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

9.55am England have named an unchanged XI for the Adelaide Test, a decision described by the BBC's Jonathan Agnew as "disappointing but not astounding". Australia are giving a late fitness test to Glenn McGrath - he bowled three overs in the nets about an hour ago - but the word from those in the know is that he's in. With a little over and hour to go until the start, the hill under the scoreboard is already fourth-fifths full. The weather in Adelaide is sunny but fresh.

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Kevin Pietersen is at the centre of a storm here after South African newspapers yesterday splashed a GQ interview he did more than a month ago all over their back pages. In it, he went off on one about the country's racial quotas - much the same as he did in his book - and it's headline news in Australia today.

10.20am Nothing official but Australia expected to be unchanged. "Fletcher has completely lost the plot," emails Paul Muley. "How can he not pick a world-class spinner?" "Absolute disgrace!" agrees Deepa.

10.25am Lots of milling about on the outfield, but no sign of a toss yet. The pitch looks straw-coloured and ominously good for batting. It's expected to crack up from about the third day, but the toss will inevitably be crucial.

"Fletcher has clearly taken charge," says Myrtle, "but taken leave of his senses." More worryingly, Ryan Coy warns that: "If England beat Australia in the 2nd Test I'll strip on national TV." Has anyone seen Mr Coy before we even contemplate his offer ...

10.30am Australia unchanged, McGrath plays. Read Andrew Miller's pre-play bulletin here

10.50am Here come the national anthems. Oh dear. Maria Carey meets Westlife with a bit of Celine Dion thrown in for good measure. "Martyn, Langer and Gilchrist all clutching their baggy greens to their hearts in a touching display of patriotism. It brings a tear to the etc," chips in Andrew Miller.

Matthew Hoggard is wearing a black armband in memory of Graham Roope who died earlier this week ... but that raises the question of why aren't all the England side wearing them? It seems armbands are often donned for spurious reasons, so why not for a former England Test player?

For those who want to know why Panesar has been left out ... well, it's Duncan Fletcher's thinking ... a mix of depth of batting, letting the same guys who got you into a mess get you out of it ...

10.35am Right, all set for the toss. Channel 9 has stopped showing an Australian children's Supergroup, and have finally cut to the cricket. Heads is the call ... and Flintoff calls correctly. England bat. "The weather's cooler, and shouldn't break up too much," says Ponting. "Same team, the combination we've got is right, just need to perform better," says Flintoff. Too right.

Flintoff has already turned on his heel and walked away from Mark Nicholas ... he's got nothing to say that hasn't already been said. Viewers who have shelled out large sums to watch on Sky Sports in the UK are still unaware of the toss because the producers are so determined to keep mark Nicholas off the screen ... he works for a rival channel. Pettiness ahead of public service. Get a life guys.

Australia 1 Justin Langer, 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Damien Martyn, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Michael Clarke, 7 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 8 Shane Warne, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Stuart Clark, 11 Glenn McGrath.

England 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Kevin Pietersen, 6 Andrew Flintoff (capt), 7 Geraint Jones (wk), 8 Ashley Giles, 9 Matthew Hoggard, 10 Steve Harmison, 11 James Anderson.

10.35am Ponting on the pitch: "It looks like a very good one to bat on for the first days of the game. The conditions do get a bit up-and-down." On McGrath: "It's imperative he's 100% fit and he was that this morning - no pain whatsoever."

10.40am Pitch report. "The batsmen will be licking their lips, this looks an absolute belter," says Michael Atherton It's dry, no moisture, and the weather has cooled. It was in the mid 30s yesterday but is a cool 25degrees today. Things could not be more ideal for batting.

10.45am The hill is almost full, the stands are filling up quickly.

10.55am Here we go, the umpires are on their way. Bucknor headed for the City End, Koertzen the Cathedral End. Like the two sides, your commentators are also the same as at Brisbane and throughout this match will be Will Luke, Jenny Thompson and Martin Williamson.

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10.59am Andrew Strauss takes guard, Brett Lee to open up from Cathedral End. We're off ...

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, wide - not a Harmison standard opening wide, but wide nevertheless

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, and again. Not a sniff of swing, it went where it was aimed

Two slips, gully, point, short cover, mid-off, mid-on, midwicket, backward square leg, fine leg

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, same line, Strauss not remotely interested

A second gully has been brought in

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, A cheer as Lee gets one on target, Strauss back and defends easily

Not massively attacking just yet, but the men are back for the hook, and that gully has moved almost to a second point, to cover all angles of Strauss's cut

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss back and solid again. Lee working up a real head of steam - 95mph (152.8kph)

0.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee again on target, Strauss into line,. and 0.5mph faster than the previous ball

Glenn McGrath comes on at the City End

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

1.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, round the wicket to Cook, good line, blocked. Gentle start at 80mph (128kph)

1.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, nice line , turned easily to mid-on

Three slips, one gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, square leg, fine leg

1.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, outside off stump and Cook shoulders arms as it passes

1.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, on off stump, Cook into line

Not a hint of swing or seam so far from either end

1.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, angled in to the left hander, Cook easily into line and blocks

1.6

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, Cook into line, plays it firmly to extra cover and sets off for a single straight away - neat running

A gentle murmur round the ground during these early exchanges. Expect more singing later as this ground has an old-fashioned standing area in front of the scoreboard where the Barmy Army are congregating

End of over 2 (1 run) England 1/0
AN Cook    1* (6b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0

2.1

Lee to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, he looked to leave it but it flicked the bat and the snick dropped a couple of inches short of the diving Gilchrist

2.2

Lee to Cook, 1 run, short and Cook quickly swivels and hooks

2.3

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, leg side, Strauss flicks it off his toes to backward square leg

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, Cook up on his toes to block

2.5

Lee to Cook, no run, pushed with an angled bat - a bit of a jab really - into the covers

2.6

Lee to Cook, no run, played with an open face into the gully

Andrew Miller reports: "Cable just in. Trumpet ban assumed such proportions as to menace the best interests of the game, making protection of the eardrums by the South Australian Cricket Association the main consideration. This is causing intensely bitter feeling between the supporters. In our opinion it is unsportsmanlike. Unless stopped at once it is likely to upset the friendly relations between England and Australia." Miller in a Bodyline timewarp ...

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 3/0
AN Cook    2* (11b)      B Lee    2-1-2-0
AJ Strauss    1* (7b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0

3.1

McGrath to Strauss, 2 runs, McGrath, coming over the wicket, bounces Strauss who gets right over his hook to fine leg

3.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, on off stump and Strauss right into line

3.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a much quicker bouncer, Strauss started to hook, realised it was getting big on him and pulled out of the shot. The speed gun says it was slower. Utter bilge!

3.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pitched up and on line

3.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, genuine edge which falls just short of third slip. No movement from McGrath, he just put it in the right place and Strauss did the rest

3.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, circumspect defence from Strauss

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    3* (13b)      GD McGrath    2-0-3-0
AN Cook    2* (11b)      B Lee    2-1-2-0

4.1

Lee to Cook, no run, pitched up, driven firmly straight back and Lee drops quickly to his right and gets enough of a hand on it to semi-stop it

4.2

Lee to Cook, 1 run, shortish and swished round into the leg side. no pace but an easy run

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, straight, Strauss turned a bit square as the ball heads towards cover

4.4

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, leg side, sweetly flicked just backward of square and long leg has to make some ground to field a couple of yards inside the boundary

4.5

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, a yard short, Strauss into line and punches into midwicket for another easy run&

Boonie is off! "Take that, your majesty" It seems he has a new repertoire for this match. Lawrence Gall asks: "Do you guys know why they banned the trumpet most of us have no idea and would like to know?". Not really. Unlike some, he is a decent musician and even plays requests ...

4.6

Lee to Cook, no run, firm defensive push to mid-off

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 9/0
AN Cook    3* (14b)      B Lee    3-1-6-0
AJ Strauss    6* (16b)      GD McGrath    2-0-3-0

5.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight , blocked, McGrath his accurate self already

5.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, and once more on the spot

5.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, Strauss plays it out into the covers

5.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, this over is a series of similar deliveries. Good, accurate bowling from a man who only passed a late fitness test two hours before the start

5.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, pushed to mid-off

Strauss's square leg has dropped back for the hook

5.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, last ball much the same as the rest, played back to McGrath who bends a little stiffly, fields, rolls the ball back to Gilchrist and turns to head down to long leg

End of over 6 (maiden) England 9/0
AJ Strauss    6* (22b)      GD McGrath    3-1-3-0
AN Cook    3* (14b)      B Lee    3-1-6-0

6.1

Lee to Cook, no run, angled all along the ground to gully

6.2

Lee to Cook, no run, pushed with enough pace to take it past Lee's right but mid-off round quickly to field

Lee is consistently over 91mph (145kph)

6.3

Lee to Cook, no run, straight and Cook gets the works behind it. He looks a model of concentration

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

6.5

Lee to Cook, no run, worked to midwicket

deep backward square leg has been brought up to more conventional square leg

6.6

Lee to Cook, 1 run, dropped into midwicket, a moment's hesitation from Cook but that was an easy run

The pitch has played much as expected. A belter with not much on offer for the bowlers.

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 14/0
AN Cook    8* (20b 1x4)      B Lee    4-1-11-0
AJ Strauss    6* (22b)      GD McGrath    3-1-3-0

7.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook forward, inside edge into his front pad and it dribbles towards the slips

7.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, punched defensively into the covers

The crowd beginning to come to life

7.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook not really convincing as he prods that to point, his footwork was a bit indecisive

Ponting takes a slip out and puts him in close on the off side on the drive

7.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, safely blocked

7.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, once more on off stump and played square on the off side

7.6

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, a rarity as McGrath drifts to the leg and Cookflicks it behind square

Slight delay as McGrath replaces a stud

End of over 8 (1 run) England 15/0
AN Cook    9* (26b 1x4)      GD McGrath    4-1-4-0
AJ Strauss    6* (22b)      B Lee    4-1-11-0

8.1

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, 95.2 (153kph) overpitched outside off stump, Cook drives confidently past extra cover, not perfectly timed and the grass is quite long so it hasn't got the legs to make it all the way

8.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss on his toes to make sure he gets everything behind it

8.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, a slight grunt as Lee lets fly, but it's wide and Strauss leaves it

8.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, short - so short that Strauss barely has to duck as it arcs over his head

8.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, pushed back to lee who shapes to throw it back with interest but thinks better of it. Jeers from the crowd who are beginning to become more lubricated

8.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, shortish and outside off stump, no shot

Lee not looking that threatening. Warne might be brought on before too long just to see if he can get any joy from this pitch

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 18/0
AJ Strauss    6* (27b)      B Lee    5-1-14-0
AN Cook    12* (27b 1x4)      GD McGrath    4-1-4-0

9.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed to short midwicket, not entirely convincingly

9.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers ... Bucknor and McGrath chatting about something

9.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook lets that one pass

And the first singing of day from in front of the hill.

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

9.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, left alone outside off stump

Curious field for Cook. Short cover and short midwicket crowding the bat, along with two slips and a gully

9.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed defensively to point

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 22/0
AN Cook    16* (33b 2x4)      GD McGrath    5-1-8-0
AJ Strauss    6* (27b)      B Lee    5-1-14-0

10.1

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, leg side, worked easily between midwicket and mid-on

10.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, wide and Strauss barely shows any interest as it passes

10.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss into line, watchfully defends

10.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, Lee again loses his line and it passes well wide of the left hander

10.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, bouncer, but once more far too short

Lee is right to be testing Strauss with the short ball, but it has to be there for the hook. His bouncers today so far have been too short

10.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, only marginally wide of off stump but with the ball not moving in the air or off the seam, Strauss leaves with confidence

McGrath comes over the wicket and Stuart Clark going through some loosening exercises

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 24/0
AJ Strauss    8* (33b)      B Lee    6-1-16-0
AN Cook    16* (33b 2x4)      GD McGrath    5-1-8-0

11.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook leaves that. McGrath will have to produce something remarkable to get one to jag back in on this track

11.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, plopped back down the pitch

11.3

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, turned into the leg side - midwicket area - and again Cook a bit hesitant with the run but Strauss call him through

More of the same for Strauss. Gaping hole between second slip and gully

11.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, wide and Strauss slashes that square but well fielded by point

11.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, a slight hush as McGrath hits the spot and Strauss defends

11.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, short, Strauss pulls, rolls his wrists well and the ball goes all along the ground

And, as suspected, Clark comes into the attack from the Cathedral End. Lots of hand waving and gesticulating as Ponting sets his field. Mitchell Johnson trots on as Shane Warne pops off to see to some urgent business.

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 26/0
AJ Strauss    9* (36b)      GD McGrath    6-1-10-0
AN Cook    17* (36b 2x4)      B Lee    6-1-16-0

12.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, fractionally leg side, angled to short midwicket

12.2

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, again he drifts to leg and Strauss waits and works it into space

Same field for Clark, though point has gone a little deeper

12.3

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook lifts his arms and bat high and watches it through

Still two slips and that gap to gully. Australia are expecting a thin graze or a loose cut, nothing middle-of-the-road.

12.4

Clark to Cook, no run, on off stump but no movement

Clark settled in at around 83mph (133kph)

12.5

Clark to Cook, no run, overpitched, driven but straight at mid-off who drops to his knees and makes sure he has everything behind it

12.6

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook back and across, played into the covers

End of over 13 (1 run) England 27/0
AN Cook    17* (40b 2x4)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    10* (38b)      GD McGrath    6-1-10-0

13.1

McGrath to Strauss, 3 runs, edged but Strauss dropped his hands late and the ball went along the ground through third/fourth slip, again the slow outfield holds it up

13.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, wide and left alone

13.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook into line, meets it with the middle of the bat

13.4

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, little more that a punched shot, but timed and mid-off flings himself to his left and almost deflects the ball past mid-on who had run across to assist

13.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, not even a sniff from Strauss

13.6

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, one-day running - Strauss drives firmly just to the right of mid-off and scurries through for a single

And that's drinks. An hour into the day and Flintoff's decision to bat looks good while the pitch has offered as little to the bowlers as expected. To take you through to lunch, here's Jennifer Thompson for the first time today .... Thank you, Martin Williamson, and hello everybody

End of over 14 (5 runs) England 32/0
AJ Strauss    14* (41b)      GD McGrath    7-1-15-0
AN Cook    18* (43b 2x4)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0

14.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, left that one alone as it went harmlessly down the channel

14.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, a touch wider and again that's left by Strauss, who shoulders arms

14.3

Clark to Strauss, OUT, oh dear, shocking shot. Strauss expects one on off stump, instead it pitches on middle-and-leg and he tries to steer it into the leg-side but mistimes it completely and it carries to Martyn at short midwicket - and that's Clark's 29th wicket in just seven Tests. Yet again Strauss is dismissed on the leg-side

AJ Strauss c Martyn b Clark 14 (63m 44b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.81

Ian Bell comes to crease, asks for his guard - two - and scrapes the marks with his boot,. There are three slips in for him: first, second and fourth

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, the odd 'Ooh' from the crowd as Bell defends uppishly - he offered a straight bat to one which pitched on a good length and it jumped ever so slightly before dropping into space, nowhere near a fielder

14.5

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, off the mark this time with one which he works easily off his toes

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, leaves that one alone and that rounds off a decent over from Clark

Ooh, is Shane Warne getting ready to have a bowl? He's certainly limbering up. Meanwhile, McGrath is taking his mark once more and is squinting into the sun as he shines the ball on the back of his leg

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 34/1
IR Bell    2* (3b)      SR Clark    2-0-3-1
AN Cook    18* (43b 2x4)      GD McGrath    7-1-15-0

15.1

McGrath to Cook, 3 runs, a fine little tickle off one which pitches outside leg; that's an easy, languid shot from Cook and the batsmen run through

15.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, good line, outside off stump, but an equally good leave

Two slips and a gully for Bell, and there's a man in short for the catch on the off-side, oh and one at silly mid-on as well

15.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, thought about working that one - which pitched straight - to square; decided not to

15.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell leans forward to sniff the ball, decides it doesn't smell too good and leaves it alone

15.5

McGrath to Bell, 2 runs, stands tall on the back foot, opens the face of the bat and runs that down to third man

15.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, solid defensive to one which is on off-stump

Warne's looking very busy in the field, scraping random bits of turf, tossing the lid to someone...

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 39/1
IR Bell    4* (8b)      GD McGrath    8-1-20-0
AN Cook    21* (44b 2x4)      SR Clark    2-0-3-1

16.1

Clark to Cook, 1 run, turned that round to the 45

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, sits that one on a length on off and that's strongly defended

16.3

Clark to Bell, no run, decent delivery, pitching outside off and on a good length, just wide enough to leave

16.4

Clark to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot - Clark's bowling a tight line here

16.5

Clark to Bell, no run, short again and once more Bell, not given many other options, defends

16.6

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell quickly makes his mind up to leave that one as it whizzes in the corridor

Not much chirp in Beefy and Boony today - reflecting the pretty tranquil start to this match - perhaps they're having an early afternoon nap. But hello, the crowd have woken up and are starting to chant, "Waaaaarney, Waaaaarney, Waaaaarney." No prizes for guessing who's coming on

End of over 17 (1 run) England 40/1
IR Bell    4* (13b)      SR Clark    3-0-4-1
AN Cook    22* (45b 2x4)      GD McGrath    8-1-20-0

17.1

Warne to Cook, no run, on the money right away and Cook is quick to crouch over it and defend

17.2

Warne to Cook, 1 run, a bit of turn and bounce for Warne there and Cook leans on it for a single to square

Warne to Bell - he can't wait to bowl to him... though, in fact, he's making him wait. Mind games....

Slip, short leg, short midwicket, short cover, point, extra cover, deepish mid-on and off

17.3

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell signals his intent in exchange, coming down the craease and defending solidly

17.4

Warne to Bell, no run, ooh, that's a beautifully pitched leggie, straight, moves away and it's well left

17.5

Warne to Bell, no run, crouches over to defend this time, after changing his mind from sweeping

17.6

Warne to Bell, no run, fair amount of turn, conventional leggie, and Bell leaves that one alone. This is shaping up to be intriguing already

End of over 18 (1 run) England 41/1
IR Bell    4* (17b)      SK Warne    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    23* (47b 2x4)      SR Clark    3-0-4-1

18.1

Clark to Cook, 1 run, Cook is right on top of that one, uses his height well to get on top of a short one and cruise it square

18.2

Clark to Bell, no run, just short-of-a-good-length, on off stump, and that's defended off the back foot

18.3

Clark to Bell, no run, a hint of swing there, as Clark spears that down the off-side channel and the ball moves ever-so-slightly away from Bell, who leaves it well alone

18.4

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell has a mini-shuffle as he goes over to off-stump to meet that one, and defend it down, easily

18.5

Clark to Bell, no run, now, now. Clark tries a bouncer here, but it's high and wide enough down leg to leave. Good thinking from Clark

18.6

Clark to Bell, no run, back on the off-side channel this time, and Bell zooms his arms high into the air as he makes a grand gesture of leaving that one

Sorry about this, but we're having technical difficulties - I can tell you Cook's just got out to Clark, edging through to Gilchrist. Stay with us and we hope to be firing on full cylinders soon. England are 45 for 2 and Collingwood's arriving at the crease. (At the other end, Warne is building up the pressure on Bell) That's the end of the over for Clark and he now has 2 for 7 from 5 overs. Cook made 27.

End of over 19 (1 run) England 42/1
IR Bell    4* (22b)      SR Clark    4-0-5-1
AN Cook    24* (48b 2x4)      SK Warne    1-0-1-0

19.1

Warne to Cook, no run, pitches outside off, turns back in to the lefthander who just gets on top of it, but it's smothered by a scrambling Ponting at a shortish cover and he gets huge applause

19.2

Warne to Cook, no run, pitches outside off, turns back in to the lefthander who just gets on top of it, but it's smothered by a scrambling Ponting at a shortish cover and he gets huge applause

19.3

Warne to Cook, 2 runs, Cook comes down the track a touch and guides that into the midwicket region without much power

19.4

Warne to Cook, 1 run, that one veers towards leg and Cook works it square easily enough

19.5

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell's in some trouble there as that one pitches on leg and fizzes right past his outside edge as he tries to defend

19.6

Warne to Bell, no run, more unconvincing defence from Bell there, as he works it to gully

End of over 20 (3 runs) England 45/1
IR Bell    4* (24b)      SK Warne    2-0-4-0
AN Cook    27* (52b 2x4)      SR Clark    4-0-5-1

20.1

Clark to Cook, no run, offers a straight block to that one, straight to mid-off

20.2

Clark to Cook, no run, that one pitches straighter and Cook tries to nudge that square but doesn't quite get hold of it

20.3

Clark to Cook, no run, outside off and that's worked off the back foot to just in front of point - Clark probing round off stick here

20.4

Clark to Cook, no run, Cook defends once more, this time into the cover region

20.5

Clark to Cook, OUT, gone. Cook flashes an off-drive at that one which nips across the left-hander's off stump and gets a thick outside edge. A classic set-up: Clark had been working towards that one for a while. Click here for a picture

AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Clark 27 (90m 57b 2x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

20.6

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, tucked off his legs straight away and they run two

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 47/2
PD Collingwood    2* (1b)      SR Clark    5-0-7-2
IR Bell    4* (24b)      SK Warne    2-0-4-0

21.1

Warne to Bell, no run, oooh, Bell didn't pick that one and it just to say misses his off stump as it pitches on off and only just to say moves a touch away

21.2

Warne to Bell, no run

21.3

Warne to Bell, 1 run, single this time for Bell, driving into the cover region. He's not looking at all settled out there - Warne's all over him

21.4

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

21.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, "Nice bowling, Shane" chirps Gilchrist and that's defended once more

21.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, a touch more air and it's enough for Collingwood to defend that one on the front foot

End of over 22 (1 run) England 48/2
PD Collingwood    2* (4b)      SK Warne    3-0-5-0
IR Bell    5* (27b)      SR Clark    5-0-7-2

22.1

Clark to Bell, 1 run, good shot off the front foot, a pull, and that's kept down

22.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off stump

22.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, squared up a touch by that one, there's the odd, vague 'Ooh' but that's defended comfortably enough in the end

22.4

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

22.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a soft drive into the cover region and that's snapped up by the man in there. There's men swarming all over the infield

22.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a touch looser outside off and that's left well alone to round off yet another good over from Clark

End of over 23 (1 run) England 49/2
PD Collingwood    2* (9b)      SR Clark    6-0-8-2
IR Bell    6* (28b)      SK Warne    3-0-5-0

23.1

Warne to Bell, no run, 'ooh' goes the cry as that nips up off a length and pops off the leg-stump over off - not much turn here but Bell's worrying

23.2

Warne to Bell, no run, plenty of air and that's defended

23.3

Warne to Bell, no run, ripper of a delivery there, Bell completed done by one which pitches on leg and again fizzes past his outside edge and on past his off stick - similar to one which beat him earlier

23.4

Warne to Bell, no run, well worked off the front foot in front of mid-wicket

23.5

Warne to Bell, no run, defended this time

23.6

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell comes down the track - trying to match Warne's mind games, if only to show willing - and again gets over the ball to work it in front of midwicket

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End of over 24 (maiden) England 49/2
IR Bell    6* (34b)      SK Warne    4-1-5-0
PD Collingwood    2* (9b)      SR Clark    6-0-8-2

24.1

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, bangs that in a touch short and Collingwood jumps over that one, nudging it off his hips to bring up England's fifty, a rare moment of cheer for them

24.2

Clark to Bell, no run, that one pitches a touch short outside off and nips in at the right-hander who defends with soft hands, in a way to make his coach proud

24.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, Bell's worked the leg-side area well enough so far and this time he guides the ball off his front foot just in front of square

24.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a solid defensive block from Collingwood there to one which pitches outside off

24.5

Clark to Collingwood, 3 runs, ooh, that was in the air a long time, but it was a fairly deliberate shot. A good bouncer banged in straight and Collingwood takes his eye off the ball as he hooks it to fine leg near the boundary

24.6

Clark to Bell, no run, that one's left alone this time

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 54/2
IR Bell    7* (37b)      SR Clark    7-0-13-2
PD Collingwood    6* (12b)      SK Warne    4-1-5-0

25.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Warne gives that one some air and a watchful Collingwood gets over the ball and defends

25.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, more air, more defence. Warne gives Collingwood a bit of a stare - it's all going on

25.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run

25.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, another quality delivery has Collingwood squared up and defending like a good'un

25.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended once more

25.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, guess what? More defence - this time the ball rolls towards cover

Very sedentary cricket from England, as Australia are stifling them left, right and centre

End of over 26 (maiden) England 54/2
PD Collingwood    6* (18b)      SK Warne    5-2-5-0
IR Bell    7* (37b)      SR Clark    7-0-13-2

26.1

Clark to Bell, no run, a muffled 'Aw' as Bell defends that into cover

26.2

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone this time

'Argh, I left Boonie on my landing,' groans Martin, realising that the Family Williamson are just about to wake up to the sound of a moustachioed man shouting for nachos. Not much changes in the Williamson household then - apart from the fact that Martin doesn't have a tache

26.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, that's worked behind square this time and the batsmen jog easily through

26.4

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, ooh, Lee parries that back in to the stumps at the non-striker's end, sneaking over from mid-on but just misses

26.5

Clark to Bell, no run, squared up on the back foot but defends it tidily enough in the end

26.6

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

This should be the last over before lunch now, and England have managed just two boundaries so far

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 56/2
IR Bell    8* (42b)      SR Clark    8-0-15-2
PD Collingwood    7* (19b)      SK Warne    5-2-5-0

27.1

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, ooh. A little bit of hesitation from the batsmen nearly costs Bell, running to the danger end but he was well in his crease in the end

Warne's really hounding the bat now - two slips, short leg, silly point

27.2

Warne to Bell, no run, defended hastily on the front foot

27.3

Warne to Bell, 1 run, single off the back foot to cover

27.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, 'nicely bowled' says Gilly and you'd have to agree - turning back in off the leg stump and eliciting some tidy defence

27.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, looks to work that one off the back foot but there's a man in there at mid-on to snap it up

27.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and Collingwood survives the last ball before lunch, defending that one down off his front foot

So it's Glenn McGrath to open

Here come the players and we're nearly ready to rock, like the old-school rockers that we are. Drop the pre-match anthems and let's have AC/DC blaring out I say: a great mix of Brit and Aussie rock.

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Afternoon session Afternoon all, or good morning, or even good evening - wherever you are. Will here. Filthy session for England, wasting two wickets on a pitch akin to an ironing board. That's not to do a disservice to Australia; the ball is turning for Warne and it's gripping for the seamers, perhaps more than either team expected. But England just haven't adapted and nor have they taken advantage of any scoring opportunities.

Ho hum. All is not lost and we're suitably refreshed after another culinary feast provided by yours truly. Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, eat my flour. We're about 10 minutes away from the afternoon session.

Lunch Well, that was very much Australia's session, removing both openers as a turgid England struggled to gain any momentum whatsoever. Some very tidy figures for the bowlers - and well deserved - with Clark being the stand-out - check out his 2 for 15 from 8 overs. But credit must go to Lee and McGrath, too, while Warne, as ever, has been teasing from the off and he's had Bell, in particular, in some difficulties. That's it from me for now; I'm off to sample some of Wilbur 'Force' Luke's splendid cooking; he's donned the chef's hat at Chez Cricinfo today - it's fish pie, apparently - and he will be dishing up some more commentary after lunch. Join us then, but in the meantime you could feast your eyes on Andrew Miller's magnificent bulletin.

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End of over 28 (2 runs) England 58/2
PD Collingwood    8* (23b)      SK Warne    6-2-7-0
IR Bell    9* (44b)      SR Clark    8-0-15-2

28.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, too wide and a very gentle, wobbling loosener from McGrath which Bell ignores

28.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, better line this time, no swing though and Bell cautiously leaves it alone&

28.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, and Bell shapes to play this before waving his bat over the top, as it were...just a hint of outswing from McGrath who is assisted by quite a strong breeze bellowing across the ground

28.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, more movement away from the right handed Bell, but it's too wide and drifts wider still

28.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, tighter line, just short of a length and it swings back into Bell who leaves it alone once again

28.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, slightly wider of the crease from McGrath, angling into Bell before swinging away and that's a maiden

"Warrrrrrnieeee, Warrnnieeee" cry the faithful. Here's Warne into the attack. Obviously

End of over 29 (maiden) England 58/2
IR Bell    9* (50b)      GD McGrath    9-2-20-0
PD Collingwood    8* (23b)      SK Warne    6-2-7-0

29.1

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, bit of drift there into Collingwood, but too short and he turns it round the corner

29.2

Warne to Bell, no run, more drift for Warne - assisted by a strong breeze - ending up on leg stump before turning away. Bell's stuck in his crease here

29.3

Warne to Bell, no run, lovely, classical legbreak - Warne really tosses this one up, landing it on off stump and it turns sharply away from Bell

29.4

Warne to Bell, no run, too straight and Bell defends it, nudging it to leg

29.5

Warne to Bell, no run, ah, lovely ball on middle-and-off - the legspinner's stock delivery - and Bell comes forward to defend, opening the face and guiding it down to gully

29.6

Warne to Bell, no run, clunked down to mid-on, but there's no timing from Bell

Good over from Warne. This breeze across the ground could really help him.

End of over 30 (1 run) England 59/2
IR Bell    9* (55b)      SK Warne    7-2-8-0
PD Collingwood    9* (24b)      GD McGrath    9-2-20-0

30.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, too wide from McGrath, swinging further away from Collingwood who stands tall and leaves alone

30.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, that's better, a tighter line and fuller too but Collingwood is up to the challenge, coming forward and defending very solidly

30.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again too wide and Collingwood can easily leave this alone

This breeze ought to be a help to the bowlers but could be a hindrance. It's the latter...so far, but at least no runs are being leaked

30.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, punched off the back foot, "nnoooooo" cries Collingwood as he clunks it into the gully

30.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, a fast legbreak there really jagging away from Collingwood

Another slip comes in

30.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, good line and length forcing Collingwood to defend

End of over 31 (maiden) England 59/2
PD Collingwood    9* (30b)      GD McGrath    10-3-20-0
IR Bell    9* (55b)      SK Warne    7-2-8-0

31.1

Warne to Bell, no run, too short, too wide and Bell rocks back, cutting it hard into the covers but again he can't find the gap

This is a great contest here

31.2

Warne to Bell, no run, lovely bowling from Warne! Drawing Bell forward - or it should have; Bell stayed in his crease, as he so often does, but he defended it solidly enough

31.3

Warne to Bell, no run, fuller, enticing the drive. Bell obliges it, Warne cries "Rahhh" or something of similar anguish and the ball is neatly timed to mid-off. No run...

31.4

Warne to Bell, no run, short, Bell goes back to defend

31.5

Warne to Bell, no run, and Bell comes right forward here, head over the ball practically sniffing the leather. And he likes the smell too, holding the pose

31.6

Warne to Bell, no run, ah, great ball on middle-and-off and Bell can only defend it

End of over 32 (maiden) England 59/2
IR Bell    9* (61b)      SK Warne    8-3-8-0
PD Collingwood    9* (30b)      GD McGrath    10-3-20-0

32.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood jabs down on this, without much feet movement. He often sits back in his crease, watching the ball like a hawk before clamping down on it with a surprisingly solid defence

32.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again too wide from McGrath, Collingwood cuts this hard - but straight to gully and still they can't break the shackles

32.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, back he goes into goes, pushing it with a slightly airy-fairy wobble of the bat into the off side

32.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, defended once more

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

32.6

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

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 63/2
PD Collingwood    13* (36b 1x4)      GD McGrath    11-3-24-0
IR Bell    9* (61b)      SK Warne    8-3-8-0

33.1

Warne to Bell, 1 run, ugly long hop which sat up and said "Hello, I'm a long hop. Will you hit me?" but Bell can only find the man in the covers. Again.

33.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, too short - is this a set-up from Warne? Bell clunks it to extra cover again

33.3

Warne to Bell, 1 run, very neatly turned off his legs

33.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, tossed right up on middle-and-off and Collingwood comes forward

33.5

Warne to Collingwood, 3 runs, shot - really solidly played from Collingwood, dancing down the track and whalloping him over long-on

33.6

Warne to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

"Boony wants a beer" is cried out by the Boony doll. Four times. Possibly five.

End of over 34 (6 runs) England 69/2
IR Bell    11* (64b)      SK Warne    9-3-14-0
PD Collingwood    17* (39b 1x4)      GD McGrath    11-3-24-0

34.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, and a fine, straight bat from Collingwood to one just outside off

34.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, cries of "catch it" from the crowd...but no one from Australia as Collingwood tries to hook but misses out

34.3

McGrath to Collingwood, 3 runs, nicely, solidly, firmly pushed down the ground to the right of McGrath's outstretched foot

34.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, just short of a length, McGrath not really drawing the batsmen forward enough here and he remains in his crease to defend off the back foot

34.5

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, just a touch too straight this time and it's well played from Bell, dropping it down by his feet and sprinting through for a single to rotate the strike. Super rotating, there

34.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed out into the covers

Out goes Warne; in comes Lee

McGrath's chuntering to himself, and anyone who will listen, shaking his head as though he's never taken a wicket in his life. Bless his cotton knee-length socks

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 73/2
PD Collingwood    20* (43b 1x4)      GD McGrath    12-3-28-0
IR Bell    12* (66b)      SK Warne    9-3-14-0

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

35.2

Lee to Bell, no run, better, straighter, fuller and quicker but Bell defends with ease

35.3

Lee to Bell, 2 runs, again drifting into his pads, Bell tucks it through midwicket. The breeze is playing havoc with Lee's line here

35.4

Lee to Bell, no run, much better line outside off and the batsman shoulders arms

35.5

Lee to Bell, no run, shorter delivery, well directed too and Bell jumps back into his crease to defend. Almost thinks about a single before scampering back into his crease

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

End of over 36 (10 runs) England 83/2
IR Bell    22* (72b 2x4)      B Lee    7-1-26-0
PD Collingwood    20* (43b 1x4)      GD McGrath    12-3-28-0

Sorry about the confusion re Bell and Collingwood a few overs ago. Gremlins in the system which, we hope, have been stamped out. Normal service resuming, as is Warne...

36.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, too short, he rocks back and late-cuts it to a shortish third man

36.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ooh that turned some - landed on leg, and turned significantly on the batsman who remained in his crease and defended

36.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, again, Collingwood is practically sitting on his stumps here but he plays this well, keeping his eye on it and nudging it to leg

36.4

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, wide of the leg stump, Collingwood reads it and clips it to mid-on who makes a good diving stop

36.5

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

36.6

Warne to Bell, no run, lovely ball on leg stump, turning away and Bell does come forward this time to defend

"I am the boss! Please do not let my employees know you exist or we won't get any work done today," says John Nesbitt. Sure John, leave it with us.

End of over 37 (1 run) England 84/2
IR Bell    22* (74b 2x4)      SK Warne    10-3-15-0
PD Collingwood    21* (47b 1x4)      B Lee    7-1-26-0

37.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, swinging into the batsman - reverse-swing, perhaps - and he adjusts his stroke accordingly

37.2

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, turned through midwicket

No great pace off the pitch for Lee here. In fact, none.

37.3

Lee to Bell, no run, outside off and left alone

Martin's now flicking crumbs at my face, and is threatening to throw a jar of spicy chutney now at my head. Which really isn't helping anyone, frankly.

37.4

Lee to Bell, 1 no ball, tentatively forward comes Bell to defend

37.4

Lee to Bell, no run, that's better from Lee, a tighter line but Bell doesn't need to play at this

37.5

Lee to Bell, no run, lovely forward defence from Bell, and it needed it too - good ball on off stump, just a hint of away swing

37.6

Lee to Bell, no run, good end to a reasonable over, bouncing and lifting on Bell but he shoulders arms, lifting his bat high up in the air

End of over 38 (2 runs) England 86/2
IR Bell    22* (79b 2x4)      B Lee    8-1-28-0
PD Collingwood    22* (49b 1x4)      SK Warne    10-3-15-0

38.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ah, Collingwood comes forward like a six-year-old being told he can't play conkers, he must go to school

38.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, oh what a cracker from Warne! A ripper, landed on middle-and off before turning past Collingwood's defensive shot

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

38.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, poor shot, dreadful in fact and he knows it, kicking the turf in disgust. It was an airy-fairy "nothing" sort of shot, neither trying to hit it or defend it

38.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, left alone this time. Wise, very wise

38.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, too short and punched off the back foot

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End of over 39 (4 runs) England 90/2
PD Collingwood    26* (55b 2x4)      SK Warne    11-3-19-0
IR Bell    22* (79b 2x4)      B Lee    8-1-28-0

39.1

Lee to Bell, 1 run, pushed down the ground

Lee's looking quick here, there's no shortage of pace. But his anguished expression on his face really demonstrates a man in need of a wicket, or some inspiration. Nothing's happening for him

39.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, outside off, the batsman shuffles across and defends out to cover

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

50 partnership for these two. Finally, some application from England

39.4

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

39.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, a touch of drift away from Collingwood but he's wise enough to ignore it

The crowd are getting tetchy. Lots of jeering for no apparent reason other than they can.

39.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, a bouncer, but it's wasted and down the leg side. Lee not looking right at all (or left).

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 95/2
PD Collingwood    30* (60b 3x4)      B Lee    9-1-33-0
IR Bell    23* (80b 2x4)      SK Warne    11-3-19-0

40.1

Warne to Bell, no run, close! Nearly Warne's first, Bell coming tentatively forward, gets a thick outside edge but it falls short of slip

40.2

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell comes down the pitch - angry with himself for his previous shot - and hammers it back at Warne who gets his right mitt in the way

40.3

Warne to Bell, no run, again Bell comes forward, without really coming forward, and that could have gone anywhere...

40.4

Warne to Bell, no run, great bowling from Warne! He has Bell's measure here. Short of a length and Bell goes back, reading the spin and jabbing down on it.

This is terrific cricket, a great contest here

40.5

Warne to Bell, no run, again Bell won't be tempted, clamping down on it

40.6

Warne to Bell, no run, defended once more. "Awwww" cries Warne.

"It's Friday afternoon. It's Australia. Who the hell works on Friday afternoon in Australia? John Nesbitt is clearly a slave driver," fumes Stuart, in Australia.

Rumours that there's possibly rain on the way. Which is about a week too late for England

End of over 41 (maiden) England 95/2
IR Bell    23* (86b 2x4)      SK Warne    12-4-19-0
PD Collingwood    30* (60b 3x4)      B Lee    9-1-33-0

41.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, another bouncer from Lee, but it's not the pitch for digging it in so short. Bell has oodles of time to evade it

41.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, pushed off the back foot into the covers

41.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 no ball, outside off, swinging away and left alone

41.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, touch too short from Lee again and it's defended on the back foot

41.4

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, neatly turned off his legs, pushing it calmly through midwicket. Sensibly played

41.5

Lee to Bell, no run, forward comes Bell, "no" he cries as he comes forward to defend once more

41.6

Lee to Bell, 1 no ball, Bell won't be tempted by this one outside off, in spite of Lee sending down another no-ball.

Lee really struggling here. His pace is fine (151.3kph no-ball); his line is not

41.6

Lee to Bell, no run, defended once more, and that's the end of a rather tortuous over

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 98/2
IR Bell    23* (89b 2x4)      B Lee    10-1-36-0
PD Collingwood    31* (65b 3x4)      SK Warne    12-4-19-0

42.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, just a smidgen wide of the off stump, turning away and Collingwood can safely ignore this

42.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, on leg stump this time Collingwood comes forward, smothering the spin

42.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Warne roars an anguished appeal to one which seemed to "go on" to Collingwood...who nevertheless played it neatly

Mid-on goes back a few yards

42.4

Warne to Collingwood, 2 runs, neatly, calmly played again from Collingwood, waiting and waiting before pushing it through midwicket

And there's England's hundred

42.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, very full, too full and he leaves it alone.

42.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and a solid forward defence from Collingwood who is looking quite settled against Warne here

Two slips, gully, short midwicket

"It's the end of Brett Lee," says Mikey Holding on TV. I wouldn't go that far. Here's Clark to replace him - good plan

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 100/2
PD Collingwood    33* (71b 3x4)      SK Warne    13-4-21-0
IR Bell    23* (89b 2x4)      B Lee    10-1-36-0

43.1

Clark to Bell, no run, a classical cover drive from Bell...straight to short extra-cover

43.2

Clark to Bell, no run, more "from the textbook" batting from Bell, coming solidly forward

England seem to be biding their time here, almost sitting in the game and intent on not losing any more wickets

43.3

Clark to Bell, no run, short of a length but too wide from Clark, Bell shoulders arms

43.4

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

43.5

Clark to Bell, no run, defended solidly

43.6

Clark to Bell, no run, angles this into the gully - first ugly shot from Bell for a while, not moving his feet and hanging his bat out in the air like a soggy tea towel.

Thanks Will. It was pickle I was throwing and not chutney. Peasant.

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John Nesbitt says "I am heading down to the pub now. I'll be back on Monday. John at Wayahead officially knocking off at 3:15pm." Work shy, the lot of you. That's all from me for now. Over to Martin.

End of over 44 (maiden) England 100/2
IR Bell    23* (95b 2x4)      SR Clark    9-1-15-2
PD Collingwood    33* (71b 3x4)      SK Warne    13-4-21-0

44.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood forward to block

44.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and on the back foot for variety

44.3

Warne to Collingwood, 2 runs, fuller pitch and Collingwood waits and whips it square on the leg side

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

44.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, good response from Warne, back on the spot

44.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 106/2
PD Collingwood    39* (77b 4x4)      SK Warne    14-4-27-0
IR Bell    23* (95b 2x4)      SR Clark    9-1-15-2

For those who have been asking about the fun police ... they seem to have been left in Brisbane. Andrew Miller has been out and about. "I had a wander round earlier and things seem remarkably untetchy. But then, there's room to roam at Adelaide. Not a beach-ball in sight, incidentally."

45.1

Clark to Bell, no run, well wide of off stump and left alone

45.2

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell will be happy to watch these zip by outside his off stump all day

45.3

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, half volley flicked just out of reach of short midwicket - despite the yells of "catch" - and onwards to three-quarters of the way to the boundary

45.4

Clark to Bell, no run, shorter and Bell just moves his head to allow the ball on its way

45.5

Clark to Bell, no run, watched and dropped into the gully region

45.6

Clark to Bell, no run, driven on the up but no power and the ball puffs its way to mid-on

It's official. Bob Hawke writes: "Any boss who sacks his worker for being on Cricinfo this afternoon is a bum."

End of over 46 (2 runs) England 108/2
IR Bell    25* (101b 2x4)      SR Clark    10-1-17-2
PD Collingwood    39* (77b 4x4)      SK Warne    14-4-27-0

46.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, tossed up, exquisite flight and Collingwood struggles to reach like a man trying to catch paper in the wind

46.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, read that and left it alone

46.3

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, googly which Collingwood read and played into space

46.4

Warne to Bell, no run, watched and safely negotiated

46.5

Warne to Bell, no run, another googly ... that's three in ten balls and Bell read that

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

Everyone emailing in to predict that it won't rain

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 113/2
IR Bell    29* (104b 3x4)      SK Warne    15-4-32-0
PD Collingwood    40* (80b 4x4)      SR Clark    10-1-17-2

47.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Clark perseveres with his 18-inches-wide-of-off-stump line

47.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood into line with studious defence

47.3

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, Clark drifts off line and Collingwood turns him down to long leg

47.4

Clark to Bell, no run, better, back on off stump and Bell blocks

47.5

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, short, and at his pace on this pitch Clark is unlikely to get much more than a bad back from that. Bell into position early and controlled his pull through midwicket

47.6

Clark to Bell, no run, even shorter, so much so it probably pitched nearer the bowler than the batsman and Bell would have needed a cue extension to reach that

Ponting turns to Michael Clarke and his occasional left-arm spin. He did take 6 for 9 in one Test ...

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 116/2
IR Bell    31* (107b 3x4)      SR Clark    11-1-20-2
PD Collingwood    41* (83b 4x4)      SK Warne    15-4-32-0

48.1

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

48.2

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

48.3

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

48.4

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

48.5

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

48.6

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

End of over 49 (maiden) England 116/2
PD Collingwood    41* (89b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    1-1-0-0
IR Bell    31* (107b 3x4)      SR Clark    11-1-20-2

49.1

Clark to Bell, no run, Clark zeros in on off stump, Bell right into line

49.2

Clark to Bell, no run, same line, Bell gets his head over it with all the caution of an auditor sniffing for some dodgy bookkeeping

49.3

Clark to Bell, no run, Clark has found his groove , good bowling

49.4

Clark to Bell, no run, this over is almost McGrathesque ... every ball on the button, Bell forced to play

49.5

Clark to Bell, no run, a touch wider and Bell follows that to plop it into gully

49.6

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell, upright, drives to mid-off

A few chants of "Boring England" but otherwise a slightly slumbering crowd. There's not a massive amount happening in the middle to enliven them either.

End of over 50 (maiden) England 116/2
IR Bell    31* (113b 3x4)      SR Clark    12-2-20-2
PD Collingwood    41* (89b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    1-1-0-0
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