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

15.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, on the spot from Harmison - big cheers from the crowd for that - and that's fended into the on-side

15.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, hello, good pace and bounce has Martyn late-cutting down and it just, just goes short of gully

15.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, outside off, short-of-a-length, rising and arms were shouldered. That was at 87mph - 139.9kph

15.4

Harmison to Martyn, FOUR, Martyn brings up 2000 runs in home Tests with a stylish hook over midwicket that he's really quickly on to - top shot

15.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, well bowled, a better length and Martyn fends off his backfoot, both feet trapped in the crease

15.6

Harmison to Martyn, no run, better length at 89mph (143kph)

Australia 50/2   SJ Harmison 1-0-5-0

17.1

Harmison to Martyn, no run, defended this time

17.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, left alone outside off

17.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, hello, Harmison bowling with some venom here and that one cannons into Martyn who's squared up and is in some bother as it crashes into his hips, high

17.4

Harmison to Martyn, no run, left alone outside off this time

17.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, stands tall to defend that one off the back foot with the full face of the bat, pleasing sponsors and batting coaches alike

17.6

Harmison to Martyn, no run, decent delivery to round off that over, nipping back in off a shortish one outside off and rising through to Jones - the batsman judges well in leaving it, though

Australia 52/2   SJ Harmison 2-1-5-0

19.1

Harmison to Martyn, no run, cut off the back foot

19.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, strays down leg, that's nibbled into the leg-side but it's well picked up by Cook and cannoned back quickly

19.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, stands tall and is very quick to leave that one well alone as it rushes down the channel and pops up a touch

19.4

Harmison to Martyn, no run, a looseish delivery is leapt on to quickly with a crashing cut but Harmison's figures are saved by Pietersen's pick-up at point

19.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, much better from Harmison outside off and that's left alone outside off

19.6

Harmison to Martyn, no run, latches on to that quickly, a loose one, but finds the fielder at cover

Australia 54/2   SJ Harmison 3-2-5-0

21.1

Harmison to Martyn, 3 runs, a genuine edge goes low, and there's no third man but with the slow outfield the ball lazily runs down despite being delivered at 90mph (144.7kph)

21.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off this time as that one goes srtraight and sharp

21.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting hits it back in Harmison's direction, he gets one hand on it and it falls to the floor. Ponting thinks about a quick single, but changes his mind - good decision

21.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, more good pace - 93mph (150kph) to be exact - and that's left alone

21.5

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, hostile again, but down leg and Ponting latches on to that one very quickly indeed - quick feet, quick hands, and that's pulled down through square with great timing. That brings up 1000 runs at Adelaide for Ponting

21.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, ooh, Ponting goes for a big expansive drive on the off-side, fails to get hold of it fully but there's no danger from the resulting edge

Australia 63/2   SJ Harmison 4-2-12-0

23.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, fast, short offcutter into the body of the batsman, half appeal but that was closer to going over Ponting's head than hitting the stumps

23.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting steps across in that familiar style and clips to midwicket

23.3

Harmison to Hussey, 3 runs, Harmison fails to readjust for the left hander and a fullish leg-stump ball is clipped through midwicket ... a brace of fielders chase it down just inside the boundary

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 no ball, whoa! That one slipped and Ponting lost it, ducked, and the ball almost clocked him on the helmet. Ponting looks as bewildered as George Bush at a press conference, he clearly lost it. In fairness, had he stayed upright and seen it that would have been a four-ball

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 no ball, wicked bouncer at 93mph (149.7kph)

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone

23.5

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run

23.6

Harmison to Hussey, FOUR, leg side, Hussey leg glances very fine ... a little too fine for his comfort as a flailing Jones gets close enough to it to cause a momentary wobble

Australia 78/3   SJ Harmison 5-2-23-0

25.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wayward. Leg side and Ponting sways inside it and lets it go

25.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, flicked into space on the leg side

25.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, crouching, watchful forward defence

25.4

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey spotted that cover had gone a couple of yards deeper and so played it towards him, taking the pace off the ball with soft hands, and scurries through for a well-run single

25.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, the kind of the leave shoulders arms, pad thrust forward

25.6

Harmison to Ponting, 3 runs, too full, textbook off drive which is slowed down by the sluggish outfield. It deserved four. A cry of exasperation from Harmison

Australia 84/3   SJ Harmison 6-2-28-0

35.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run

35.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, a tighter line and a touch shorter, again Hussey leaves it alone

35.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, oh and a cracking ball from Harmison here, pitching on middle and moving just enough to beat Hussey's tentative forward poke. Great ball

35.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, well bowled again, this time forcing Hussey forward

35.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, ooh and a big shout from Harmison here as Hussey is trapped in his crease - that was quick too, but I forgot to look at the speedometer so who knows if I'm right or not - but it's going over the top. Excellent delivery

35.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pushed out into the covers, and a typically high-pitched "no" from Hussey demands Ponting remains at the non-striker's end.

Australia 105/3   SJ Harmison 7-3-28-0

37.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting shuffles across his crease, goes back and defends

37.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, "NO" is the call from Ponting who is again fiercely solid in defence

37.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Harmison gives Ponting some room here - that had four written all over it. And I promise never to utter that disgusting metaphor in this commentary ever again. Pushed out into the covers without timing

37.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, fine cricket from Ponting, coming forward solidly and pushing it out into the covers to pick up a single

37.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, well bowled, outside off and Hussey goes back, poking this into the covers without really moving his feet.

37.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, and he does pitch it up, forcing Hussey forward to defend

Australia 109/3   SJ Harmison 8-3-29-0

39.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, very well bowled, and quick too - 88mph (141.5kph - no idea what it is in knots or any other measurement), left alone by Hussey

39.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, good, firm, solid forward defence but again this is a good line from Harmison

39.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, impatient shot from Hussey, too full to pull - which he attempts to, gets a bottom-edge onto his boot, or pad, or both

39.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, this is a great line from the bowler, a foot or so outside off but Hussey wisely leaves it alone

39.5

Harmison to Hussey, 2 runs, loses his line here, straying down leg and it's whipped down to fine-leg for a single. Or two, rather..Matthew Hoggard's not quick enough, and Hussey is like a whippet between the wickets

39.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

Australia 111/3   SJ Harmison 9-3-31-0

41.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, almost squares Ponting up here who shuffles across his crease, dangerously so...

41.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, misdirected down the leg side, Ponting pulls to fine-leg where Ed Joyce fields

41.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pushed off his legs

41.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, firmly defended

41.5

Harmison to Hussey, SIX, shot what a shot from Hussey, just short of a length and Hussey has hammered this behind square...for six. Fabulous shot

41.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, this one thuds into his pads, but no run available

Australia 121/3   SJ Harmison 10-3-38-0

43.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off, but a good, nagging line from Harmison

43.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, tighter line, not giving Hussey anything here who defends

43.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, outside off, Hussey won't be tempted though and leaves it well alone

43.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, bit too wide really from Harmison. Hussey, as he has shown so far in this innings, simply will not touch anything threatening his off stump

43.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, ooh very nicely bowled, angling across the left hander who leaves it alone, almost facing his body and face down the pitch

43.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, and he does play at this, impatience from Hussey, who pokes meekly at it

Australia 125/3   SJ Harmison 11-4-38-0

45.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, and that's too short, Ponting swivels it around the corner

45.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, defended solidly on the front foot and look there's a splendid less-crusted yellow-and-beige pigeon, with....well, you get the idea

45.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

45.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, big appeal from Harmison. Not big, in fact, more a strangled "haarrr...wozzaaatt", but pitching outside leg

45.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, gone! NO! It fell short. Hussey tentatively came forward, poking at it and the ball dies some two feet before second slip. Terrific bowling

45.6

Harmison to Hussey, 3 runs, fine stroke, driving down the ground

Australia 130/3   SJ Harmison 12-4-42-0

89.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, spits up at Hussey who jumps back and defends it. Defends it well, too

89.2

Harmison to Hussey, FOUR, what a shot from Hussey, driven with elegance through the covers for four. He got right over that, and the timing was perfect

89.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, good length, forcing Hussey back who leaves it alone

89.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, defended on the back foot

89.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, very well bowled! Almost enticing Hussey forward into poking at this, but he's simply too well set...

89.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run

Australia 285/4   SJ Harmison 13-4-46-0

105.1

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, full, Gilchrist drives and a moment of high drama as the crowd think he's nicked it to Jones ... as it is, the ball went almost sideways out of a footmark and missed the outside edge of the bat by some way

105.2

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, big cheers as Harmison again fires one through and Gilchrist looks less than happy

105.3

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, this time Gilchrist right into line

105.4

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, well defended

105.5

Harmison to Gilchrist, 3 runs, controlled outside edge past third slip who dives in slow motion

105.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one jagged back and past Clarke's inside edge. Harmison looked much more like the bowler of old there ...

Australia 328/5   SJ Harmison 14-4-49-0

107.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, wide from Harmison, not a Brisbane wide but certainly a one-day one

107.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, once more too wide to tempt Clarke. Actually, almost too wide for him to reach it in the first place

107.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, big stride forward as he leaves it

107.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, shorter, that one nipped back a tad but Clarke safe to leave it on length

107.5

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, this time Clarke lays into it as it was wide and full, and he drives with an open face it through gully

107.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, he slightly pushed at that one, reaching a bit to block it

Australia 338/5   SJ Harmison 15-4-53-0

109.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, firm-handed push to extra cover

109.2

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, whipped square on the leg side

109.3

Harmison to Gilchrist, FOUR, full, and Gilchrist cover drives with real class for the first time today

109.4

Harmison to Gilchrist, FOUR, bingo! Same ball, same shot, same result

109.5

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, driven hard at short extra cover

109.6

Harmison to Gilchrist, 2 runs, wide and slashed through the covers, Anderson scrambles to field, doesn't collect it cleanly but still stops the boundary

Australia 349/5   SJ Harmison 16-4-64-0

111.1

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, "wait there" is the call as Gilchrist punches this firmly back to Harmison

111.2

Harmison to Gilchrist, 1 run, down the leg side and turned neatly through midwicket

111.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, Harmison roars in here - he's really charging in - and Clarke punches this back to the bowler

111.4

Harmison to Gilchrist, FOUR, ah, shot - too full, down the leg side but Gilchrist pumps this down the ground with great timing - delicious shot

111.5

Harmison to Gilchrist, 3 runs, ooh and again he drives this down the ground, albeit with a closed face of the bat.

111.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, pushed into the covers, no timing there

Australia 360/5   SJ Harmison 17-4-73-0

118.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, lovely shot, timing it down the ground

118.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and it's down the leg side, no great pace either and Clarke works it to midwicket

118.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, well bowled; full, straightish - straight enough to force the defensive from Clarke

118.4

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, drifting down leg, ugly ball which Clarke bungs off his pads for a couple

118.5

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Ah that's a terrific shot, his best of the day, cover driving Harmison on one knee and hammering it, hard, for four

118.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, left alone - excellent cricket this from Clarke. Patient, intelligent batting

Australia 399/6   SJ Harmison 18-4-79-0

120.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, Harmison is roaring in here, great to see, and it cuts back on the right hander who leaves it alone

120.2

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, clunked, without timing, to mid-off

120.3

Harmison to Warne, no run, that's the length, swinging into Warne who is practically eating his stumps he's so far back. But he defends it well. 89mph from Harmison (143.1kph)

120.4

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, again he's right back in his crease but works this to leg for a single

120.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, far too wide. Clarke needed a telescopic barge pole to reach that

120.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, better ball, but too straight this time and Clarke rides the bounce to work it to leg

Australia 410/6   SJ Harmison 19-4-82-0

122.1

Harmison to Warne, no run, short, Warne goes back and defends with a very straight bat. Solid, right behind that one

122.2

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, no no no, outside off and Warne punches it through the covers

122.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and he comes forward here, head right over the ball, outside off stump to defend

122.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, very firmly defended indeed, Clarke really is looking solid here

122.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, full and straight - a bit too straight if anything, but Clarke resists the temptation to work it off his legs, choosing to defend it

122.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and again he defends

Australia 415/6   SJ Harmison 20-4-83-0

125.1

Harmison to Warne, no run, ooh, Warne flashes a cut off the back foot at that one, which stays low and swings a touch away, completely misses the ball and there's the odd 'ooh' as it evades the top edge

125.2

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, more convincing shot from Warne to that straighter one which he helps down to fine leg

125.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, left alone this time

125.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one spears in a bit fuller and it's worked to the leg-side and goes on its way to mid-on

125.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one is banged in hard at 84mph (135kph) but slows as it hits the pitch, stays low, and bounces twice - twice! - in all before it reaches Jones

125.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one is banged in hard at 84mph (135kph) but slows as it hits the pitch, stays low, and bounces twice - twice! - in all before it reaches Jones

125.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, dinked to mid-on

125.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, dinked to mid-on

Australia 424/6   SJ Harmison 21-4-84-0

127.1

Harmison to Warne, 1 wide, tries a bouncer, but it's too legsidey (and not to mention high) for Steve Bucknor's liking

127.1

Harmison to Warne, FOUR, short outside off, and that's whipped over the top of slips, with a late cut - reminiscent of Collingwood in this series

127.2

Harmison to Warne, no run, 'Wait' comes the cry as Warne's backfoot steer to gully is neatly picked up by Bell

127.3

Harmison to Warne, no run, not well directed, strays down leg. Warne's still interested in having a dart at it all the same - he misses, too late on the shot

127.4

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, 'Wait' again, but then 'Yes' as Warne again lamps that square with a backfoot-cut - the fielder dives and gets a hand to it but there's enough time to scamper a comfortable run

127.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted straight drive to one which pitches fullish and on off is picked up easily by the bowler

127.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, punched hard off the back foot in that point region once more

Australia 432/6   SJ Harmison 22-4-91-0

129.1

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, that one's down the off-side and Clarke steps over to it and leans into a well-struck cover-drive but there's a marshall on the point boundary

129.2

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, languid drive to cover

129.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, worked out on the leg-side

129.4

Harmison to Warne, no run, bangs that one in on a good length, again the pace of the pitch is so slow that the batsman has time - and some - to defend forward

129.5

Harmison to Warne, no run, pushed up there but that's well dug out

129.6

Harmison to Warne, no run, defended on the back foot

Australia 438/6   SJ Harmison 23-4-94-0

131.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven into the covers

131.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended forward

131.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended forward once more

131.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted drive to mid-wicket

131.5

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, pushed behind square on the leg-side

131.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted slower ball but that was disguised about as effectively as an...

Australia 443/6   SJ Harmison 24-4-96-0

133.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven slowly to cover

133.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended very strongly with the full face of the bat and that is stunned into the leg-side

133.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven with more power this time into the cover

133.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, banged in at Clarke, pitched up, and he crashes his bat down on that one to dig it out

133.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, some lift for Harmison there as the ball rises and whistles past a swaying Clarke's nose

133.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on

133.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on

Australia 443/6   SJ Harmison 25-5-96-0
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Australia won by 10 wickets
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Dec 5, 2006

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