in defence

24.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, elegantly plucked off his legs through midwicket, albeit without great timing or power. But Bell is looking very solid, very composed here

England 64/1   IR Bell 22* (48b 2x4)

25.1

Warne to Bell, no run, "awwww" cries Warne, for no apparent reason as Bell was firmly behind that one

25.2

Warne to Bell, 2 runs, beautiful shot, played off his pads through midwicket with a real flourish and a flick of the wrists

25.3

Warne to Bell, no run

25.4

Warne to Bell, no run, outside off, turning just a touch away from Bell who pushed it out into the off side

25.5

Warne to Bell, no run, flatter, quicker - the slider I reckon - but Bell reads it (I think) and defends it solidly

25.6

Warne to Bell, no run, pushed out into the off side

England 66/1   IR Bell 24* (54b 2x4)

27.1

Warne to Bell, no run, and that's why it's fascinating! What a ball, landing on off stump and turning away. The classic legbreak, just missing Bell's forward poke

27.2

Warne to Bell, no run, shorter and it passes by his blade again

27.3

Warne to Bell, no run, again a bit too short and Bell goes back to push it into the covers

27.4

Warne to Bell, no run, Warne goes for the big Gatting-ball outside leg, roars one of his "awwwws" but it doesn't turn much and Bell clips him easily to leg

27.5

Warne to Bell, no run, again, another attempt to bowl him round the legs - Warne bowling wide of the crease here - but Bell skips confidently down the track and works him to leg

27.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, dropped! Classical legbreak and Bell comes forward, tentatively, it takes the outside edge and Matthew Hayden at first slip couldn't quite get his right hand to it. He doesn't drop many...

England 69/1   IR Bell 25* (60b 2x4)

28.1

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

28.2

Clark to Bell, no run, ooh, hello - bit of reverse swing there. Or reverse-away-swing as you could call it

28.3

Clark to Bell, no run, streaky, Bell not coming forward enough to this one and getting an inside edge, attempting to drive it through the covers but closing the face of the bat and squirting it to leg

28.4

Clark to Bell, no run, better from Bell, on the back foot and clunked back to the bowler

28.5

Clark to Bell, no run, solidly forward, solidly defended. All very solid

28.6

Clark to Bell, no run, the first bouncer of the day, but the pitch is about as lively as a pensioners party in Blackpool

England 69/1   IR Bell 25* (66b 2x4)

30.1

Clark to Bell, 1 run, worked off his legs through midwicket

England 70/2   IR Bell 26* (67b 2x4)

31.1

Warne to Bell, no run, outside leg, again Warne's looking for a magic ball but can't conjure anything

31.2

Warne to Bell, no run, slightly straighter, turning away and defended

31.3

Warne to Bell, no run, down the pitch, driven inside out into the covers

31.4

Warne to Bell, no run, ooh another classic leggie from the big winner, turning away massively and just missing the outside edge

31.5

Warne to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot

31.6

Warne to Bell, OUT, oh dear, what a complete and utter shambles. Pushed out into the covers, Collingwood called Bell through but Bell didn't want the run. Collingwood sprints nevertheless, Bell reluctantly agrees but is caught well short of his ground, Clarke fields from cover to Warne who throws down the stumps with ease. Disaster

IR Bell run out 26 (85m 73b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.61

England 70/3   IR Bell 26 (73b 2x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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A series of frames capture Andrew Flintoff's despair , England v Australia, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 5, 2006

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