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

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, wide and loose, driven hard straight to cover

1.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, Hayden right into line and plays it up to mid-on

1.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 no ball, Flintoff overreaches

1.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 2 runs, again too wide, but Hayden's drive not timed and it rather apologetically bobbles past extra cover

1.4

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, a sniff of swing, safely blocked and a nice single as well as it evades the fielders

1.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, snorter ... short, off the seam and Langer gets everything out of the way

1.6

Flintoff to Langer, OUT, short again, but this time Langer forced to play and the ball flies off the shoulder of the bat and Pietersen takes a good catch low to his right. Flintoff is mobbed by delirious team-mates as Langer slowly trudges off

JL Langer c Pietersen b Flintoff 4 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Australia 8/1   A Flintoff 1-0-4-1

3.1

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, pulled with real oomph just behind square

3.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, on target and Hayden blocks

3.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 3 runs, turned wide of mid-on, Hayden ran really well to make a two into three, and slightly surprising his captain who looked as if he had settled for a couple

3.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, down the leg side and Jones stops it - not cleanly, but a stop is a stop

3.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, short, Ponting dramatically shoulders arms and lets it pass

3.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, turned to the leg side

Australia 17/1   A Flintoff 2-0-12-1

5.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting assuredly into line

5.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, classic Ponting leave to one 18 inches outside off stump

5.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, short, Ponting onto it really quickly - that was the assurance and speed of a man in form - and hooked to Hoggard at long leg

5.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, outside off stump at 88.8mph (141.9kph)

5.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, left alone again

5.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, and Hayden leaves once more

Australia 19/1   A Flintoff 3-0-13-1

7.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, wide and left. Flintoff needs to make Hayden play

7.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, better line, Hayden forced to use his bat but he defends confidently and finds a gap to leg

7.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, into line and defended

7.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting right into line

7.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, turned to midwicket

7.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets a bit square-on as he shapes to drive and the ball goes to cover

Australia 28/1   A Flintoff 4-0-14-1

9.1

Flintoff to Ponting, (no ball) 1 run, strangled shouts from nobody but my colleagues as Flintoff crashes that one into the bat in line with off-stump and Ponting comes down the pitch to squeeze that on the front foot - plus it's a no-ball (overstepping)

9.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, big shouldering of arms from the big-shouldered Hayden

9.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, another leave as that sails down the off-side

9.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, another one goes on its innocuous way outside off into the hands of Gilchrist - oops, Jones, I am watching really....

9.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, 86.2 (139kph) and that's left alone outside off-stump. Hayden nods at Flintoff for that one, although he had plenty of room - and time - to leave it. The pitch is still looking pretty slow, although true

9.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, better line - "Bowling Freddie" - darting in at the left-hander from just outside off

9.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, similar line and length and that's defended. Flintoff gives Hayden a bit of a stare as he ends up near his nose such is the momentum of his follow-through; he's certainly fired up here

Australia 30/1   A Flintoff 5-0-16-1

11.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, cut away to point

11.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended

11.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, big shout for LBW but while it's a peach, it's not plumb - and Ponting gets a big stride forward to one which cuts back from outside off as he allows it to crash into his front pad

11.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

11.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, winged back in from point

11.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 leg bye, squirts out to square off the pad - it looked like there was some inside edge, though and Ponting's a bit surprised at the leg-bye signal

Australia 34/1   A Flintoff 6-1-16-1

13.1

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, that strays onto middle-and-leg and that's whipped strongly off his hips, evading the short leg. A strong shot from Ponting, nice

13.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 no ball, no-ball from an overstep

13.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, "Wait," the batsmen cry as that one goes into the covers. "Good areas, Fred," shout England as one

13.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, ooh, a touch straighter and Ponting walked across to that one and sends it wide of Giles at mid-on who gives successful chase

13.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, worked off his legs to Cook at deep midwicket

13.5

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 no ball, ooh, a no-ball from an overstep but Martyn chased that round as it strayed down leg and was pouched by Jones

13.5

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 run, wrong line from Flintoff, down leg, and Martyn stands to tall to guide it down to fine leg, where Hoggard wings it back in

13.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, made Ponting play that one, up there and in line with off stick

Australia 45/2   A Flintoff 7-1-26-1

27.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, loosener into the off side for an easy single

27.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, wide and Hussey watches it pass

27.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, lovely line, a foot closer to Hussey and he spars and misses, sending the close fielders into a spasm of clapping and chirping

27.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, this time Hussey gets right behind it

27.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, wide but Hussey not tempted

27.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, slightly too wide and Hussey shoulders arms

Australia 86/3   A Flintoff 8-1-27-1

29.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting across his stumps and turns it straight to square leg

29.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, and again Ponting a little foot-tied as he steps across

29.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets everything into line and plays it up to mid-off

29.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, played out to short midwicket

29.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks ...he's been turned square a couple of times this over and that will give Flintoff heart

29.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, another step across from Ponting and he plops it to short midwicket again

Australia 87/3   A Flintoff 9-2-27-1

31.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey gets behind that

31.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey in ultra watchful mode

31.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Flintoff bowls without lifting his left arm ... really distracting and Hussey does well to keep his mind on the job

31.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, back to two-arm bowling, but that was wide of off stump

31.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, so was that!

31.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, once more no need for Hussey to play

Australia 90/3   A Flintoff 10-3-27-1

33.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey blocks

33.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone. He can leave anything not on the stumps quite safely with Flintoff bowling this line

33.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, better line, Hussey right behind it

33.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 no ball, again Hussey forced to play but Flintoff had overstepped. 88.3 mph (141.9kph)

33.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey momentarily considered playing but shouldered arms. That's a decent line, one that has him thinking

33.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, tip and run into the covers, well played and well run. Hussey's calling so far has been excellent

33.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 3 runs, ... unlike Ponting, who calls for an oh-so-tight single to square leg. He was on the back foot and so slow to set off, Collingwood's shy would have left Ponting yards short at the bowler's end but it missed and he got overthrows for good measure. Potning was so far out he didn't even bother trying to run his bat in!

Australia 97/3   A Flintoff 11-3-32-1

47.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting walks across his stumps here - looks so dangerous, always has me jumping in my seat. But I suppose someone averaging nearly 60 in Test cricket knows what he's doing.

47.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, ah now then, a touch of inswing to Hussey...

47.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, full, angling into his stumps and it's cautiously defended by Hussey

47.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, the man once known as a wheely bin is warming up in the deep

47.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 3 runs, superb shot, pulling it just short of a length over midwicket but not properly timed

47.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, again he walks across his stumps - I wish he wouldn't do that - and flicks this in the air just wide of Alastair Cook who, it is rumoured, might have moved slightly from his proper position...the fool

Australia 139/3   A Flintoff 12-3-37-1

49.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, flicking it off his pads - a misdirected slower ball there and Jones can't grab it

49.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, and Ponting defends this off the back foot, great line from Flintoff here, a nagging length too

49.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

49.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, pushed out into the covers

49.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, that's the perfect line from Flintoff, just on off stump and it cut away a touch, but it was a little too short to trouble Hussey who clamped down on it with a firm, clamping bat

49.6

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, ah, shot of the day. Fuller still and hammered, powerfully through the covers. That's terrific batting; Hussey is just so good at waiting, waiting and waiting...before dispatching the poor ball

Australia 151/3   A Flintoff 13-3-44-1

57.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, stays over the wicket and angles that across the left-hander and he shoulders arms to that one

57.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, over once more and that's defended off the back foot, quietly, into the covers

57.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, again that angles past the bat, pitching on middle-and-off with a hint of reverse, which helps the batsman to leave that one

57.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run

57.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone as another sails down outside off

57.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off, not forcing the batsman to play yet another time

Australia 171/3   A Flintoff 14-4-44-1

59.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, worked to Giles behind square - Ponting closing on yet another Test ton here

59.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, that rushes through down the off-side channel

59.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, leaves that one alone as well, a big shouldering of arms

59.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, round the wicket this time and nips back in at the left-hander and that's left alone once more

59.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

59.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, more leaving alone

Australia 175/3   A Flintoff 15-4-45-1

61.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, an easy two for Ponting who helps himself to some low leg-side dross and turns it down to fine leg

61.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, comes forward with only one thing on his mind as he sees the ball pitch on a good length - defence - and so he plays solidly forward, offering the full face of the bat

61.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, push forward into cover brings up his 33rd Test hundred, Australia's leading hundred-maker for the country, going past Steve Waugh (32). That hundred came up in 183 balls and England will rue dropping him on 35

61.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 3 runs, beautifully timed through the covers

61.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended forward

61.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

Australia 182/3   A Flintoff 16-4-51-1

83.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, ooh and Hussey fishes at this, dreadful stroke, flaying his hands at it and it [asses through to Jones

83.2

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 leg bye, flicked off his legs down to fine-leg

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   A Flintoff 17-4-56-1

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

85.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, and Mr Cricket is right behind this presenting the full face of the bat

85.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, pushed out to cover

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   A Flintoff 18-4-58-1

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   A Flintoff 19-4-62-1

91.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, and Flintoff is right on the money straight away, Gilchrist is stuck in his crease and defends on the back foot. Should have been forward to that one...

91.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, there's the line, there's the length! Outside off, in the corridor and Flintoff smiles, knowingly, at Gilchrist who leaves it alone

91.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, and he gets off the strike there, pushing it into the covers but there was little feet movement...Gilchrist relying on his excellent eye to time it, which he does, and get off the strike

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   A Flintoff 20-4-65-1

93.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, and this leaves the left hander slightly who, too, leaves it alone

93.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist times it into the covers - good length from Flintoff, Gilchrist not really on top of that

93.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, great line again, Gilchrist really is being made to concentrate fiercely hard here. Just a bit of nibble outside off but the batsman defends firmly on the back foot

93.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, and again he goes back to defend.

93.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, bang! He's laced it through point for four

93.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 2 runs, punched off the back foot

Australia 301/5   A Flintoff 21-4-71-1

95.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, left alone, too short, Gilchrist not tempted

95.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, played out to cover

95.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 3 runs, well played, calmly played, Gilchrist coming forward and gently hitting this past mid-off, not looking to hit the face off it

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   A Flintoff 22-4-74-1

97.1

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

97.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 2 runs, wide and driven through the covers, big cheers from the crowd

97.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, again driven but a bit uppishly into the gully. Gilchrist not over that, played a bit away from his body

97.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, relaxed drive to mid-off

97.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, very gentle, outside off stump and left. 80mph (128.8kph)

97.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, again outside off stump, a touch of awayswing and Gilchrist just watched it pass

Australia 315/5   A Flintoff 23-4-77-1

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

99.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, off-stump line, Gilchrist steers it to cover

99.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Flintoff on the spot again and Gilchrist half a stride forward to block

99.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Flintoff continues to probe, Gilchrist continues to leave

99.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist shoulders arms

Australia 319/5   A Flintoff 24-4-78-1

101.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, behind that, played out safely

101.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, indecision from Gilchrist, he opted to play late and was well beaten

101.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, full, driven weakly to silly extra cover

101.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, solid block to mid-on

101.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, a one-day shot, Gilchrist looked to cut/run the ball behind square and it fell inches short of Bell in the gully. Loads of oohs and aahs

101.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, loud clapping from the fielders as Flintoff again makes Gilchrist play

Australia 321/5   A Flintoff 25-5-78-1

103.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, Gilchrist drives at a widish one, he ball goes in the air through where a straighter gully would have been. Runs for Gilchrist, a psychological victory for the bowler

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   A Flintoff 26-5-82-1
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Newspapers report on England's Adelaide woes, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 5, 2006

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A series of frames capture Andrew Flintoff's despair , England v Australia, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 5, 2006

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