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

83.3

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, and it's an early Christmas present for Clarke who gets off the mark in fine style, turning his wrists, timing it superbly to midwicket

83.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full and straight, defended solidly

83.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, ooh excellent ball there from Hercules, cutting back on Clarke - memories of Simon Jones who bowled that delicious ball in the 2005 Ashes to bowl Clarke all ends up - who shouldered arms

83.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, super running, that...dropping the ball down and sprinting through for a single

Australia 263/4   MJ Clarke 5* (4b 1x4)

84.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke's doing a Ponting here, walking across his crease to the off side before sponging the ball to leg. Watch out for the reverse swing...

84.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, outside off, not quite in the corridor but not far off it, Clarke leaves alone

84.3

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, fine shot, confident shot from Clarke, coming forward solidly and driving him through extra cover. Elegantly played

84.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, quite a bit of lift there, the ball taking off from a good length and Jones takes it above his head

84.5

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, very well bowled cutting back into Clarke, but he came forward reasonably confidently and played it to leg with soft hands

Australia 268/4   MJ Clarke 10* (9b 2x4)

85.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, very well bowled, right on off stump - moving back into the right hander too - and defended solidly.

85.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, again some inswing to Clarke who, worryingly, is trying to work this to leg too early, his hands coming forward at the ball, pushing at it rather than waiting

85.3

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, a touch too short allowing Clarke to nudge it off his legs

85.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, very solidly defended on the front foot by Clarke, not trying to work it to leg this time

Australia 270/4   MJ Clarke 11* (13b 2x4)

87.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, clonked past Flintoff but without much timing

87.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, cuts this one back into Clarke but he's very solid in defence, head right over the ball

87.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, angling into the right-hander who works it to leg

87.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, beautifully timed by Clarke - albeit a "walking" shot - timed back to the bowler

87.5

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, fantastic shot from Clarke, rocking back into his crease, watching the ball like a hawk and timing it, perfectly, for four

87.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, squared up a touch, defended on the back foot

Australia 276/4   MJ Clarke 15* (19b 3x4)

88.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, defended on the front foot

Australia 280/4   MJ Clarke 16* (20b 3x4)

90.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets firmly behind this dibbly delivery and defends

90.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, oh, so close for Hoggard, nipping this one way from Clarke who refused to move his cemented feet, walking across and poking at the ball. Very close to the outside edge

90.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, wrong line, down leg, and it's easy for Clarke

Australia 286/4   MJ Clarke 17* (23b 3x4)

91.4

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, firmly hit into the covers, Clarke's running back for two - this could be tight, the throw comes in but Clarke's quick. And, also, is he keen on protecting Gilchrist? Quite possibly

91.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, excellent line and length just outside off, nipping off the seam a touch, Clarke strides forward and shoulders arms

91.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, and again leaves this alone

Australia 290/5   MJ Clarke 19* (26b 3x4)

92.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, this cuts back, almost knocking him off his feet but he clonks it back to mid-on

92.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, just a hint of movement away from the right hander who leaves it alone

92.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, well, he comes forward but it's a tentative, miscued, closed-face attempt of a shot

92.5

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, CLOSE, he's tucked this off his hip - it got big on him - and just evades the diving Geraint Jones to race down for four

92.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, fine bowling on off stump, shaping away nicely but he shoulders arms

Australia 295/5   MJ Clarke 23* (31b 4x4)

94.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, pushed firmly on the front foot

94.2

Hoggard to Clarke, 4 runs, down the leg side, worked off his legs and Flintoff sprints, hard, saving four brilliantly...but they run four, and Hercules casts a rueful grin at the utter pointlessness of his running

94.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, good length here but the pitch is too slow for it to spit up, and therefore trouble Clarke, who blocks it out with ease

94.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, this jags away from Clarke who leaves alone

94.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, impressive line from Hoggard - he really has been spot on all day - not giving an inch and Clarke watchfully leaves alone

94.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, and that's why Clarke is being watchful: the swinging delivery, as this little away-drifter just keeps him honest and he watches it go through, Jones moving to his right to take it

Australia 305/5   MJ Clarke 27* (37b 4x4)

95.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, good bouncer, good energy from Flintoff at this late stage in the day. Well directed and Clarke ducks beneath it

95.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, another short ball...easily evaded

95.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short of a length, rising on Clarke and hitting the bat with a resounding clunk

Australia 308/5   MJ Clarke 27* (40b 4x4)

96.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, swinging into Clarke and driven to mid-off

96.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, squirted into the deep

96.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, solid as a rock, Clarke comes forward and defends

96.6

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, last ball of the day is pushed to the leg side, Hoggard is handed his jumper and hat by the umpire and off they go

Australia 312/5   MJ Clarke 30* (44b 4x4)

97.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, leg-stump loosener, steered round the corner

Australia 313/5   MJ Clarke 31* (45b 4x4)

98.1

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, neatly turned through midwicket to the man two-thirds of the way back

Australia 316/5   MJ Clarke 32* (46b 4x4)

99.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full length, Clarke into line and straight-bats it to mid-off

99.2

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, again Flintoff strays towards leg stump and Clarke quick to turn it to deep square leg

Australia 319/5   MJ Clarke 33* (48b 4x4)

100.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, just wide enough for Clarke to leave

100.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, started wide and got wider ... that would certainly have been called in a one-day game

100.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard perseveres with this line. It's a bit negative but Clarke does tend to nibble and that's what England are looking for with this tactic

100.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 bye, wide, but it hardly bounced and thwacked Jones on his unprotected knee as it shot through, cannoning into the leg side to add to his discomfort

100.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke shoulders arms

Australia 321/5   MJ Clarke 33* (53b 4x4)

102.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke not to be lured into anything rash outside off stump

102.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, straighter line, Clarke right behind it with an oh-so-solid block

102.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard continues to probe like a dentist with a drill ... Clarke so far resisting temptation well

102.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard bowls, Clarke leaves ... a pattern for the day

102.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, this time he does have to play and does so with authority, dropping it into the leg side

102.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, probing line, no shot

Australia 321/5   MJ Clarke 33* (59b 4x4)

103.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke well forward

103.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, watchfully played off the back foot

103.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, clipped into the leg side

103.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, plopped to extra cover

103.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 3 runs, straight drive, Flintoff nutmegged in his follow through and a long chase for mid-off

Australia 325/5   MJ Clarke 36* (64b 4x4)

104.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, squirted out to point and Bell makes a leaping semi-stop ... not that the ball was exactly travelling

104.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, left alone rather theatrically

104.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke right into line with as much care as a man filming a coaching video

104.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, another immaculate defensive shot

104.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, outside off stump and straight through to Jones

104.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke leaves it

Australia 325/5   MJ Clarke 36* (70b 4x4)

105.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one jagged back and past Clarke's inside edge. Harmison looked much more like the bowler of old there ...

Australia 328/5   MJ Clarke 36* (71b 4x4)

107.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, wide from Harmison, not a Brisbane wide but certainly a one-day one

107.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, once more too wide to tempt Clarke. Actually, almost too wide for him to reach it in the first place

107.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, big stride forward as he leaves it

107.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, shorter, that one nipped back a tad but Clarke safe to leave it on length

107.5

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, this time Clarke lays into it as it was wide and full, and he drives with an open face it through gully

107.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, he slightly pushed at that one, reaching a bit to block it

Australia 338/5   MJ Clarke 40* (77b 5x4)

109.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, firm-handed push to extra cover

109.2

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, whipped square on the leg side

Australia 339/5   MJ Clarke 41* (79b 5x4)

110.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, tip and run to extra cover

Australia 350/5   MJ Clarke 42* (80b 5x4)

111.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, Harmison roars in here - he's really charging in - and Clarke punches this back to the bowler

111.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, pushed into the covers, no timing there

Australia 360/5   MJ Clarke 43* (82b 5x4)

112.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, nicely flighted, hardly any turn though for Giles and Clarke sits back and prods it into the covers

112.3

Giles to Clarke, 2 runs, down the leg side - completely wrong line from Giles - and Clarke easily tucks it away for two

112.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, and he pads this away, again no serious turn for the bowler

112.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, well flighted but too full, and Clarke chips it to long-on for a single

Australia 366/5   MJ Clarke 46* (86b 5x4)

113.1

Anderson to Clarke, 3 runs, firmly clipped through the covers

Australia 373/5   MJ Clarke 49* (87b 5x4)

114.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, and that's nudged through midwicket to bring up his fifty - a good one, too, and this partnership is building

Australia 380/5   MJ Clarke 50* (88b 5x4)

115.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, well bowled! Swinging into the right hander but he's pretty solid here, clamping the bat down and reading the inswing well

115.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, sponged with a closed face of the bat, no timing there

115.3

Anderson to Clarke, 3 runs, again more inswing for Anderson but Clarke presents a fuller face of the bat this time, driving it straight and hard to long-on

Australia 387/6   MJ Clarke 53* (91b 5x4)

116.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, and he takes a half step outside leg, meeting the line of the ball and driving it inside out to mid-off

Australia 392/6   MJ Clarke 54* (92b 5x4)

117.1

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, touch of turn there, Clarke smothers the spin

117.2

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, full toss which he smacks down to long-off

Australia 393/6   MJ Clarke 55* (94b 5x4)

118.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, lovely shot, timing it down the ground

118.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and it's down the leg side, no great pace either and Clarke works it to midwicket

118.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, well bowled; full, straightish - straight enough to force the defensive from Clarke

118.4

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, drifting down leg, ugly ball which Clarke bungs off his pads for a couple

118.5

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Ah that's a terrific shot, his best of the day, cover driving Harmison on one knee and hammering it, hard, for four

118.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, left alone - excellent cricket this from Clarke. Patient, intelligent batting

Australia 399/6   MJ Clarke 61* (100b 6x4)

119.5

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, and he comes forward to defend

119.6

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, too short and he goes back, cutting it hard

Australia 407/6   MJ Clarke 62* (102b 6x4)

120.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, Harmison is roaring in here, great to see, and it cuts back on the right hander who leaves it alone

120.2

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, clunked, without timing, to mid-off

120.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, far too wide. Clarke needed a telescopic barge pole to reach that

120.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, better ball, but too straight this time and Clarke rides the bounce to work it to leg

Australia 410/6   MJ Clarke 64* (106b 6x4)

121.1

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, pushed to mid-off

121.2

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, down the pitch but Pietersen sees him coming and fires it in short. Excellent stuff from Pietersen

121.3

Pietersen to Clarke, 2 runs, not so excellent this time, down the leg side and it's flicked off his pads

121.4

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, too short, too wide, cut hard into the deep but there's a sweeper out there

Australia 413/6   MJ Clarke 67* (110b 6x4)

122.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and he comes forward here, head right over the ball, outside off stump to defend

122.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, very firmly defended indeed, Clarke really is looking solid here

122.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, full and straight - a bit too straight if anything, but Clarke resists the temptation to work it off his legs, choosing to defend it

122.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and again he defends

Australia 415/6   MJ Clarke 67* (114b 6x4)

123.3

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off, turning back into Clarke who jumps back and defends watchfully

123.4

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, the arm ball? Short, outside off and left alone

123.5

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, clunked down to long-on

Australia 417/6   MJ Clarke 68* (117b 6x4)

124.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, bends that in from the rough and that's defended. 'Well bowled Gilers,' chirps Jones

124.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, more defending

124.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, a better line, much straighter and yet more defence

124.4

Giles to Clarke, FOUR, a touch of width and punished, Clarke stepping back and giving himself room to cut that one away. Four from the second it left the bat

124.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, tickles that one into midwicket this time

Australia 422/6   MJ Clarke 73* (122b 7x4)

125.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, left alone this time

125.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one spears in a bit fuller and it's worked to the leg-side and goes on its way to mid-on

125.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one is banged in hard at 84mph (135kph) but slows as it hits the pitch, stays low, and bounces twice - twice! - in all before it reaches Jones

125.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one is banged in hard at 84mph (135kph) but slows as it hits the pitch, stays low, and bounces twice - twice! - in all before it reaches Jones

125.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, dinked to mid-on

125.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, dinked to mid-on

Australia 424/6   MJ Clarke 73* (126b 7x4)

126.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, on the button and defended

Australia 425/6   MJ Clarke 73* (127b 7x4)

127.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted straight drive to one which pitches fullish and on off is picked up easily by the bowler

127.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, punched hard off the back foot in that point region once more

Australia 432/6   MJ Clarke 74* (129b 7x4)

128.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke dances down, on-drives and the ball just falls short of Giles's right hand as he kneels down to try to scoop it

128.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, quiet defence on the front foot this time

128.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, more defence

128.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, yet more defence

128.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, single down to long-off lazily run through

Australia 435/6   MJ Clarke 76* (134b 7x4)

129.1

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, that one's down the off-side and Clarke steps over to it and leans into a well-struck cover-drive but there's a marshall on the point boundary

129.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, worked out on the leg-side

Australia 438/6   MJ Clarke 78* (136b 7x4)

130.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, pitched outside leg but Clarke manoeuvres over to his leg stump to drive that inside-out to mid-off

130.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, pitches outside leg, bends over to the right-hander and that's eased into the midwicket region

Australia 441/6   MJ Clarke 80* (138b 7x4)

131.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven into the covers

131.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended forward

131.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended forward once more

131.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted drive to mid-wicket

131.5

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, pushed behind square on the leg-side

131.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted slower ball but that was disguised about as effectively as an...

Australia 443/6   MJ Clarke 82* (144b 7x4)

133.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven slowly to cover

133.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended very strongly with the full face of the bat and that is stunned into the leg-side

133.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven with more power this time into the cover

133.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, banged in at Clarke, pitched up, and he crashes his bat down on that one to dig it out

133.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, some lift for Harmison there as the ball rises and whistles past a swaying Clarke's nose

133.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on

133.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on

Australia 443/6   MJ Clarke 82* (150b 7x4)

135.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a loosener which Clarke chases down leg, but he's too late on the shot and it's taken by Jones

135.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, lovely shot, driven hard, but that's some sharp work from Pietersen in the covers

135.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven slowly to mid-on

135.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, dinked along the ground to mid-wicket

135.5

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, hit behind square where it's swept up inside the boundary

Australia 444/6   MJ Clarke 83* (155b 7x4)

136.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, driven out to mid-off

136.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, drags that down a touch short and that's worked into the off-side

Australia 447/6   MJ Clarke 85* (157b 7x4)

137.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven back to Anderson who picks it up on the bounce and shies it back at the stumps, missing

137.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on

137.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, nips in at Clarke and he drives strongly to cover where it's picked up easily

137.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, hit into the leg-side

137.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven to the left of cover, but slowly, and Pietersen has time to amble round to that one and kill off any thoughts of a single

137.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, strayed down leg and that's taken by Jones

Australia 447/6   MJ Clarke 85* (163b 7x4)

138.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run

Australia 449/6   MJ Clarke 86* (164b 7x4)

139.1

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, overpitched and that's driven through cover

139.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run

139.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven to cover where it's stopped by Pietersen

139.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a touch slower, pitched up and that's defended forward

139.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-off

139.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a touch wide, Clarke steps into that one and drives to the covers

Australia 453/6   MJ Clarke 90* (170b 8x4)

141.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, on off stump, defended

141.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, off stump, blocked

141.3

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, Anderson tried to bang that in but it had all the venom of an earthworm and Clarke flicked it to deep backward square leg and sprinted two

141.4

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, and again, sweet placement and more sprinting

141.5

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, wallop! full, Clarke gets his foot right to the pitch of the ball and caresses it past mid-off

141.6

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, worked down to long leg to keep him on strike

Australia 464/6   MJ Clarke 99* (176b 9x4)

142.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, circumspect defence

142.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, two steps, a slight shimmy and all that for a forward defensive shot

142.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, another very cautious block ... it's coming

142.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, really ... it is coming

142.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, soon ... it's all watchful defence and rarely can Giles have been afforded so much respect

142.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke shoulders arms, the ball kicks and hits him in the midriff and plops down at his feet

Australia 464/6   MJ Clarke 99* (182b 9x4)

143.4

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, slightly short outside off stump, Clarke pushes it into the covers and sets off like a panther with a yell of "yes, yes, yes". That's the third Test hundred for Clarke, well applauded, and it came up off 183 balls in 264 minutes and it's standing ovations all round

143.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, up in the blockhole and Clarke keeps it out with no worries

Australia 469/6   MJ Clarke 100* (184b 9x4)

144.4

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, clipped into the leg side

Australia 471/6   MJ Clarke 101* (185b 9x4)

145.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard right on the button from the off, Clarke into line to block

145.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, firm drive to short cover

145.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, turned to midwicket

Australia 472/6   MJ Clarke 102* (188b 9x4)

146.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke lets it pass by his off stump

146.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke lets it hit him

146.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, better line and Clarke defends

146.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, watched and blocked

146.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, one big stride forward and then kicked away

146.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps back and turns it to backward square leg

Australia 477/6   MJ Clarke 103* (194b 9x4)

147.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, wide, left, and Jones takes it standing up

147.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, again Jones takes it unhindered

147.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke blocks it - that was 79.9mph (128.7kph)

147.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 3 runs, sweet drive past Flintoff at mid-off and he chases with the stiffness of a man with splints down each trouser leg

Australia 480/6   MJ Clarke 106* (198b 9x4)

148.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, outside leg stump and he lets it hit him

148.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, run up to mid-off, all very low key

148.5

Giles to Clarke, 2 runs, again runs on a platter as he waits, picks his spot, and cracks it through extra cover

148.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, this is too easy, runs whenever the batsmen chose to take them

Australia 487/6   MJ Clarke 111* (202b 9x4)

149.1

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, England getting tired now, and a misfield hardly helps

149.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke takes a breather with a block

149.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 3 runs, neat. Clarke waits and uses the pace to run the ball between gully and slip

Australia 492/6   MJ Clarke 116* (205b 9x4)

150.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, slightly lofted and stiff pull to deep square leg ... a moment of excitement as Giles thought that might reach the fielder

Australia 493/6   MJ Clarke 117* (206b 9x4)

151.1

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, crisp drive straight to the coconut at short extra cover

151.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke leaves that to Jones

151.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, plopped into the covers, nobody has the energy to run for that, either fielders or batsmen

151.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, nothing doing there, left alone

151.5

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, again worked into the leg side - Clarke has been quick to pounce on anything slightly down the leg

Australia 496/6   MJ Clarke 120* (211b 9x4)

152.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, seemingly innocuous drive back to Giles but he manages to make a real mess of it, the ball dribbles through his legs and they run a single

152.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, defended

152.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, full stride forward and blocked

152.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, and again ....

Australia 498/6   MJ Clarke 121* (215b 9x4)

154.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, outside leg, it turns an inch or so and Clarke pushes it back

Australia 503/7   MJ Clarke 122* (216b 9x4)

155.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, defended back to the bowler

155.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, swinging into the right hander who pushes it back

155.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, and Clarke works it to leg

Australia 504/7   MJ Clarke 123* (219b 9x4)

156.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, padded away

156.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, ditto

156.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, and he defends this solidly

156.4

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, nicely played, just meeting the ball and shaking hands with it - they agree to a post-match beer and part ways as the ball makes its way to long-on

Australia 505/7   MJ Clarke 124* (223b 9x4)

157.1

Hoggard to Clarke, OUT, goddim! Poor shot, really, a waste - swinging into Clarke and he flicks it, with a closed face of the bat and it lands in Giles's midriff who takes a good catch. Disappointing end to an otherwise fine innings

MJ Clarke c Giles b Hoggard 124 (318m 224b 10x4 0x6) SR: 55.35

Australia 505/8   MJ Clarke 124 (224b 9x4)
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