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

48.1

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, pulled down on it a bit but could only whip it to short midwicket

48.2

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, on with the arm, Collingwood read that

48.3

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood waited and cut but straight to point

48.4

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, pushed through, not much flight

48.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood takes three steps down the track and blocks ... no swish as he did on 96 at Brisbane

48.6

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, Clarke joins the dots for a maiden. Not much spin, no flight but a decent start

England 116/2   MJ Clarke 1-1-0-0

50.1

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, waited and placed through the covers

50.2

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, wide half volley driven past extra cover but there's a man in the deep protecting the boundary

50.3

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood uses his feet but gets a bit foot-tied and can only block

50.4

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, on with the arm and blocked

50.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, driven firmly but into the ring of off-side fielders

50.6

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, fired in flat and blocked

England 118/2   MJ Clarke 2-1-2-0

52.1

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, too full and run off the face of the bat rather than swept

52.2

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, fired in and again too full, worked into space on the leg

52.3

Clarke to Bell, no run, that one turned and well left

52.4

Clarke to Bell, 1 run, Clarke drifts and Bell takes two paces and finds space on the leg

52.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood takes a few steps and blocks it

52.6

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, neat footwork, a pace and a half and driven wide enough of mid-on to allow the single

England 125/2   MJ Clarke 3-1-6-0

54.1

Clarke to Bell, 2 runs, smacked into the deep and Stuart Clark makes a good tumbling stop on the deep square boundary

54.2

Clarke to Bell, no run, Clarke responds well

54.3

Clarke to Bell, no run, on the spot and Bell happy to treat each ball on its merits

54.4

Clarke to Bell, no run, again watchful defence

54.5

Clarke to Bell, no run, flicked to leg but straight to the man there just for that short

54.6

Clarke to Bell, 3 runs, good use of his feet from Bell, turns the delivery into a half volley and lofts it straight back , but again the long grass robs it of all its momentum

England 134/2   MJ Clarke 4-1-11-0

73.1

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run

73.2

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, spearing into Pietersen who just defends it, playing it cautiously back to the bowler

73.3

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, clunked out into the covers

73.4

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, pushed out to extra cover. "Awwwww" cries Gilchrist for no apparent reason

73.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, ugly, fishy prod outside off

73.6

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, and a much better solid forward defence

England 207/3   MJ Clarke 5-1-13-0

75.1

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed out to the off side, stealing a single with ease

75.2

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, ooh and he takes a step outside off, and down the pitch, trying to whip him through midwicket but he can't time it

75.3

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, comes forward to defend, no run there

75.4

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, well bowler; flat and quick, but nice and straight and forces Pietersen to defend

75.5

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen comes down the pitch but Clarke sees him, sends it down much shorter and Pietersen can only turn it around the corner

75.6

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood blocks it out to end the over

England 219/3   MJ Clarke 6-1-15-0

77.1

Clarke to Pietersen, 3 runs, crisply hit down the ground - lovely shot, really effortless and although it didn't go for four, this is calm, patient batting

77.2

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot

77.3

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, clipped off his legs to short midwicket

77.4

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, defended solidly - touch shorter from Clarke there

77.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, too straight from Clarke but Collingwood's nurdle on the leg side doesn't bring him any runs

77.6

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, nicely bowled, a little bit quicker there

England 227/3   MJ Clarke 7-1-18-0

79.1

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, well bowled - Clarke's not giving much away here - on Collingwood's off stump who is forced to defend

79.2

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, "yep" barks the batsman as he drives this down to long-off for a quick single

79.3

Clarke to Pietersen, 2 runs, drifting down leg, Pietersen - who is looking massive at the crease today - just turns this down to fine-leg

79.4

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, tip-n-run, clunked to long-off

79.5

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, too short allowing the batsman to go back, turn his wrists and steal another single

79.6

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, biggish shout from Clarke for lbw, as Pietersen attempts to sweep him but Steve Bucknor shakes his head. That wasn't far off...

England 233/3   MJ Clarke 8-1-23-0

81.1

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, too short, too wide but Collingwood's cut stroke finds the man at point

81.2

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed to mid-off, they take off for a single - but Collingwood's timed this better than he thought, oh dear he could be in trouble here - in comes the throw from McGrath and Collingwood dives...and just in time. McGrath's throw was wide. Dreadful running

81.3

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, wasted ball, far too straight and it fires down the leg side

81.4

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, much better; straighter and flatter, forcing the defensive

81.5

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, head right over the ball, firmly blocked out

81.6

Clarke to Pietersen, 2 runs, lovely, free-flowing shot on the up to bring up his 8th Test fifty - and a really fine, attacking-yet-sensible innings from Pietersen

England 238/3   MJ Clarke 9-1-26-0

83.1

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen advances down the pitch as though he's King of Adelaide, clipping him down the ground

83.2

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot

83.3

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, firmly pushed back to the bowler who skips to his right to field

83.4

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, a full bunger but Collingwood can't do anything with it, driving it back to the bowler

83.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, just outside off, and he pushes it into the covers

83.6

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, again defended on the front foot. I need a new phrase...else Australia should bring on a seamer

England 249/3   MJ Clarke 10-1-27-0

115.1

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot

115.2

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, defended once more

115.3

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, more defence on the front foot as that's fizzed in flat at 90kph

115.4

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, more air, and that's hit square on the off-side

115.5

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, pitches on middle and turns away from the right-hander, going down leg

115.6

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot

England 344/3   MJ Clarke 11-2-27-0

134.1

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, landed on off stump, crisply driven to long-off

134.2

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, clunked into the covers

134.3

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, neatly pushed wide of cover, who sprints round and they steal a single

134.4

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, and he pushes this into the leg side

134.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, ooh, just held that one up a bit, pushed back to the bowler

134.6

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, leg-side, pushed down the ground once more

England 408/3   MJ Clarke 12-2-30-0

136.1

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, defended back to the bowler

136.2

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, fuller and straighter and quicker and it's defended

136.3

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, too short allowing the batsman to push it off the back foot for a single

136.4

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, clunked down the ground for another single

136.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, defended

136.6

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, turned round the corner

England 420/3   MJ Clarke 13-2-33-0

138.1

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed to leg

138.2

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, and that's pushed down the ground for another single

138.3

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, wider of the crease from Clarke, Pietersen tickles this down to a short fine-leg

138.4

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, nicely flighted and cautiously defended by Collingwood

138.5

Clarke to Collingwood, 2 runs, tickles this down to fine leg with a neat turn of the wrists

138.6

Clarke to Collingwood, 2 runs, lovely elegant cover drive but without proper timing

England 431/3   MJ Clarke 14-2-39-0

140.1

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, tucked off his legs

140.2

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot. He really could have slapped that...

140.3

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed with a touch more power down the ground, long-off fields

140.4

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, down the leg side and turned around the corner

140.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, full toss which Collingwood does nothing with, pushing it back to the bowler

140.6

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, good footwork from Collingwood, skipping back and tucking it to leg and that's his highest first-class score

England 444/3   MJ Clarke 15-2-42-0

142.1

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood comes forward watchfully to defend

142.2

Clarke to Collingwood, 2 runs, too full, Langer's sweeping on the extra cover boundary but it's neatly played by Collingwood nevertheless.

142.3

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, outside off - oooh misses out here! Clunks it, without timing, back to the bowler

142.4

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, down the pitch, flicking to leg, screams "TWO" but there's only one on offer there and he remains on 199.

142.5

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, an ugly smote across the line gets Collingwood back on strike. 199

142.6

Clarke to Collingwood, FOUR, down the pitch and he smacks him over his head for four! What a way to bring up your first double hundred. He receives a huge hug from Pietersen and a deafening standing ovation from the crowd. All of England's players are on their feet, and Australia clap him to a man. What a knock.

England 457/3   MJ Clarke 16-2-50-0

144.1

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, nicely flighted but Clarke is of no threat here. Not turning and his line is wrong

144.2

Clarke to Pietersen, 2 runs, down the leg side to gift another two runs to this pair

144.3

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, a violent slog from Pietersen across the line...not often he's played that today.

144.4

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front feet

144.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, and it's quietly pushed out into the covers

144.6

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, pushed to leg

England 465/3   MJ Clarke 17-2-53-0
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Dec 5, 2006

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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Dec 5, 2006

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

A series of frames capture Andrew Flintoff's despair

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