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

1.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, round the wicket to Cook, good line, blocked. Gentle start at 80mph (128kph)

1.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, nice line , turned easily to mid-on

1.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, outside off stump and Cook shoulders arms as it passes

1.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, on off stump, Cook into line

1.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, angled in to the left hander, Cook easily into line and blocks

1.6

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, Cook into line, plays it firmly to extra cover and sets off for a single straight away - neat running

England 1/0   GD McGrath 1-0-1-0

3.1

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, McGrath, coming over the wicket, bounces Strauss who gets right over his hook to fine leg

3.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, on off stump and Strauss right into line

3.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a much quicker bouncer, Strauss started to hook, realised it was getting big on him and pulled out of the shot. The speed gun says it was slower. Utter bilge!

3.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pitched up and on line

3.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, genuine edge which falls just short of third slip. No movement from McGrath, he just put it in the right place and Strauss did the rest

3.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, circumspect defence from Strauss

England 5/0   GD McGrath 2-0-3-0

5.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight , blocked, McGrath his accurate self already

5.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, and once more on the spot

5.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss plays it out into the covers

5.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, this over is a series of similar deliveries. Good, accurate bowling from a man who only passed a late fitness test two hours before the start

5.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pushed to mid-off

5.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, last ball much the same as the rest, played back to McGrath who bends a little stiffly, fields, rolls the ball back to Gilchrist and turns to head down to long leg

England 9/0   GD McGrath 3-1-3-0

7.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook forward, inside edge into his front pad and it dribbles towards the slips

7.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, punched defensively into the covers

7.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook not really convincing as he prods that to point, his footwork was a bit indecisive

7.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, safely blocked

7.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, once more on off stump and played square on the off side

7.6

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, a rarity as McGrath drifts to the leg and Cookflicks it behind square

England 15/0   GD McGrath 4-1-4-0

9.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed to short midwicket, not entirely convincingly

9.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers ... Bucknor and McGrath chatting about something

9.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook lets that one pass

9.4

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, thwack. Short outside off stump, Cook pounces like a cobra and hammers that between point and extra cover, beautifully timed

9.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, left alone outside off stump

9.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed defensively to point

England 22/0   GD McGrath 5-1-8-0

11.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook leaves that. McGrath will have to produce something remarkable to get one to jag back in on this track

11.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, plopped back down the pitch

11.3

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, turned into the leg side - midwicket area - and again Cook a bit hesitant with the run but Strauss call him through

11.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, wide and Strauss slashes that square but well fielded by point

11.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a slight hush as McGrath hits the spot and Strauss defends

11.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, short, Strauss pulls, rolls his wrists well and the ball goes all along the ground

England 26/0   GD McGrath 6-1-10-0

13.1

McGrath to Strauss, 3 runs, edged but Strauss dropped his hands late and the ball went along the ground through third/fourth slip, again the slow outfield holds it up

13.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, wide and left alone

13.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook into line, meets it with the middle of the bat

13.4

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, little more that a punched shot, but timed and mid-off flings himself to his left and almost deflects the ball past mid-on who had run across to assist

13.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, not even a sniff from Strauss

13.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, one-day running - Strauss drives firmly just to the right of mid-off and scurries through for a single

England 32/0   GD McGrath 7-1-15-0

15.1

McGrath to Cook, 3 runs, a fine little tickle off one which pitches outside leg; that's an easy, languid shot from Cook and the batsmen run through

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   GD McGrath 8-1-20-0

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   GD McGrath 9-2-20-0

30.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, too wide from McGrath, swinging further away from Collingwood who stands tall and leaves alone

30.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that's better, a tighter line and fuller too but Collingwood is up to the challenge, coming forward and defending very solidly

30.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again too wide and Collingwood can easily leave this alone

30.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, punched off the back foot, "nnoooooo" cries Collingwood as he clunks it into the gully

30.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, a fast legbreak there really jagging away from Collingwood

30.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, good line and length forcing Collingwood to defend

England 59/2   GD McGrath 10-3-20-0

32.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood jabs down on this, without much feet movement. He often sits back in his crease, watching the ball like a hawk before clamping down on it with a surprisingly solid defence

32.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again too wide from McGrath, Collingwood cuts this hard - but straight to gully and still they can't break the shackles

32.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, back he goes into goes, pushing it with a slightly airy-fairy wobble of the bat into the off side

32.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended once more

32.5

McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR, breaking news: England have scored a run. What's more, it's four - well done them, and well done Collingwood whose cut stroke finally breaks the shackles

32.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended again on the front foot

England 63/2   GD McGrath 11-3-24-0

34.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, and a fine, straight bat from Collingwood to one just outside off

34.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, cries of "catch it" from the crowd...but no one from Australia as Collingwood tries to hook but misses out

34.3

McGrath to Collingwood, 3 runs, nicely, solidly, firmly pushed down the ground to the right of McGrath's outstretched foot

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

34.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed out into the covers

England 73/2   GD McGrath 12-3-28-0

60.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, comes round the wicket and angles that across the right-hander who leaves it easily

60.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, intent writ large in his delivery arm there as he bangs that one in at the batsman, but it doesn't lift very much and it's easily defended off the back foot

60.3

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood shuffles across to meet that one on the off stump and, in doing so, he opens up the leg-side where he presents the face of the bat and dinks the ball square

60.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, left alone this time - McGrath persisting round the wicket

60.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, you don't want to do that - Collingwood chases that one round, leaving his leg-stump exposed, and nearly gets a fine edge on it. McGrath - the victor in that mental battle just there - laughs, shakes his head, laughs some more and holds his hands behind his head

60.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood less keen on getting across his stumps now

England 150/2   GD McGrath 13-3-30-0

62.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, left alone as that one angles across

62.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, another one can be left as that too travels safely away from the batsman

62.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, a tighter line and Collingwood walks on to his back feet to defend that one with soft hands

62.4

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, ooh, aah, Glenn nearly cooks up a wicket there as Collingwood so so nearly chops on as an inside edge just, just fails to clatter into the stumps

62.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended easily this time

62.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 3 runs, nice shot, bisecting the mid-off and mid-on fielders who don't give up the chase, as that one's drilled neatly back past McGrath who just-to-say overpitched

England 167/3   GD McGrath 14-3-35-0

64.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that one angles across the right-hander

64.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that ball angles away from the right-hander

64.3

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, eek, McGrath nearly had Collingwood then, that one falling agonisingly short of the man at midwicket, as it popped up as he played a stun shot

64.4

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, a touch of width... you can't bowl there to him and Pietersen launches himself into that one, stepping forward with a huge stride and driving that firmly for four through the covers

64.5

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, drilled firmly to mid-on where a diving Stuart Clark cuts off the runs with his right hand, low

64.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, tries a bouncer that gets up but with no real pace; still, it's pretty high and the batsman takes no risks by chasing it

England 175/3   GD McGrath 15-3-41-0

67.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, over the wicket to Collingwood, that's jagged in at him from just outside off stump and he defends off the back foot

67.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, worked off his legs square

67.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, hit to mid-on, Pietersen pulls his fingers away from that as if he's broken a nail - and he ducks as that's cannoned back in to Gilchrist

67.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone this time

67.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, mistimes a drive into the covers - Pietersen oozing intent and he's his usual upbeat self

67.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, defended off the back foot

England 182/3   GD McGrath 16-3-42-0

69.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, nips into the right-hander off a good length, but still just wide enough to leave easily

69.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen continues to play positively - and he's upping the momentum here, that's for sure - and tries, this time, to drive through midwicket but pulls out of the shot

69.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, an easyish drive to mid-on this time

69.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, flings that one in, but Pietersen thinks about hooking but decides he's not interested

69.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, slower one, McGrath holding back on the bouncer, as if he's trying to tempt him into playing the shot, but again Pietersen can easily evade that one

69.6

McGrath to Pietersen, 3 runs, lovely wristy shot from Pietersen and nicely placed, too, off his legs, but Martyn chases that down inside the boundary at wide long-on

England 195/3   GD McGrath 17-3-45-0

71.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, took the pace off that one, that's driven through cover, wide of the man with the despairing dive and that brings up England's 200 at 2.82 per over

71.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, puts that one just short-of-a-length and that's worked to cover - Clarke has to run in from deep cover to collect, allowing the single

71.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 3 runs, bosh. As one Pigeon watches the ball drilled back past him, a flock of seagulls on the boundary rises in alarm

71.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended

71.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, hello. That one came back in at Collingwood who was trying to run the ball down behind square and had to adjust at the last minute, nearly causing the ball to be dragged onto his stumps

71.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, swayed out of the way - and that's drinks

England 205/3   GD McGrath 18-3-51-0

98.1

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, what a shot, what a cracker from Pietersen. He walks, arrogantly down the pitch to make this loosener into a half volley and laces it through the covers

98.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, and he tries to whip this through midwicket powerfully but finds the man at short midwicket

98.3

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, shot. This is planned, controlled aggression as Pietersen times this superbly down the ground, just to McGrath's right, for four past mid-off.

98.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, better ball, jagging back on Pietersen who defends

98.5

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, and again he goes for it - it wasn't even that short, but Pietersen is going to stamp all over McGrath here and he pulls him through midwicket, with massive power, for four more. Thrilling theatre and there's England's 300

98.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, a dot ball at last

England 300/3   GD McGrath 19-3-63-0

100.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, McGrath's first ball to Collingwood is just short of a length, Collingwood comes forward - jagged back into the right-hander a touch - and he defends

100.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, too wide, Collingwood chops it behind square to get Pietersen back on strike

100.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen turns his wrists and clunks it through the on side

100.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that's a better line from McGrath - but really lacking pace and is left alone by Collingwood

100.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot

100.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, jagged back on the right-hander who defends

England 306/3   GD McGrath 20-3-65-0

102.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, and Pietersen watches this like a hawk, defending it solidly on the front foot. Absolutely no pace from McGrath again, but he's running up to the crease quite smoothly

102.2

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen just waltzes down the wicket, charging him, and whips McGrath to leg. This is remarkable batting; I can't remember McGrath ever being treated like this

102.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, shot! No run though. Driven with power and confidence to mid-off

102.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, low bounce there and Collingwood gets a thin, faint bottom edge to an attempted pull, falling short of Gilchrist

102.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed to Ponting who's lurking at a very short mid-off

102.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed to midwicket, oh dear - this is trouble for Collingwood who dives, and the throw is wide of the stumps. I'd tell you more if they'd give me the replay, but all I can see is a massive yellow phallic being wheeled onto the pitch. Drinks, therefore, and time to hand over to Jenny.

England 309/3   GD McGrath 21-3-67-0

117.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, very gentle loosener, slow but on off stump. This is his sixth spell so far

117.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, another one so slow it almost wobbles, Collingwood spars at it and misses. Close enough for Gilchrist to throw his head back in exasperation

117.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that one seamed back into Collingwood, but he had time to play it into the covers

117.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again gently played to point. Both batsman and bowler look like they have had a good lunch and don't want to overdo things

117.5

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, slightly short, Collingwood waits and pushed it wide of a diving cover, but only one as there's a man protecting the boundary

117.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, hit hard into the ground and into the leg side

England 348/3   GD McGrath 22-3-68-0

119.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood onto the back foot but doesn't try to hit it, just plops it safely down

119.2

McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR, driven, not quite controlled, but he opened the face and the ball run unhindered down to third man where there was a big open space

119.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, wide of off stump and left alone

119.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump, and again Collingwood not interested

119.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, carbon copy. McGrath has changed his line from off stump to about 12-18 inches outside it. It's damage limitation time from the big man

119.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, shaped to drive through mid-ff bit a thick inside edge takes it square on the leg side

England 354/3   GD McGrath 23-3-73-0

121.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, McGrath bowling wide of off stump to a packed offside field. Same tactics but far less cynical ...

121.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood into line to bock

121.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed to extra cover, no run, no sniff of one

121.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, turned into the leg side, runs no more than 10 or 12 feet from the batsman

121.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood surprised by a bouncer, shapes to hook but it's too short and he pulls out of the shot very late

121.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump, Collingwood stands tall and pushes it into the off

England 355/3   GD McGrath 24-4-73-0

123.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, very wide and Pietersen hammers that to the left of point but the man in the deep runs round to field

123.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, a bit short and hit hard into the ground and it bobbles out to deep extra cover

123.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, two steps down the pitch and worked into the leg side

123.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed to cover

123.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, blocked, no real effort from either party

123.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, a tame end to a tame over ... "Boring England," chant the Australian fans

England 361/3   GD McGrath 25-4-77-0

125.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump and left alone

125.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, on off stump and pushed up to mid-off

125.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, bouncer at 79mph (127kph) but too short and Collingwood stands tall as it scoots past

125.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, patted back to mid-on who struggles to find the enthusiasm to bend over and pick it up

125.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, blocked into the leg side

125.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, blocked into the leg side

England 363/3   GD McGrath 26-5-77-0

127.1

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, overpitched on off stump and Pietersen launches into that and drives it past McGrath with interest

127.2

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, one step, cross-battedly worked between mid-on and midwicket

127.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, back to the more orthodox as Collingwood blocks it

127.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, right behind the line of the ball and punched into the ground

127.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, exaggerated defensive shot and the pose then held for the side-on photographers

127.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, flicked from middle-and-leg to the man at deep square leg

England 375/3   GD McGrath 27-5-84-0

129.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed to extra cover, cantered single

129.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stands tall and drives to mid-on

129.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen comes down the pitch and McGrath sees him coming and bangs one in, Pietersen manages to pull that to deep midwicket with both feet off the ground

129.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, plopped down safely

129.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, decent line, defended

129.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, faster ball, speared in at leg stump and Collingwood keeps it out with no alarms

England 379/3   GD McGrath 28-5-86-0

165.1

McGrath to Giles, FOUR, and you can see why. A wide loosener slashed to third man. Giles likes batting out here

165.2

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, pushed into the covers

165.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, backed away and tried to scoop over the off side but straight to the fielder

165.4

McGrath to Flintoff, SIX, pulled with some gusto off the top edge ..it's high and it flies into the delirious England supporters at midwicket

165.5

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, tries for the yorker but Flintoff there and he plops it up to mid-on

165.6

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, steered behind square on the off side

England 539/6   GD McGrath 29-5-99-0

167.1

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, full toss, smacked back past McGrath

167.2

McGrath to Giles, no run, played to point

167.3

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, worked into space on the off side

167.4

McGrath to Flintoff, 2 runs, Flintoff steps back at smacks it at Warne at extra cover ... the dive is stiff and laboured and about two seconds after the ball has fizzed past him

167.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run

167.6

McGrath to Flintoff, FOUR, leg-side full toss, pumped through midwicket with vim

England 551/6   GD McGrath 30-5-107-0
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Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 2-5, 2007
Australia won by 10 wickets
Australia v England at Melbourne - Dec 26-28, 2006
Australia won by an innings and 99 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 14-18, 2006
Australia won by 206 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 1-5, 2006
Australia won by 6 wickets
Australia v England at Brisbane - Nov 23-27, 2006
Australia won by 277 runs
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Dec 5, 2006

Andrew Strauss is unhappy to be wrongly given out caught at short leg, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, December 5, 2006

Andrew Strauss is unhappy to be wrongly given out caught at short leg

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