England tour of Australia, 2nd Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 1-5, 2006
The Ashes - 2nd Test
Australia won by 6 wickets
Played at Adelaide Oval
1,2,3,4,5 December 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
1.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, and a little jump back into his crease by Strauss, watching the ball like a hawk and watching it sail by his off stump

1.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, good ball! Great ball from McGrath, Strauss looking very tentative here, pushing forward without any conviction and that just cuts away from the bat

1.3

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, but McGrath loses his line here, Strauss turning him off his legs

1.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, immediately McGrath adjusts his line and attacks off stump, Cook defends

1.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, gone! No! Sorry, bit excited there. Like Strauss, Cook came very nervously, meekly forward and the ball cut back into him, missing his bat by a few inches

1.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, straighter this time and Cook defends it quite firmly

England 4/0   GD McGrath 1-0-1-0
3.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook is slightly squared up here. He doesn't look comfortable with McGrath around the wicket, but played this reasonably solidly nevertheless, off the back foot and back to the bowler

3.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, and again he is turned around by McGrath, wary of the ball moving away off the seam but defends it solidly

3.3

McGrath to Cook, 2 runs, calmly, neatly bunted off the back foot past mid-on

3.4

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, very nicely timed, just working it off his pads and timing it through midwicket. McGrath stands like a teapot as though he's never taken a wicket, ever, in his life. Bowl straighter, then...

3.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook immediately forced back into defending

3.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, well bowled McGrath - nearly squaring up Cook again but he played this with soft, low hands to angle it into the gully

England 12/0   GD McGrath 2-0-7-0
5.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, outside off and pushed off the back foot. No timing there though

5.2

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

5.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, Cook shaped to play at that but wisely strode forward and shouldered arms

5.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, turned off his legs but excellent fielding there from Clarke, buoyed by his hundred

5.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, fuller - first time for a while he's pitched one up - and defended on the front foot

5.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, and he comes forward pretty solidly to defend

England 12/0   GD McGrath 3-1-7-0
7.1

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, that's nicely turned off his legs - best shot of the innings, really powerfully hit. McGrath's losing his line here

7.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that's much better, right on off stump and forcing the defensive

7.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight, full and defended

7.4

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, excellent running from England, Strauss dropping this into the gap at midwicket and stealing a single

7.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump, too full to cut and Cook can only prod it to short extra cover

7.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, again too wide, left alone

England 20/0   GD McGrath 4-1-12-0
62.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 bye, far too wide of the off stump, left alone by the batsman, nutmegging Gilchrist and they steal a single

62.2

McGrath to Harmison, 1 wide, massively wide - and called wide. That only just hit the cut strip...

62.2

McGrath to Harmison, no run, better - tighter line, but still too wide and Harmison again leaves it alone like a No. 5

62.3

McGrath to Harmison, 2 runs, ooh, that's more like it from McGrath but Harmison spoons it past gully, down to third man...he wants three, but just two runs available there

62.4

McGrath to Harmison, no run, Harmison takes half a step outside off, just to put McGrath off his line...but the bowler sees him, sends it down outside off and it zoots past his outside edge

62.5

McGrath to Harmison, no run, too wide from McGrath - Harmison just leaves it alone

62.6

McGrath to Harmison, OUT, but he's gone now; at last McGrath swings this in and Harmison is rapped on the pad, all of Australia roar their appeal...and the slow finger of fate is raised by the umpire.

SJ Harmison lbw b McGrath 8 (25m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.09

England 119/9   GD McGrath 5-1-15-1
64.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, inside edge there from Collingwood - McGrath's found his line now

64.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, in the channel, cutting away from Collingwood who leaves it alone

64.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, and it's too wide again, left alone

64.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, firmly blocked out by Collingwood

64.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, well bowled - Collingwood can't get this away and defends it solidly

64.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, inswinging yorker and he can't get this away either, decent over that and it leaves Anderson exposed to Warne.

England 120/9   GD McGrath 6-2-15-1
66.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed to a deepish mid-off, no run on offer

66.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, oh and he's deceived Collingwood here with a slower ball which is chipped in the air...but there's no man at midwicket. They're all out in the deep, which seems odd. Just one slip - standing at third or even fourth slip

66.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, swinging into Collingwood who plays it back to McGrath

66.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, swinging into the batsman who is rapped on the pads

66.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again swinging in, but this is too wide and lacking pace, Collingwood plays it neatly and calmly

66.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, quicker, and deliberately sent wider and Collingwood can't get a run here. Anderson back on strike to Warne...

England 120/9   GD McGrath 7-3-15-1
68.1

McGrath to Anderson, no run, and a solid, firm, perfect forward defence from Anderson

68.2

McGrath to Anderson, no run, ooh, a huge appeal from Australia as this one cuts back into Anderson - shouldering arms - but it's just not done enough. Replays suggest it went over the top

68.3

McGrath to Anderson, no run, far too wide of the off stump, a wasted delivery really and McGrath knows it; chuntering and fuming to himself, he trudges back to his mark

68.4

McGrath to Anderson, no run, pushed out into the gully

68.5

McGrath to Anderson, 2 leg byes, another massive appeal from McGrath who runs down the pitch, convinced he's got his man. It cut back on the left hander, striking him high on the pad and McGrath cannot believe his luck

68.6

McGrath to Anderson, no run, firmly forward to this one and McGrath is just about spitting nails here

England 123/9   GD McGrath 8-4-15-1
70.1

McGrath to Anderson, no run, and Anderson comes very solidly forward, tall at the crease, and defends it. McGrath gives him his opinion on the weather; life in general; his favourite biscuits, that kind of thing

70.2

McGrath to Anderson, no run, down the leg side, raps him on the pad to force another throaty appeal from McGrath. Going down leg, given the angle

70.3

McGrath to Anderson, no run, a bouncer - ineffectual, wide and easily evaded by England's No.11

70.4

McGrath to Anderson, no run, well bowled, McGrath! He beat Anderson here, firing it in at his leg stump and the ball squirted out into the gully.

70.5

McGrath to Anderson, no run, pitches outside leg and again McGrath pleads for a wicket but it's nowhere near out

70.6

McGrath to Anderson, no run, ooh and he fishes at this, not a great stroke at all and McGrath shakes his head and can't believe his misfortune. Bless his cotton socks

England 123/9   GD McGrath 9-5-15-1
72.1

McGrath to Anderson, no run, a belter from McGrath! A little beauty here, nibbling off the seam away from Anderson who fishes and misses

72.2

McGrath to Anderson, no run, almost a carbon copy of the previous delivery but a little shorter this time, giving Anderson a fraction more time to play it off the back foot

72.3

McGrath to Anderson, no run, ooh I think McGrath was trying to bowl him leg-stump here, a yorker which swings past his stumps and Gilchrist rives to his right to field. And does well

72.4

McGrath to Anderson, no run, firmly clipped off his legs but straight to short-leg

72.5

McGrath to Anderson, no run, nearly! Attempted yorker which hits him on his pad, bobbles out to gully

72.6

McGrath to Anderson, OUT, GOT HIM! He's GONE! Anderson shuffled across his stumps here and, for the fifth or sixth time, McGrath raps him on his pad, roars an appeal and finally gets his man.

JM Anderson lbw b McGrath 1 (41m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 3.57

England 129/10   GD McGrath 10-6-15-2
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