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 0-50
1.1

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, round the wicket straight away, that's pitched up there but well dug out and bunted out to mid-off for a quick single

1.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, that's on middle-and-leg and worked to square - Flintoff seems OK, though, with regard to his ankle

1.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, oooh! Pushed up there and that was a chance at the non-striker's end, Pietersen running quickly on to it from mid-off, picked it up quickly and sharply threw back at the stumps, missing by centimetres - agonising for England

1.4

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, on a good length but even so that's tip-and-run out to mid-on

1.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, pushed up again for some quiet defence this time

1.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, banged in short, it doesn't get up but Flintoff gets away with it as Langer belts that one off the back foot straight into the ground

1.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, banged in short, it doesn't get up but Flintoff gets away with it as Langer belts that one off the back foot straight into the ground

Australia 13/0   A Flintoff 1-0-3-0
3.1

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, powerful drive down the ground and Anderson gives chase in vain, pulling up ten metres short as the ball bobbles over the rope. Not a lot of timing, just leans on that one and it races away

3.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, angles that in at the left-hander just outside off and that's nibbled out to long-on

3.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, angles that in at the left-hander just outside off and that's nibbled out to long-on

3.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, extra bounce and zip from Flintoff as that pitches on a good length, rears a tad at Ponting whose bottom hand flies off the bat handle as the ball crashes into the right index finger. He takes off his glove to examine, but is soon ready to face again

3.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, sets off as soon as he's worked that out to point

3.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, allows that one to fly down the channel on the rise

3.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, forces Hayden on to the back foot to defend, who does so strongly, but then rehearses the air-shot a few times just to make sure

Australia 22/1   A Flintoff 2-0-9-0
5.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run

5.2

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, four, huge biff across the line, that's cleared the infield and straight through cow corner

5.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, played out to midwicket, big intentions, but no run there

5.4

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 no ball

5.4

Flintoff to Hayden, OUT, massive swing across the line and it's a steepling top-edge. Paul Collingwood runs back from short midwicket, steadies himself, and that a brilliant catch. Collingwood was judging that, just watching it come over his shoulder. Hayden is gone and England have a slight sniff

ML Hayden c Collingwood b Flintoff 18 (31m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 105.88

5.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, explodes off a length and sways away

5.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, and that one kept a fraction low. England aren't out of this contest yet ...

Australia 33/2   A Flintoff 3-0-14-1
7.1

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, over the wicket to the lefthander, angles that one across and it's tickled into cover

7.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 no ball, oversteps with the effort and that's pushed up there, defended

7.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides across outside off to punch that to cover with a straight bat

7.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, lovely steer off the back foot to just in front of point

7.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, hit out past cover

7.5

Flintoff to Ponting, 3 runs, driven in front of midwicket but Anderson hunts it down inside the rope. A lovely shot

7.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, dinked down off the back foot to gully and that's picked up easily - straight to the man

Australia 43/2   A Flintoff 4-0-21-1
9.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, that angles in at the right-hander who hit it into gully

9.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, ooh, ooh and that's a big shout but 'Not out' says Umpire Koertzen. Ponting tries to play across the line, taking a straight one and whipping it off his legs, but misses. That's probably going over, and perhaps even missing leg - benefit to the batsman after all

9.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, single out to the man sweeping just inside the cover boundary

9.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, cannons that one in the channel just outside off; it stays low and the batsman manages to get bat down on it

9.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, a touch, just a touch, short outside off and that's eased into the covers for yet another run and that brings up Australia's fifty inside ten overs

9.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 leg bye, unconvincingly worked off the legs, oh, with the leg - that's a leg bye - and it runs down to the 45

Australia 51/2   A Flintoff 5-0-23-1
22.1

Flintoff to Martyn, FOUR, Martyn takes a big stride and launches a big hit high over mid-off and the seagulls' slumber is again disturbed

22.2

Flintoff to Martyn, OUT, wide and Martyn leans back and looks to crack that through point but only hits it hard at Strauss who takes the catch. No celebrations, but England at least have a glimmer of hope now ... the odds are, however, still with Australia

DR Martyn c Strauss b Flintoff 5 (4m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

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   A Flintoff 6-0-27-2
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   A Flintoff 7-0-34-2
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   A Flintoff 8-0-36-2
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

28.4

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, threaded between the two slips, quite deliberate and a lovely shot

28.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 3 runs, Hussey aimed a pull but it didn't bounce as much as expected and he edged, via thigh pad, between keeper and slip all along the ground

28.6

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

Australia 151/4   A Flintoff 9-0-44-2
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