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

50.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, comes down the wicket to meet that one which pitches outside off and he smothers it with defence

50.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, creeps forward again, more defence

50.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, looks to come down to defend, the ball's a touch fuller than expected and he defends on the back foot

50.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Giles gives a bit of air to that, loops it a touch wide and Ponting meets that with a big stride, driving it out on the off-side

50.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, bowling into the rough, and that's defended first up

50.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, the bowler didn't even get to the 'owz' part of the appeal as the batsman defends forward

Hoggard warming up now, bowling a few out to the man at mid-on. It's his first time from the City End, with a breeze going across the ground, left-to-right, which won't help his endeavours at away swing

End of over 51 (1 run) Australia 152/3
MEK Hussey    39* (92b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    2-0-6-0
RT Ponting    78* (150b 7x4)      A Flintoff    13-3-44-1

51.1

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

51.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, jabs his bat down on that one and that squirts gently down into the gully region where it's picked up on the bounce

51.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, tickled off the legs to the man at deep midwicket

51.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wobbles in the air, pitches on a good length and provokes a forward defensive

51.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, good stop in the gully from a crashing late cut which is played down low and hard

51.6

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, pitches down leg to the left-hander and that runs down to fine leg where the man comes round from square leg to pick it up

End of over 52 (6 runs) Australia 158/3
MEK Hussey    42* (93b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    17-2-41-2
RT Ponting    81* (155b 7x4)      AF Giles    2-0-6-0

52.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, tosses that one up outside off, Hussey marches down the track and plays that forward

52.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, a big shout from the big man for lbw as he mistimes a sweep and it hits him but it's not out, bouncing over leg stick

52.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, a hint of turn from that one

52.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, another failed attempt to sweep

52.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, 'Catch him' says Jones as that bobbles up but into space

52.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, bends that outside the outside edge, good bowling

Giles asking the questions in that over, Hussey with the answers - just about.

194 needed to avoid the follow-on

End of over 53 (maiden) Australia 158/3
MEK Hussey    42* (99b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    3-1-6-0
RT Ponting    81* (155b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    17-2-41-2

53.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, ooh, a real stretch for Ponting outside off and he did his best - or was that worst - to try to drag it back on - the ball thuds into the ground and way, way, way over leg stump, over the vacant leg-slip area in fact

53.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hoggard bustles in and that one sails down the channel

53.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, (de)fended into the covers

53.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, defended on the back foot with a straight bat

53.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, hit slowly into the covers

53.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, ooh, aah, Matthew Hoggard (doesn't really work, does it) bends that one over the outside edge as Ponting flashes a cut at it and scythes fresh air instead

End of over 54 (1 run) Australia 159/3
MEK Hussey    42* (104b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    18-2-42-2
RT Ponting    82* (156b 7x4)      AF Giles    3-1-6-0

54.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot, well bowled Giles

54.2

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, we like that one - and so do the crowd - Ponting comes forward and launches a brave but bold lofted off-drive way which clears Harmison at long-off. Nice

54.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, comes forward again, but drives along the ground this time, without power, to Flintoff at short cover

54.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, gives himself room to lash a cut in front of point

54.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, pushes Hussey on to his back foot and he defends with a straight bat

54.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended into the covers

Ponting is on 87 now... need we do the 13-from-100 maths?

End of over 55 (5 runs) Australia 164/3
MEK Hussey    42* (106b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    4-1-11-0
RT Ponting    87* (160b 8x4)      MJ Hoggard    18-2-42-2

55.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, comes forward and defends that. "Bowled, Hoggy," observes Jones, correctly

Martin writes: "I work away at sea and am spending a fortune watching the fantastic commentary from you guy's give us. Keep up the good work and give a big shout to the Original Barmy Army. Not these who have jumped on the band wagon since last year." Surely there can't be two Barmy Armies ...

55.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, leaves that one alone outside off stump

55.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, wings a little bit away as it pitches full but outside off and a thick inside on that one slaps into the ground

55.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 3 runs, dinked nicely off his toes out to the man at square and that's the hundred partnership and they punch gloves. Well batted, everyone

55.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, drives that powerlessly into the packed ring

55.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, defended into the covers once more

End of over 56 (3 runs) Australia 167/3
MEK Hussey    42* (108b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    19-2-45-2
RT Ponting    90* (164b 8x4)      AF Giles    4-1-11-0

56.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, 'Aaaar-eeey' says a fielder in an attempt at appealing, but the batsman's a long way down the track and that's defended

56.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, that one goes down leg and it's well taken by Jones

56.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, worked off the back foot to point

56.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, good use of the feet and Ponting comes down to drive that cover

Interesting spot from a reader - both batsman averaging over 60. That can't have happened since Ponsford and Bradman last played here, reckons Andrew of Millerfield

56.5

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, short and Hussey's quickly on to that one, pulling it away strongly as he and Ponting continue to cement their stand

56.6

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, driven to cover

Flintoff's back into the attack - good move, I reckon, and let's see if he can get the long-awaited breakthrough on this placid pitch&

End of over 57 (4 runs) Australia 171/3
RT Ponting    93* (169b 8x4)      AF Giles    5-1-15-0
MEK Hussey    43* (109b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    19-2-45-2

57.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, stays over the wicket and angles that across the left-hander and he shoulders arms to that one

57.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, over once more and that's defended off the back foot, quietly, into the covers

Flintoff's marching back to his mark now

57.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, again that angles past the bat, pitching on middle-and-off with a hint of reverse, which helps the batsman to leave that one

57.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run

57.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone as another sails down outside off

57.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off, not forcing the batsman to play yet another time

Mark Wilson in Kazakhstan writes: "We are a bunch of blokes in the bloody ice. Here it is minus 37C but the cricket is hot, and the beer is cold." Anyone following the match from somewhere colder than that? Let us know ...

End of over 58 (maiden) Australia 171/3
MEK Hussey    43* (115b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    14-4-44-1
RT Ponting    93* (169b 8x4)      AF Giles    5-1-15-0

58.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, cut away off the back foot but that's well fielded at extra cover by Cook

58.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, sweeps down on that one and sends it rolling gently behind square

Coming over the wicket to Ponting

58.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, on the button and that's defended

58.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, pads up to that one and it balloons off the pad in the air

58.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, pitches outside leg and tickles it to square

58.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, good pace from Giles, fizzing it past the edge

End of over 59 (3 runs) Australia 174/3
MEK Hussey    44* (117b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    6-1-18-0
RT Ponting    95* (173b 8x4)      A Flintoff    14-4-44-1

59.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, worked to Giles behind square - Ponting closing on yet another Test ton here

"I've been watching your commentary all afternoon - while my wife watches the kids," writes the soon-to-be-single Graeme. "It's pretty darn freezing here right now and I don't mean climatically!"

59.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, that rushes through down the off-side channel

59.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, leaves that one alone as well, a big shouldering of arms

59.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, round the wicket this time and nips back in at the left-hander and that's left alone once more

59.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

59.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, more leaving alone

Giles continuing over the wicket

End of over 60 (1 run) Australia 175/3
MEK Hussey    44* (122b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    15-4-45-1
RT Ponting    96* (174b 8x4)      AF Giles    6-1-18-0

60.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, gives that one some air but Ponting punctures the threat with a stifling defence

60.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, gently turned into the leg-side

Lots of feedback from Canada where it appears positively Antarctic. Hannes chips in: "During the first Test I checked the weather while England was taking a beating, and it was -39C with the windchill here in Edmonton, Canada."

60.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot, pad and bat nestling together nicely

60.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, comes down to meet that one which pitches on middle and again he defends it

60.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, turns out of the rough outside leg into the right-hander and once more defence is the order of the day

60.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, guided out on the leg-side for a quick strike-stealing single

Can Ponting make his century before the break? There's under ten minutes now... Here comes Flintoff

End of over 61 (1 run) Australia 176/3
RT Ponting    97* (180b 8x4)      AF Giles    7-1-19-0
MEK Hussey    44* (122b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    15-4-45-1

61.1

Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, an easy two for Ponting who helps himself to some low leg-side dross and turns it down to fine leg

61.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, comes forward with only one thing on his mind as he sees the ball pitch on a good length - defence - and so he plays solidly forward, offering the full face of the bat

61.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, push forward into cover brings up his 33rd Test hundred, Australia's leading hundred-maker for the country, going past Steve Waugh (32). That hundred came up in 183 balls and England will rue dropping him on 35

61.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 3 runs, beautifully timed through the covers

61.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, defended forward

61.6

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

End of over 62 (6 runs) Australia 182/3
RT Ponting    100* (185b 8x4)      A Flintoff    16-4-51-1
MEK Hussey    47* (123b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    7-1-19-0

62.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, defended quietly on the front foot

62.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, more sweeping from Hussey and controls that shot better than his previous efforts - getting right over and down on the ball and playing it behind square

At the other end of the temperature scale, Damon Tilly emails to say: "Beautiful day here in Doha a perfect 30C - not drinking beer and would kill for one." Which raises the conundrum. Freeze with beer or boil without?

62.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended this time

62.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, down the pitch to straight drive that one but Harmison is out at long-off and he wings it back in

62.5

Giles to Hussey, 1 run

62.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, pitches on leg and that's kicked away

3.55pm The players file back onto the field for the final session ... a note to all copyright lawyers ... as I write, Will is trying to burn an illegal copy of the new 12th Man CD but is failing miserably as he is to technology what Ashley Giles is to catching in the deep ... James Anderson to resume.

Tea That's the over and tea in what has been emphatically Australia's session, led by their record-breaking captain Ricky Ponting and marshalled by Mike Hussey. After the resumption it will be Martin Williamson... but before it is, another email.

"It's -34 here in Nova Scotia, Canada," emails Bob Willis. Could it be? The big man's dulcet tones have not been heard on TV for a while but we just thought he'd been sent to Coventry ...

End of over 63 (3 runs) Australia 185/3
RT Ponting    101* (188b 8x4)      AF Giles    8-1-22-0
MEK Hussey    49* (126b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    16-4-51-1

63.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed off the back foot and a decent tumbling stop at short extra cover

one slip and a gully

63.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, straight, played back to Anderson

63.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey turns that through square leg to bring up his 6th Test fifty

Flintoff trots up and chats to Anderson

63.4

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting flicks that on the walk behind square on the leg and Harmison fields in the deep. He has the grace of a giraffe at a watering hole when he bends to gather the ball ...

63.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off stump, a big stride and a bigger leave

63.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, driven into the covers and a tumbling stop that was all rather unnecessary. A surefire sign that he doesn't do his own washing

End of over 64 (3 runs) Australia 188/3
RT Ponting    103* (191b 8x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-27-0
MEK Hussey    50* (129b 3x4 1x6)      AF Giles    8-1-22-0

64.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, Careful defence and a chorus of "Bowled, Ash"

64.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey waits, a millisecond of hesitancy before going back and running to out on the leg side

Cook into short leg

Giles over the wicket

64.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, outside leg stump ...padded away .. it's like Bangalore 2001 all over again

64.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, still outside leg but Ponting waits and flicks it to leg

64.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, same again, but there's a strangling field to prevent just that

64.6

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, too short, and a cry of anguish from Giles as the ball is on its way. Ponting rocks back and punches it through extra cover

And Boonie wakes up, about his first utterances of the day. Beefy remains utterly and bewilderingly silent.

End of over 65 (3 runs) Australia 191/3
RT Ponting    105* (195b 8x4)      AF Giles    9-1-25-0
MEK Hussey    51* (131b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-1-27-0

65.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wide, angled across Hussey who is not tempted

65.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, tighter line, driven , good stop at short extra cover

65.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey back and into line

65.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey back, the ball gets tangled in his pads and plops down at his feet

65.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey again not sure where that went as he looks to drop it and run. The answer was about two feet down the track and Anderson fields

65.6

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, super shot, wide, overpitched and Hussey opens the face and drives through cover and the ball scurries away to the boundary

End of over 66 (4 runs) Australia 195/3
MEK Hussey    55* (137b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-1-31-0
RT Ponting    105* (195b 8x4)      AF Giles    9-1-25-0

Giles continues over the wicket

66.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, Outside leg but, unlike Pietersen, Ponting playing at these

66.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, three steps down the pitch to make that into a half volley and crisply driven to mid-off

66.3

Giles to Hussey, 3 runs, tripe ... short and Hussey able to wait and cut that to the cover sweeper

66.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, more flight and Ponting forward to smother any spin

66.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, bites out of the rough outside leg stump but Ponting back to block

66.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, very wide outside leg, Ponting shuffles back and watches it pass him. That should have been a wide given that Giles is bowling deliberately down that line to try to frustrate the batsman

End of over 67 (4 runs) Australia 199/3
RT Ponting    106* (200b 8x4)      AF Giles    10-1-29-0
MEK Hussey    58* (138b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-1-31-0

67.1

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, that was a carbon copy of the last ball of Anderson's previous over ... Hussey opens the face and smacks that through the covers. Such balance when he played that

67.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, short and wide, thumped through the covers but Flintoff has reinforced the boundary out there and Pietersen fields

67.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting into line and blocks

67.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting takes a big stride and pushes it to the left of Flintoff at extra cover ...he dives but it bobbles past him to cheers from the crowd

67.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wide and Hussey not even sniffing at ones that far from him

67.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, that one he had to sniff at, but right into line and played to cover

End of over 68 (6 runs) Australia 205/3
MEK Hussey    63* (142b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-1-37-0
RT Ponting    107* (202b 8x4)      AF Giles    10-1-29-0

Monty asks ... "Is it illegal in Australia to throw greasy palmed, slow left-arm bowlers who couldn't get Boycott's grandmother out on a good day, to the crocs?"

68.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting forward but the ball squirts along the ground to slip

68.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting again forward to defend

68.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, it's all very well trying to frustrate Ponting with a negative line, but it won't work when every third ball is short ... Ponting able to wait and hit it into space

68.4

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey sweeps on length if not line for an easy single to square leg

68.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting shoulders arms but that kicks and it could have struck a glove as it got big on him

68.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, too wide and padded away

The outfield is becoming like an avine auditioning couch for Hitchcock's The Birds ... seagulls everywhere

End of over 69 (2 runs) Australia 207/3
RT Ponting    108* (207b 8x4)      AF Giles    11-1-31-0
MEK Hussey    64* (143b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-1-37-0

69.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, blocked with assurance

69.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wide and left to go on its way

69.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed to cover and a quick call of "wait, wait, wait". So Ponting waited ...

Anderson checks mid run and Bucknor does that rather daft dead-ball signal

69.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, too wide to tempt

69.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, angled to gully where Collingwood fields like a goalkeeper smothering a football at the feet of an onrushing striker

69.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed into the off side

End of over 70 (maiden) Australia 207/3
MEK Hussey    64* (149b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-2-37-0
RT Ponting    108* (207b 8x4)      AF Giles    11-1-31-0

70.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting takes a big stride and drives to mid-off

70.2

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, overpitched, Hussey reaches and drives all along the ground through extra cover. Lovely shot, and Giles does not have the dip or turn to pose enough of a problem here

70.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey waits and picks his spot on the off side

70.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, outside leg, Ponting turns it to backward square leg

70.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, outside leg again and Jones fumbles ... all a bit scrappy

70.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting blocks that, as he can afford to with two bad balls an over

The cops in fluorescent tops and the yellow-shirt security brigade are out in force on the hill, swarming round the Barmy Army, reports Dan Thompson (to be). Even though nobody's been misbehaving - and in fact there's a good atmosphere - there's a big security presence just, it would seem, in case.

End of over 71 (6 runs) Australia 213/3
RT Ponting    109* (211b 8x4)      AF Giles    12-1-37-0
MEK Hussey    69* (151b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-2-37-0

71.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey drives back at Anderson and the wheels away in case the bowler decides to have a Lee-like shy at the stumps. If Anderson is as accurate as Lee then he'd be better standing right in front of them ...

71.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, plopped into the leg side, no run and never a sniff of one

71.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, soft hands, drop and run tactics and even the inrushing Collingwood cannot prevent a single, although he did make Hussey stretch for the safety of the bowler's end

71.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, poor ball, short and Ponting pulls, bisecting the men in the deep

71.5

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, pitched up and this time Ponting finds the gap through midwicket off the front foot

71.6

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting milking the gaps with consummate ease

Tomasz the Zoologist writes: "That should be "avian", not avine". Quite right. Will was the man to blame there and he should know as he spends his spare time birdwatching.

End of over 72 (8 runs) Australia 221/3
RT Ponting    116* (214b 9x4)      JM Anderson    13-2-45-0
MEK Hussey    70* (154b 6x4 1x6)      AF Giles    12-1-37-0

72.1

Pietersen to Ponting, FOUR

72.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, padded back down the pitch

72.3

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, played back to the bowler

72.4

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, tossed up, comes forward and presents a dead bat

72.5

Pietersen to Ponting, 3 runs, flatter and quicker on middle and off, Ponting goes back and turns that around the corner, they run hard and Hussey is caught struggling on the third, a wayward throw comes back from Harmison high over the stumps, Jones has some work to do, collects it over his head and brings it down, whips offthe bails, Hussey dives and his bat is just inside, that was close call, third umpire took a long time deciding. Ponting played it round the corner to fine leg, Hussey dived for the crease, and agonising delay for the replay, decision not out, despite the bails moving while the bat was out of the crease. The problem was the gap between frames, but it's fair to say it was a controversial call

Giles over the wicket to Hussey

72.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, on the spot and Hussey forward, gets right over it

End of over 73 (7 runs) Australia 228/3
MEK Hussey    70* (155b 6x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    1-0-7-0
RT Ponting    123* (219b 10x4)      JM Anderson    13-2-45-0

73.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting all behind that

73.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Anderson dragged down as he let go of that and it went 18 inches wide of off stump, Ponting unimpressed

73.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, pushed to mid-on who is in quickly to prevent any thoughts of a quick single

73.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short and Ponting swivels, again pulling right between the two fielders out in the deep. Anderson just can't bowl short to Ponting

73.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, left alone

73.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting, on the walk, misses it and an appeal as it hits him on the front foot. He's so far forward it will be a brave man who gives that

End of over 74 (4 runs) Australia 232/3
RT Ponting    127* (225b 11x4)      JM Anderson    14-2-49-0
MEK Hussey    70* (155b 6x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    1-0-7-0

74.1

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, Hussey watches and plays

74.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, left alone

74.3

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, pushed to cover and Hussey takes on Anderson at point and his throw misses anyway

74.4

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, turned to leg, a second's hesitation and then they scurry through as the fielders are even more slow to react

74.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, played on the leg but to a man

74.6

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey waits and picks his spot on the leg side

Gilo into action at the other end. Don't hold out too much hope if you're following this from the dark of an English winter ...

End of over 75 (3 runs) Australia 235/3
MEK Hussey    72* (160b 6x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    2-0-10-0
RT Ponting    128* (226b 11x4)      JM Anderson    14-2-49-0

75.1

Giles to Hussey, no run

75.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, wrong line and Hussey sweeps effectively to deep backward square leg

75.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting waits and cuts straight to point

75.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting puts in a big stride and blocks with pad and bat

75.5

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, worked round behind on the leg side ... an ugly shot but its runs in the bank

75.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting waits and lets the ball hit the bat rather than the other way round

Giles really looks very tame. And dropping Ponting 95 runs ago must also be on his mind

End of over 76 (3 runs) Australia 238/3
RT Ponting    130* (230b 11x4)      AF Giles    13-1-40-0
MEK Hussey    73* (162b 6x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    2-0-10-0

76.1

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, caressed to mid-on for an ambled single

76.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, flighted, Ponting takes a stride and drives to mid-off

76.3

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, short, cut, and Strauss saves the day at cover

76.4

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, angled safely into the ground

All very Sunday afternoon slumber feeling in the ground

76.5

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting stands tall and drops the ball at his feet

76.6

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, controlled semi edge past slip

End of over 77 (3 runs) Australia 241/3
RT Ponting    132* (235b 11x4)      KP Pietersen    3-0-13-0
MEK Hussey    74* (163b 6x4 1x6)      AF Giles    13-1-40-0

77.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, very wide and Hussey does well to get his pad to it

77.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, full toss, hit straight to wide mid-on

77.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, Husseywalks into that, misses it, and the ball lobs into space

A man comes in short on the leg side

77.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, watched and blocked

77.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, again good defence from Hussey, everything behind it

77.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, tight and correct defensive stroke

End of over 78 (maiden) Australia 241/3
MEK Hussey    74* (169b 6x4 1x6)      AF Giles    14-2-40-0
RT Ponting    132* (235b 11x4)      KP Pietersen    3-0-13-0

78.1

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, played into the off and Strauss slow to react, allowing a quick single. Very end-of-day fielding

78.2

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, driven to mid-on

78.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, real loop there, played back to the bowler

78.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, more loop, Hussey watches and defends off the back foot

78.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, played square on the off

78.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, Hussey takes a stride forward and lets it hit his pad. Giles roars an appeal - he needs something to quell the growing feeling that he's not the man to spin England into a winning position - but Steve Bucknor is in no mood to do him favours ... he looks dismissively away and calls for drinks

Thanks Martin, afternoon everyone. Mark 'Tubby' Taylor's on commentary on Sky, speaking faster than the speed of light. Legend.

So as the players amble towards refreshments, Wilbur Luke will take you through the close of play with some caustic comments and rib-tickling snorters.

End of over 79 (1 run) Australia 242/3
MEK Hussey    74* (174b 6x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    4-0-14-0
RT Ponting    133* (236b 11x4)      AF Giles    14-2-40-0

79.1

Giles to Ponting, no run, lands this on off stump. No turn...

79.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, touch more flight, Ponting bunts it with no shortage of bunt to mid-on

Around the wicket to try his luck with the rough

79.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, but he has no luck with the rough who, like a blinged-up chav, offers him absolutely nothing

79.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, ooh and he's rapped on the pad as Hussey comes forward, dangerously hiding the bat, Giles roars an appeal - he's not much of a roarer though, to be fair, and Bucknor is far from impressed, shaking his head like a schoolmaster

79.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, pushed to midwicket

79.6

Giles to Hussey, no run

End of over 80 (1 run) Australia 243/3
MEK Hussey    74* (178b 6x4 1x6)      AF Giles    15-2-41-0
RT Ponting    134* (238b 11x4)      KP Pietersen    4-0-14-0

80.1

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, nicely flighted and decent turn for Pietersen, Ponting chips it into the covers

80.2

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes down the track, meeting the ball on the full, shakes hands with it and hammers it into the covers again who does well to save three

Around the wicket to the lefty

80.3

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, very good line outside off, turning away from the left hander who comes forward

80.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, Hussey comes forward, then rocks back, poking at it warily

80.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, half a skip down the pitch, pushing it to leg

Ponting's moving the sightscreen. He's not, literally, but he's asking others to do it for him.

80.6

Pietersen to Ponting, FOUR, ah, terrific ball outside off, Ponting rocks back and hammers it through the covers for four

End of over 81 (6 runs) Australia 249/3
RT Ponting    139* (241b 12x4)      KP Pietersen    5-0-20-0
MEK Hussey    75* (181b 6x4 1x6)      AF Giles    15-2-41-0

81.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, and he bunts this down the ground, long-on fields - or tries to, somehow making a complete hash of it and they womble through for a single

He's going around the wicket. This is massive.

81.2

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, leg-side-drifter (the ball, that is) Ponting chips it to mid-on

Back over the wicket

81.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, chipped to mid-on, another single, easy as you like

Mark Taylor's verbal witterings have broken a new land-speed record

81.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, turned off his toes to a short midwicket

81.5

Giles to Hussey, no run

81.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, excellent footwork, skipping down the pitch and chipping it past the bowler

Matthew Hoggard to take the new ball. David Gower says "And Hoggard will have first crack of the whip" which, I am reminded, is a ridiculous expression. You won't find such nonsense here.

Official attendance, 30,075. It's falling all the time. "You've got a duty to the public, Ricky," says a wag in the press box, as the fans desert the Adelaide Oval in their ... err... dozens. Dan is one of the fallers - he's got a nightshift to do...

End of over 82 (4 runs) Australia 253/3
MEK Hussey    77* (185b 6x4 1x6)      AF Giles    16-2-45-0
RT Ponting    141* (243b 12x4)      KP Pietersen    5-0-20-0

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

82.1

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, wrong line from Hoggard, down the leg and Ponting knocks one off to midwicket

82.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, too wide of Hussey's off stump this time, and it's taken by Jones behind the stumps

82.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, just a hint of in-wobble there for Hoggard but it's too short and left alone

82.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, no, far too wide again. Hussey would've done well to even reach that

82.5

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, that's better, a tighter line on off stump but Hussey comes forward, opens the face and guides it down through the slips - intentionally

Hoggard runs in and...it's all gone Pete Tong, so he tries his luck again

82.6

Hoggard to Ponting, OUT, and he's GONE! A terrific ball from Hoggard, superbly bowled in the corridor and just moving away ever so slightly from Ponting who came forward tentatively, prodding at it, the ball taking the outside edge and Jones swallows a simple catch

RT Ponting c †Jones b Hoggard 142 (353m 245b 12x4 0x6) SR: 57.95

End of over 83 (4 runs) Australia 257/4
     MJ Hoggard    20-2-49-3
MEK Hussey    80* (189b 6x4 1x6)      AF Giles    16-2-45-0

Now then, that opens the door just a touch for England. Michael Clarke is the new man

83.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, ooh and Hussey fishes at this, dreadful stroke, flaying his hands at it and it [asses through to Jones

83.2

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 leg bye, flicked off his legs down to fine-leg

83.3

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, and it's an early Christmas present for Clarke who gets off the mark in fine style, turning his wrists, timing it superbly to midwicket

83.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full and straight, defended solidly

83.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, ooh excellent ball there from Hercules, cutting back on Clarke - memories of Simon Jones who bowled that delicious ball in the 2005 Ashes to bowl Clarke all ends up - who shouldered arms

83.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, super running, that...dropping the ball down and sprinting through for a single

End of over 84 (6 runs) Australia 263/4
MJ Clarke    5* (4b 1x4)      A Flintoff    17-4-56-1
MEK Hussey    80* (191b 6x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    20-2-49-3

84.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke's doing a Ponting here, walking across his crease to the off side before sponging the ball to leg. Watch out for the reverse swing...

84.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, outside off, not quite in the corridor but not far off it, Clarke leaves alone

84.3

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, fine shot, confident shot from Clarke, coming forward solidly and driving him through extra cover. Elegantly played

84.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, quite a bit of lift there, the ball taking off from a good length and Jones takes it above his head

84.5

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, very well bowled cutting back into Clarke, but he came forward reasonably confidently and played it to leg with soft hands

Runs into bowl but Hussey puts his hand up like a traffic warden. No, like a lollypop person - someone was moving behind the bowler's arm. And he runs in again...

84.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 85 (5 runs) Australia 268/4
MEK Hussey    80* (192b 6x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    21-2-54-3
MJ Clarke    10* (9b 2x4)      A Flintoff    17-4-56-1

85.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, very well bowled, right on off stump - moving back into the right hander too - and defended solidly.

85.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, again some inswing to Clarke who, worryingly, is trying to work this to leg too early, his hands coming forward at the ball, pushing at it rather than waiting

85.3

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, a touch too short allowing Clarke to nudge it off his legs

85.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, and Mr Cricket is right behind this presenting the full face of the bat

85.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, pushed out to cover

85.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, very solidly defended on the front foot by Clarke, not trying to work it to leg this time

Not long to go before the close. Send us a note, from wherever you are on the globe

End of over 86 (2 runs) Australia 270/4
MJ Clarke    11* (13b 2x4)      A Flintoff    18-4-58-1
MEK Hussey    81* (194b 6x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    21-2-54-3

86.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, guides this down to Bell in the gully who flings it back to Jones

86.2

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, clipped powerfully off his legs

Botham's off on one again. On this week's show, it's Botham on the aging Aussies. Change the record!

86.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, again neatly turned off his legs but again straight to midwicket

86.4

Hoggard to Hussey, 2 runs, drifting down leg, Hussey works this easily in front of square for a couple of cheeky ones

86.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, filthy delivery from Hoggard. We haven't seen many loose deliveries from him today, but this was certainly miles too wide for Hussey to reach

86.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, much better, just outside Hussey's off stump and moving back into the batsman who shoulders arms

We're a bit worried about Boony and Beefy. Not the real people of course but the dolls; we think they're dead. Hardly uttering anything lately

End of over 87 (2 runs) Australia 272/4
MEK Hussey    83* (200b 6x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    22-2-56-3
MJ Clarke    11* (13b 2x4)      A Flintoff    18-4-58-1

87.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, clonked past Flintoff but without much timing

87.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, cuts this one back into Clarke but he's very solid in defence, head right over the ball

Martin's banged the doll's heads together which seems to have done the trick

87.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, angling into the right-hander who works it to leg

87.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, beautifully timed by Clarke - albeit a "walking" shot - timed back to the bowler

87.5

Flintoff to Clarke, FOUR, fantastic shot from Clarke, rocking back into his crease, watching the ball like a hawk and timing it, perfectly, for four

87.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, squared up a touch, defended on the back foot

End of over 88 (4 runs) Australia 276/4
MJ Clarke    15* (19b 3x4)      A Flintoff    19-4-62-1
MEK Hussey    83* (200b 6x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    22-2-56-3

88.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, swinging into the left hander who times it, clunks it, into the cover

88.2

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, ah. Fabulous shot, timing it past Hoggard, past the non-striker, and Flintoff sprints back the 30 yards to the boundary - in precisely three giant steps - hauling the ball back and sending in a missile-like throw

88.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, defended on the front foot

88.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, solidly defended on the front foot

88.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, Hussey goes back this time, hammering it to mid-off who fortunately gets some body behind it. That was hit with great power, almost knocking Hussey off balance

88.6

Hoggard to Hussey, 1 run, beautifully timed off the back foot Gilchrist-style but he can't find the gap

End of over 89 (5 runs) Australia 281/4
MEK Hussey    87* (205b 6x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    23-2-61-3
MJ Clarke    16* (20b 3x4)      A Flintoff    19-4-62-1

Steve Harmison into the attack for one last spell

89.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, spits up at Hussey who jumps back and defends it. Defends it well, too

89.2

Harmison to Hussey, FOUR, what a shot from Hussey, driven with elegance through the covers for four. He got right over that, and the timing was perfect

89.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, good length, forcing Hussey back who leaves it alone

89.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, defended on the back foot

89.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, very well bowled! Almost enticing Hussey forward into poking at this, but he's simply too well set...

89.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run

End of over 90 (4 runs) Australia 285/4
MEK Hussey    91* (211b 7x4 1x6)      SJ Harmison    13-4-46-0
MJ Clarke    16* (20b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    23-2-61-3

90.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets firmly behind this dibbly delivery and defends

90.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, oh, so close for Hoggard, nipping this one way from Clarke who refused to move his cemented feet, walking across and poking at the ball. Very close to the outside edge

90.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, wrong line, down leg, and it's easy for Clarke

90.4

Hoggard to Hussey, OUT, GODDIM! That's a thoroughly deserved wicket from Hoggard, Hussey trying to leave this but was too late, got a bottom edge and the ball crashed into his off stump. Terrific, tight, controlled bowling from Hoggard - all day, even at this late stage

MEK Hussey b Hoggard 91 (298m 212b 7x4 1x6) SR: 42.92

Now then, now then, now then. This is a bit sticky for Australia. Wibble wobble and Gilchrist is in and straight away England are going around the wicket

90.5

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, but it's a bit too straight and worked off his legs

90.6

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 1 run, pushed into the covers and he's off the mark and retains the strike

End of over 91 (2 runs) Australia 287/5
AC Gilchrist    1* (2b)      MJ Hoggard    24-2-63-4
MJ Clarke    17* (23b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    13-4-46-0

Flintoff brings himself into the attack. This is tense, thrilling Test cricket here

91.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, and Flintoff is right on the money straight away, Gilchrist is stuck in his crease and defends on the back foot. Should have been forward to that one...

91.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, there's the line, there's the length! Outside off, in the corridor and Flintoff smiles, knowingly, at Gilchrist who leaves it alone

91.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, and he gets off the strike there, pushing it into the covers but there was little feet movement...Gilchrist relying on his excellent eye to time it, which he does, and get off the strike

Back over the wicket to Clarke

91.4

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, firmly hit into the covers, Clarke's running back for two - this could be tight, the throw comes in but Clarke's quick. And, also, is he keen on protecting Gilchrist? Quite possibly

91.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, excellent line and length just outside off, nipping off the seam a touch, Clarke strides forward and shoulders arms

91.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, and again leaves this alone

End of over 92 (3 runs) Australia 290/5
MJ Clarke    19* (26b 3x4)      A Flintoff    20-4-65-1
AC Gilchrist    2* (5b)      MJ Hoggard    24-2-63-4

62 more runs needed to avoid the follow-on. Here's Hoggard around the wicket

92.1

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 1 run, too straight, worked off his legs easily

92.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, this cuts back, almost knocking him off his feet but he clonks it back to mid-on

92.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, just a hint of movement away from the right hander who leaves it alone

92.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, well, he comes forward but it's a tentative, miscued, closed-face attempt of a shot

92.5

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, CLOSE, he's tucked this off his hip - it got big on him - and just evades the diving Geraint Jones to race down for four

92.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, fine bowling on off stump, shaping away nicely but he shoulders arms

End of over 93 (5 runs) Australia 295/5
MJ Clarke    23* (31b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    25-2-68-4
AC Gilchrist    3* (6b)      A Flintoff    20-4-65-1

Around the wicket

93.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, and this leaves the left hander slightly who, too, leaves it alone

93.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist times it into the covers - good length from Flintoff, Gilchrist not really on top of that

93.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, great line again, Gilchrist really is being made to concentrate fiercely hard here. Just a bit of nibble outside off but the batsman defends firmly on the back foot

93.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, and again he goes back to defend.

Flintoff needs to drag him forward, sucker him into a yorker

93.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, bang! He's laced it through point for four

93.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 2 runs, punched off the back foot

End of over 94 (6 runs) Australia 301/5
AC Gilchrist    9* (12b 1x4)      A Flintoff    21-4-71-1
MJ Clarke    23* (31b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    25-2-68-4

94.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, pushed firmly on the front foot

94.2

Hoggard to Clarke, 4 runs, down the leg side, worked off his legs and Flintoff sprints, hard, saving four brilliantly...but they run four, and Hercules casts a rueful grin at the utter pointlessness of his running

94.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, good length here but the pitch is too slow for it to spit up, and therefore trouble Clarke, who blocks it out with ease

94.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, this jags away from Clarke who leaves alone

94.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, impressive line from Hoggard - he really has been spot on all day - not giving an inch and Clarke watchfully leaves alone

94.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, and that's why Clarke is being watchful: the swinging delivery, as this little away-drifter just keeps him honest and he watches it go through, Jones moving to his right to take it

End of over 95 (4 runs) Australia 305/5
MJ Clarke    27* (37b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    26-2-72-4
AC Gilchrist    9* (12b 1x4)      A Flintoff    21-4-71-1

95.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, left alone, too short, Gilchrist not tempted

95.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, played out to cover

95.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 3 runs, well played, calmly played, Gilchrist coming forward and gently hitting this past mid-off, not looking to hit the face off it

Over the wicket to Clarke

95.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, good bouncer, good energy from Flintoff at this late stage in the day. Well directed and Clarke ducks beneath it

95.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, another short ball...easily evaded

Flintoff could be setting Clarke up here. How about a nice, full, slower-ball...the sucker punch

95.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short of a length, rising on Clarke and hitting the bat with a resounding clunk

Hoggard to go around the wicket

Not long to go..this could be the last over. There are three overs left, but we can't go beyond 18.30 (08.00 GMT)

End of over 96 (3 runs) Australia 308/5
MJ Clarke    27* (40b 4x4)      A Flintoff    22-4-74-1
AC Gilchrist    12* (15b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    26-2-72-4

96.1

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, very well bowled indeed, angling in to Gilchrist who is squared up. Again, he doesn't come forward sufficiently

Hoggard has dismissed Gilchrist three times in his career so far

96.2

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 1 run, and he does come forward this time, calmly pushing it past mid-off

96.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, swinging into Clarke and driven to mid-off

96.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, squirted into the deep

96.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, solid as a rock, Clarke comes forward and defends

96.6

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, last ball of the day is pushed to the leg side, Hoggard is handed his jumper and hat by the umpire and off they go

10.55am England emerge and immediately go into a huddle while the batsmen trot out to a warm reception. And, the last word on the subject of magazines ... our man on the spot tells us that Cricket Australia have given an emphatic brush-off by saying it's the business of each venue what they do at their turnstiles. Let's get on with the game ...

10.50am The teams are now preparing to come up for an important session before lunch. At least they will get lunch. Will Luke is on the food rota today and he has just shuffled in, looking as if he has been dragged through a hedge backwards and mumbling that he's "forgotten to cook".

10.40am Back to the cricket ... a much warmer day - around 33 degrees - and a close inspection of the pitch shows that there are a few cracks and it's also starting to wear, so the bounce from hereon in could get more variable.

Well, we've had several hundred emails about Cricket Australia's latest antics ... and a number asking for contact details to allow them to vent their spleen. So, click here to email CA.

10.25am Reaction comes fast and furious, and mostly from our Australian readers ... and it's not good for Cricket Australia. "Trumpets and magazines should be the least of the ACB's worries," emails Dave. "When did they become the fun police." Pual adds: "I think Cricket Australia need to take a close look at who is advising them on their Public Relations." Michael McInerney writes: "Let the Barmy Army have their newsletter . Do they [CA] want to insist on boring everyone to death with the usual official magazine rubbish." JP adds: "Such a prominent part of the Australian culture, is represented by a decidedly un-Australian organisation."

10.10am The Aussies are jogging around the outfield, England have been throwing catches to each other but are now going into a huddle on the edge of the square ... and Cricket Australia are busy confiscating the latest wave of subversive material - The Barmy Army's official magazine! You wonder if the board could possible make a bigger cock-up of their own public relations if they tried! And the reason the magazine has been seized? Cos it's not a sanctioned publication ... send us your thoughts.

10.00am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the fourth day's play at Adelaide. Pitch and weather news and comment to come in a few minutes ...

Close We hope you've enjoyed our commentary today. Do send us your thoughts but, from me, Will Luke, Martin Williamson and Jenny Thompson, it's good morning and good night. We hope you'll join us again tomorrow.

Another fascinating day's Test cricket and another good one for England. How will Ashley Giles sleep tonight, though? Dropping Ponting on 35 was a costly mistake and he made England pay with a brilliant, fighting 142 - his 33rd Test hundred. And although Hoggard removed Ponting late in the day, he has given Australia a very good chance of saving this match - with two days to go - who need another 40 runs to avoid the follow-on.

End of over 97 (4 runs) Australia 312/5
MJ Clarke    30* (44b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    27-2-76-4
AC Gilchrist    13* (17b 1x4)      A Flintoff    22-4-74-1

Flintoff to open the bowling. Two slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, short midwicket, deep square leg, fine leg

97.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, leg-stump loosener, steered round the corner

And Flintoff immediately switches to round the wicket

97.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 2 runs, wide and driven through the covers, big cheers from the crowd

97.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, again driven but a bit uppishly into the gully. Gilchrist not over that, played a bit away from his body

Still two slips and a gully, but a short cover comes into play. Sweeper on the point boundary

97.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, relaxed drive to mid-off

Three slips now

97.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, very gentle, outside off stump and left. 80mph (128.8kph)

97.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, again outside off stump, a touch of awayswing and Gilchrist just watched it pass

No surprise as Matthew Hoggard opens up from the Cathedral End.

End of over 98 (3 runs) Australia 315/5
AC Gilchrist    15* (22b 1x4)      A Flintoff    23-4-77-1
MJ Clarke    31* (45b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    27-2-76-4

98.1

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, neatly turned through midwicket to the man two-thirds of the way back

98.2

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, outside off stump, Gilchrist plays the waiting game

98.3

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 2 runs, Hoggard gets his line wrong and Gilchrist quick to pounce, flicking the ball off his hips down to long leg

The slips are very staggered .... almost 1, 3 and 5

98.4

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, nothing doing as Hoggard rediscovers his line probing a few inches outside off stump

98.5

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, same line, same result

98.6

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, Hoggard gets that one wrong, even wider and Gilchrist has clearly decided not to nibble at this stage of the day

End of over 99 (3 runs) Australia 318/5
AC Gilchrist    17* (27b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    28-2-79-4
MJ Clarke    32* (46b 4x4)      A Flintoff    23-4-77-1

99.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, full length, Clarke into line and straight-bats it to mid-off

99.2

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, again Flintoff strays towards leg stump and Clarke quick to turn it to deep square leg

Boonie wakes up and tells everyone to "Stop whinging"

Round the wicket again to the left hander

99.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, off-stump line, Gilchrist steers it to cover

An amended email address for CA ... public_enquiries@cricket.com.au. The other info address seems to bounce mails back!

99.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Flintoff on the spot again and Gilchrist half a stride forward to block

99.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Flintoff continues to probe, Gilchrist continues to leave

99.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist shoulders arms

"Stop dribbling on about the trumpeter," trumpets Rod Hutchison. "Do you really think those snotty aristocrats at Lord's would allow an Aussie to come in and bugle Waltzing Matilda all day?? I think not somehow....stick to the scones and tea, build a bridge and get over it!"

End of over 100 (1 run) Australia 319/5
AC Gilchrist    17* (31b 1x4)      A Flintoff    24-4-78-1
MJ Clarke    33* (48b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    28-2-79-4
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Dec 5, 2006

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

Newspapers report on England's Adelaide woes

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Dec 5, 2006

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

A series of frames capture Andrew Flintoff's despair

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