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

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

One slip, short cover, point, square leg, mid-off, mid-on, fine leg, midwicket and a sweeper.

50.6

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

End of over 51 (2 runs) England 118/2
PD Collingwood    42* (94b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    2-1-2-0
IR Bell    32* (114b 3x4)      SR Clark    12-2-20-2

51.1

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, waited and driven wide of extra cover, but once more the slow outfield pulls the ball up short

51.2

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell happy to block and wait for the occasional bad ball

And someone in the crowd has a whistle ... how did that evade the strip searches ...

51.3

Clark to Bell, no run, punched off the back foot to cover who is quite a way back. They need to run singles to force that man to come in

51.4

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell into line, defends

51.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, driven with more oomph wide of the man slightly deeper in the covers and an easy run as the fielder has to scamper ten yards to his right

An extra slip comes into place. Two and a gully, short cover, extra cover, mid-off, mid-on, midwicket, fine leg

51.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood all caution and solid defence

End of over 52 (3 runs) England 121/2
PD Collingwood    42* (95b 4x4)      SR Clark    13-2-23-2
IR Bell    35* (119b 3x4)      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

Brett Lee back into the attack

End of over 53 (4 runs) England 125/2
PD Collingwood    44* (98b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    3-1-6-0
IR Bell    37* (122b 3x4)      SR Clark    13-2-23-2

Brett Lee back into the attack

53.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, big shout from Lee as Collingwood hit on the pads neither forward not back . Bucknor unimpressed, rightly as that hit him fairly high up

53.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, played to point

53.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, lovely yorker at 93mph (149.6kph) which Collingwood just gets the toe of the bat down on in time. More oohs and aahs, and with good cause

53.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and Lee follows with a good bouncer which Collingwood has to duck with undue haste

53.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, slightly off line and Collingwood turns that to leg

53.6

Lee to Bell, 3 runs, Bell plays that well away from his body, through Hayden in the gully and good running from Collingwood who sprints back to the danger end

End of over 54 (4 runs) England 129/2
IR Bell    40* (123b 3x4)      B Lee    11-1-40-0
PD Collingwood    45* (103b 4x4)      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

End of over 55 (5 runs) England 134/2
IR Bell    45* (129b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    4-1-11-0
PD Collingwood    45* (103b 4x4)      B Lee    11-1-40-0

55.1

Lee to Bell, no run, Patted back to Lee who picks up and hurls the ball back at the striker's stumps like a man in a coconut shy ... but no coconut for him as he misses.

55.2

Lee to Bell, no run, much the same but this time Lee opts not to show the world that he can't hit the stumps from ten yards

55.3

Lee to Bell, no run, plopped into the covers

55.4

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell right over that with an angled bat, playing the ball almost into his feet

55.5

Lee to Bell, no run, checked drive to mid-off

55.6

Lee to Bell, FOUR, short outside off stump, slashed/lofted over slips, quite deliberate, quite safe, quite frustrating for Lee who sets off for long leg chuntering to himself before the ball is even retrieved

Shane Warne back into play with tea looming (hint, Will)

End of over 56 (4 runs) England 138/2
IR Bell    49* (135b 4x4)      B Lee    12-1-44-0
PD Collingwood    45* (103b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    4-1-11-0

56.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, looped up, Collingwood waits and blocks with far more respect than he ever afforded Clarke

56.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, watched, read, and left as it turns past off stump

56.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, slightly hurried backfoot defence

56.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, super! Ripped past the outside edge as Collingwood groped for it, Gilchrist whips the bails off but the batsman had not moved from his crease

56.5

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, short and cut behind point

56.6

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell taking no risks on 49

End of over 57 (1 run) England 139/2
IR Bell    49* (136b 4x4)      SK Warne    16-4-33-0
PD Collingwood    46* (108b 4x4)      B Lee    12-1-44-0

57.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Up in the blockhole, not quite a yorker but caused Collingwood a few nervous nanosecond nevertheless

57.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, driven into the covers, not timed

57.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, this time Collingwood places it between fielders on the off side and sets off as soon as he hits it for an easy one

57.4

Lee to Bell, no run, slower ball - almost 10mph (16kph) slower - and pushed to mid-on

57.5

Lee to Bell, no run, another yorker, dug out and Lee takes it high to his right and again tries to throw down the wicket at the striker's end and yet again he misses. He should give that up as a bad job

57.6

Lee to Bell, no run, driven to cover and well stopped, if a tad theatrically

Lots of will they, won't they posturing before everyone agrees we can get one more over in before tea

End of over 58 (1 run) England 140/2
IR Bell    49* (139b 4x4)      B Lee    13-1-45-0
PD Collingwood    47* (111b 4x4)      SK Warne    16-4-33-0

Ponting moves men in to attack

58.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, safely blocked

58.2

Warne to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood waits and turns to square leg where there is no fielder

58.3

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, slightly off balance, but turns it behind square on the leg to bring up his 5th Test fifty

58.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, Bell's turn, clipped to mid-on to bring up his 9th Test fifty

58.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, snorting legbreak, past Collingwood as he nibbled at it

58.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, flighted but outside leg stump and Collingwood blocks

3.50pm Straight after tea Jenny Thompson will be in the box (well, a desk but you get the drift) while Will moans that nobody is giving him any of the rather large box of chocolates which have appeared on the desk. The price of being at the bottom of the food chain. He gets grumpier by the session ... we have started calling him Duncan Fletcher ...

"I'm not grumpy," screams the grumpy William doll... Oh, it was the real thing... Hello again everyone, non-grumpy Jennifer here. And the batsmen are returning to the middle, with just one run needed for their hundred partnership.

Tea "Over and tea," is called and the players troop off. That session was England's, scoring 86 runs without loss. That's about their best session of the series so far, which isn't, admittedly, saying much. The run rate - 2.77 per over - could account for the general sense of slumber in the crowd, but, as my father might say, good old-fashioned Test cricket. Bet he's turned over to watch the golf despite that.

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End of over 59 (4 runs) England 144/2
PD Collingwood    50* (116b 4x4)      SK Warne    17-4-37-0
IR Bell    50* (140b 4x4)      B Lee    13-1-45-0

59.1

Lee to Bell, 1 run, easy single on leg nipped off the hips as that one is pinged in a touch short and straying down leg

59.2

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, straighter this time, nibbled into the gully region and the batsmen charge a very quick single - Lee tries to shy down the stumps at the non-striker's end, but his is a non-strike

59.3

Lee to Bell, no run, Lee steams in and that's a decent ball, a good line and length and quickly defended down off the back foot

59.4

Lee to Bell, no run, gives Bell room outside off to open his shoulders and cut to Michael Clarke at point who pounces on that like an eager labrador

59.5

Lee to Bell, 1 run, more alert fielding from Australia - Bell drives that to cover and sets off quickly, turning his back to the ball as he runs his bat in, and gets whacked on the back for his troubles

59.6

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, another quick single, jabbed down by Collingwood into the off-side

Ooh, aah, it's Glenn from the Cathedral End.

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End of over 60 (4 runs) England 148/2
PD Collingwood    52* (118b 4x4)      B Lee    14-1-49-0
IR Bell    52* (144b 4x4)      SK Warne    17-4-37-0

60.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, comes round the wicket and angles that across the right-hander who leaves it easily

60.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, intent writ large in his delivery arm there as he bangs that one in at the batsman, but it doesn't lift very much and it's easily defended off the back foot

60.3

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood shuffles across to meet that one on the off stump and, in doing so, he opens up the leg-side where he presents the face of the bat and dinks the ball square

60.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, left alone this time - McGrath persisting round the wicket

60.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, you don't want to do that - Collingwood chases that one round, leaving his leg-stump exposed, and nearly gets a fine edge on it. McGrath - the victor in that mental battle just there - laughs, shakes his head, laughs some more and holds his hands behind his head

60.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood less keen on getting across his stumps now

End of over 61 (2 runs) England 150/2
PD Collingwood    54* (124b 4x4)      GD McGrath    13-3-30-0
IR Bell    52* (144b 4x4)      B Lee    14-1-49-0

61.1

Lee to Bell, FOUR, wide, full bunger, rubbish and got the treatment. That's just sliced away by Bell who merely offered his bat to spank that one away

61.2

Lee to Bell, FOUR, ooh, delicious shot this time to bring up consecutive boundaries. This one from Lee did pitch, wideish and, well, help yourself frankly

61.3

Lee to Bell, no run, another full toss but Langer spares Lee's blushes, and his figures(ish), sliding onto that one at midwicket to cut off the runs

61.4

Lee to Bell, OUT, the bouncer does the trick. Lee bangs it in hard and it's on to Bell too quickly, who shapes to hook but merely sends the ball directly up in the air. 'Miiine' calls Lee, as he nearly collides with Langer, but there was nobody getting in his way as he grabs on easily. Lee's face said it all at he ran into bowl that one, and Bell's face tells a story, too, for his moment of impetuosity

IR Bell c & b Lee 60 (189m 148b 6x4 0x6) SR: 40.54

61.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, defended

61.6

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, hello. Lee bangs another one in, but Pietersen has all the time in the world - or at least so it seems and that's pulled, hard, and well controlled right to the boundary

End of over 62 (12 runs) England 162/3
KP Pietersen    4* (2b 1x4)      B Lee    15-1-61-1
PD Collingwood    54* (124b 4x4)      GD McGrath    13-3-30-0

McGrath persisting with his round-the-wicket tactic which nearly paid dividends last over

62.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, left alone as that one angles across

62.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, another one can be left as that too travels safely away from the batsman

62.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, a tighter line and Collingwood walks on to his back feet to defend that one with soft hands

62.4

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, ooh, aah, Glenn nearly cooks up a wicket there as Collingwood so so nearly chops on as an inside edge just, just fails to clatter into the stumps

62.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended easily this time

62.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 3 runs, nice shot, bisecting the mid-off and mid-on fielders who don't give up the chase, as that one's drilled neatly back past McGrath who just-to-say overpitched

End of over 63 (5 runs) England 167/3
PD Collingwood    59* (130b 4x4)      GD McGrath    14-3-35-0
KP Pietersen    4* (2b 1x4)      B Lee    15-1-61-1

63.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, oooh, terrific bouncer from Lee at 143.8kph, having Collingwood sway away from that one which whistled past his nostrils. Lee then takes a few steps up to Collingwood, shapes to give him the evil eye, but instead gives him a cheeky smile. The tinker

63.2

Lee to Collingwood, 1 no ball, overstepping there

63.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, cheers from the crowd as there's more of the short stuff

63.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Lee's fired up here all right, and this manifests itself this time in a bouncer which is followed by him trying to tickle the ball on to the stumps at the non-striker's end, but the batsman is easily in his crease

63.4

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood takes two steps over to meet that one and lashes it into the covers off the back foot

There's three men out on the leg-side - fine leg, deep square leg and one at cow corner, waiting for the moo

63.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, pulls out of that one

63.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, on a length, Pietersen defends with the full face of the bat, the alert Lee scoops the ball and considers if there's a shy on anywhere - there's not

Conflab in the middle - Warne to come back on to have a go at his mucker, KP?

End of over 64 (2 runs) England 169/3
KP Pietersen    4* (4b 1x4)      B Lee    16-1-63-1
PD Collingwood    60* (135b 4x4)      GD McGrath    14-3-35-0

64.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that one angles across the right-hander

64.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that ball angles away from the right-hander

64.3

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, eek, McGrath nearly had Collingwood then, that one falling agonisingly short of the man at midwicket, as it popped up as he played a stun shot

McGrath back over the wicket to Pietersen

64.4

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, a touch of width... you can't bowl there to him and Pietersen launches himself into that one, stepping forward with a huge stride and driving that firmly for four through the covers

64.5

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, drilled firmly to mid-on where a diving Stuart Clark cuts off the runs with his right hand, low

McGrath sets off to bowl but... what's this?... he loses his rhythm. Most un-him-like

64.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, tries a bouncer that gets up but with no real pace; still, it's pretty high and the batsman takes no risks by chasing it

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End of over 65 (6 runs) England 175/3
PD Collingwood    61* (139b 4x4)      GD McGrath    15-3-41-0
KP Pietersen    9* (6b 2x4)      B Lee    16-1-63-1

Three men out on the hook

65.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 no ball, just overstepped a touch there

65.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run

65.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, gets on top of it and booms it out to deep square leg where Hussey does the fielding

65.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, nicely bowled, a yorker, dug out

65.4

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, driven uppishly off the back foot to the covers

65.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, tickled into the covers

Warnie's warming up - either he's coming on for a bowl or he's been watching Oz-style Aerobics. Possibly both

65.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended this time

Guess who, guess who, guess who........It's Warne. He's itching to have a go at Pietersen.

End of over 66 (4 runs) England 179/3
PD Collingwood    63* (143b 4x4)      B Lee    17-1-67-1
KP Pietersen    10* (9b 2x4)      GD McGrath    15-3-41-0

66.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, first (drop of) blood to Pietersen, coming forward to on-drive to mid-on

66.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, fended that down well off the back foot to gully

66.3

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

66.4

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, tossed down the leg-side and Collingwood's quickly over that, squirting it square

66.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended

66.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, KP walks over to that one, striding with intent, but can only defend watchfully forward as that one pitches on a good length

End of over 67 (2 runs) England 181/3
KP Pietersen    11* (12b 2x4)      SK Warne    18-4-39-0
PD Collingwood    64* (146b 4x4)      B Lee    17-1-67-1

67.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, over the wicket to Collingwood, that's jagged in at him from just outside off stump and he defends off the back foot

67.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, worked off his legs square

67.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, hit to mid-on, Pietersen pulls his fingers away from that as if he's broken a nail - and he ducks as that's cannoned back in to Gilchrist

67.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, left alone this time

67.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, mistimes a drive into the covers - Pietersen oozing intent and he's his usual upbeat self

67.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, defended off the back foot

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End of over 68 (1 run) England 182/3
KP Pietersen    11* (16b 2x4)      GD McGrath    16-3-42-0
PD Collingwood    65* (148b 4x4)      SK Warne    18-4-39-0

68.1

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, cut away off the back foot

68.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, looking to get after that one, he comes down the track, but mid-on's deep and he hits it straight to the man there, who is Martyn

68.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, looped up and Collingwood comes forward to snuff out the danger

68.4

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, ooh, got a thick outside edge on that one through the slips, along the ground

68.5

Warne to Pietersen, SIX, he's gone for that and that's a six - the first of the day. That's a huge lofted drive, Pietersen hitting inside out with both the breeze and the spin

68.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, a gentle single to end the over, tickled to square

Warne said earlier this week that he's not bothered if Pietersen whacks him for six after six - it's the result that counts... still, that won't have pleased him...

End of over 69 (10 runs) England 192/3
KP Pietersen    19* (19b 2x4 1x6)      SK Warne    19-4-49-0
PD Collingwood    67* (151b 4x4)      GD McGrath    16-3-42-0

69.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, nips into the right-hander off a good length, but still just wide enough to leave easily

69.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen continues to play positively - and he's upping the momentum here, that's for sure - and tries, this time, to drive through midwicket but pulls out of the shot

69.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, an easyish drive to mid-on this time

69.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, flings that one in, but Pietersen thinks about hooking but decides he's not interested

69.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, slower one, McGrath holding back on the bouncer, as if he's trying to tempt him into playing the shot, but again Pietersen can easily evade that one

69.6

McGrath to Pietersen, 3 runs, lovely wristy shot from Pietersen and nicely placed, too, off his legs, but Martyn chases that down inside the boundary at wide long-on

Ponting and Warne discussing tactics... Mid-off has gone back

End of over 70 (3 runs) England 195/3
KP Pietersen    22* (25b 2x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    17-3-45-0
PD Collingwood    67* (151b 4x4)      SK Warne    19-4-49-0

70.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, oh, what are you doing? Pietersen comes down the track, gets nowhere near it and plants his front leg right at the ball, outside off stump, and it crashes into it

70.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended

70.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, an attempted paddle-sweep results in a top edge without power which lands way short of the man on the square leg boundary

70.4

Warne to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood waits... and waits... before placing that nicely off his back foot to square

70.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, more waiting, and this time it's a patient defensive on the front foot

70.6

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood's taking his time here against Warne and now he whips a cut neatly off the back foot

End of over 71 (4 runs) England 199/3
PD Collingwood    70* (154b 4x4)      SK Warne    20-4-53-0
KP Pietersen    23* (28b 2x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    17-3-45-0

71.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, took the pace off that one, that's driven through cover, wide of the man with the despairing dive and that brings up England's 200 at 2.82 per over

71.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, puts that one just short-of-a-length and that's worked to cover - Clarke has to run in from deep cover to collect, allowing the single

71.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 3 runs, bosh. As one Pigeon watches the ball drilled back past him, a flock of seagulls on the boundary rises in alarm

71.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended

71.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, hello. That one came back in at Collingwood who was trying to run the ball down behind square and had to adjust at the last minute, nearly causing the ball to be dragged onto his stumps

71.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, swayed out of the way - and that's drinks

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End of over 72 (6 runs) England 205/3
PD Collingwood    73* (159b 4x4)      GD McGrath    18-3-51-0
KP Pietersen    26* (29b 2x4 1x6)      SK Warne    20-4-53-0

72.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, well flighted, defended solidly on the front foot

72.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and he pushes out at this, again defending it solidly

Great contest here between Warne and Pietersen. Unmissable

72.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, again Pietersen won't be tempted

72.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, a lot wider this time from Warne, turning quite sharply but Pietersen leaves it alone...wisely

72.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, shorter, just a touch shorter but again Pietersen is happy to bide his time

72.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes a massive stride forward before leaving the ball outside off

Now then, here's Michael Clarke into the attack...hardly Stuart MacGill but anyway

End of over 73 (maiden) England 205/3
KP Pietersen    26* (35b 2x4 1x6)      SK Warne    21-5-53-0
PD Collingwood    73* (159b 4x4)      GD McGrath    18-3-51-0

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

Well that over from Clarke taught us nothing. Other than MacGill ought to be playing. Oh, and Panesar.

End of over 74 (2 runs) England 207/3
PD Collingwood    74* (163b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    5-1-13-0
KP Pietersen    27* (37b 2x4 1x6)      SK Warne    21-5-53-0

74.1

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, shot! That's just brilliant from Pietersen, rocking back, standing tall and hammering Warne in front of square for four. He laced that

74.2

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, even better! A quicker ball with a touch more top-spin, Pietersen is lightning-quick on his feet and crashes it slightly finer this time, but the same result.

74.3

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, swept, hard, but straight to the sweeper, Pietersen runs two, the throw comes in- a good one too - but Pietersen is home for two

74.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, bang; hammered off the back foot but straight to cover

Apparently the Australians are calling Pietersen "The Ego". "What's The Ego going to do next?" according to the stump mic

74.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, solidly forward to this one

74.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and the over ends with Pietersen defending it solidly on the front foot

Terrific, enthralling over. This is great cricket

End of over 75 (10 runs) England 217/3
KP Pietersen    37* (43b 4x4 1x6)      SK Warne    22-5-63-0
PD Collingwood    74* (163b 4x4)      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

Around the wicket to Pietersen.

Warne v KP again...here we go. There's some great double tea-potting going on out there...Warne marshalling his field.

This is the 6th time these two have put on 50 or more together.

End of over 76 (2 runs) England 219/3
PD Collingwood    75* (165b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    6-1-15-0
KP Pietersen    38* (47b 4x4 1x6)      SK Warne    22-5-63-0

76.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, and he comes down the pitch, making the ball into a half-volley and driving it down to a deepish mid-on

76.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, nudged off his pads by Collingwood, neatly dunked to leg to get Pietersen back on strike

76.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended back to the bowler

Warne still going around the wicket

76.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, oof! Nearly, Warne pitched this very wide of Pietersen's leg stump who came down the pitch, trying to hit him into New Zealand, but got an outside edge and the ball flew down to third man. Very lucky there

76.5

Warne to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood goes back and turns his wrists neatly here, timing it well through midwicket

76.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and he stays back in his crease here, practically eating his stumps, defending it off the back foot

End of over 77 (5 runs) England 224/3
PD Collingwood    78* (168b 4x4)      SK Warne    23-5-68-0
KP Pietersen    40* (50b 4x4 1x6)      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

End of over 78 (3 runs) England 227/3
PD Collingwood    78* (173b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    7-1-18-0
KP Pietersen    43* (51b 4x4 1x6)      SK Warne    23-5-68-0

78.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run

78.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, outside leg, short too and it hits Pietersen's chest who shoulders arms

78.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pitches this miles outside leg, Pietersen refuses to play

This is cat-and-mouse from these two; fascinating to watch

78.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen just threatens to come down the pitch, a "shadow advance" if you will, but again he won't play

78.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and again! Pietersen just rams his pad down the pitch. No need to play those

78.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and again he thrusts his pad in front

Sorry if the commentary is a bit slow...two spinners in tandem is a bit of a nightmare

End of over 79 (maiden) England 227/3
KP Pietersen    43* (57b 4x4 1x6)      SK Warne    24-6-68-0
PD Collingwood    78* (173b 4x4)      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...

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End of over 80 (6 runs) England 233/3
KP Pietersen    46* (60b 4x4 1x6)      MJ Clarke    8-1-23-0
PD Collingwood    80* (176b 4x4)      SK Warne    24-6-68-0

80.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run

80.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, ooh and half a yelp from Warne, Pietersen again refusing to play

80.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and for the first time in a while, Pietersen gets bat on Warne - not literally, obviously - playing him through midwicket

80.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, a straighter line this time, on leg stump as opposed to outside it, and it turns past his pad and into the gloves of Gilchrist

80.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen nudges this to leg

80.6

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, terrific bowling from Warne, really ripping this hard and it takes the outside edge of a rather tentative backward defensive stroke from Pietersen...the ball just falling short of first slip

End of over 81 (2 runs) England 235/3
KP Pietersen    48* (66b 4x4 1x6)      SK Warne    25-6-70-0
PD Collingwood    80* (176b 4x4)      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

End of over 82 (3 runs) England 238/3
KP Pietersen    50* (70b 4x4 1x6)      MJ Clarke    9-1-26-0
PD Collingwood    81* (178b 4x4)      SK Warne    25-6-70-0

82.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood watches this like a hawk, right down by his toes and he clamps his bat down

82.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and again, pitched outside leg and it's firmly blocked out

82.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, more pad-thrusting action here

82.4

Warne to Collingwood, 2 runs, neat, confident stroke, taking a step down the pitch and clipping him firmly through midwicket. Sensible, controlled batting this

82.5

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, bosh! Short - very short in fact - and Collingwood pulls this powerfully, strongly over midwicket for four

Warne's looking tired here

82.6

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR

End of over 83 (10 runs) England 248/3
PD Collingwood    91* (184b 6x4)      SK Warne    26-6-80-0
KP Pietersen    50* (70b 4x4 1x6)      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

End of over 84 (1 run) England 249/3
PD Collingwood    91* (189b 6x4)      MJ Clarke    10-1-27-0
KP Pietersen    51* (71b 4x4 1x6)      SK Warne    26-6-80-0

Still no new ball for Australia. Bizarre.

84.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen comes forward, blocking it out

84.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and he pads this away

84.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, meets this on the full but there's no timing from Pietersen and it's clunked to mid-on

84.4

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, ah, that's brilliant. Only a fraction too short, Pietersen is so quick to rock back and cut him powerfully in front of square for four

84.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, and he tries the same shot, but it's just a bit too full and he's cramped for room. Still, it was hit with great power

84.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, turned off his wrists

Here's Lee to Pietersen

Now then, here's Brett Lee to take the new ball - belatedly, I reckon. A few cheers go up for Lee after the PA announced his introduction to the attack...but the crowd are all filtering out now.

End of over 85 (5 runs) England 254/3
PD Collingwood    91* (190b 6x4)      SK Warne    27-6-85-0
KP Pietersen    56* (76b 5x4 1x6)      MJ Clarke    10-1-27-0

85.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, oh, blimey, what's he up to here? Outside off - just a loosener - and Pietersen immediately wants to smash him, somewhere, but can only chop it down...perilously close to his off stump. Well, not perilously...but damn near

85.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, well bowled, cutting back into Pietersen whose not quite woken up to the change of pace...rapped on the pad but it's going down leg

85.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, full but wide, Pietersen flays his hands but can't time it and it bobbles meekly out into the covers

85.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, well bowled, Lee, cramping Pietersen for room who just defends on the back foot

85.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, and he presents the straightest of straight bats to this fuller delivery

85.6

Lee to Pietersen, 3 runs, driven hard, on the up - hands away from his body - through cover, typically Pietersen and it races to the extra cover boundary...but not for four

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End of over 86 (3 runs) England 257/3
KP Pietersen    59* (82b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    18-1-70-1
PD Collingwood    91* (190b 6x4)      SK Warne    27-6-85-0

86.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, and immediately Clark is on the money, but so is Pietersen...blocking it firmly back to the bowler

86.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, just a little tempter there for Pietersen, a tired-looking dibbly-dobbler outside off and swinging gently away...the batsman rightly ignores it

86.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, firmly defended on the back foot

86.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, ooh well bowled, cutting back into the batsman who adjusts and turns it to leg

86.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, again well bowled, on off stump and it's defended. Again. Solidly.

86.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot and there's a maiden for Clark

End of over 87 (maiden) England 257/3
KP Pietersen    59* (88b 5x4 1x6)      SR Clark    14-3-23-2
PD Collingwood    91* (190b 6x4)      B Lee    18-1-70-1

87.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, this jumps up at Collingwood who plays it well, rocking back and presenting a straight bat

87.2

Lee to Collingwood, (no ball) FOUR, and again Lee finds some bounce, this spitting up at Collingwood who guides it down to third man quite brilliantly

87.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run

87.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, "noooo" cries the batsman as he comes forward to this inswinger, a firm clunk of the bat ringing round the ground

87.4

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, turned through midwicket, Pietersen wants two...and Collingwood rightly sends him back

87.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, very well bowled - the first sign of uneven bounce as Pietersen practically picked that one off his shoelaces. Had it been straight, he might have been in trouble. But it wasn't. And he was fine.

87.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, a firm clunk of the bat to a very full and straight delivery

Two overs to go

End of over 88 (6 runs) England 263/3
KP Pietersen    59* (90b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    19-1-76-1
PD Collingwood    96* (195b 7x4)      SR Clark    14-3-23-2

88.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, just a hint of outswing there, the batsman shoulders arms

96...four to go for Collingwood

88.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, again he won't be tempted, and again a touch of outswing for Clark. No great pace though; no "bite" off the pitch whatsoever

88.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, ooh, that's nicely bowled - tempting Collingwood outside his off stump, nice shape away from the right hander and Collingwood lunges down the pitch before shouldering arms

88.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, terrific line this from Clark, really toying with Collingwood here who will have one eye - or both - on his hundred. But he won't be tempted here

88.5

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, and he gets bat on this, squeezing it through midwicket for a couple.

Two more needed, the tension is mounting

88.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, firmly defended and, with just one over to go, he might have to wait until tomorrow...

One over to go. Pietersen on strike

End of over 89 (2 runs) England 265/3
PD Collingwood    98* (201b 7x4)      SR Clark    15-3-25-2
KP Pietersen    59* (90b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    19-1-76-1

89.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, it's short, and very quick; Pietersen nearly heads this into the back of the net before deciding to evade it

89.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, ooh, streaky - well, it wasn't, but it was very Pietersen...a flashy, glitzy, wristy flick outside off which raced to cover.

89.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, massively wild and woolly from Pietersen, down the leg side - Lee purses his lips as if to say "ooh, that was close" but it was about as accurate as an American missile homing in on a tank

89.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, defended solidly

89.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, oh no, this is all over for Pietersen! This is disaster. He's top-edged it over Lee's head, and it...falls safe, just evading McGrath! And that gets Collingwood on strike...

Last ball of the day. Collingwood needs two for his hundred.

89.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and it's full, straight, Collingwood can't get any bat on it, almost treading on the ball...and that's the end of a terrific day's play for England

Stuart Clark to open, with a jumper on.

Here come the players and we're moments away from starting.

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Play due to start on time at 11.00am, in 15 minutes time, and we'll have news from the ground shortly. It's a vital session this morning, so important that Steve Waugh reckons "the victor in the first two hours may end up downing the champagne in 4 days time - it's that crucial."

10.35am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second day at Adelaide. The weather is warm but cloudy - 19 degrees, southerly wind and a chance of showers later in the afternoon. I'm Will Luke and, together with Jenny Thompson and Martin Williamson will be entertaining and enthralling you all with ball-by-ball commentary. A terrific day for England yesterday, anchored by Paul Collingwood before Kevin Pietersen set sail on another risk-laden ship to the island of extravagance. And that's enough disgusting metaphors for at least a month.

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Close A fine day for England, one they desperately needed. When they lost Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook early on - on a pitch offering nothing, to any bowler - there were fears of capitulation and embarrassment. But the toss Andrew Flintoff won was vital and, through patience and determination, Paul Collingwood has anchored their innings superbly. Ian Bell never looked particularly fluent, but did bat solidly - which was the theme of their batting all day. Until Pietersen came to the crease, of course - but even he was relatively calm (barring that mad shot off the penultimate ball of the day). We hope you've enjoyed our coverage and commentary today. From me, Will, and Jenny and Martin, it's goodbye - and we hope you'll join us tomorrow at 11.00am (00.30GMT).

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End of over 90 (1 run) England 266/3
PD Collingwood    98* (202b 7x4)      B Lee    20-1-77-1
KP Pietersen    60* (95b 5x4 1x6)      SR Clark    15-3-25-2

90.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, outside off, very gentle start indeed by Clark - just 79.3mph. Not sure what it is in kph; I'll dig my calculator out for later

90.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, a touch wider this time and a touch of away swing, Pietersen takes a stride down the pitch and shoulders arms.

When is a first hour not a crucial hour, ponders the ever wise Nasser Hussain

90.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, too wide; Clark needs to make Pietersen play here, who is quite happy to receive his third sighter of the morning

90.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, better line, slap bang in the channel and left alone

90.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, and he makes Pietersen play here defending it on the front foot

90.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, too wide, left alone and that's a maiden for Clark

Two slips in place. gully, deep point, cover, mid-off, mid-on, deep midwicket, backward square

Now then, here's Brett Lee. No Glenn McGrath...and Paul Collingwood needs two for his first Ashes hundred.

End of over 91 (maiden) England 266/3
KP Pietersen    60* (101b 5x4 1x6)      SR Clark    16-4-25-2
PD Collingwood    98* (202b 7x4)      B Lee    20-1-77-1

91.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and he comes forward, firmly defending that with a pleasing clunk of the bat

There's a real hush around the ground. It's cool, cloudy - a little bit breezy - and whisper-quiet.

91.2

Lee to Collingwood, 3 runs, on his legs, whipped through midwicket and there it is! Collingwood's third Test hundred. He clenches his fist, punches the air before waving the bat to the dressing room. All of the England players are on their feet, clapping and applauding, as indeed are the crowd who give him a loud and appreciative standing ovation.

91.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, on the up and pushed into cover...streaky from Pietersen, not really coming forward enough

91.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, straighter - too straight and turned off his pads

91.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, too short and Pietersen bends his back, ducking beneath it with ease. No pace in this pitch whatsoever

91.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run

End of over 92 (3 runs) England 269/3
KP Pietersen    60* (105b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    21-1-80-1
PD Collingwood    101* (204b 7x4)      SR Clark    16-4-25-2

92.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, good line from Clark, a testing, nagging line five or six inches outside off. Collingwood shoulders arms

92.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, just a bit of bounce there from Clark, jumping up at Collingwood who gets into a bit of a tangle. Defended off the back foot

92.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, punched, without properly timing it, to short midwicket with a closed face of the bat. A squirty, spongy sort of shot

92.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, lovely, crisp, confident drive off the back foot but straight to mid-off

Glenn McGrath's grazing at mid-on and isn't looking the happiest of chaps...kicking the turf, clearly trying to get Ricky Ponting's attention

92.5

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, filthy short ball from Clark and Collingwood is quick to rock back and pull it, powerfully, just behind square. Fine-leg sprints round but it's four all the way

92.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, better length, forcing Collingwood forward

End of over 93 (4 runs) England 273/3
PD Collingwood    105* (210b 8x4)      SR Clark    17-4-29-2
KP Pietersen    60* (105b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    21-1-80-1

93.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, well bowled! Great aggression from Lee, banging it in and it rises viciously on Pietersen - how often have we said that this Test? Not at all - and Pietersen leaps in the air and plays it down. Played it very well indeed actually

93.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, full, but too wide and worryingly the ball hardly carries to Gilchrist

93.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, oooh a cracker from Lee, Pietersen nibbles at this and Lee sprints down the pitch, convinced he has his man. The slips go up, Gilchrist goes up - everyone goes up but Bucknor, the umpire, shakes his head. That was mighty close but a very fine decision from Bucknor

93.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, terrific bowling from Lee, yorker length but Pietersen digs it out. And there's an aggressive stare from the bowler and an equally challenging retort from the batsman. It's hgeating it up

93.5

Lee to Pietersen, 3 runs, just a little wide and Pietersen clunks it off the back foot, in front of square, to pick up three.

Lee is fuming and chuntering.

93.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

"According to Channel 9's 'Hot Spot'," says Andrew Miller, "there was no hot spot on that caught-behind appeal. Good umpiring or crap technology? You decide."

End of over 94 (3 runs) England 276/3
PD Collingwood    105* (211b 8x4)      B Lee    22-1-83-1
KP Pietersen    63* (110b 5x4 1x6)      SR Clark    17-4-29-2

94.1

Clark to Pietersen, 2 runs, good line but Pietersen comes forward, opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man. Very neatly played

94.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, no, too wide from the bowler. Pietersen leaves it alone comfortably

94.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, better line but swinging away

94.4

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, straighter this time but it's worked to leg

94.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, firmly defended on the front foot

94.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, excellent length forcing Collingwood forward, but he's resolute in defence, coming forward solidly

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End of over 95 (3 runs) England 279/3
PD Collingwood    105* (213b 8x4)      SR Clark    18-4-32-2
KP Pietersen    66* (114b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    22-1-83-1

95.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, short, very short and Pietersen goes for an almighty hook/slog/bosh over midwicket...and he gets enough bat on it

"You know what they say about blokes with big noses," growls Boony. Answers on a postcard. Actually, forget it - we get that one.

95.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, pushed into the covers

95.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, Collingwood drives this firmly into the covers

95.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, very good line from Lee outside off - six inches or so - but Collingwood again shows the perfect defensive technique.

95.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, hit hard off the back foot - Collingwood's looking in great touch this morning, although he can't bisect the packed offside field

95.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and a good nut to end the over, forcing Collingwood back who defends

End of over 96 (1 run) England 280/3
PD Collingwood    105* (218b 8x4)      B Lee    23-1-84-1
KP Pietersen    67* (115b 5x4 1x6)      SR Clark    18-4-32-2

Clark to continue

Glenn McGrath is back on the field - I hadn't noticed he'd gone off, if I'm honest. But he's still not being let off the leash. Tactics from Ponting to stir the monster in McGrath, or is he injured?

96.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, good line but there's no pace there, no bounce either and it's left alone

96.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, outside off and it's clunked into the covers, no timing there

Both batsman struggling to time the ball properly this morning, evidence of the slow-pace of the pitch

96.3

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed to mid-off, again no timing

96.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, poor ball - just too short; an ineffectual bouncer that Collingwood evades with ease

96.5

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, and the wrong line this time from Clark, too straight and Collingwood easily turns this off his hip down to fine leg for a couple

96.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, left alone

Well Australia are looking a little worried, concerned, quizzical out there. Foreheads are creasing and heads are already looking south

End of over 97 (3 runs) England 283/3
PD Collingwood    107* (221b 8x4)      SR Clark    19-4-35-2
KP Pietersen    68* (118b 5x4 1x6)      B Lee    23-1-84-1

97.1

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, smash. The first emphatic shot of the morning, Pietersen pulling Lee from well outside off stump through midwicket. He hit that with immense power

97.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, better ball, rising on Pietersen who attempts the same pull stroke but can't get on top of the bounce

97.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run

97.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and this is speared in on Collingwood's leg stump who pushes it back to the bowler, with a high front elbow, holding the pose

97.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and again it's firmly, solidly defended off the back foot

97.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone

Well here comes McGrath, belatedly. Bit of a worry for Australia

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End of over 98 (5 runs) England 288/3
PD Collingwood    107* (225b 8x4)      B Lee    24-1-89-1
KP Pietersen    73* (120b 6x4 1x6)      SR Clark    19-4-35-2

98.1

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, what a shot, what a cracker from Pietersen. He walks, arrogantly down the pitch to make this loosener into a half volley and laces it through the covers

98.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, and he tries to whip this through midwicket powerfully but finds the man at short midwicket

98.3

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, shot. This is planned, controlled aggression as Pietersen times this superbly down the ground, just to McGrath's right, for four past mid-off.

98.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, better ball, jagging back on Pietersen who defends

98.5

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, and again he goes for it - it wasn't even that short, but Pietersen is going to stamp all over McGrath here and he pulls him through midwicket, with massive power, for four more. Thrilling theatre and there's England's 300

98.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, a dot ball at last

12 from McGrath's first over of the day which might well be a telling marker point this series

End of over 99 (12 runs) England 300/3
KP Pietersen    85* (126b 9x4 1x6)      GD McGrath    19-3-63-0
PD Collingwood    107* (225b 8x4)      B Lee    24-1-89-1

99.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, neatly clipped off his legs for a single

99.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 wide, bouncer from Lee which sails over the batsman's head - and it's called a wide

"Who are ya? Who are ya?" cry the Barmy Army as McGrath made it down to fine leg

99.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, full and straight - the slower ball - and Pietersen defends

99.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, slightly wider of the crease from Lee, punched into the covers

99.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, clunked to mid-on, no timing there

99.5

Lee to Pietersen, no run, smacked on the up but straight to mid-off

99.6

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, terrific pull stroke, smacked powerfully over midwicket but Langer shows energy beyond his years and sprints round to prevent four

A bunch of fans on the hill, all male, are dressed up as women in skirts and seven inches of makeup. What prize winners they look. They'll love the journey home tonight....

End of over 100 (4 runs) England 304/3
KP Pietersen    87* (131b 9x4 1x6)      B Lee    25-1-93-1
PD Collingwood    108* (226b 8x4)      GD McGrath    19-3-63-0
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Australia won by 10 wickets
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Australia won by an innings and 99 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 14-18, 2006
Australia won by 206 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 1-5, 2006
Australia won by 6 wickets
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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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