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

0.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, quick and swinging into the left hander's pads who whips it, just in time, off his legs to get off the mark

0.2

Lee to Cook, no run, cracking ball, pitching wide of the off stump, swinging in and cutting just a touch off the pitch to pass by a tentative backward defensive

0.3

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, but this time Lee is too straight and Cook works him easily off his legs. Neat stroke, not looking to hit it too hard

0.4

Lee to Cook, no run, again this moves into the left hander but he shoulders arms, wisely

0.5

Lee to Cook, no run, a confident stride down the pitch as Cook leaves this outside the off stump again

0.6

Lee to Cook, no run, very well bowled - Lee's been on the money so far, and Cook comes forward a little nervously here, pushing it out into the covers

England 3/0   B Lee 1-0-3-0

2.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss comes forward, raising his bat and leaving this wider delivery. No need to touch those

2.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, ooh, streaky shot from Strauss, trying to drive Lee on the up through extra cover but, as we saw in the first innings and at Brisbane, he's closing the face of the bat too often..and this very nearly cannons into his stumps

2.3

Lee to Cook, no run, neatly timed to cover, but he can't find the gap

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, just a touch shorter from Lee this time, forcing Cook back onto his stumps who jumps up and blocks it out

2.5

Lee to Cook, 1 run, ah, that's neatly played by Cook just angling it into the gully and sprinting through for a single

2.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, wasted bouncer, too straight and it sails down the leg side

England 6/0   B Lee 2-0-5-0

4.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss resists the temptation to cut this - wide, as it was - and shoulders arms

4.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, big stride down the pitch and he leaves it alone

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, no movement here for Lee, and it's too short - and wide. Strauss again doesn't have to play at this

4.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, better; a well-directed bouncer which Strauss very nearly makes a mess of Strauss's head, but he evaded it just in time

4.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, firmly punched to mid-on, but again he was looking to drive that much straighter than where it ended up. Crisply timed, though

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, that's better from Strauss, firmly clunking it back to the bowler with a nice, straight bat

England 12/0   B Lee 3-1-5-0

6.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, and he leaves this alone - quick, swinging in and he shoulders arms

6.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, too straight and worked off his legs, but he can't find the gap

6.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, firmly driven but again with a closed face of the bat, Lee fields expertly with one hand before flinging it back at Strauss - at his stumps, rather - who dives out of the way

6.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, good bouncer, good aggression and Strauss ducks beneath it

6.5

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, ooh, well in the end it was nicely tucked down to fine-leg but that was pretty quick from Lee, and Strauss was a little late on it

6.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, worked off his legs

England 15/0   B Lee 4-1-8-0

8.1

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, flashes that behind point straight into the ground and that races away

8.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, nipped that one to square

8.3

Lee to Cook, no run, defended solidly on the back foot

8.4

Lee to Cook, no run, strays in line with leg stick and that's flicked down to square where it's neatly picked up

8.5

Lee to Cook, no run, bangs that in, angling in at the lefthander, and it hardly gets up with a defensive prod into the leg-side

8.6

Lee to Cook, no run, comes down the pitch, thinking of driving, and that's pushed to mid-off

England 25/0   B Lee 5-1-13-0

36.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, defended quietly on the front foot and then, just for good measure, he does an action air replay of that shot

36.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, Lee's right arm strays down the wrong line on release, directing the ball down a leave-able channel outside off and indeed the batsman isn't interested

36.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, straighter arm, straighter delivery, still outside off and Flintoff wisps a bit of an air-drive at that one, but it flies on to Gilchrist

36.4

Lee to Flintoff, 1 no ball, just over-stepping with the real effort there, but while the call is coming for no-ball, Flintoff has already pulled out of that

36.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, a bit of shape, there, and Flintoff defends off the back foot

36.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, cover-driven to cover, obviously enough

36.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, spears that one in low on off, aiming for Flintoff's toes but he digs it out well

England 77/4   B Lee 6-1-14-0

38.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run

38.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, that's easily left alone outside off

38.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, half-shouts for that one which flicks the thigh pad as Collingwood chases it down leg where a tumbling Gilchrist does well to grasp that with his left glove

38.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, brings his bat down on that one with a sturdy and deliberate defence on the front foot

38.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, ooh, short, wide of off stump and Flintoff has a big fish at that one. Why?

38.6

Lee to Flintoff, OUT, and Lee strikes! Flintoff, the big wicket, their big hope, he's gone! Lee banged that one down and Flintoff flashes at it and the ball takes the outside edge.
Flintoff stands motionless. My, my, England are in deep deep trouble

A Flintoff c †Gilchrist b Lee 2 (25m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.33

England 77/5   B Lee 7-2-14-1

40.1

Lee to Jones, no run, pitches just outside off and Jones defends that solidly on the front foot

40.2

Lee to Jones, no run, a little hint of reverse swing for Lee who continues with that decent line outside off but it's defended solidly enough

40.3

Lee to Jones, no run, pitched up there and defended forward in line with off once more. Lee's nagging away here and bowling well in tandem with Warne

40.4

Lee to Jones, 1 run, slightly slower one but Jones gets off the mark with one which squirts behind point

40.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, tries to bang that one in at Collingwood - it doesn't really get up and the batsman is solid in defence

40.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, ah! Collingwood pulls out of that one at the last second but not before setting England's nerves on edge once more

England 78/5   B Lee 8-2-15-1

42.1

Lee to Jones, no run, sends that wide down the off, wobbling it away, and for some reason the batsman feels compelled to swish at that. For the second time today, why?

42.2

Lee to Jones, no run, ooh, that one just slides down the leg side and there are appeals - from the crowd, but nobody on the pitch

42.3

Lee to Jones, no run, Gilchrist pouches that tidily

42.4

Lee to Jones, 1 no ball, a magnificent yorker, nearly crushing those toes, but he overstepped there

42.4

Lee to Jones, no run, defended into the covers

42.5

Lee to Jones, no run, oh, a bit of under-edge as Jones shapes to pull, decides not to, and that bounces down outside off-stump in front of Gilchrist

42.6

Lee to Jones, 2 byes, strays down leg this time, that runs along to fine leg and the slip leaves his position to chase that one down

England 82/5   B Lee 9-2-16-1

44.1

Lee to Jones, no run, pitched right up there, a hint of swing, and that's defended forward and low

44.1

Lee to Jones, no run, pitched right up there, a hint of swing, and that's defended forward and low

44.2

Lee to Jones, 1 run, driven through cover

44.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, swings in at the right-hander and there's a loud appeal - let's hope it wasn't excessive - for lbw but there was an inside edge on it first up

44.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, more swing - at some pace, too - in at Collingwood who does well to defend that one. Afterwards he affords himself a little grin but there was not too much to smile about as that one was winging its way at him

44.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off this time

44.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended solidly off the back foot and there's a loud cry of 'No!' That'll be no, then

England 83/5   B Lee 10-2-17-1

46.1

Lee to Jones, 1 run, played out to gully off the back foot

46.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Lee blazes in, his face full of hostility; his delivery wasn't though - banged in as it was on this pitch it hardly got up at all and that's left alone as it nips away off the seam to Gilchrist

46.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, the ball dies on the pitch as it again fails to get up as it dribbles through to the keeper

46.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, nips in off the seam this time and the batsman gets over it and works it gently into the leg-side

46.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, attempted an inswinging yorker and that one didn't pitch but nevertheless the batsman did well to get bat down on it

46.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, a bit of a waste of the last ball of the morning, wide and easily left alone

England 89/5   B Lee 11-2-18-1

48.1

Lee to Jones, FOUR

48.1

Lee to Jones, FOUR, wide, driven in the air right to second slip ... unfortunately, Australia have a first and a fourth slip but nothing in between and the ball races to the third-man boundary

48.2

Lee to Jones, no run

48.3

Lee to Jones, no run

48.4

Lee to Jones, OUT, what a sucker punch and what a soft dismissal! A fullish ball so wide that Jones had to stretch to reach it, and he cracks it straight to Matthew Hayden in the gully who takes a good catch .... he didn't have to move much but it was travelling

GO Jones c Hayden b Lee 10 (41m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

48.5

Lee to Giles, no run, Lee makes Giles play from the off, right up in the groove and Giles meets it with a straight bat

48.6

Lee to Giles, no run, wide and a relived Giles allows that to pass through to Gilchrist

England 94/6   B Lee 12-2-22-2

50.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, right up at Collingwood's feet but wide of off stump and patted away

50.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, swinging away, started wide, and Collingwood not tempted

50.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, peach, swinging back into Collingwood and an inside edge saved him, but he was back and it hit him on the thigh so was probably too high anyway. Lee, who knows how expensive appealing can be, doesn't even try to ask ...

50.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump but his first 90mph + ball of the afternoon

50.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, very full and swinging away. Collingwood's judgment has been good and he's not going to be tempted. Unlike Jones, who almost needed a cue extension to reach the one that got him out

50.6

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, placed a few yards towards midwicket and Collingwood scrambles through for what turned out to be an easy single

England 96/6   B Lee 13-2-23-2

52.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off stump

52.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, jags back into the batsman and thuds into his thighpad

52.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, again Collingwood hit rather than doing the hitting, but it ends up in space

52.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, yorker, dug out by Hoggard. Good ball, well played. 93.2 mph (151.1kph)

52.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, started going down the leg and swung even wider, but Gilchrist up to the task and makes a good one-handed tumbling stop

52.6

Lee to Hoggard, no run, banged in, late inducker which didn't bounce as much as expected and a massive appeal from Lee as it hits Hoggard turned down. It looked too high, but a lovely delivery nevertheless

England 98/7   B Lee 14-3-23-2

54.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, slightly short, Collingwood driven back and he jumps as he drops that one down at his feet

54.2

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed into the covers and with runs available at will, Collingwood decides that Hoggard is good enough to face four balls and accepts the gift

54.3

Lee to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard leaves that with a wristy flourish of the bat. That was 90.2 mph (144.8kph)

54.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, wasted ball ... outside off stump and made to look worse and it barely got above ankle height as it trundled through to Gilchrist

54.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard pulls his bat away like a matador taunting a ball with his cloak

54.6

Lee to Hoggard, no run, safely dropped into the leg side

England 100/7   B Lee 15-3-24-2

56.1

Lee to Hoggard, no run, decent swing into the right hander, but it started on middle and speared down the leg side

56.2

Lee to Hoggard, no run, that's a better line, Hoggard back and solidly defends

56.3

Lee to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard once more onto the back foot and meets the ball with a dead bat

56.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, up near the blockhole and dug out. 92.3mph (148.4kph)

56.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard is not a spectacular batsman but he knows how to block

56.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, inswinging yorker but Hoggard gets the bottom of his bat on it

56.6

Lee to Hoggard, 3 runs, Hoggard goes to leave the ball but it strikes the bottom of his bat and scurries along the ground through third slip ... Warne charges after it and catches it just inside the boundary to huge cheers

England 105/7   B Lee 16-3-27-2

58.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, worked into the leg side. Collingwood now happy to let his colleagues fend for themselves

58.2

Lee to Harmison, no run, firmly driven to mid-off

58.3

Lee to Harmison, 1 run, Harmison jabbed down on that very late and he tottered like an off-balance drunk as the ball squirted out into the leg side

58.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, correct forward defensive shot

58.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, short and Collingwood happy to watch that go past

58.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, short and Collingwood almost ended up snorting that as he snapped his head back to avoid being struck

England 107/8   B Lee 17-3-29-2

60.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, swinging into the right hander, Collingwood squirts it out into the covers without really timing it - and oddly chooses to take the single

60.2

Lee to Harmison, 3 runs, ooh and that's streak from Harmison - a nice tail-end shot, swishing outside off and edging it past gully down to third man

60.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, great ball again, swinging in at pace and Collingwood can't get any bat on it

60.4

Lee to Harmison, 1 run, cleverly played, not sure how on earth he managed to do that. Swinging in to Harmison, he cross-batted it - a standing sweep? - and nicks it down to fine-leg

60.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, boshed into the covers by Collingwood; down on one knee, cover-driven straight to the fielder

60.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood roars "no" to Harmison as he defends this outside the off stump...but there's no run on offer and it'll be Warne to Harmison...

England 113/8   B Lee 18-3-35-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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