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

10.1

Clark to Cook, no run, an accurate one first up, line and length and that's quietly defended on the front foot

10.2

Clark to Cook, no run, over the wicket, by the way, and that angles across the left-hander, just to say wide enough to leave

10.3

Clark to Cook, no run, that pitches on middle and Cook strolls forward to defend on the front foot

10.4

Clark to Cook, no run, that one angles slightly across to just outside off where yet more defence results

10.5

Clark to Cook, no run, defended once more

10.6

Clark to Cook, OUT, and he's gone this time. It was a good delivery, slanting across him, tempting him to play and play he did, edging straight to Gilchrist who took a good two-handed catch at his ankles. Nothing more than a decent line-and-length delivery and that's his fourth wicket this match

AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Clark 9 (48m 35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.71

England 31/1   SR Clark 1-1-0-1

12.1

Clark to Bell, 3 runs, driven through midwicket where it's hunted down

12.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended

12.3

Clark to Strauss, no run

12.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, ooh, close lbw call, but saved by what would be a very, very thin inside edge - a Nicole Ritchie-esque Size O size edge if you like - if it exists, but, ah, it's a touch high, too. That explains things

12.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended into the covers

12.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, nips away from the left-hander off the seam and it's taken by Gilchrist

England 38/1   SR Clark 2-1-3-1

14.1

Clark to Strauss, 3 runs, juicy half-volley driven through the covers by Strauss, just leaning on it

14.2

Clark to Bell, no run, down the channel, left alone

14.3

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, strays on to middle-and-leg and Bell wastes no time working that easily off the legs, lovely shot

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, crikey, that was a good decision to leave in the end - an inch away from tickling the off stump. That pitched just short of a length, came back in, and hopped over the sticks - just

14.5

Clark to Bell, no run, a touch more width this time and it's defended off the back foot

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot now

England 49/1   SR Clark 3-1-8-1

16.1

Clark to Bell, no run

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, squares up a touch to that one and plays a defensive off the back foot

16.3

Clark to Bell, FOUR, strays down leg and Bell walks into that shot, timed it well away just in front of midwicket

16.4

Clark to Bell, no run, pitches on off on a good length and that's defended off the back foot

16.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, driven through cover and that's just a single

16.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, worked off the legs and that's picked up at square

England 58/1   SR Clark 4-1-13-1

18.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended off the back foot into leg

18.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, straight and short, but not banged in, and Strauss defends off the back foot

18.3

Clark to Strauss, 1 leg bye

18.4

Clark to Bell, no run, up there and that's defended

18.5

Clark to Bell, no run, up there on a good length and that's dug out

18.6

Clark to Bell, no run, on off stump and that's defended forward to round off the day

England 59/1   SR Clark 5-2-13-1

20.1

Clark to Bell, no run, drifting into Bell who confidently drives this back to the bowler, and Clark does well to get a mitt on this, bending down and preventing the single

20.2

Clark to Bell, no run, just short of a length - a nagging length, a Clark length - and Bell wisely leaves this alone

20.3

Clark to Bell, no run, and Bell again shoulders arms (what's the history behind that expression?) to this one outside off, just drifting away

20.4

Clark to Bell, no run, ooh very well bowled, Bell came forward and fished at this - it cut away, just enough to miss the outside edge of his bat

20.5

Clark to Bell, no run, and again outside off but Bell just dragged his bat inside the line

20.6

Clark to Bell, no run, and a cracker - a gem from Clark to finish the over. Like Hoggard, Clark is finding just enough movement to trouble the batsmen here and Bell needs to rein in his fishing tendencies

England 61/1   SR Clark 6-3-13-1

22.1

Clark to Bell, no run, and Clark is right on the money, attacking Bell's off stump but the batsman shows an excellent technique, just shuffling across and defending it off the back foot

22.2

Clark to Bell, no run, just a bit too wide here from Clark, Bell pushes it into the covers

22.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, guided into the gully; soft hands, head over the ball and very calmly played. No fishing, or any other metaphors for wafty outside-the-off-stump

22.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, ah, lovely bowling, just moving away from Strauss who is looking decidedly dodgy here this morning. Unlike Bell he does fish at this but fortunately it doesn't bite, and nor does it take the outside edge

22.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, better from Strauss, defended solidly

22.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, outside off, cutting back into the left hander who leaves alone

England 62/1   SR Clark 7-3-14-1

24.1

Clark to Bell, no run, excellent line from Clark - he's been superb so far this morning, not giving the batsmen an inch. Such a nagging line and Bell can only defend it

24.2

Clark to Bell, no run, a little bit too wide and Bell can leave this alone quite safely

24.3

Clark to Bell, no run, this swings in a touch - reversing perhaps? - and Bell uses the angle of the ball to work it to leg

24.4

Clark to Bell, no run, this cuts back a touch on Bell who is, once again, very solid in defence

24.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, elegantly plucked off his legs through midwicket, albeit without great timing or power. But Bell is looking very solid, very composed here

24.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, very close! Very close indeed. Unlike Bell, Strauss is looking impetuous and nervous here. Swinging away from the left hander he drove, wildly, eyeing up the first boundary of the day...but missed it, and the ball flew through to Gilchrist

England 64/1   SR Clark 8-3-15-1

26.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, and again! Ridiculous shot given the circumstances, flaying his hands at this outside off and very nearly edging it

26.2

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, and he finally breaks the shackles, Clark drifting this down the leg side and he whips it just wide of mid-on

26.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, now that's much better from Strauss, driving it with a straight bat down the ground. Well, down to mid-off anyway. No airy-fairy rubbish this time

26.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, the wrong line from Clark but Strauss can't beat the man at a deepish short-leg

26.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, driven on the up to mid-off. Or reverse-defended...

26.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, and again, driven quite confidently but straight to mid-off

England 68/1   SR Clark 9-3-17-1

28.1

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

28.2

Clark to Bell, no run, ooh, hello - bit of reverse swing there. Or reverse-away-swing as you could call it

28.3

Clark to Bell, no run, streaky, Bell not coming forward enough to this one and getting an inside edge, attempting to drive it through the covers but closing the face of the bat and squirting it to leg

28.4

Clark to Bell, no run, better from Bell, on the back foot and clunked back to the bowler

28.5

Clark to Bell, no run, solidly forward, solidly defended. All very solid

28.6

Clark to Bell, no run, the first bouncer of the day, but the pitch is about as lively as a pensioners party in Blackpool

England 69/1   SR Clark 10-4-17-1

30.1

Clark to Bell, 1 run, worked off his legs through midwicket

30.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, firmly defended by Collingwood here, coming right forward to this gentle inducker

30.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, no! Don't do that. That's just daft. Well wide of the off stump, Collingwood meekly wafts at it like a moth trying to find its way to a light bulb. He fails.

30.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, outside off and he leaves this one alone, wisely

30.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, terrific bowling this, just nagging outside off stump and with a hint of away movement, Collingwood blocks it out with a pleasing clunk of the bat. Well done everyone

30.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, massively wide and Gilchrist does well to dive to his left and snaffle it. Great word that, snaffle

England 70/2   SR Clark 11-4-18-1

32.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, and it's down the leg side, worked meekly to leg

32.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, really well bowled, just outside off and driven back to the bowler

32.3

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped off his legs to mid-on - oh no! More disaster for England here is it? Pietersen sprints like a winner and makes his ground...they're getting a bit panicky here

32.4

Clark to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, reverse-swinging and worked off his pads

32.5

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed off the back foot into the covers

32.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, "awwww" says Gilchrist as the batsman leaves this outside off

England 73/3   SR Clark 12-4-20-1

34.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run

34.2

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, strays down leg and that's tucked off the ankles to midwicket

34.3

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, straighter this time but that's still worked to leg

34.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, attempted yorker - and a slower one, too. Pitches right up there and that's good thinking but Collingwood just just dug that one out

34.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, goes down outside off and that just wobbles away in the air

34.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended this time

England 75/4   SR Clark 13-4-22-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Newspapers report on England's Adelaide woes, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 5, 2006

Newspapers report on England's Adelaide woes

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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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