England tour of Australia, 2nd Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 1-5, 2006
The Ashes - 2nd Test
Australia won by 6 wickets
Played at Adelaide Oval
1,2,3,4,5 December 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200
100.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, McGrath's first ball to Collingwood is just short of a length, Collingwood comes forward - jagged back into the right-hander a touch - and he defends

100.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, too wide, Collingwood chops it behind square to get Pietersen back on strike

And the field spreads in anticipation. Three men on the boundary...Warne's in a fourth slip position

100.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen turns his wrists and clunks it through the on side

100.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that's a better line from McGrath - but really lacking pace and is left alone by Collingwood

100.5

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

100.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, jagged back on the right-hander who defends

Stuart Clark to replace Brett Lee

End of over 101 (2 runs) England 306/3

    • PD Collingwood 109 (231b 8x4)
    • KP Pietersen 88 (132b 9x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 20-3-65-0
    • B Lee 25-1-93-1
101.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run

101.2

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed to leg, dropping it dead and they sprint a single. Excellent running

101.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, yowzers, Clark's all over Collingwood like a nasty rash here...the ball spitting viciously up at Collingwood who fends it off but the ball could've gone anywhere

101.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, ooh and again, the batsman forced back...he jumps up, fending this nasty riser from hitting his neck

101.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, fuller, no bounce this time and the batsman comfortably defends

101.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, more bounce but Collingwood plays this well

Still pretty quiet in the crowd, apart from the Barmies taunting McGrath in the deep. Thrilling cricket so far this morning...no need to talk about anything else

End of over 102 (1 run) England 307/3

    • PD Collingwood 109 (235b 8x4)
    • KP Pietersen 89 (134b 9x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 20-4-36-2
    • GD McGrath 20-3-65-0
102.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, and Pietersen watches this like a hawk, defending it solidly on the front foot. Absolutely no pace from McGrath again, but he's running up to the crease quite smoothly

102.2

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen just waltzes down the wicket, charging him, and whips McGrath to leg. This is remarkable batting; I can't remember McGrath ever being treated like this

102.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, shot! No run though. Driven with power and confidence to mid-off

102.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, low bounce there and Collingwood gets a thin, faint bottom edge to an attempted pull, falling short of Gilchrist

102.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed to Ponting who's lurking at a very short mid-off

102.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed to midwicket, oh dear - this is trouble for Collingwood who dives, and the throw is wide of the stumps. I'd tell you more if they'd give me the replay, but all I can see is a massive yellow phallic being wheeled onto the pitch. Drinks, therefore, and time to hand over to Jenny.

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End of over 103 (2 runs) England 309/3

    • PD Collingwood 110 (239b 8x4)
    • KP Pietersen 90 (136b 9x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 21-3-67-0
    • SR Clark 20-4-36-2
103.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, short delivery banged in straight and fended down off the back foot

103.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a touch short again and that's defended down

103.3

Clark to Collingwood, 3 runs, not quite timed, but waits for that and plays a lovely upper cut high and even higher over the slips, boundary just inside the third-man boundary

103.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, fuller length to KP who defends watchfully on the front foot - Clark is really making the batsmen play here

103.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, that one sails down the channel and Pietersen leaves it alone

Warne, wearing a long-sleeve jumper, is making warm-up motions with his arms: he'll be keen to open up his account under the W column

103.6

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

Right, it's Warne time. He's marshalling his troops as KP, at the non-striker's end, walks around, gardening. Warne is marking out his run, shouting to mid-on, having a chat with Ponting, sorting out the field. Just the one slip in, short cover and short midwicket. Backward point, regular midwicket, mid-off, mid-on

End of over 104 (3 runs) England 312/3

    • KP Pietersen 90 (139b 9x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 113 (242b 8x4)
    • SR Clark 21-4-39-2
    • GD McGrath 21-3-67-0
104.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended first up

104.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, on the mark to begin with, muted 'Oohs' as the batsman defends easily

104.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood dances down and is quick to stifle that one, crouching over

104.4

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, driven slowly to mid-on, Warne taking the pace off the ball here, just below 80kph (50mph)

Interesting - the man comes in at silly point and Warne goes round the wicket, into the rough outside leg stump. Pietersen's first ball from Warne today

104.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen reaches out to that one, which pitches outside leg, and kills the ball off with a muffling press of the bat

104.6

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen showing early signs that he's going to play Warne in the same way as yesterday - attackingly - as he rocks back, and steps across to meet that one on the off side and send it out to point with a back-foot cut

Clark to continue. "Boonie wants a beer, Boonie wants a beer," chants Boonie. Wot no beer for Boonie? What's the world coming to?

End of over 105 (2 runs) England 314/3

    • KP Pietersen 91 (141b 9x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 114 (246b 8x4)
    • SK Warne 28-6-87-0
    • SR Clark 21-4-39-2
105.1

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, easy drive to mid-off

Words of wisdom from Ralph Miller: "Australia are aware of how quickly Pietersen likes to get through the nineties, and are encouraging him to hurry.

"It took him four deliveries to get through the nineties at Headingley in August; at Edgbaston in May it was five. At Lord's a week earlier he needed seven, and at Faisalabad it was just three. The longest he has dallied in the nineties was a tortuous 15 deliveries against the Aussies last summer, but then that was rather a stressful occasion."

105.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, left alone with a hop onto the back foot as that one sails down off

105.3

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, tucked to square easily and there's some thinking to be done as to whether they will take the second - and decide to scramble through in the end

105.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended

The camera pans to a bored-looking Monty, who's got his feet up, and Read, his partner in sitting out this match

105.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, thinks about tucking that one off his thigh through to midwicket, but stops on the shot

105.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, that one rises and Collingwood ducks under it easily, with a little bob

More discussions between the wicketless-Warne and the pensive Ponting, cheered on by crowd chants of 'Waaaarnie, Waaarnie'

End of over 106 (3 runs) England 317/3

    • PD Collingwood 116 (251b 8x4)
    • KP Pietersen 92 (142b 9x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 22-4-42-2
    • SK Warne 28-6-87-0
106.1

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, opens up on the on-side and on-drives that majestically, makes that shot look easy. It ain't

106.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, slider and a dangerous shot from Pietersen, shuffling across to his off stick to try to fend-punch it off his back foot to the on-side

Three men in the deep on the on-side and two on the off-side - the only catcher is at slip. The field's well spread

106.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, more orthodox defence, played forward

106.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pitched outside leg and Pietersen stands to tall to kick it away

106.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen lets the ball, again pitching outside leg, crash into his front pad

106.6

Warne to Pietersen, 3 runs, two steps and clipped that off his feet, turned it into a half-volley; Hussey has timed that immaculately on the midwicket boundary, scooping it and making sure he didn't connect with the rope at just the right time. Pietersen will have to wait for his hundred, but he has the strike

End of over 107 (7 runs) England 324/3

    • KP Pietersen 99 (148b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 116 (251b 8x4)
    • SK Warne 29-6-94-0
    • SR Clark 22-4-42-2
107.1

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, a scrambled single into the on-side and Pietersen raises his bat for his hundred immediately. Somewhat surprisingly, that's his slowest of his six Test match hundreds, but it still came off only 149 balls. It's the only one made at 5. Australia are clapping him, and there's applause from all the crowd

107.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended

107.3

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, an edge off a square cut squirted through between the gully and the cover

107.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, tries to bang in a bouncer - it gets up well enough, but pretty slowly off this pitch

107.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length outside off and that's a strong, strong off-drive but well-picked up in the covers by Ponting

107.6

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, on top of it and pulls it square

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End of over 108 (3 runs) England 327/3

    • KP Pietersen 101 (152b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 117 (253b 8x4)
    • SR Clark 23-4-45-2
    • SK Warne 29-6-94-0
108.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, thuds into the pad as it pitches outside leg

108.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pads up to that one

108.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Warne persisting with this leg-side attack and Pietersen whooshes at that one but there's no danger

108.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, lets that one thud into his pad

108.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, like a journalist with nothing to say, but space to fill, there's some more padding

108.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, that one slides right round the back of Pietersen but way outside leg stump - there was never a threat

End of over 109 (maiden) England 327/3

    • KP Pietersen 101 (158b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 117 (253b 8x4)
    • SK Warne 30-7-94-0
    • SR Clark 23-4-45-2

The weather, like the crowd, has just started to warm up

109.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, that one's left alone and it flies through to Gilchrist

109.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, that's dinked off his legs just behind square

109.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, overpitched in line with off stick and that's dug out easily

109.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, driven to cover

109.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, pitched on off again, more driving to cover, more picking up

109.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, tasty one, a bouncer, well bowled and that's heading straight for Collingwood's head - until he sways and ducks at the last minute

There's a breeze rushing across the pitch now as Warne walks into bowl

End of over 110 (maiden) England 327/3

    • PD Collingwood 117 (259b 8x4)
    • KP Pietersen 101 (158b 10x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 24-5-45-2
    • SK Warne 30-7-94-0
110.1

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

110.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Warne just strays with his line here, pitching that a mile (OK, metric fans, a kilometre) outside leg stump and, although it turns a bit, Pietersen leaves it well alone

110.3

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

110.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, padded away this time

110.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pitches way outside leg again, Pietersen thinks about playing it though, leaping backwards on his backfoot, but leaves it alone

110.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended

Oops. Apologies ... Pietersen's hundred was his third batting at No. 5 and not his first. He made centuries at The Oval and Faisalabad in 2005 from that position. Cricinfo's resident stats guru has been sent to the corner and won't get any of the curry we are having for lunch. (although, as it's my new recipe, that may not be so much of a punishment.)

End of over 111 (maiden) England 327/3

    • KP Pietersen 101 (164b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 117 (259b 8x4)
    • SK Warne 31-8-94-0
    • SR Clark 24-5-45-2
111.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, driven lazily into the covers

111.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, driven without any power to the covers again

111.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, tries the shorter one; it doesn't get up much though, thanks to the pitch, and Collingwood has a second or two to defend off the back foot

111.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a touch of width outside off and that's driven out to cover

111.5

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, tester; short one again and that gets up, but it's jabbed down well to third man

This partnership's worth 170 now. Mitchell Johnson has come on for Ricky Ponting.

111.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, stops on a drive to covers

Ponting's back on and he's immediately over to Warne to have a chat about their latest tactics in a bid to break this partnership

End of over 112 (1 run) England 328/3

    • KP Pietersen 101 (165b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 118 (264b 8x4)
    • SR Clark 25-5-46-2
    • SK Warne 31-8-94-0
112.1

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, over the wicket to Collingwood, a short ball and that's just eased away off the back foot, cut down behind point

Round to Pietersen now, resuming that form of attack&

112.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen thinks about playing this one, which pitches inevitably outside leg, but pulls his bat away at the last minute

112.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pads up this time

There's a man in at short fine leg for the top edge

112.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, ooh, a big leave from Pietersen, and that flicked his pad. It went on to hit the helmet, but won't be five runs because the ball is dead - not offering a shot

112.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, defended again

112.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside leg

"Not much happening," says David Lloyd, who sums up that over perfectly

End of over 113 (1 run) England 329/3

    • KP Pietersen 101 (170b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 119 (265b 8x4)
    • SK Warne 32-8-95-0
    • SR Clark 25-5-46-2
113.1

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, bissects the two fielders out on the hook and that's gone a long way - hit flat and hard - for a one-bounce four. Australia will be interested in the fact that one was in the air

113.2

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, on the drive this time, lamped through cover, blistering shot that

113.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, on the money from Clark - pitching on off and that's defended watchfully on the front foot

113.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, attempts a drive off the back foot

Clarke's doing a few limbering up stretches. Now is that to keep warm - there are plenty of jumpers for the Australian fielders, though it'll seem hot for the Poms - or is he going to have an over before lunch just to mix things up a bit? I suspect it's the former, but we'll find out of course

113.5

Clark to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, change of angle, short ball and Collingwood gets in a bit of a tangle, but manages to lay bat - oh no, it must have been pad or clothing - on it in the end

113.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, defended this time

End of over 114 (9 runs) England 338/3

    • KP Pietersen 101 (171b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 127 (270b 10x4)
    • SR Clark 26-5-54-2
    • SK Warne 32-8-95-0
114.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, over the wicket and Collingwood
comes down the track to meet that one and it's whipped along the ground to the alert Clarke at short midwicket who picks it up tidily

114.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, that's up there and defended quietly on the front foot

114.3

Warne to Collingwood, 2 runs, wideish and Collingwood gives himself time to caress that one off the back foot with a cut just behind point, lovely shot

114.4

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

114.5

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, goes over the top, lifting that over midwicket and McGrath gives chase in vain

a record fourth-wicket partnership at Adelaide for any side against Australia - 186 runs. The previous best was 183, Lara and Adams in 2000

114.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, well bowled and played

And it is Clarke... to replace Clark... with some left-arm spin as an hors-d'oeuvre in the lead-up to lunch

End of over 115 (6 runs) England 344/3

    • PD Collingwood 133 (276b 11x4)
    • KP Pietersen 101 (171b 10x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 33-8-101-0
    • SR Clark 26-5-54-2
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

This is the last over before lunch

End of over 116 (maiden) England 344/3

    • KP Pietersen 101 (177b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 133 (276b 11x4)
    • MJ Clarke 11-2-27-0
    • SK Warne 33-8-101-0
116.1

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, on-drive pushed easily to mid-on and there's a languid single

116.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, a bit of air on that one which pitches straighter and Pietersen chooses to cover-drive it, a touch oddly - it works, though, and the batsmen get a single

116.3

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

116.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, driven into the covers

116.5

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, waits for that off the back foot and drives it slowly into the covers

116.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen lets that one crash into his pads - yes, you guessed; Warne came round the wicket and pitched that one outside leg

1.35pm The players ambling out to the middle to resume, all very low key. Glenn McGrath to open the post-lunch session. "Could it just be one of the greatest blunders of all time Ashes history to select a four-man attack with one ageing, unfit bowler and another who is struggling for form?" asks Mark Kidger. Time will tell ...

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1.30pm A superb curry lunch courtesy of Jenny Thompson with not a hint of anything that had a central nervous system in it so very vegetarian friendly. On air, David Gower and Michael Atherton are indulging in a playground-style "how many Ashes series did you win" spat which Atherton ends up losing.

For those who have asked, the commentators throughout this match will be Will Luke, Jenny Thompson and Martin Williamson.

Lunch Serene progress from England's batsmen in the opening session of day two, with both Collingwood and Pietersen continuing to build on a very impressive partnership - they now have the record fourth-wicket stand for anyone against Australia at Adelaide and they're looking in very good touch indeed, both reaching their hundreds with no alarms. No chances were offered at all in this session, as the Australians searched to halt their progress. Ponting shuffled his bowlers around, but none of them could find the breakthrough on a placid pitch, and all their plugging went unrewarded. After the lunch session it will be Martin Williamson to continue from the Boonie Doll End, but don't go away, because there's plenty of things to check out here on Cricinfo.

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End of over 117 (3 runs) England 347/3

    • KP Pietersen 102 (179b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 135 (280b 11x4)
    • SK Warne 34-8-104-0
    • MJ Clarke 11-2-27-0
117.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, very gentle loosener, slow but on off stump. This is his sixth spell so far

117.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, another one so slow it almost wobbles, Collingwood spars at it and misses. Close enough for Gilchrist to throw his head back in exasperation

117.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that one seamed back into Collingwood, but he had time to play it into the covers

117.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again gently played to point. Both batsman and bowler look like they have had a good lunch and don't want to overdo things

117.5

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, slightly short, Collingwood waits and pushed it wide of a diving cover, but only one as there's a man protecting the boundary

117.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, hit hard into the ground and into the leg side

Warne continues. "Warne bowled this 'round the wicket crap to Kemp in Perth last year, wasting over after over. That match was the only draw in the series of 12 which Australia won after losing the Ashes. I was there, it was crappy bowling then and it is still crappy bowling. I don't know why Ponting is letting it go on if Pietersen is clearly not going to rise to the bait (like Kemp didn't)."

End of over 118 (1 run) England 348/3

    • KP Pietersen 102 (180b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 136 (285b 11x4)
    • GD McGrath 22-3-68-0
    • SK Warne 34-8-104-0

Nope, over the wicket

118.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, blocked, no real turn there

118.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss, hit uppishly wide of short midwicket, a shout of catch more in hope than expectation

Back round the wicket to KP. Get ready to snore ...

118.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, padded into the off side

118.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, padded into the leg side

118.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run

118.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, even wider, and disdainfully kicked away. You can't blame Pietersen here, why should he swing at this kind of stuff ...

End of over 119 (1 run) England 349/3

    • KP Pietersen 102 (184b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 137 (287b 11x4)
    • SK Warne 35-8-105-0
    • GD McGrath 22-3-68-0
119.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood onto the back foot but doesn't try to hit it, just plops it safely down

119.2

McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR, driven, not quite controlled, but he opened the face and the ball run unhindered down to third man where there was a big open space

Ponting and McGrath consult, wave their arms a lot, and leave things as they are

Ponting now brings one man over from the leg into a second slip

119.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, wide of off stump and left alone

119.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump, and again Collingwood not interested

119.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, carbon copy. McGrath has changed his line from off stump to about 12-18 inches outside it. It's damage limitation time from the big man

119.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, shaped to drive through mid-ff bit a thick inside edge takes it square on the leg side

End of over 120 (5 runs) England 354/3

    • PD Collingwood 142 (293b 12x4)
    • KP Pietersen 102 (184b 10x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 23-3-73-0
    • SK Warne 35-8-105-0

Over the wicket to Collingwood

120.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, good line, no appreciable turn, blocked

120.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, flighted, Collingwood waits and flicks it down to deepish mid-on

And Warne round the wicket ... yawn

120.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, wide and padded away. Anyone got any paint I can watch dry?

120.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, guess what ... go on ... yup, padded etc

120.5

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and again. "This is rubbish," says Michael Holding

120.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, and again wide and kicked away ... and the crowd starting to boo, and who can blame them

It's sad and frustrating to see such an outstanding bowler used in this terribly defensive and dull way, and a full house deserves far better.

End of over 121 (1 run) England 355/3

    • KP Pietersen 102 (188b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 143 (295b 12x4)
    • SK Warne 36-8-106-0
    • GD McGrath 23-3-73-0
121.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, McGrath bowling wide of off stump to a packed offside field. Same tactics but far less cynical ...

121.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood into line to bock

Harro writes from Down Under - literally. "Hello from the lads in Leinster country WA - it's an underground mine 1.5km down!" How come he can get a connection and I struggle in my living room.&

121.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed to extra cover, no run, no sniff of one

Mike Thomason writes from aboard the Seismic Survey Vessel Geco Searcher, 100 miles West of Sarawak Malaysia. He's the captain, he tells us, so let's hope someone else is steering the ship while he's watching Pietersen and Collingwood cruise along on calm waters. (enough shipping jokes - Marine-watch Ed)

121.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, turned into the leg side, runs no more than 10 or 12 feet from the batsman

121.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood surprised by a bouncer, shapes to hook but it's too short and he pulls out of the shot very late

121.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump, Collingwood stands tall and pushes it into the off

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End of over 122 (maiden) England 355/3

    • PD Collingwood 143 (301b 12x4)
    • KP Pietersen 102 (188b 10x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 24-4-73-0
    • SK Warne 36-8-106-0

Warne around the wicket again

122.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, slanted across the bat and left alone

122.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, very wide outside leg

122.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, same stuff again. Sorry, but hard to find different ways of describing the same stuff again

122.4

Warne to Pietersen, no run, slightly different line and it passes wide of the off stump

122.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, even Warne struggles to keep his outside-leg line and pitches one on the line which Pietersen waits for and punches down to mid -off. Ironic cheers ...

122.6

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, on leg stump and flicked to deepish mid-on

"I'm 300 kilometres off the southern coast of New Zealand," yells Bret. "Seen two icebergs today. Hauling up blue cod by the tonne. Go the Poms!"

End of over 123 (2 runs) England 357/3

    • PD Collingwood 144 (302b 12x4)
    • KP Pietersen 103 (193b 10x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 37-8-108-0
    • GD McGrath 24-4-73-0
123.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, very wide and Pietersen hammers that to the left of point but the man in the deep runs round to field

That's the 200 partnership off 372 balls

123.2

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, a bit short and hit hard into the ground and it bobbles out to deep extra cover

McGrath muttering like a man who finds there's a 45-minute wait to pay money in at the bank

123.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, two steps down the pitch and worked into the leg side

More muttering from McGrath. Head down as he walks back, he's not happy ...

123.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed to cover

The crowd trying to start a Mexican Wave but not having much luck

123.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, blocked, no real effort from either party

123.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, a tame end to a tame over ... "Boring England," chant the Australian fans

Brett Lee leaves the field and Mitch Johnson trots on

End of over 124 (4 runs) England 361/3

    • PD Collingwood 147 (307b 12x4)
    • KP Pietersen 104 (194b 10x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 25-4-77-0
    • SK Warne 37-8-108-0
124.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, slightly straighter and Pietersen looks to hit it over the top but 95% of the effort goes into hitting the ground

124.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, back to the old negative stuff

124.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, this time Pietersen takes a stride and kicks it with both legs

124.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, two steps and he drives the ball to long-on

124.5

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run

Warne back round the wicket ...

124.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, for a second Pietersen looked as if he was about to send that off towards the suburbs but thought better of it and let it hit him, a bit more bounce there

End of over 125 (2 runs) England 363/3

    • KP Pietersen 105 (199b 10x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 148 (308b 12x4)
    • SK Warne 38-8-110-0
    • GD McGrath 25-4-77-0

We had 16 runs in eight overs since lunch.

125.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump and left alone

125.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, on off stump and pushed up to mid-off

125.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, bouncer at 79mph (127kph) but too short and Collingwood stands tall as it scoots past

"I'm in the crowd with my laptop," shouts Barry Tetley. "This is disgusting. I reckon they are 'bringing the game into disrepute' and should lose their match fee!"

125.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, patted back to mid-on who struggles to find the enthusiasm to bend over and pick it up

125.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, blocked into the leg side

125.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, blocked into the leg side

"This is a gutless way of playing cricket," says Michael Atherton but Nasser Hussain disagrees. Well, he would, as anyone who recalls his use of Ashley Giles against Sachin Tendulkar will verify

End of over 126 (maiden) England 363/3

    • PD Collingwood 148 (314b 12x4)
    • KP Pietersen 105 (199b 10x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 26-5-77-0
    • SK Warne 38-8-110-0
126.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen comes down the track, mistimes his shot and it squirts into the off side

126.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, blocked

Nasser Hussain trying to say this is good cricket. No, Nasser, it's the kind of cricket that almost killed the game a few years back

126.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, lovely flighted ball, beats Collingwood's prod. That's what we want to see

126.4

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, Collingwood takes two strides down the track and lofts the ball back over Warne's head, not timed perfectly but it beats the man halfway back at mid-off who chases back in a fruitless effort

126.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, watchful defence

126.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood smothers the spin

Hussain continues on air to defend these tactics. He was wrong in India 2001-02 and he's wrong now

End of over 127 (5 runs) England 368/3

    • PD Collingwood 152 (319b 13x4)
    • KP Pietersen 106 (200b 10x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 39-8-115-0
    • GD McGrath 26-5-77-0
127.1

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, overpitched on off stump and Pietersen launches into that and drives it past McGrath with interest

You suspect that Pietersen has been so tied down by Warne that McGrath might be the one to suffer.

127.2

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, one step, cross-battedly worked between mid-on and midwicket

127.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, back to the more orthodox as Collingwood blocks it

127.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, right behind the line of the ball and punched into the ground

127.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, exaggerated defensive shot and the pose then held for the side-on photographers

"It will be interesting to see how the Australian media reports this," says Atherton. "Because they are so one-eyed." Emails to Atherton not us , please!

127.6

McGrath to Collingwood, 2 runs, flicked from middle-and-leg to the man at deep square leg

End of over 128 (7 runs) England 375/3

    • PD Collingwood 154 (323b 13x4)
    • KP Pietersen 111 (202b 11x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 27-5-84-0
    • SK Warne 39-8-115-0

Warne round the wicket

128.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, slanted across no shot, no need to play one

"Boring," chant the crowd

"This cricket has all the excitement of a bowl of cold tofu," observed Curly from Japan. "Why not give Gilchrist a bowl? Japanese TV is more interesting than this."

128.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run

"This cricket has all the excitement of a bowl of cold tofu," observed Curly from Japan. "Why not give Gilchrist a bowl? Japanese TV is more interesting than this."

128.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, outside leg stump and tuned to backward square leg

128.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, very wide and missed by a swishing Pieterson and an unsighted Gilchrist

No, Rudi says Pietersen got some bat on that

128.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, the first "Bowled, Shane" of the session as he opts for a more conventional attack to Collingwood

128.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and again on the spot and Collingwood blocks

128.5

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, short, Collingwood waits and punches it to the man halfway back at mid-on

128.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes a step and looks to launch that over the top but hits a mixture of ground and his own feet and the ball bobbles back to Warne

In fairness to Warne, he hardly looks thrilled at bowling this stuff to Pietersen. This is now the record fourth-wicket partnership for any team at Adelaide, beating the previous best, 214, set by the Australians Dean Jones and Allan Border against West Indies in 1989.

End of over 129 (2 runs) England 377/3

    • KP Pietersen 112 (205b 11x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 155 (326b 13x4)
    • SK Warne 40-8-117-0
    • GD McGrath 27-5-84-0
129.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed to extra cover, cantered single

"I think I'd rather give out bed pans all night than watch this," moans Jamie, a student nurse on a night shift back in Britain. Not sure it's that bad.

129.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stands tall and drives to mid-on

129.3

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen comes down the pitch and McGrath sees him coming and bangs one in, Pietersen manages to pull that to deep midwicket with both feet off the ground

129.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, plopped down safely

And again McGrath chunters as Pietersen as he walks back

129.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, decent line, defended

More muttering and hard looks.

129.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, faster ball, speared in at leg stump and Collingwood keeps it out with no alarms

End of over 130 (2 runs) England 379/3

    • PD Collingwood 156 (330b 13x4)
    • KP Pietersen 113 (207b 11x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 28-5-86-0
    • SK Warne 40-8-117-0

Warne round the wicket

130.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, wide, kicked away

130.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, kicked away again

130.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 wide, massive cheer as a wide called. It started on the line and never turned

130.3

Warne to Pietersen, 2 runs, reached for that and drove it into the leg. A decent ball to most players

130.4

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely shot, Pietersen makes another wide ball into a half volley and drives into the gap between mid-on and midwicket, super cricket

130.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, fired in shorter and punched into the covers, Martyn scampers round well to prevent a second

130.6

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run

End of over 131 (9 runs) England 388/3

    • PD Collingwood 157 (331b 13x4)
    • KP Pietersen 120 (212b 12x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 41-8-126-0
    • GD McGrath 28-5-86-0

Brett Lee into the attack

131.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run

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131.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, leg stump, neatly flicked to midwicket

Cheering as Lee runs in and a shout of "No ball". Boys will be boys.

131.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, again leggish line and nothing doing

131.3

Lee to Collingwood, 3 runs, fullish, well driven fine to the left of mid-on and pulled up a few yards inside the boundary

Two men in at shortish midwicket for the Pietersen flick

131.4

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, he does flick, but squarer and the man at long leg chugs round to field

131.5

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, Whump. Pitched up and hammered back with knobs on past Lee and mid-off. Neither moved

131.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, good yorker from Lee, super response

Here come drinks ... nope ... there go drinks as the umpires wave them away

End of over 132 (9 runs) England 397/3

    • KP Pietersen 126 (215b 13x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 160 (334b 13x4)
    • B Lee 26-1-102-1
    • SK Warne 41-8-126-0
132.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, conventional stuff to Collingwood, blocked

132.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood right over that, almost chesting it into the ground

132.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, turned into the leg side

132.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, leading edge falls short of mid-on who is two-thirds back

Still three men in catching positions when Collingwood's on strike

132.5

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, fullish, deliberately placed between the cover fielders and an easy single. Big cheers from the Barmy Army as the 400 comes up. "Ingerland," they chant

Now the short cover and short midwicket vanish. Still one slip

132.6

Warne to Pietersen, no run, kicked away, a fitting end to the session

Stat watch from Andrew Miller: "The last time England made 400 in the first innings against Australia was at Trent Bridge in 2005 (477). And they won that one."

Thanks Martin, afternoon all. Looks like Pietersen's had enough of the go-slow. Here's Lee once more.

On come the drinks, just two 12th men in a throwback to the old days. Perhaps - hopefully - the sponsored phallus which is usually used has punctured. Speaking of which, here's Will Luke to take you through to tea. I'm off for a lie down ... it's all been too much.

End of over 133 (3 runs) England 400/3

    • KP Pietersen 127 (218b 13x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 162 (337b 13x4)
    • SK Warne 42-8-129-0
    • B Lee 26-1-102-1
133.1

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, down the leg side, whipped off his legs

133.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, ooh well bowled there, swinging into Collingwood who's trapped in his crease. Perhaps a bit of reverse swing there. Well done everyone

133.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, outside off, touch too short and it's left alone

133.4

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, typical Collingwood, just nurdling this like the utter nurdler he is, picking up two easy runs on the on side. Two easy ones, as opposed to two difficult ones

133.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, super effort from Lee there, a great yorker reverse-swinging into the batsman who digs it out

133.6

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, far too wide and chopped down to deep point

Michael Clarke into the attack, replacing Shane Warne

1000 runs for Collingwood this year, the sixth batsmen to do it this year. Terrific effort. Only another 700 to beat Mohammad Yousuf

End of over 134 (5 runs) England 405/3

    • PD Collingwood 167 (343b 13x4)
    • KP Pietersen 127 (218b 13x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 27-1-107-1
    • SK Warne 42-8-129-0
134.1

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

The Barmies are making unintelligible noises again. Not a clue what they're singing, but at least the noise proves they haven't fallen into a coma.

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

And there's the 250-run partnership between these two. Marvellous effort, that

End of over 135 (3 runs) England 408/3

    • PD Collingwood 169 (347b 13x4)
    • KP Pietersen 128 (220b 13x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 12-2-30-0
    • B Lee 27-1-107-1
135.1

Lee to Collingwood, FOUR, it's an edge! An edge I tell you. But Lee is slipless and Collingwood's wafty outside edge flies through the vacant cordon down to third man for four.

Lee is fuming here

135.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, great comeback! Inswinging yorker, really well bowled but well dug out

135.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, another yorker of not-quite-yorker-length, swinging down the leg side and Collingwood sits back in his crease, waits for it, before bunging it down the ground

Pietersen v Lee

135.4

Lee to Pietersen, no run, clonked on the up. "Caaatch!" shouts a vainly optimistic fielder

135.5

Lee to Pietersen, 4 leg byes, poor ball drifting down leg, Pietersen turns it off his boot and it races down to fine leg for four.

135.6

Lee to Pietersen, no run, good bouncer, fast and straight

"Warne needs to bowl only one more ball for it to be the longest spell he has bowled without taking a wicket (he also had 42 dry overs against India in 1998)" cries the uber-statto Patrick

End of over 136 (9 runs) England 417/3

    • KP Pietersen 128 (223b 13x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 174 (350b 14x4)
    • B Lee 28-1-112-1
    • MJ Clarke 12-2-30-0
136.1

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

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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

End of over 137 (3 runs) England 420/3

    • PD Collingwood 176 (355b 14x4)
    • KP Pietersen 129 (224b 13x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 13-2-33-0
    • B Lee 28-1-112-1

Some slow-clapping by the crowd here as Ponting is moving his field

137.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, good inswing there, good pace too and timed into the covers

137.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended by Collingwood on the front foot

137.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, well bowled again, Lee. Fast, inswinging yorker but it's well dug out by Collingwood

137.4

Lee to Collingwood, 3 runs, too wide and full, hence no swing, and it's squirted out to third man

137.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, well played, pushing this firmly down the ground

137.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and that's defended on the front foot

We're aware of the problems with the commentary, displaying the wrong names. It's a gremlin in the system. When we say "and that's well defended by Collingwood," we mean it! The bugs are being squashed and it'll be sorted.

End of over 138 (4 runs) England 424/3

    • PD Collingwood 179 (360b 14x4)
    • KP Pietersen 130 (225b 13x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 29-1-116-1
    • 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

"It's very cold in the Don Bradman Stand," reports Peter English. "The wind's blowing quite hard - feels like Lord's in April. Well, almost. You can still get burned in the sun."

End of over 139 (7 runs) England 431/3

    • PD Collingwood 184 (364b 14x4)
    • KP Pietersen 131 (227b 13x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 14-2-39-0
    • B Lee 29-1-116-1
139.1

Lee to Pietersen, FOUR, what a shot from Pietersen. It was wide of the off stump, banged in short and rising on Pietersen's head who hooked him in front of square for four. Terrific batting

139.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, inswing for Lee but it's a full bunger, pumped down the ground by Pietersen

This is now the record partnership for any England pairing at Adelaide - beating the previous best of 262 between Douglas Jardine and Wally Hammond, for the third wicket, way back in the '28-29 series. Well, golly gosh and knock us down with a feather.

139.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended solidly by Collingwood

139.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, well bowled but Lee needs to adjust his line slightly here. Too straight, drifting down leg

139.5

Lee to Collingwood, FOUR, slower ball, outside off - very slow - Collingwood sees it like a beach ball and smacks it through extra cover for four. This is fine, confident yet sensible batting

Collingwood's first-class best is 190

139.6

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, pushes this off the back foot into the covers

Clarke over the wicket this time

End of over 140 (10 runs) England 441/3

    • PD Collingwood 189 (368b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 136 (229b 14x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 30-1-126-1
    • 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

Yes, the problems with our scorecard are still here. We do apologise; stick with us, they'll be sorted soon. Technical glitches.

Stuart Clark into the attack, replacing Brett Lee.

End of over 141 (3 runs) England 444/3

    • PD Collingwood 191 (373b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 137 (230b 14x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 15-2-42-0
    • B Lee 30-1-126-1
141.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, as ever, Collingwood closes the face here and pushes it to cover

141.2

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

141.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, good pace here from Clark, hurrying Collingwood and he tucks it to leg

141.4

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, nicely dug out here for a couple to deep midwicket

141.5

Clark to Collingwood, 3 runs

141.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, skips down the pitch and chips it to mid-on

End of over 142 (5 runs) England 449/3

    • KP Pietersen 137 (231b 14x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 196 (378b 15x4)
    • SR Clark 27-5-59-2
    • MJ Clarke 15-2-42-0

Over the wicket to Collingwood, on 196

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.

Pietersen on strike. Clarke round the wicket

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.

504 minutes, 383 balls, 16 fours for Collingwood - England's first double hundred since Rob Key in 2004 against the West Indies.

End of over 143 (8 runs) England 457/3

    • PD Collingwood 203 (383b 16x4)
    • KP Pietersen 138 (232b 14x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 16-2-50-0
    • SR Clark 27-5-59-2
143.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

143.2

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, clonked down the ground and that's the 300 partnership between these two

300 from 493 balls. Epic batting.

143.3

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, cleverly played, cutting it in front of square

"We are the Arrrmmy. The Barmy Arrrmmy" sing the Barm....well, you know who's singing it

143.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended on the back foot

143.5

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, tickled off his legs down to fine leg

143.6

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, with a flick of the wrists Pietersen knocks this to mid-on

Australia are looking absolutely exhausted out there

End of over 144 (5 runs) England 462/3

    • KP Pietersen 140 (235b 14x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 206 (386b 16x4)
    • SR Clark 28-5-64-2
    • MJ Clarke 16-2-50-0

Around the wicket

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.

Over the wicket

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

End of over 145 (3 runs) England 465/3

    • PD Collingwood 206 (389b 16x4)
    • KP Pietersen 143 (238b 14x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 17-2-53-0
    • SR Clark 28-5-64-2

118 runs in this session at over 4/over. Good going. Leg-side field is packed for Pietersen. Here's Clark.&

145.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, pushed to short midwicket

145.2

Clark to Pietersen, 3 runs, ridiculous shot, Pietersen took a few walking steps down the pitch and flicked him through mid-on. No timing, but the confidence of the man is astounding

145.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, and he leaves this off-side wobbler

"Genius stroke from Ponting a few overs ago," remarks Adrian, tongue firmly wedged in cheek, "to replace Lee who was just starting to reverse the ball and get his radar right."

145.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, and again he won't be tempted

145.5

Clark to Collingwood, OUT, and he's GONE! Collingwood is out, he's edged Clark behind, a swinging delivery driven on the up, takes a thick outside edge and Gilchrist takes the catch. He receive tumultuous applause, a standing ovation from everyone in the ground and every Australian on the pitch. A fabulous innings

PD Collingwood c †Gilchrist b Clark 206 (515m 392b 16x4 0x6) SR: 52.55

And that'll be tea. Off go the players, led by Collingwood who keeps his bat raised. 121 runs scored in that session and, obviously, just the one wicket for Australia. Again, our sincere apologies for the technical glitches early which we hope are now resolved. If you want to chat to us, send us a note. That's it from me, Will, and it'll be Jenny in the commentator's chair after tea.

Actually, it's me (Jenny) in the chair just before the end of the break because I simply can't wait to tell you that Collingwood's was the first double-ton by an Englishman in Australia since Wally Hammond in 1936-37. What a marvellous, quite swimming effort. This stat has been brought to my attention by the marvellous, quite swimming effortless Andrew Miller. Well done that anorak.

And the players are coming back on the field, Pietersen double-windmilling his arms forward, stretching a bit, ready for more runs... he's just four shy of his 150 now.

145.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, slips and a gully for Flintoff but none of those come into play as he presses forward into the cover region and that rounds off Clark's over

It'll be Warne now from the Cathedral End, persisting with that leg-side line as he prepares to bowl round the wicket. Pietersen bending his knees, limbering up

End of over 146 (3 runs) England 468/4

    • A Flintoff 0 (1b)
    • KP Pietersen 146 (240b 14x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 29-5-67-3
    • MJ Clarke 17-2-53-0
146.1

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen tickles that quietly into the midwicket region

Flintoff takes his guard as Warne switches over for him. Slip and a short leg in for him, as Australia look to attack

146.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, creeps forward and Flintoff prods at that one, fending it into the fully region

146.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, oh dear, you don't want to be doing that. A deliberate press down from Flintoff and Pietersen sets off looking for a run, but has to make it back sharpish and if the shy had connected he'd have been a gonner

146.4

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, rushes at that one and it cannons off his back leg and bobbles into the air

146.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, tickled behind square

146.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, comes forward and that's defended forward, quietly

Clarke to continue.

Tell us interesting things. Or tell each other in the Match Vox.

End of over 147 (3 runs) England 471/4

    • A Flintoff 1 (5b)
    • KP Pietersen 148 (242b 14x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 43-8-132-0
    • SR Clark 29-5-67-3
147.1

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, walks down the track and whips that - he's all wrists there - to Lee at mid-on

147.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, ooh, you couldn't have shoved a slip of rice paper between Flintoff's front leg and his bat there as he pleases his coach with a textbook forward defensive

147.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, straightforward defensive again to one which once more pitches just outside off

147.4

Clark to Flintoff, no run, that wobbles in at the batsman, but he stands tall and drives that casually to Martyn at mid-off

147.5

Clark to Flintoff, no run, takes the pace off that one, but it's wide enough down the off-side channel for Flintoff to lift his bat and leave the ball well alone

147.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, just pitches outside off, pushed right up there and Flintoff fancies on-driving, but miscues and the ball rolls harmlessly towards mid-on, pretty slowly

Flags flapping in the wind at the Oval: it's fresh and breezy, with patchy cloud but otherwise bright sunshine

End of over 148 (1 run) England 472/4

    • A Flintoff 1 (10b)
    • KP Pietersen 149 (243b 14x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 30-5-68-3
    • SK Warne 43-8-132-0
148.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, pitches outside leg, Pietersen opens the face and tries to steer that wide of slip, but Hayden's there and his bucket hands pouch the ball

148.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, ooh, big rip from Warne there and that one fizzes right past Pietersen's outside

148.3

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen's third Test match 150 comes up with a little tickle on the on-side. The crowd stand to applaud

148.4

Warne to Flintoff, 2 runs, dibs down soft hands on that one but times it well enough to the midwicket boundary off his legs

148.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, more gentle hands, like hands that do dishes, and that's eased into the cover region

148.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, presses over that one with an easy defence

Warne snatches his wide-brim hat off the umpire, frustrated, and walks off muttering some choice language to himself

End of over 149 (3 runs) England 475/4

    • A Flintoff 3 (13b)
    • KP Pietersen 150 (246b 14x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 44-8-135-0
    • SR Clark 30-5-68-3
149.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

149.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, comes down the track, keeps his bat straightish and uprightish as he plays a forward defensive to one which pitches around off stump

149.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, Clark slams that one down the corridor but with certainty the batsman leaves it alone

149.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, now then, a bit of a post-milestone headrush from Pietersen there, trying to hook - or was that hoick?- that legside attempted bouncer into the MCG. As it is he connects only with air

149.5

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, comes down the track and drives that to cover

Chris writes: ".Great work....almost midnight here in Canada...-15C outside and snowing...but the England Lads are warming my heart!" And your cockles, too, no doubt. Bless.

149.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, defended forward

End of over 150 (1 run) England 476/4

    • A Flintoff 3 (14b)
    • KP Pietersen 151 (251b 14x4 1x6)
    • SR Clark 31-5-69-3
    • SK Warne 44-8-135-0
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