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

0.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, wide of off stump and Langer leaves well alone but it didn't carry to Jones

0.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, wide and again Langer not to be tempted, although that did carry to the keeper

0.3

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, too full, and although it did swing into the left hander Langer drove all along the ground past mid-off

second gully out into silly mid-off

0.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, up in the blockhole and Langer in a muddle as he falls across his crease. He's prone to that early on

0.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, more solid-looking defence

0.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, Hoggard drifts to leg and a casual flick off the pads goes straight to midwicket

"Hoggard to nail Hayden, but Ponting to start like a train," says Andrew Miller justifying his prediction. Flintoff takes the new ball leaving Harmison to graze in the deep with the seagulls for company.

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0
JL Langer    4* (6b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-4-0
ML Hayden    0* (0b)     

three staggered slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, deep square leg, fine leg

1.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, wide and loose, driven hard straight to cover

1.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, Hayden right into line and plays it up to mid-on

1.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 no ball, Flintoff overreaches

1.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 2 runs, again too wide, but Hayden's drive not timed and it rather apologetically bobbles past extra cover

1.4

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, a sniff of swing, safely blocked and a nice single as well as it evades the fielders

1.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, snorter ... short, off the seam and Langer gets everything out of the way

Pietersen mutters and snuffles in the slips

1.6

Flintoff to Langer, OUT, short again, but this time Langer forced to play and the ball flies off the shoulder of the bat and Pietersen takes a good catch low to his right. Flintoff is mobbed by delirious team-mates as Langer slowly trudges off

JL Langer c Pietersen b Flintoff 4 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 8/1
     A Flintoff    1-0-4-1
ML Hayden    3* (5b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-4-0

2.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, Hayden leaves that, as he will as much as possible for the rest of today

2.2

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, short and Hayden pulls, rolling his wrists nicely, all along the ground to long leg

The Barmy Army are in full flow, making the most of a chance to gloat as they might not have too many opportunities ... who knows.

2.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting takes a big stride forward and defends

2.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, shouts from behind the wicket as Ponting again thrusts a pad forward and the ball misses the bat. Hoggard knew that was well outside the line

2.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, down the leg side and Ponting moves across and lets it go through

2.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting again takes a step to the off and flicks to short midwicket

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End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 9/1
RT Ponting    0* (4b)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-5-0
ML Hayden    4* (7b)      A Flintoff    1-0-4-1

3.1

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, pulled with real oomph just behind square

3.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, on target and Hayden blocks

3.3

Flintoff to Hayden, 3 runs, turned wide of mid-on, Hayden ran really well to make a two into three, and slightly surprising his captain who looked as if he had settled for a couple

3.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, down the leg side and Jones stops it - not cleanly, but a stop is a stop

3.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, short, Ponting dramatically shoulders arms and lets it pass

Lots of chirping from the close fielders with, unsurprisingly, Pietersen leading the chorus.

3.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, turned to the leg side

The National Anthem rings out from the hill

End of over 4 (8 runs) Australia 17/1
RT Ponting    1* (7b)      A Flintoff    2-0-12-1
ML Hayden    11* (10b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-5-0

The slips take a pace forward

4.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, on the spot, in the groove and safely negotiated

4.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, lovely dramatic leave from Ponting, pad thrust forward and bat vertical like a periscope struggling to break the surface. One of the best leavers in the modern game

4.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, and again, pad even further forward this time

4.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straighter and this time he uses the bat

4.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, short and wide, smacked straight to Anderson at extra cover

Harmison warming up ... not sure what for ... some seagull chasing?

4.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting waits for that one and whips it off his midriff to deepish midwicket

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 18/1
RT Ponting    2* (13b)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-6-0
ML Hayden    11* (10b 1x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-12-1

5.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting assuredly into line

5.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, classic Ponting leave to one 18 inches outside off stump

5.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, short, Ponting onto it really quickly - that was the assurance and speed of a man in form - and hooked to Hoggard at long leg

5.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, outside off stump at 88.8mph (141.9kph)

Our man in the crowd reports that Langer was unamused by some comments made to him as he walked back after his dismissal and glares were exchanged

5.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, left alone again

Brett Lee is the man padded up as nightwatchman.

5.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, and Hayden leaves once more

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 19/1
ML Hayden    11* (13b 1x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-13-1
RT Ponting    3* (16b)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-6-0

6.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, fuller length and Ponting prods it into the ground

6.2

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, too short, neatly driven off the back foot past the man at silly extra cover - he had no chance of doing much more than getting out of the way - and it races away

6.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, fuller and Ponting again into line, right behind that

6.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, classic forward defensive shot with an extra-step flourish at the end

6.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, much the same but slightly more of a crouching posture as he played it

6.6

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, it's a four but Ponting walked across to one that swung and flicked it fine, dispersing the seagulls. had he missed, he would have been out ... but he rarely misses at the moment

Harmison continues to warm up

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 27/1
RT Ponting    11* (22b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-14-0
ML Hayden    11* (13b 1x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-13-1

7.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, wide and left. Flintoff needs to make Hayden play

round the wicket to the left hander

7.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, better line, Hayden forced to use his bat but he defends confidently and finds a gap to leg

Back over the wicket to Ponting

7.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, into line and defended

7.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting right into line

The close chatter continues unabated. England's tails are up and the Barmies are adding to the pressure on the batsmen. But these two old warhorses have been there many times.

7.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, turned to midwicket

7.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets a bit square-on as he shapes to drive and the ball goes to cover

"There weren't just glares," adds Chris in New Zealand referring to the Langer incident. "Langer used his bat but not sure what for - looked like a poke at someone - and the guy behind him (security, I think) had to step in quickly, but Langer was already walking on..."

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 28/1
RT Ponting    11* (26b 2x4)      A Flintoff    4-0-14-1
ML Hayden    12* (15b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-14-0

Jones adds to the pressure by standing up to the stumps with a man on the very straight drive.

8.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, Nice line, "Come on Hoggy," yells Jones

8.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, 119.4kph offcutters (that's around 75mph for us old people)&

8.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, Hoggard seems to be bowling a better line with Jones standing up

8.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, off stump, solid defence

8.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, Hayden shoulders arms, Jones takes it and, as if to underline his credentials, whips the bails off

8.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, another offcutter which Hayden blocks and immediately turns and heads off

10.55am Umpire Bucknor's at the City End, where it's Andrew Flintoff for the first over. Three slips, gully, point, widish mid-off, mid-on, deep square leg, fine leg... In fact, third slip has moved into gully, and gully has dropped back to a sort-of halfway point

10.50am The stands are filling and the teams have disappeared back inside for last-minute massages and pep talks.

Well here we go. The commentators today are Martin Williamson, Will Luke and, to take you through the first hour of the third day, Jenny Thompson. And for extra colour, Jenny's fiancé is sitting somewhere in the stands providing quips, comment - and beery belches in the final session.

Thanks Martin, hello all - Jenny here. Well, I'm sure Dan'll deliver on at least one of the three above... Bless him.

"Gracious - nude cricketers!" shouts Gary in the US. "The page loads with a big pic of the old feller (pun intended) beneath a big bold header THIS IS LANCASHIRE. That's one more place off the list, then." Yes, the old chap's perhaps not exactly putting the hot into hotpot, sadly. I think we should move swiftly on, especially as the batsmen are running - yes running - out to the middle.

An unnamed feedbacker writes: "When you comment on the match it will of great help if you can explain to the viewers the approach the captain's thinking ..." Now, we struggle to know what we are thinking, let alone anyone else...

10.30am While you wait for play to start, here's a picture of a nude cricketer for your amusement ... Jenny found this (somehow) so thanks to her ... It's a pleasant day in Adelaide, around 75 degrees and sunny with a few scattered clouds ...

10.20am Good morning and welcome to the third day's play. Andrew Miller, fresh from a good night in the casino, reports: "England are warming up on the outfield, the hill is filling up nicely, and the big screen is showing replays of Old Trafford 2005. Perhaps Australia are already geeing up for another great escape?" England's bowlers are warming up on the cut strip on the end of the square. Harmison still coming in off three paces at this stage, but we can safely assume he'll lengthen his run come the start of his spell.

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Close And that's that for the day, and again one dominated by England. Paul Collingwood's 206 and Kevin Pietersen's 158 formed the bulk of England's 551 for 6 declared and then Andrew Flintoff removed Justin Langer. Three days to go, and much depends on whether England's bowlers can get more out of the pitch than their Australian counterparts managed.

"I just wish I'd gone on," smiled Collingwood after stumps. "You can never score enough can you?" You can't - and Pietersen knows it, too. His score, 158, is the third time he's got out on that total, which is his highest in Tests. He couldn't quite believe he was going to fall on that total once more, but he did... "That's why I was laughing when I got out."

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From me, Martin Williamson, Will Luke and Jenny Thompson that's all. We will be back tomorrow at 11.00am (0030GMT) for full coverage of the third day. Hope you'll join us then. Goodnight.

End of over 9 (maiden) Australia 28/1
ML Hayden    12* (21b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-1-14-0
RT Ponting    11* (26b 2x4)      A Flintoff    4-0-14-1

9.1

Flintoff to Ponting, (no ball) 1 run, strangled shouts from nobody but my colleagues as Flintoff crashes that one into the bat in line with off-stump and Ponting comes down the pitch to squeeze that on the front foot - plus it's a no-ball (overstepping)

Coming round to the left-hander

9.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, big shouldering of arms from the big-shouldered Hayden

9.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, another leave as that sails down the off-side

9.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, another one goes on its innocuous way outside off into the hands of Gilchrist - oops, Jones, I am watching really....

9.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, 86.2 (139kph) and that's left alone outside off-stump. Hayden nods at Flintoff for that one, although he had plenty of room - and time - to leave it. The pitch is still looking pretty slow, although true

9.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, better line - "Bowling Freddie" - darting in at the left-hander from just outside off

9.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, similar line and length and that's defended. Flintoff gives Hayden a bit of a stare as he ends up near his nose such is the momentum of his follow-through; he's certainly fired up here

It's Hoggard from the Cathedral End

End of over 10 (2 runs) Australia 30/1
ML Hayden    12* (27b 1x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-16-1
RT Ponting    12* (27b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-1-14-0

10.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, peach of a start moved off the pitch, kept a bit low and that just eludes Ponting's outside edge with a play and a miss. That was bowled at 78.8mph, which is 127kph (we'll do the maths; it's the weekend after all)

10.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, big leave to one which pitches way outside off and swings away

10.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting's offering bigger leaves here than genetically-modified trees with too much growth hormone (sorry, that's a loosener from me)

10.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, swinging away, came forward with a solid defence

Two slips, gully, point, short extra and short midwicket, mid-off, mid-on, deep midwicket. "Crazy field," opines the non-crazy Andrew Miller.

10.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 3 runs, classic straight-drive, a big backlift on the up; that nutmegs Hoggard and Harmison throws back having chased that down to long-on - he's on target, too; a good start from the big man

10.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, quiet defence

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 33/1
ML Hayden    12* (28b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-1-17-0
RT Ponting    15* (32b 2x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-16-1

An editor writes: Jenny apologises for mistaking Gilchrist for Jones. It's an easy mistake to make if you have been clubbing all night. Sorry, Martin, but you must remember those days of bopping to the charttoppers at the top of the hit parade?

11.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, cut away to point

11.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended

11.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, big shout for LBW but while it's a peach, it's not plumb - and Ponting gets a big stride forward to one which cuts back from outside off as he allows it to crash into his front pad

11.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

11.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, winged back in from point

11.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 leg bye, squirts out to square off the pad - it looked like there was some inside edge, though and Ponting's a bit surprised at the leg-bye signal

"Boonie Army, Boonie Army," whimpers a tired-sounding Boonie. Perhaps he's been out on the tiles, too

End of over 12 (1 run, maiden) Australia 34/1
RT Ponting    15* (38b 2x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-16-1
ML Hayden    12* (28b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-1-17-0

12.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone as that one goes through off

A deliberate tactic from England here - they're bowling outside Ponting's off stump here, choosing not to bowl straight to him, nothing on his pads

12.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, 'Waiting' they cry as that one eases on the off-side

12.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, 'No' this time as that's tickled to short midwicket

More swing today for Hoggard already

12.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, driven without much power forward

12.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, stops on a drive as that one angles across him - Hoggard staying over the wicket, here

Plenty of encouraging chirps from the fielders - England are in good spirits this morning

12.6

Hoggard to Hayden, OUT, and the dangerman has gone early. A nothing shot from Hayden, to one which seamed a little bit away from him and that's pouched to Jones's left off a thin edge. There's been some good control from England and that's a great ball from Hoggard. Hayden strides off, a casual, rueful look back at the wicket

ML Hayden c †Jones b Hoggard 12 (57m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Both openers are gone and Martyn comes to the crease. He averages 96.5 at Adelaide, so he'll be delighted to be batting here - although not in this situation

End of over 13 (1 run) Australia 35/2
     MJ Hoggard    7-1-18-1
RT Ponting    16* (42b 2x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-16-1

13.1

Flintoff to Ponting, FOUR, that strays onto middle-and-leg and that's whipped strongly off his hips, evading the short leg. A strong shot from Ponting, nice

13.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 no ball, no-ball from an overstep

13.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, "Wait," the batsmen cry as that one goes into the covers. "Good areas, Fred," shout England as one

13.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, ooh, a touch straighter and Ponting walked across to that one and sends it wide of Giles at mid-on who gives successful chase

13.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, worked off his legs to Cook at deep midwicket

13.5

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 no ball, ooh, a no-ball from an overstep but Martyn chased that round as it strayed down leg and was pouched by Jones

13.5

Flintoff to Martyn, 1 run, wrong line from Flintoff, down leg, and Martyn stands to tall to guide it down to fine leg, where Hoggard wings it back in

13.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, made Ponting play that one, up there and in line with off stick

There are some MCC boys in the stands, reports Dan from the hill. The orange-and-yellow stripes - full kit apparently - may be something of a giveaway. They wouldn't do well in a camouflage competition, unless they were in a field of deckchairs...&

End of over 14 (10 runs) Australia 45/2
RT Ponting    23* (48b 3x4)      A Flintoff    7-1-26-1
DR Martyn    1* (2b)      MJ Hoggard    7-1-18-1

14.1

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, left alone as that bends away from the right-hander down the channel

Oh, and Harmison's warming up - interesting, interesting

14.2

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, ignored once more and that is left outside off

14.3

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, strays down leg, Martyn thinks of going for that but gets nowhere near it

14.4

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, left alone outside off as that bends slightly away from the right-hander once more. "Bowling, Hoggy," they chirp imaginatively

14.5

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, that pitches outside off and there's a very solid defensive into the covers

14.6

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, left alone outside off and Jones takes that one

And it is Harmison - at last. So, Adelaide's the City of Churches, hmm, well Harmison will have to altar his line from the last Test else the batsmen could really pulp it (enough bad religion gags - the Almighty Ed)

Big cheers and name calling for Harmy from the England supporters

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 45/2
DR Martyn    1* (8b)      MJ Hoggard    8-2-18-1
RT Ponting    23* (48b 3x4)      A Flintoff    7-1-26-1

15.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, on the spot from Harmison - big cheers from the crowd for that - and that's fended into the on-side

15.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, hello, good pace and bounce has Martyn late-cutting down and it just, just goes short of gully

15.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, outside off, short-of-a-length, rising and arms were shouldered. That was at 87mph - 139.9kph

15.4

Harmison to Martyn, FOUR, Martyn brings up 2000 runs in home Tests with a stylish hook over midwicket that he's really quickly on to - top shot

15.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, well bowled, a better length and Martyn fends off his backfoot, both feet trapped in the crease

Similar field for Flintoff. A string of five catchers from first slip to point

15.6

Harmison to Martyn, no run, better length at 89mph (143kph)

Pretty encouraging start from Harmison then

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 50/2
DR Martyn    5* (13b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-5-0
RT Ponting    24* (49b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-2-18-1

16.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Jones up to the stumps here as Hoggard swings that one away and Ponting is quickly over it to defend strongly

16.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, a touch of width and Ponting is typically alert, smashing that to cover where it's sharply picked up

16.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Ponting shuffles over to that one but shoulders arms at the last minute, realising that, like a choosy would-be lover, it's too wide to be worth chasing

16.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone this time

Three catchers in front of the wicket - short midwicket, short extra and a forward short point. They should really come into play with Jones standing up to the stumps

16.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, defended into the covers

16.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, straighter from Hoggard and Ponting squeezes that through to midwicket and there's some quick running

Hoggard takes his hat and seemingly oblivious to the fact that the world's cameras are on him he puts his hat in front of his face, chuckles, and walks on

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 52/2
RT Ponting    26* (55b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    9-2-20-1
DR Martyn    5* (13b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-5-0

17.1

Harmison to Martyn, no run, defended this time

17.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, left alone outside off

17.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, hello, Harmison bowling with some venom here and that one cannons into Martyn who's squared up and is in some bother as it crashes into his hips, high

17.4

Harmison to Martyn, no run, left alone outside off this time

17.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, stands tall to defend that one off the back foot with the full face of the bat, pleasing sponsors and batting coaches alike

17.6

Harmison to Martyn, no run, decent delivery to round off that over, nipping back in off a shortish one outside off and rising through to Jones - the batsman judges well in leaving it, though

'Well bowled,' oberseves KP, giving him an encouraging pat

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 52/2
DR Martyn    5* (19b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    2-1-5-0
RT Ponting    26* (55b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    9-2-20-1

18.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, crashes a cut, hard, off a loose one but Cook dives on to that one at cover

18.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, 'Ooh, yes, Hog!' chirps Jones in a passable imitation of Alec 'Yeeees, Oi liiike that' Stewart

18.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off as that swings a touch away from the right-hander - some good shape, this, encouraging the bowler

18.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, left alone once more

18.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, just a fraction too short and Ponting doesn't quite get hold of that as he shapes to hook but lands it in the middle of three fielders

18.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straight up there on the money and that's defended on the front foot

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End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 54/2
RT Ponting    28* (61b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    10-2-22-1
DR Martyn    5* (19b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    2-1-5-0

19.1

Harmison to Martyn, no run, cut off the back foot

19.2

Harmison to Martyn, no run, strays down leg, that's nibbled into the leg-side but it's well picked up by Cook and cannoned back quickly

19.3

Harmison to Martyn, no run, stands tall and is very quick to leave that one well alone as it rushes down the channel and pops up a touch

19.4

Harmison to Martyn, no run, a looseish delivery is leapt on to quickly with a crashing cut but Harmison's figures are saved by Pietersen's pick-up at point

19.5

Harmison to Martyn, no run, much better from Harmison outside off and that's left alone outside off

19.6

Harmison to Martyn, no run, latches on to that quickly, a loose one, but finds the fielder at cover

Harmison's quick and he's straight here, good bowling

End of over 20 (maiden) Australia 54/2
DR Martyn    5* (25b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    3-2-5-0
RT Ponting    28* (61b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    10-2-22-1

20.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, steered behind square

20.2

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, left alone outside off

20.3

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, defended off the back foot

"On a flat pitch," begins Andrew Miller, "England's five-man attack has something that Australia's four men don't - two players, Flintoff and Harmison, who have the pace and the height to overcome the conditions ... assuming they keep putting it in roughly the right place."

20.4

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, more defence

20.5

Hoggard to Martyn, no run, defended on the front foot. "Oh yes, Hog," says Jones, adding: "Keep working, Hoggy." Sound advice

20.6

Hoggard to Martyn, 1 run, strays down leg this time and Martyn's quick to rush that one out to square

"What would Chapel make of your sacrificial guffawing?" wonders Matt Burrow - possibly thinking he'll make me cross.

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 56/2
DR Martyn    6* (30b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    11-2-24-1
RT Ponting    29* (62b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    3-2-5-0

21.1

Harmison to Martyn, 3 runs, a genuine edge goes low, and there's no third man but with the slow outfield the ball lazily runs down despite being delivered at 90mph (144.7kph)

21.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off this time as that one goes srtraight and sharp

21.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting hits it back in Harmison's direction, he gets one hand on it and it falls to the floor. Ponting thinks about a quick single, but changes his mind - good decision

21.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, more good pace - 93mph (150kph) to be exact - and that's left alone

21.5

Harmison to Ponting, FOUR, hostile again, but down leg and Ponting latches on to that one very quickly indeed - quick feet, quick hands, and that's pulled down through square with great timing. That brings up 1000 runs at Adelaide for Ponting

21.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, ooh, Ponting goes for a big expansive drive on the off-side, fails to get hold of it fully but there's no danger from the resulting edge

End of over 22 (7 runs) Australia 63/2
RT Ponting    33* (67b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    4-2-12-0
DR Martyn    9* (31b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    11-2-24-1

22.1

Hoggard to Martyn, 2 runs, great shot, waits for it and it comes slower and wideish and Martyn merely offers the face of the bat to kiss the ball and it bisects the two covers

22.2

Hoggard to Martyn, OUT, but he's gone this time! A hint of swing from Hoggard has Martyn playing away from his body and he gets a big edge on it. Ooh, now that's a good catch from Bell, low, and in his fingertips at gully. That's Hoggard's second wicket of the day and in truth he's deserved both

DR Martyn c Bell b Hoggard 11 (42m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Drinks being taken now as Mike Hussey strides to the middle, And it's over to Martin Williamson ...

Field brought in to pressurise Hussey. Men circling all around the bat.

22.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, straight and Hussey gets everything into line

one slip, gully, forward short point, short extra, regulation backward point

22.4

Hoggard to Hussey, 2 runs, neatly turned down to long leg

22.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, oh! super ball which slipped past Hussey's outside edge ... a nervous moment as there was a half appeal and a noise ... it was his bat clipping his pads

22.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, blocked back down the pitch, Hoggard swoops and throws down the stumps at the striker's end to massive cheers

Even bigger cheers from the Hoggard fan club as he saunters back to the boundary. This from Dan on the hill. "The Army are humming loudly, 'Hoggy, Hoggy, Hoggy, we are the army, the Barmy Army.' Not much else other than a man in a kilt." "It's all gone a bit quiet in the members stand now," reports Peter English.

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 67/3
MEK Hussey    2* (4b)      MJ Hoggard    12-2-28-2
RT Ponting    33* (67b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    4-2-12-0

23.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, fast, short offcutter into the body of the batsman, half appeal but that was closer to going over Ponting's head than hitting the stumps

23.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting steps across in that familiar style and clips to midwicket

23.3

Harmison to Hussey, 3 runs, Harmison fails to readjust for the left hander and a fullish leg-stump ball is clipped through midwicket ... a brace of fielders chase it down just inside the boundary

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 no ball, whoa! That one slipped and Ponting lost it, ducked, and the ball almost clocked him on the helmet. Ponting looks as bewildered as George Bush at a press conference, he clearly lost it. In fairness, had he stayed upright and seen it that would have been a four-ball

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 no ball, wicked bouncer at 93mph (149.7kph)

23.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, left alone

23.5

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run

Flintoff is sat on the straight drive, and mid-off, mid-on and backward square leg complete the picture

23.6

Harmison to Hussey, FOUR, leg side, Hussey leg glances very fine ... a little too fine for his comfort as a flailing Jones gets close enough to it to cause a momentary wobble

End of over 24 (11 runs) Australia 78/3
MEK Hussey    9* (6b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    5-2-23-0
RT Ponting    35* (73b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    12-2-28-2

24.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, dramatic leave, Jones standing up whips off the bails

Flintoff and Hoggard chat and point alot. The two slips go wider and the gully moves squarer

24.2

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, dropped! Short, pulled but Ponting didn't get over it and Giles, at deep square leg, spills one above his head, He got both hands to it but never really left the ground with his jump. As the crowd jeer, Giles hangs his head

24.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, left alone by Hussey and Jones, standing back for the left hander, takes it

24.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hussey again leaves one slanted across him

24.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, that's three in a row left alone

24.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, and the same, a low-key end to an eventful over

Poor old Giles. Under fire anyway, some wag in the crowd shouts "Panesar".

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 79/3
MEK Hussey    9* (10b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    13-2-29-2
RT Ponting    36* (75b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    5-2-23-0

25.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, wayward. Leg side and Ponting sways inside it and lets it go

25.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, flicked into space on the leg side

25.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, crouching, watchful forward defence

25.4

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey spotted that cover had gone a couple of yards deeper and so played it towards him, taking the pace off the ball with soft hands, and scurries through for a well-run single

25.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, the kind of the leave shoulders arms, pad thrust forward

25.6

Harmison to Ponting, 3 runs, too full, textbook off drive which is slowed down by the sluggish outfield. It deserved four. A cry of exasperation from Harmison

End of over 26 (5 runs) Australia 84/3
RT Ponting    40* (79b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    6-2-28-0
MEK Hussey    10* (12b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    13-2-29-2

26.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, well forward, Jones chirruping in Ponting's ear

26.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, Pointing a bit rushed as that one zipped back in at him

26.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, straight ball gently played back to the bowler who considers a wild shy at the stumps but settles for a lobbed throw to Jones instead

26.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, crisp off drive in to the gap between the ring of fielders to the man back for just that stroke

26.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, orthodox defence to one that didn't do much

26.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hussey into line again. Hoggard on a tight line, really in a rhythm

Several fielders rush in to pat Hoggard on the back. Is that the end of his spell? He has figures of 2 for 16 today.

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 85/3
MEK Hussey    10* (14b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    14-2-30-2
RT Ponting    41* (83b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    6-2-28-0

Flintoff replaces Harmison at the City End

27.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, loosener into the off side for an easy single

Flintoff round the wicket to Hussey

27.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, wide and Hussey watches it pass

27.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, lovely line, a foot closer to Hussey and he spars and misses, sending the close fielders into a spasm of clapping and chirping

27.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, this time Hussey gets right behind it

27.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, wide but Hussey not tempted

27.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, slightly too wide and Hussey shoulders arms

Double change as James Anderson comes on in place of Matthew Hoggard at the Cathedral End.

"Is your vocabulary so limited that all you can come up with is a cheap shot at my president?" bellyaches Gwight Williams. Sorry, President Bush is a fine man and we all apologise unreservedly ...

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 86/3
MEK Hussey    10* (19b 1x4)      A Flintoff    8-1-27-1
RT Ponting    42* (84b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    14-2-30-2

28.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven, outside edge skews inches short of Bell in the gully. Loads of oohs and aahs

28.2

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, driven, off the meat this time, past extra cover, but again a man back for that

28.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good line, Hussey forced to play and he does so with conviction

28.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, played out to point and a loud and immediate yell of "No!" from Hussey

28.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey back and across to defend

28.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, well judged leave

Hussey looks as if he means to stay for some time. He has plastered the face zinc on ... he looks like Joan Collins on a bad make-up day.

End of over 29 (1 run) Australia 87/3
MEK Hussey    10* (23b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
RT Ponting    43* (86b 4x4)      A Flintoff    8-1-27-1

29.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting across his stumps and turns it straight to square leg

29.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, and again Ponting a little foot-tied as he steps across

Flintoff has three men in close on the leg side for the flick of the pads.

29.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets everything into line and plays it up to mid-off

29.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, played out to short midwicket

29.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks ...he's been turned square a couple of times this over and that will give Flintoff heart

29.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, another step across from Ponting and he plops it to short midwicket again

Adrian McFarlane writes: "Ponting did look as bewildered as Bush and you can add that Giles dropped the ball like Donald Rumsfeld did in Iraq ... yes, let's make this a political day." Let's not go there ...

End of over 30 (maiden) Australia 87/3
RT Ponting    43* (92b 4x4)      A Flintoff    9-2-27-1
MEK Hussey    10* (23b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

30.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good line, solid defence

A gentle buzz among the crowd, no more than that

30.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey again plays into the covers with soft hands and what could have been a tight single is actually easy as the communication between the batsmen was so good

30.3

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, turned behind square on leg, the man is right back and so they run two

Slight delay ... Hussey has something in his eye

30.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven to point, not timed and so no power in the shot

30.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting forward and his bat turns in his hands as he plays it and the ball skews to mid-on

30.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, oh yes! Lovely ball, swings back and through a loose attempted drive by Ponting whose bottom hand comes off the bat as he swishes and misses

Some news just in - Brett Lee's been reported for excessive appealing on the second day here. The match referee Jeff Crowe cited him for celebrating what he thought was Kevin Pietersen's wicket - an edge through to Adam Gilchrist - but umpire Bucknor turned the shout down. Lee will be hauled in front of a judicial hearing either today or tomorrow - and he faces a fine.

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 90/3
RT Ponting    45* (96b 4x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-4-0
MEK Hussey    11* (25b 1x4)      A Flintoff    9-2-27-1

31.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey gets behind that

31.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey in ultra watchful mode

31.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Flintoff bowls without lifting his left arm ... really distracting and Hussey does well to keep his mind on the job

31.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, back to two-arm bowling, but that was wide of off stump

31.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, so was that!

31.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, once more no need for Hussey to play

Interesting close-up of Ponting looking suspiciously at the pitch after the last ball of Anderson's over ... like a man who has been asked to bat on corrugated iron. It's not that bad yet, but that delivery will have caused a few wobbles among the remaining Australian batsman

End of over 32 (maiden) Australia 90/3
MEK Hussey    11* (31b 1x4)      A Flintoff    10-3-27-1
RT Ponting    45* (96b 4x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-4-0

32.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, on the button, blocked

32.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, good shout, nipped back in but sliding down the leg. Ponting only half forward and beaten by that one

32.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, controlled flick to mid-on

32.4

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, worked down to long leg

32.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting across and slightly surprised by some extra bounce, played uppishly but safely to midwicket

32.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting into line, safe as houses

Back to the Lee appeal - the Hotspot camera (Channel 9's gizmo of the year) showed that Bucknor had made the right decision: the noise was bat on to pad.

End of over 33 (2 runs) Australia 92/3
RT Ponting    46* (101b 4x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-6-0
MEK Hussey    12* (32b 1x4)      A Flintoff    10-3-27-1

Flintoff switches to over the wicket to the left hander

33.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey blocks

33.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone. He can leave anything not on the stumps quite safely with Flintoff bowling this line

33.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, better line, Hussey right behind it

33.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 no ball, again Hussey forced to play but Flintoff had overstepped. 88.3 mph (141.9kph)

33.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, Hussey momentarily considered playing but shouldered arms. That's a decent line, one that has him thinking

33.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, tip and run into the covers, well played and well run. Hussey's calling so far has been excellent

33.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 3 runs, ... unlike Ponting, who calls for an oh-so-tight single to square leg. He was on the back foot and so slow to set off, Collingwood's shy would have left Ponting yards short at the bowler's end but it missed and he got overthrows for good measure. Potning was so far out he didn't even bother trying to run his bat in!

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 97/3
RT Ponting    49* (102b 4x4)      A Flintoff    11-3-32-1
MEK Hussey    13* (38b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-6-0

34.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting cautious. Two let-offs this morning so far, and he will now just want to get to lunch

34.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, into line and defended

Jones really giving it some chatter

34.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, played into the covers

34.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short, Ponting rocks back and smacks that with va va voom behind square to bring up his 36th Test fifty

34.5

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, Anderson overcorrects, too full and driven through short extra cover. Shot of the day so far. I wonder how Ashley Giles is feeling ....

34.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting drives to mid-off, takes two steps down the pitch but thinks better of it and screams "No", Hussey, on the ball before the break, was going nowhere anyway

Steve Harmison to open the bowling after lunch

Afternoon all. Will here, marvellous to be with you - and what a terrific morning's session that was for England. Few clouds in the sky, but the weather's just perfect. Super, in fact. Here we go

1.35pm Welcome back to Adelaide. The players are back out in the middle - Steve Harmison cut his lunch short to go through his paces with Kevin Shine, England's bowling coach. And for the first post-lunch session it's the apolitical Wilbur Luke ...

Lunch England's morning once more, 77 runs for two wickets, both to Hoggard. It could have been worse for Australia had Ashley Giles not dropped Ponting. As it is, Ponting has not looked at his best, but he's still there and those two fours just before the break hinted that he's finding his range. The afternoon session could decide the game ...

We're off for a Thai lunch, and to all those who emailed in dismayed that there was an apology for the earlier George Bush aside ... have a look again ... there was a tongue firmly rammed into the collective commentary cheek. Back at 1.40pm (0310GMT) for the resumption.

In the meantime, chew the cud on Match Vox.

End of over 35 (8 runs) Australia 105/3
RT Ponting    57* (108b 6x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-14-0
MEK Hussey    13* (38b 1x4)      A Flintoff    11-3-32-1

35.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run

35.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, a tighter line and a touch shorter, again Hussey leaves it alone

35.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, oh and a cracking ball from Harmison here, pitching on middle and moving just enough to beat Hussey's tentative forward poke. Great ball

35.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, well bowled again, this time forcing Hussey forward

35.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, ooh and a big shout from Harmison here as Hussey is trapped in his crease - that was quick too, but I forgot to look at the speedometer so who knows if I'm right or not - but it's going over the top. Excellent delivery

35.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pushed out into the covers, and a typically high-pitched "no" from Hussey demands Ponting remains at the non-striker's end.

Very good opening over that from Harmison. Fast and accurate - and we haven't said that very often. He's a different bloke so far in this Test

End of over 36 (maiden) Australia 105/3
MEK Hussey    13* (44b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    7-3-28-0
RT Ponting    57* (108b 6x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-14-0

36.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off and a touch of reverse swing there, Ponting strides down the pitch massively to shoulder arms, massively

36.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, too wide from Anderson, no swing this time and Ponting leaves it alone

36.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, bit of wobble on that one, but it's again too wide.

Anderson was impressive with his lines before lunch. Needs to drag it back onto Ponting's stumps here though.

36.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, fuller, again swinging into the batsman (reverse swing) and Ponting bunts it to mid-on and is quick to set off for a single

36.5

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, Anderson doesn't adjust his line to the left hander here, Hussey nudging him to leg with ease

36.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, fine shot on the up from Ponting, clonking it through extra cover. But Flintoff has a sweeper out there to protect Anderson; his captaincy and management of his bowlers has been spot on today

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 108/3
RT Ponting    59* (113b 6x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-17-0
MEK Hussey    14* (45b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    7-3-28-0

37.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Ponting shuffles across his crease, goes back and defends

37.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, "NO" is the call from Ponting who is again fiercely solid in defence

37.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, Harmison gives Ponting some room here - that had four written all over it. And I promise never to utter that disgusting metaphor in this commentary ever again. Pushed out into the covers without timing

37.4

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, fine cricket from Ponting, coming forward solidly and pushing it out into the covers to pick up a single

37.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, well bowled, outside off and Hussey goes back, poking this into the covers without really moving his feet.

Pitch it up, Harmison...

37.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, and he does pitch it up, forcing Hussey forward to defend

Good over that

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 109/3
MEK Hussey    14* (47b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    8-3-29-0
RT Ponting    60* (117b 6x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-17-0

Anderson to continue

38.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, nicely bowled but Ponting aggressively came down the pitch here, to counter the reverse swing, and defended it on the front foot

38.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, ooh, an uncertain stroke from Ponting, reaching for this and attempting to cover-drive it...but gets an inside-edge

38.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run

38.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, too wide. Ponting shoulders arms with that extravagant lunge of the front foot

38.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting, with a stance some two or three inches outside leg, shuffles across to off and leaves it alone.

Clearly trying to counter potential lbw decision here, Ponting

38.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, again he comes forward and leaves alone

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 109/3
RT Ponting    60* (123b 6x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-17-0
MEK Hussey    14* (47b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    8-3-29-0

39.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, very well bowled, and quick too - 88mph (141.5kph - no idea what it is in knots or any other measurement), left alone by Hussey

39.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, good, firm, solid forward defence but again this is a good line from Harmison

39.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, impatient shot from Hussey, too full to pull - which he attempts to, gets a bottom-edge onto his boot, or pad, or both

39.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, this is a great line from the bowler, a foot or so outside off but Hussey wisely leaves it alone

39.5

Harmison to Hussey, 2 runs, loses his line here, straying down leg and it's whipped down to fine-leg for a single. Or two, rather..Matthew Hoggard's not quick enough, and Hussey is like a whippet between the wickets

39.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

It's Nelson. 111. Well done that man.

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 111/3
MEK Hussey    16* (53b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    9-3-31-0
RT Ponting    60* (123b 6x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-17-0

40.1

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, lovely firm cover drive but Pietersen is out on the deep extra-cover boundary, jogs to his right and fields with one hand

40.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a little bit of inswing to Ponting who reads it well, coming forward to defend with his head right over the ball

40.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, and he leaves this one alone outside off, no swing there

Wicketkeeper is up to the stumps

40.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, clunked without timing to mid-off

40.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, pushed off the back foot to Pietersen again in the deep

40.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 114/3
MEK Hussey    16* (54b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-20-0
RT Ponting    63* (128b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    9-3-31-0

Quite a subdued start this. The crowd are quiet too, but England are bowling very tidily and restricting these two batsman

41.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, almost squares Ponting up here who shuffles across his crease, dangerously so...

41.2

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, misdirected down the leg side, Ponting pulls to fine-leg where Ed Joyce fields

Joyce? Oh, he's on for Hoggard apparently

41.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pushed off his legs

41.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, firmly defended

41.5

Harmison to Hussey, SIX, shot what a shot from Hussey, just short of a length and Hussey has hammered this behind square...for six. Fabulous shot

41.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, this one thuds into his pads, but no run available

End of over 42 (7 runs) Australia 121/3
MEK Hussey    22* (58b 1x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    10-3-38-0
RT Ponting    64* (130b 6x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-20-0

42.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward, desperate to get this through the covers but he can't

42.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pushed out to the covers

42.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, flicked off his legs - the wrong line from Anderson but Ponting can't get any more than a single

42.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, confidently comes forward, Hussey, and crisply drives this into the covers

42.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, excellent length, on off stump and Hussey defends it solidly

42.6

Anderson to Hussey, 3 runs, lovely shot, typically Hussey, working it off his legs calmly through midwicket

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 125/3
MEK Hussey    25* (61b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-1-24-0
RT Ponting    65* (133b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    10-3-38-0

Hope you're enjoying the game. If you have any thoughts, send them our way.

43.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off, but a good, nagging line from Harmison

43.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, tighter line, not giving Hussey anything here who defends

43.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, outside off, Hussey won't be tempted though and leaves it well alone

43.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, bit too wide really from Harmison. Hussey, as he has shown so far in this innings, simply will not touch anything threatening his off stump

Time to go round the wicket?

43.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, ooh very nicely bowled, angling across the left hander who leaves it alone, almost facing his body and face down the pitch

43.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, and he does play at this, impatience from Hussey, who pokes meekly at it

The crowd are alive, hurrah, they're not yet in their afternoon beer comas.

End of over 44 (maiden) Australia 125/3
MEK Hussey    25* (67b 1x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    11-4-38-0
RT Ponting    65* (133b 6x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-24-0

Here's Matthew Hoggard. Runs into bowl...and pulls out at the last minute. Take two. Jones is up to the crease again

44.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, nice line, wobbling away in the air from Ponting who defends

44.2

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, a huge stride forward from Ponting pushing it out into the covers, "yes Freddie" shouts Jones to his captain

44.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hoggard immediately adjusts his line to the left hander, landing it perfectly on his off stump and Hussey watchfully, cautiously defends it off the back foot

44.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, a little bit too wide from the Hogster, and the Hussey leaves it

44.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hussey almost shapes to drive this down the ground - a high backlift swinging down on this straight delivery, defending it hard

"This is the sort of field that Alec Bedser and Trevor Bailey used to bowl to," mutters The Guardian's Mike Selvey to no-one in particular

44.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ooooh Hussey flays this into the covers without moving his feet...it was a loose, slightly airy fairy wishy wafty floppy sort of shot into the cover. Hussey needs to rein it in

End of over 45 (1 run) Australia 126/3
MEK Hussey    25* (71b 1x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    15-2-31-2
RT Ponting    66* (135b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    11-4-38-0

45.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, and that's too short, Ponting swivels it around the corner

Apparently I should be more like Henry Blofeld, that stable of the BBC's Test Match Special team. You shouldn't tempt me like that.

45.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, defended solidly on the front foot and look there's a splendid less-crusted yellow-and-beige pigeon, with....well, you get the idea

45.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

45.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, big appeal from Harmison. Not big, in fact, more a strangled "haarrr...wozzaaatt", but pitching outside leg

45.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, gone! NO! It fell short. Hussey tentatively came forward, poking at it and the ball dies some two feet before second slip. Terrific bowling

45.6

Harmison to Hussey, 3 runs, fine stroke, driving down the ground

End of over 46 (4 runs) Australia 130/3
MEK Hussey    28* (76b 1x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    12-4-42-0
RT Ponting    67* (136b 6x4)      MJ Hoggard    15-2-31-2

46.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, just a bit of Hoggy wobble outside off there

The wicketkeeper's not up to the stumps for Hussey

46.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, "nnnno" is the cry from Hussey, going back on his stumps - not literally, mind - and defending it as though his life depends on it. It probably does, too.

46.3

Hoggard to Hussey, FOUR, terrific shot, shimmying down the pitch and clipping him to mid-on's left...he's timed that very well indeed, and gets four

46.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, pushed to midwicket

No red buses to speak of sadly. Then again, this is Adelaide, not London.

46.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ohh, deserved four for that, smashed straight into the non-striker's stumps

46.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, slower ball from Hoggard, defended solidly

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 134/3
MEK Hussey    32* (82b 2x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    16-2-35-2
RT Ponting    67* (136b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    12-4-42-0

Here comes Hercules himself

47.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting walks across his stumps here - looks so dangerous, always has me jumping in my seat. But I suppose someone averaging nearly 60 in Test cricket knows what he's doing.

Around the wicket to the Hussey

47.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, ah now then, a touch of inswing to Hussey...

that's how he got him (bowled) at Brisbane

47.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, full, angling into his stumps and it's cautiously defended by Hussey

47.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, the man once known as a wheely bin is warming up in the deep

47.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 3 runs, superb shot, pulling it just short of a length over midwicket but not properly timed

47.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, again he walks across his stumps - I wish he wouldn't do that - and flicks this in the air just wide of Alastair Cook who, it is rumoured, might have moved slightly from his proper position...the fool

End of over 48 (5 runs) Australia 139/3
RT Ponting    69* (138b 6x4)      A Flintoff    12-3-37-1
MEK Hussey    35* (86b 2x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    16-2-35-2

Here's Ashley Giles. Quite a strong breeze out there, rufflinf his shirt - and he's going around the wicket

48.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, good flight, landed on middle-and-off before turning away

48.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, and Ponting skips down the pitch like a cheeky imp, pushing it back to Giles

48.3

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, short, wide, hammered for four. Poor bowling

48.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting's eyes light up, eyeing a juicy four, but he decides against hitting it into New Zealand and times into the calmer waters of cover

Over the wicket to Hussey

48.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, good length this, on off stump and it's defended

48.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, ooh, well bowled, Hussey played this indeterminately here, hiding his bat behind the pad and the ball balloons up to Alastair Cook at short-leg...but it's off the pad

End of over 49 (5 runs) Australia 144/3
MEK Hussey    35* (88b 2x4 1x6)      AF Giles    1-0-5-0
RT Ponting    74* (142b 7x4)      A Flintoff    12-3-37-1

"Fun police everywhere on the hill," reports Jennifer's boyfriend, Dan. "Taunt a Pom and you're on watch. No singing from the fans, just lazy watching."

49.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, flicking it off his pads - a misdirected slower ball there and Jones can't grab it

Steve urges me to liven up the commentary. The cricket's tense, exciting and thrilling which clearly isn't enough. Try darts?

49.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, and Ponting defends this off the back foot, great line from Flintoff here, a nagging length too

49.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

49.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, pushed out into the covers

49.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, that's the perfect line from Flintoff, just on off stump and it cut away a touch, but it was a little too short to trouble Hussey who clamped down on it with a firm, clamping bat

49.6

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, ah, shot of the day. Fuller still and hammered, powerfully through the covers. That's terrific batting; Hussey is just so good at waiting, waiting and waiting...before dispatching the poor ball

And on comes the Big Yellow Drinks Thing Which Looks Like Something Else which is my cue to hand over to Jen. Over to you, Jen and it's goodbye from me.

Obviously. Cheers, Willow.

End of over 50 (7 runs) Australia 151/3
MEK Hussey    39* (90b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    13-3-44-1
RT Ponting    77* (146b 7x4)      AF Giles    1-0-5-0
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