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
150.1

Warne to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely shot, a belter of an on-drive in front of midwicket, just reaching out for that and it races away

150.2

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, easy steer into the midwicket region

150.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, defended forward on the front foot

A man goes onto the midwicket boundary

150.4

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, tickles that to mid-on and the batsmen rush a quick single

150.5

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to cover

150.6

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, tapped forward

End of over 151 (8 runs) England 484/4

    • A Flintoff 5 (17b)
    • KP Pietersen 157 (254b 15x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 45-8-143-0
    • SR Clark 31-5-69-3
151.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, that's wideish and Flintoff reaches out to cut that square, but doesn't quite time it

151.2

Clark to Flintoff, 3 runs, straight down the ground, a touch aerial, but just wide of the man at mid-on, Lee, who chases it down and the gulls get scattered. That was nowhere near the middle of the bat, just sheer timing helped it on its way

151.3

Clark to Pietersen, no run, aggression from Clark and Pietersen lets that bouncer whistle past his nose as he pulls away from the ball early

151.4

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, digs out a fuller one and drives it to wide mid-off

151.5

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, slower delivery and that's eased into the covers

151.6

Clark to Pietersen, OUT, Pietersen drops that down to Ponting in at short mid-on and the underarm shy takes the stumps at the non-striker's end. That's his equal highest Test score, but he just can't shake the monkey off his back that is 158. He got that score against Sri Lanka in the summer, and he's had 158 against Australia before, at the Oval in 2005.

KP Pietersen run out 158 (377m 257b 15x4 1x6) SR: 61.47

30,321 spectators witnessed that innings; the biggest crowd since ... yesterday

End of over 152 (5 runs) England 489/5

    • A Flintoff 9 (20b)
    • SR Clark 32-5-74-3
    • SK Warne 45-8-143-0
152.1

Warne to Jones, no run, ooh, top bowling, that. Ripper. Warne fizzes that one past

152.2

Warne to Jones, 1 run, Jones goes chasing that one, a wide one which he cuts away low

152.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, eased on the off-side

152.4

Warne to Jones, no run, deliberate jab down on that one by Jones, defending forward

152.5

Warne to Jones, no run, pitches on leg and that spins back nine or ten inches, but it's left alone

152.6

Warne to Jones, no run, left alone again

A rare bit of action for Monty ... dashing on to the pitch with a drink, and possibly a message with that bottle

End of over 153 (2 runs) England 491/5

    • GO Jones 1 (5b)
    • A Flintoff 10 (21b)
    • SK Warne 46-8-145-0
    • SR Clark 32-5-74-3
153.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, straight bouncer, easily ducked under

153.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, that one nips back in off the seam at Flintoff who strides down confidently and knocks it into the short midwicket region

153.3

Clark to Flintoff, no run, huuuuuuge - and rare - shout for lbw (two hands'n'all) but Bucknor remains unmoved; although that rapped Flintoff on the back leg, it was sliding down the leg-side and possibly a touch too high, as well

153.4

Clark to Flintoff, no run, solid in defence this time

153.5

Clark to Flintoff, no run, defended forward once more

What's this? Lee warming up, swinging his arms

153.6

Clark to Flintoff, no run, a touch of room outside off and Flintoff just plants himself forward and pushes it into the off-side

"Where do we come from?" sing the Army. You'd expect they'd know by now...

End of over 154 (maiden) England 491/5

    • A Flintoff 10 (27b)
    • GO Jones 1 (5b)
    • SR Clark 33-6-74-3
    • SK Warne 46-8-145-0
154.1

Warne to Jones, no run, defended forward

154.2

Warne to Jones, OUT, tosses that up and he gets the reward. A wide, floated delivery and Jones rushes at that one, driving it up to Martyn at point who snaffles a pretty easy chance, standing firm and taking it in Australian-style, fingertips pointing upwards. Clever thinking from Warne but he was hardly excited, he didn't even smile

GO Jones c Martyn b Warne 1 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

"I haven't seen that look since Ian Salisbury finally took a wicket in Pakistan," observes Martin. Nuff said.

154.3

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

154.4

Warne to Giles, no run, ooh hello, that zoomed like a good'un - or a bad'un if you're Giles - past the outside edge and Gilo's puffed out cheeks tell you all you need to know; he was lucky to escape

154.5

Warne to Giles, no run, prodding defence

Men swarming all round the bat here like swarming men all round a bat

154.6

Warne to Giles, no run, defended forward again to round off a successful over from Warne, who's in the wickets at last

End of over 155 (wicket maiden) England 491/6

    • AF Giles 0 (4b)
    • A Flintoff 10 (27b)
    • SK Warne 47-9-145-1
    • SR Clark 33-6-74-3
155.1

Clark to Flintoff, no run, big shout for an attempted yorker sliding down past leg-stump. Umpire Bucknor turns the appeal down with a smile which probably secretly says, "You're joking!" but passes as congeniality

155.2

Clark to Flintoff, no run, comes forward to straight-drive

155.3

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, comes forward and straight-bats that forward, stunning the ball, really, and sets off, looking for the run

Leg gully in for Giles who pulls out of his stance as Clark runs into bowl. Some chump is chomping on chips by the sightscreen, unaware that there's a Test match going on in his eyeline

155.4

Clark to Giles, no run, defended forward

Monty's got his headphones in, listening to the commentary

155.5

Clark to Giles, 2 leg byes, Giles took evasive action, expecting a rapid bouncer, but it ballooned off the pitch in the end and takes it on the shoulder

155.6

Clark to Giles, no run, solid in defence off the back foot as that pitches on a good line and length

"England....fading quicker than newspaper in a greenhouse!" says Foxy as England nearly bring up their 500 with two recognised batsmen at the crease.

End of over 156 (3 runs) England 494/6

    • AF Giles 0 (7b)
    • A Flintoff 11 (30b)
    • SR Clark 34-6-75-3
    • SK Warne 47-9-145-1
156.1

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

156.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, comes forward to defend

156.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, blocks that one, a gentle turner, out to point

156.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, comes forward and prods again

156.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, more defence

156.6

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, eased in front of point and the batsmen jog through

That's a tidy over from Warne once more.

Nalin from the States says, "All five English wickets have fallen during Jenny's stints in the commentary box. Coincidence, curry or conspiracy?" Sorry, but it's nothing more spicy than the mildest of kormas - coincidence, obviously.

And it's Lee warming up to bowl

End of over 157 (1 run) England 495/6

    • A Flintoff 12 (36b)
    • AF Giles 0 (7b)
    • SK Warne 48-9-146-1
    • SR Clark 34-6-75-3
157.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, loosener; a tired-looking delivery, straying on to leg and Flintoff drives it straight to mid-on

157.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, yorker, dug out well by Flintoff at 138kph

157.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, attempted bouncer but too short and too high, allowing the batsman time to duck under it without any alarm

157.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, another yorker, but well played once more by Flintoff

157.5

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, attempted yorker went wrong and ended up a high full toss but, coming at hip height, that's not easy to play... unless you're Flintoff, who leans on that and pushes it through the leg-side. Well put away

157.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, defended carefully on the back foot

End of over 158 (4 runs) England 499/6

    • A Flintoff 16 (42b 1x4)
    • AF Giles 0 (7b)
    • B Lee 31-1-130-1
    • SK Warne 48-9-146-1
158.1

Warne to Giles, no run, nudges that to the man in short on the leg-side who picks it up without fuss

158.2

Warne to Giles, 1 run, reaches out for that one, a dinked single behind square

That's the first time for 20 years that an England team has reached 500 against Australia, so there

158.3

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, knocks the ball to mid-off

158.4

Warne to Giles, no run, roars from a hopeful crowd as Giles rushes at that one, the ball hits pad and rushes up to one of the three men crowding on the off-side

158.5

Warne to Giles, no run, pitches on middle and veers away from the righthander

158.6

Warne to Giles, no run, defence ends the over

End of over 159 (2 runs) England 501/6

    • AF Giles 1 (12b)
    • A Flintoff 17 (43b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 49-9-148-1
    • B Lee 31-1-130-1
159.1

Lee to Flintoff, 2 runs, attempted bouncer sits up a treat and entices the batsman with come-to-the-boundary eyes. Flintoff accepts the offer, and hooks it in front of midwicket, but the ball's got tired legs, as has the fielder who just about stops it inside the rope

159.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, defended this time

159.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short and wide and Flintoff tries to cut that but slaps it straight into the ground

159.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, more swing for Lee, a touch of reverse coming in at the batsman, who just keeps it out by smashing it into his legs. He looks backward to see if the ball rolls on to his wicket, but it doesn't and he breathes again

159.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, defended forward

159.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, driven to mid-on

That chart is all that keep Jenny from developing wrinkles as she tries to do mental calculations ... I mean more wrinkles of course.

Drinks Ah, good idea. While I dive for the kettle, Martin Williamson will entertain you ... Let's hope he's more interesting than his mph to kph conversion chart.

End of over 160 (2 runs) England 503/6

    • A Flintoff 19 (49b 1x4)
    • AF Giles 1 (12b)
    • B Lee 32-1-132-1
    • SK Warne 49-9-148-1
160.1

Warne to Giles, no run, outside off stump and left alone

Ponting fiddles with his field

160.2

Warne to Giles, no run, pushed through the two men close in on the off side

160.3

Warne to Giles, no run, floated up onto Giles's toe

160.4

Warne to Giles, 1 run, Giles waits and turns that square on the leg side

All very slow after drinks ... a slightly end-of-term feel

160.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, again floated up and Flintoff also waits before plonking it wide of midwicket

160.6

Warne to Giles, no run, tossed up with a loud grunt, Giles waits and blocks

Giles and Flintoff engage in some intense discussions. "Which nightclub tonight, Ashley?"

End of over 161 (2 runs) England 505/6

    • AF Giles 2 (17b)
    • A Flintoff 20 (50b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 50-9-150-1
    • B Lee 32-1-132-1

Jeff reminisces: "Stuey Clark - I remember watching him play for the Nth Caringbah Redbacks soccer team when he was 10 (and my mum was the coach), he wasn't very good, so I am glad he took up cricket as he is putting the rest of our bowlers to shame."&

161.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short and off target

161.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, short, even more off target, Gilchrist makes a tired tumble to his right and makes a real horlicks of taking it

161.3

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, leg-side line again but a decent length, turned behind square for a trotted single

161.4

Lee to Giles, no run, Lee is bowling a superb line to a left hander. As it is, it spears down the leg side and Gilchrist is spending more time scrambling on his knees than a carpet layer&

161.5

Lee to Giles, no run, better line, Giles has to play this time

161.6

Lee to Giles, no run, slight inswing towards Giles's feet but he digs it out easily enough

End of over 162 (1 run) England 506/6

    • AF Giles 2 (20b)
    • A Flintoff 21 (53b 1x4)
    • B Lee 33-1-133-1
    • SK Warne 50-9-150-1
162.1

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, into the blockhole and dug out to mid-on. The field is back and giving him the ones

162.2

Warne to Giles, no run, conventional legbreak, little turn and Giles has no problems with that one

162.3

Warne to Giles, 2 runs, Giles waits ... and waits ... and turns it to square leg

162.4

Warne to Giles, 1 run, Punched to the right of extra cover for a single

162.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flighted up, blocked

Warne looks utterly spent, he can barely be bothered to give it a rip, and who can blame him at this stage

162.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, up there or thereabouts and dug out

End of over 163 (4 runs) England 510/6

    • A Flintoff 22 (56b 1x4)
    • AF Giles 5 (23b)
    • SK Warne 51-9-154-1
    • B Lee 33-1-133-1
163.1

Lee to Giles, no run, short, straight, and Giles fends it off with no control. That was all about self preservation and a few gilmmers of excitement from the fielders

163.2

Lee to Giles, FOUR, too much width, Giles hops around in his crease and smacks it off the back foot through the covers for a nice looking four

163.3

Lee to Giles, no run, Lee bangs one in, Giles fends it to gully

One stat, spotted. "Incidentally," begins Andrew Miller, "McGrath has equalled his worst analysis in Test history. 0 for 86 ... against England, at Old Trafford last summer."

163.4

Lee to Giles, 1 no ball, Lee strains for the extra yard of pace and oversteps, and it flies past Giles at stomach height

163.4

Lee to Giles, no run, a similar shot to the one that brought him a four but this time the man slightly deeper in the covers fields

Cameras on the England dressing room looking for sniffs of a declaration ... instead they see Harmison padded up and waiting for his turn

163.5

Lee to Giles, 1 no ball, again Lee oversteps. He's still about 5mph (8kph) slower than he was this morning, so at this stage there's not much point and he now has to bowl eight balls this over

163.5

Lee to Giles, no run, Giles punches it but again straight to the deep cover

163.6

Lee to Giles, no run, not timed, and so ends a long and pretty weary-looking over

End of over 164 (6 runs) England 516/6

    • AF Giles 9 (31b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 22 (56b 1x4)
    • B Lee 34-1-139-1
    • SK Warne 51-9-154-1
164.1

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, Warne can barely get his arm over, short and cut to the sweeper

164.2

Warne to Giles, FOUR, pitched up, and with Warne not turning it, Giles lofts it over wide mid-on for a two-bounce boundary

164.3

Warne to Giles, no run, tossed up, and defended safely

164.4

Warne to Giles, FOUR, short, Giles leans back and thumps it through extra cover

Giles can tell his grandchildren how he hit Warne for two fours in three balls.

164.5

Warne to Giles, no run, the flipper, but a tired one and even the ball lacked the energy to get above knee height

164.6

Warne to Giles, 1 run, leg side and swept with ease.

Rarely can Warne have been reduced to bowling what in club cricket we would rudely call pies. But every genius is allowed an off day.

End of over 165 (10 runs) England 526/6

    • AF Giles 18 (36b 3x4)
    • A Flintoff 23 (57b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 52-9-164-1
    • B Lee 34-1-139-1

Ponting summons McGrath... who looks fairly reluctant to be brought into the fray

165.1

McGrath to Giles, FOUR, and you can see why. A wide loosener slashed to third man. Giles likes batting out here

165.2

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, pushed into the covers

165.3

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, backed away and tried to scoop over the off side but straight to the fielder

165.4

McGrath to Flintoff, SIX, pulled with some gusto off the top edge ..it's high and it flies into the delirious England supporters at midwicket

165.5

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, tries for the yorker but Flintoff there and he plops it up to mid-on

England have gone from playing as if this was a timeless Test to Twenty20

165.6

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, steered behind square on the off side

McGrath, who went for 13, stands in classic teapot pose. And, yes, we know teapots only have one spout but you get the drift. We have 14 overs left ... and a messenger comes out with gloves and instructions.

End of over 166 (13 runs) England 539/6

    • AF Giles 24 (39b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 30 (60b 1x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 29-5-99-0
    • SK Warne 52-9-164-1
166.1

Warne to Giles, 1 run, tip and run to point

Warne creeks back to his mark

166.1

Warne to Giles, 1 run, full toss, smacked back past a weary McGrath

Cheers as McGrath brings up his own hundred ... he manages a weak smile and acknowledges the applause

166.2

Warne to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, off -target flipper, down the leg side and even Flintoff undone by zero bounce

166.3

Warne to Giles, no run, that's more like the Warne we know. Good air and it turned past Giles's outside edge

166.4

Warne to Giles, 1 run, leg side, Giles waits and flicks it into space wide of midwicket

166.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, another flipper. This is a flipper fest, with four in two overs

166.6

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff waits and slams that to the sweeper

End of over 167 (4 runs) England 543/6

    • A Flintoff 31 (63b 1x4 1x6)
    • AF Giles 26 (42b 4x4)
    • SK Warne 53-9-167-1
    • GD McGrath 29-5-99-0
167.1

McGrath to Flintoff, 1 run, full toss, smacked back past McGrath

Cheers as McGrath's own hundred comes up ... he manages a weak smile and acknowledges the applause

167.2

McGrath to Giles, no run, played to point

167.3

McGrath to Giles, 1 run, worked into space on the off side

167.4

McGrath to Flintoff, 2 runs, Flintoff steps back at smacks it at Warne at extra cover ... the dive is stiff and laboured and about two seconds after the ball has fizzed past him

167.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run

And as if to rub salt in Glenn's wounds, Boonie chirps "Oh, Ah, Glenn McGrath". He's not had much to say today, but Beefy has been almost speechless. Now there's a first.

167.6

McGrath to Flintoff, FOUR, leg-side full toss, pumped through midwicket with vim

5.50pm Hoggard to open the bowling from the Cathedral End ... a very useful cross-breeze to aid his inswinger to the left-handers ... here come the openers to muted cheers. Jenny predicts 2 for 27, Will 2 for 33, Miller 1 for 32 and I go for 0 for 41. You read it here first.

5.45pm The heavy roller is out and ... um ... rolling. Andrew Miller is happy that the declaration is right. "Just enough time to give some tired batsmen a very stiff working-over." Typical one-eyed Pom. Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard are already out in the middle and warming up.

And while we are slightly ashamed to admit that our scoring went a bit wrong earlier - for which we apologise again - it's contagious as the main scoreboard in the ground has now caught whatever we had and is showing England on 547 for 6.

Declaration Cheers as the two batsmen head off. They added 60 off 84 balls and really knocked any remaining stuffing out of the Australians who have chased leather for almost two days. Australia will have to face ten overs tonight.

End of over 168 (8 runs) England 551/6

    • A Flintoff 38 (67b 2x4 1x6)
    • AF Giles 27 (44b 4x4)
    • GD McGrath 30-5-107-0
    • SK Warne 53-9-167-1
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