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

6.4

Lee to Cook, FOUR, Cook pushes hard at that one and it flies right where fourth slip's waist would have been. Ponting is not overly attacking in these early exchanges

England 13/0   AN Cook 7* (18b 1x4)   B Lee 3.4-1-10-0

9.4

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, thwack. Short outside off stump, Cook pounces like a cobra and hammers that between point and extra cover, beautifully timed

England 22/0   AN Cook 16* (31b 2x4)   GD McGrath 4.4-1-8-0

32.5

McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR, breaking news: England have scored a run. What's more, it's four - well done them, and well done Collingwood whose cut stroke finally breaks the shackles

England 63/2   PD Collingwood 13* (35b 1x4)   GD McGrath 10.5-3-24-0

35.1

Lee to Bell, FOUR, messy start from Lee, firing it down the leg side and Bell tickles it fine for four. Wild and woolly...like a highland sheep on crack

England 77/2   IR Bell 16* (67b 1x4)   B Lee 6.1-1-20-0

35.6

Lee to Bell, FOUR, ooh! Bell comes forward tentatively, nervously even, and the ball takes the inside edge and zoots down to fine leg. He didn't have much of a clue there

England 83/2   IR Bell 22* (72b 2x4)   B Lee 7-1-26-0

38.3

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, but a good comeback from Collingwood here, rocking back and cutting him hard through the covers. And that's four

England 90/2   PD Collingwood 26* (52b 2x4)   SK Warne 10.3-3-19-0

39.3

Lee to Collingwood, FOUR, shot! That's Collingwood's favourite area outside off, cutting Lee hard behind square. He really got on top of that

England 95/2   PD Collingwood 30* (57b 3x4)   B Lee 8.3-1-33-0

44.4

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, Warne overcompensates and drops it short, Collingwood again waits and slams this through the covers where it just has the legs to beat the chasing fielder

England 106/2   PD Collingwood 39* (75b 4x4)   SK Warne 13.4-4-27-0

46.6

Warne to Bell, FOUR, one step down the pitch to another flighted ball, lofted over the infield and one bounce over the long-off boundary for four

England 113/2   IR Bell 29* (104b 3x4)   SK Warne 15-4-32-0

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

England 138/2   IR Bell 49* (135b 4x4)   B Lee 12-1-44-0

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

England 154/2   IR Bell 56* (145b 5x4)   B Lee 14.1-1-53-0

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

England 158/2   IR Bell 60* (146b 6x4)   B Lee 14.2-1-57-0

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

England 162/3   KP Pietersen 4* (2b 1x4)   B Lee 15-1-61-1

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

England 174/3   KP Pietersen 8* (5b 2x4)   GD McGrath 14.4-3-40-0

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

England 211/3   KP Pietersen 31* (38b 3x4 1x6)   SK Warne 21.1-5-57-0

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.

England 215/3   KP Pietersen 35* (39b 4x4 1x6)   SK Warne 21.2-5-61-0

82.5

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

England 244/3   PD Collingwood 87* (183b 5x4)   SK Warne 25.5-6-76-0

82.6

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR

England 248/3   PD Collingwood 91* (184b 6x4)   SK Warne 26-6-80-0

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

England 253/3   KP Pietersen 55* (75b 5x4 1x6)   SK Warne 26.4-6-84-0

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

England 262/3   PD Collingwood 95* (192b 7x4)   B Lee 18.1-1-75-1

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

England 273/3   PD Collingwood 105* (209b 8x4)   SR Clark 16.5-4-29-2

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

England 287/3   KP Pietersen 72* (119b 6x4 1x6)   B Lee 23.1-1-88-1

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

England 292/3   KP Pietersen 77* (121b 7x4 1x6)   GD McGrath 18.1-3-55-0

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.

England 296/3   KP Pietersen 81* (123b 8x4 1x6)   GD McGrath 18.3-3-59-0

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

England 300/3   KP Pietersen 85* (125b 9x4 1x6)   GD McGrath 18.5-3-63-0

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

England 321/3   KP Pietersen 96* (143b 10x4 1x6)   SK Warne 28.1-6-91-0

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

England 333/3   PD Collingwood 123* (266b 9x4)   SR Clark 25.1-5-50-2

113.2

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

England 337/3   PD Collingwood 127* (267b 10x4)   SR Clark 25.2-5-54-2

114.5

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

England 344/3   PD Collingwood 133* (275b 11x4)   SK Warne 32.5-8-101-0

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

England 353/3   PD Collingwood 141* (289b 12x4)   GD McGrath 22.2-3-72-0

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

England 368/3   PD Collingwood 152* (317b 13x4)   SK Warne 38.4-8-115-0

127.1

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

England 372/3   KP Pietersen 110* (201b 11x4 1x6)   GD McGrath 26.1-5-81-0

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

England 386/3   KP Pietersen 119* (211b 12x4 1x6)   SK Warne 40.4-8-124-0

131.5

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

England 397/3   KP Pietersen 126* (214b 13x4 1x6)   B Lee 25.5-1-102-1

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.

England 412/3   PD Collingwood 173* (348b 14x4)   B Lee 27.1-1-111-1

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

England 435/3   KP Pietersen 135* (228b 14x4 1x6)   B Lee 29.1-1-120-1

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

England 440/3   PD Collingwood 188* (367b 15x4)   B Lee 29.5-1-125-1

142.6

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

England 457/3   PD Collingwood 203* (383b 16x4)   MJ Clarke 16-2-50-0

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

England 480/4   KP Pietersen 155* (252b 15x4 1x6)   SK Warne 44.1-8-139-0

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

England 499/6   A Flintoff 16* (41b 1x4)   B Lee 30.5-1-130-1

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

England 514/6   AF Giles 9* (25b 1x4)   B Lee 33.2-1-137-1

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

England 521/6   AF Giles 13* (32b 2x4)   SK Warne 51.2-9-159-1

164.4

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

England 525/6   AF Giles 17* (34b 3x4)   SK Warne 51.4-9-163-1

165.1

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

England 530/6   AF Giles 22* (37b 4x4)   GD McGrath 28.1-5-90-0

167.6

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

England 551/6   A Flintoff 38* (67b 2x4 1x6)   GD McGrath 30-5-107-0
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Dec 5, 2006

Newspapers report on England's Adelaide woes, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 5, 2006

Newspapers report on England's Adelaide woes

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Dec 5, 2006

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

A series of frames capture Andrew Flintoff's despair

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