England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 2nd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 6 wickets

Overs 0-50

22.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, turned to leg but the cordon closes quickly

22.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke into line and blocks

22.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke pushes towards mid-on and starts off for the single but quickly realises men are converging quickly and so checks

22.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, good ball, Clarke can only block

Australia 121/4   MJ Clarke 0* (4b)

23.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, good line and length, blocked

23.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, short, Clarke leans back and hits into the covers ... he doesn't time it but still gets the run

23.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke's turn to wait, and he then turns it into space at midwicket

Australia 125/4   MJ Clarke 2* (7b)

24.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, hit at Pietersen at silly mid-on, he misfields but no single as others rush in to mop up

24.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, he looks to run it down to third man but bottom edges into the ground

24.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-off. Clarke is creating his own pressure here ... he has time on his side but looks a bit jittery

24.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, angled straight to Strauss at gully

24.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, whipped from outside off stump to Pietersen at silly mid-on

24.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 7 runs, this time Clarke finds the gap to Pietersen's right and Hoggard chases ... he throws to Pietersen who then flings the ball at the striker's stumps ... the ball hits the stumps and from there to the boundary. What on earth was he thinking of ... there was no chance of a run-out

Australia 132/4   MJ Clarke 9* (13b)

25.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, driven out to a wide mid-on and they jog through

25.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke right behind that

25.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, And once more he is happy to block it

25.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke works that behind square on the leg side

Australia 135/4   MJ Clarke 11* (17b)

26.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, left alone

26.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short, down the leg and Jones takes at chest height

26.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, played into the off side and the fielders rush in to prevent the one

26.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short and wider down the leg that the one two balls earlier, this time Jones has to leap to this left to gather. Steve Bucknor looks but that's not a wide in Tests

26.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, into the off side. Five dot balls from Flintoff again. Can he make it six?

26.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, no! Turned off his legs and a yell of "two" which he gets as the ball ends up midway between fielders

Australia 137/4   MJ Clarke 13* (23b)

27.4

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, lofted drive, cries of "catch it", but it was safe

Australia 143/4   MJ Clarke 14* (24b)

28.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, a snorter to start, it spits at Clarke who has to react quickly to get bat and hands out of the way

28.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke shuffles to leg but his drive finds the man at extra cover

28.3

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, helped round the corner by Clarke off his thighpad, an unconvincing shot but it's about runs and not style at this stage

28.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, turned to Pietersen at short mid-on and an immediate yell of "No!"

Australia 151/4   MJ Clarke 15* (28b)

29.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, Clarke blocks on the back foot

29.4

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, Harmison drifts down the leg side and Clarke works that to deep square leg and comes back for the second even though Bell was on it quickly

29.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, off stump, left alone

29.6

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, again Harmison loses his bearings and sprays the ball down the leg, and again Clarke makes the most of it by finding space behind square

Australia 157/4   MJ Clarke 19* (32b)

30.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, played into the ring of fielders on the off

30.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, left alone

30.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Clarke into line, no need for any risks

30.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, slid defence

30.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a low-key over, but that's not a worry for Australia

Australia 158/4   MJ Clarke 19* (37b)

31.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke onto the back foot, takes the pace off the ball and ambles a single as he places it wide of point

Australia 160/4   MJ Clarke 20* (38b)

32.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, inside edge, Jones, diving to left spills the chance. Those are hard for keepers, but he got one hand to it and arguably should have got both there. It's academic as far as the result is concerned but it's another mistake on a dismal day for England

Australia 161/4   MJ Clarke 21* (39b)
Overs 0-50
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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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