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

28.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven, outside edge skews inches short of Bell in the gully. Loads of oohs and aahs

28.2

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, driven, off the meat this time, past extra cover, but again a man back for that

28.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good line, Hussey forced to play and he does so with conviction

28.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, played out to point and a loud and immediate yell of "No!" from Hussey

28.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey back and across to defend

28.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, well judged leave

Australia 87/3   JM Anderson 1-0-1-0

30.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good line, solid defence

30.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey again plays into the covers with soft hands and what could have been a tight single is actually easy as the communication between the batsmen was so good

30.3

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, turned behind square on leg, the man is right back and so they run two

30.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven to point, not timed and so no power in the shot

30.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting forward and his bat turns in his hands as he plays it and the ball skews to mid-on

30.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, oh yes! Lovely ball, swings back and through a loose attempted drive by Ponting whose bottom hand comes off the bat as he swishes and misses

Australia 90/3   JM Anderson 2-0-4-0

32.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, on the button, blocked

32.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, good shout, nipped back in but sliding down the leg. Ponting only half forward and beaten by that one

32.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, controlled flick to mid-on

32.4

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, worked down to long leg

32.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting across and slightly surprised by some extra bounce, played uppishly but safely to midwicket

32.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting into line, safe as houses

Australia 92/3   JM Anderson 3-0-6-0

34.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting cautious. Two let-offs this morning so far, and he will now just want to get to lunch

34.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, into line and defended

34.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, played into the covers

34.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short, Ponting rocks back and smacks that with va va voom behind square to bring up his 36th Test fifty

34.5

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, Anderson overcorrects, too full and driven through short extra cover. Shot of the day so far. I wonder how Ashley Giles is feeling ....

34.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting drives to mid-off, takes two steps down the pitch but thinks better of it and screams "No", Hussey, on the ball before the break, was going nowhere anyway

Australia 105/3   JM Anderson 4-0-14-0

36.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off and a touch of reverse swing there, Ponting strides down the pitch massively to shoulder arms, massively

36.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, too wide from Anderson, no swing this time and Ponting leaves it alone

36.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, bit of wobble on that one, but it's again too wide.

36.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, fuller, again swinging into the batsman (reverse swing) and Ponting bunts it to mid-on and is quick to set off for a single

36.5

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, Anderson doesn't adjust his line to the left hander here, Hussey nudging him to leg with ease

36.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, fine shot on the up from Ponting, clonking it through extra cover. But Flintoff has a sweeper out there to protect Anderson; his captaincy and management of his bowlers has been spot on today

Australia 108/3   JM Anderson 5-0-17-0

38.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, nicely bowled but Ponting aggressively came down the pitch here, to counter the reverse swing, and defended it on the front foot

38.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, ooh, an uncertain stroke from Ponting, reaching for this and attempting to cover-drive it...but gets an inside-edge

38.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run

38.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, too wide. Ponting shoulders arms with that extravagant lunge of the front foot

38.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting, with a stance some two or three inches outside leg, shuffles across to off and leaves it alone.

38.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, again he comes forward and leaves alone

Australia 109/3   JM Anderson 6-1-17-0

40.1

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, lovely firm cover drive but Pietersen is out on the deep extra-cover boundary, jogs to his right and fields with one hand

40.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a little bit of inswing to Ponting who reads it well, coming forward to defend with his head right over the ball

40.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, and he leaves this one alone outside off, no swing there

40.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, clunked without timing to mid-off

40.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, pushed off the back foot to Pietersen again in the deep

40.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

Australia 114/3   JM Anderson 7-1-20-0

42.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward, desperate to get this through the covers but he can't

42.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pushed out to the covers

42.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, flicked off his legs - the wrong line from Anderson but Ponting can't get any more than a single

42.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, confidently comes forward, Hussey, and crisply drives this into the covers

42.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, excellent length, on off stump and Hussey defends it solidly

42.6

Anderson to Hussey, 3 runs, lovely shot, typically Hussey, working it off his legs calmly through midwicket

Australia 125/3   JM Anderson 8-1-24-0

63.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed off the back foot and a decent tumbling stop at short extra cover

63.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, straight, played back to Anderson

63.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey turns that through square leg to bring up his 6th Test fifty

63.4

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting flicks that on the walk behind square on the leg and Harmison fields in the deep. He has the grace of a giraffe at a watering hole when he bends to gather the ball ...

63.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off stump, a big stride and a bigger leave

63.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven into the covers and a tumbling stop that was all rather unnecessary. A surefire sign that he doesn't do his own washing

Australia 188/3   JM Anderson 9-1-27-0

65.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wide, angled across Hussey who is not tempted

65.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, tighter line, driven , good stop at short extra cover

65.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey back and into line

65.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey back, the ball gets tangled in his pads and plops down at his feet

65.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey again not sure where that went as he looks to drop it and run. The answer was about two feet down the track and Anderson fields

65.6

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, super shot, wide, overpitched and Hussey opens the face and drives through cover and the ball scurries away to the boundary

Australia 195/3   JM Anderson 10-1-31-0

67.1

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, that was a carbon copy of the last ball of Anderson's previous over ... Hussey opens the face and smacks that through the covers. Such balance when he played that

67.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, short and wide, thumped through the covers but Flintoff has reinforced the boundary out there and Pietersen fields

67.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting into line and blocks

67.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting takes a big stride and pushes it to the left of Flintoff at extra cover ...he dives but it bobbles past him to cheers from the crowd

67.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wide and Hussey not even sniffing at ones that far from him

67.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, that one he had to sniff at, but right into line and played to cover

Australia 205/3   JM Anderson 11-1-37-0

69.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, blocked with assurance

69.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wide and left to go on its way

69.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed to cover and a quick call of "wait, wait, wait". So Ponting waited ...

69.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, too wide to tempt

69.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, angled to gully where Collingwood fields like a goalkeeper smothering a football at the feet of an onrushing striker

69.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed into the off side

Australia 207/3   JM Anderson 12-2-37-0

71.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey drives back at Anderson and the wheels away in case the bowler decides to have a Lee-like shy at the stumps. If Anderson is as accurate as Lee then he'd be better standing right in front of them ...

71.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, plopped into the leg side, no run and never a sniff of one

71.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, soft hands, drop and run tactics and even the inrushing Collingwood cannot prevent a single, although he did make Hussey stretch for the safety of the bowler's end

71.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, poor ball, short and Ponting pulls, bisecting the men in the deep

71.5

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, pitched up and this time Ponting finds the gap through midwicket off the front foot

71.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting milking the gaps with consummate ease

Australia 221/3   JM Anderson 13-2-45-0

73.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting all behind that

73.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Anderson dragged down as he let go of that and it went 18 inches wide of off stump, Ponting unimpressed

73.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pushed to mid-on who is in quickly to prevent any thoughts of a quick single

73.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short and Ponting swivels, again pulling right between the two fielders out in the deep. Anderson just can't bowl short to Ponting

73.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, left alone

73.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting, on the walk, misses it and an appeal as it hits him on the front foot. He's so far forward it will be a brave man who gives that

Australia 232/3   JM Anderson 14-2-49-0

113.1

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

113.2

Anderson to Gilchrist, no run, nicely bowled just outside off, jagging back into the batsman who comes forward and defends it watchfully

113.3

Anderson to Gilchrist, FOUR, poor line, really dreadful ball down the leg side and Gilchrist easily whips this for four through midwicket.

113.4

Anderson to Gilchrist, no run, ooh again, lovely shot, well timed to mid-on...but straight to mid-on

113.5

Anderson to Gilchrist, no run, that's the line from Anderson, just outside off and forcing Gilchrist to defend his stumps

113.6

Anderson to Gilchrist, 2 runs, NEARLY! Was that a chance? Driven on the up without moving his feet, spooning it to Ian Bell in the gully who dived to his right, it was a grubber and just didn't carry. Very, very close

Australia 379/5   JM Anderson 15-2-58-0

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

115.4

Anderson to Warne, no run, fuller from Anderson but too wide, in spite of the inswing, and it's firmly driven to mid-off

115.5

Anderson to Warne, no run, ooh nearly! Very nearly. Warne drives this, firmly, on the up and it falls just short of his best mate, Kevin Pietersen, at short extra cover.

115.6

Anderson to Warne, FOUR, ah, lovely shot from Warne this time - a touch of Des Haynes in that shot. Or maybe not. But it was beautifully timed past Pietersen this time, all along the ground for four

Australia 391/6   JM Anderson 16-2-65-0

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

135.6

Anderson to Warne, no run, that's fended down, pretty easily, off the back foot as a short one fails, like a disappointing soufflé, to get much rise

Australia 444/6   JM Anderson 17-2-66-0

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   JM Anderson 18-3-66-0

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   JM Anderson 19-3-70-0

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   JM Anderson 20-3-79-0

143.1

Anderson to Warne, no run, Warne stands tall and drives to mid-off

143.2

Anderson to Warne, no run, Warne stands upright and thumps the ball again, but this time right at extra cover

143.3

Anderson to Warne, 1 run, short, Warne hooks in a rather ungainly way but it's quite safe and Harmison chugs in from long leg to field

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

143.5

Anderson to Warne, 3 runs, Warne leans back and runs that past gully ... neat shot and Anderson really toothless at the moment

143.6

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

Australia 469/6   JM Anderson 21-3-84-0

165.1

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, clattered out into the covers

165.2

Anderson to McGrath, no run, that's better, nice line outside off and just moving away a touch. McGrath, though, plays it well, shuffling across and presenting a straight bat

165.3

Anderson to McGrath, OUT, and this one moves away again from McGrath who replaces his straight bat with a wobbly one, edging it to Jones - it only just carried, mind - and finally Anderson picks up a wicket. And there's the end of Australia's innings.

GD McGrath c †Jones b Anderson 1 (25m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 4.76

Australia 513/10   JM Anderson 21.3-3-85-1
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