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

100.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, just wide enough for Clarke to leave

100.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, started wide and got wider ... that would certainly have been called in a one-day game

100.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard perseveres with this line. It's a bit negative but Clarke does tend to nibble and that's what England are looking for with this tactic

100.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 bye, wide, but it hardly bounced and thwacked Jones on his unprotected knee as it shot through, cannoning into the leg side to add to his discomfort

100.5

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 1 run, flicked to deep square leg

100.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke shoulders arms

There's a gentle hum around the ground, people watching this important first session closely

End of over 101 (2 runs) Australia 321/5
MJ Clarke    33* (53b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    29-2-80-4
AC Gilchrist    18* (32b 1x4)      A Flintoff    24-4-78-1

Flintoff has a gully and two men in close on the off side catching, there for the drive

101.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, behind that, played out safely

101.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, indecision from Gilchrist, he opted to play late and was well beaten

101.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, full, driven weakly to silly extra cover

101.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, solid block to mid-on

It's a bit odd seeing Gilchrist so subdued and restrained

101.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, a one-day shot, Gilchrist looked to cut/run the ball behind square and it fell inches short of Bell in the gully. Loads of oohs and aahs

Clarke comes down the pitch to chat to his colleague. Nervous times for Gilchrist

101.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, loud clapping from the fielders as Flintoff again makes Gilchrist play

End of over 102 (maiden) Australia 321/5
AC Gilchrist    18* (38b 1x4)      A Flintoff    25-5-78-1
MJ Clarke    33* (53b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    29-2-80-4

102.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke not to be lured into anything rash outside off stump

102.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, straighter line, Clarke right behind it with an oh-so-solid block

102.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard continues to probe like a dentist with a drill ... Clarke so far resisting temptation well

102.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard bowls, Clarke leaves ... a pattern for the day

102.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, this time he does have to play and does so with authority, dropping it into the leg side

constant chirping from the close field ... every ball accompanied by a chorus of "Bowled Hoggy".

102.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, probing line, no shot

It's just about full now. The day is sold out and most latecomers have now taken their seats.

End of over 103 (maiden) Australia 321/5
MJ Clarke    33* (59b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    30-3-80-4
AC Gilchrist    18* (38b 1x4)      A Flintoff    25-5-78-1

103.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, Gilchrist drives at a widish one, he ball goes in the air through where a straighter gully would have been. Runs for Gilchrist, a psychological victory for the bowler

103.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke well forward

103.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, watchfully played off the back foot

Flintoff is a yard slower today than he has been so far this series. It could be stiffness, it could be a tactic ...

103.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, clipped into the leg side

Some waving and gesticulating as Clarke wants the sightscreen adjusted

103.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, plopped to extra cover

103.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 3 runs, straight drive, Flintoff nutmegged in his follow through and a long chase for mid-off

For those who have emailed, the follow-on score is 352 - in a five-day match the figure is 199 behind the first innings

End of over 104 (4 runs) Australia 325/5
MJ Clarke    36* (64b 4x4)      A Flintoff    26-5-82-1
AC Gilchrist    19* (39b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    30-3-80-4

104.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, squirted out to point and Bell makes a leaping semi-stop ... not that the ball was exactly travelling

104.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, left alone rather theatrically

Incidentally, the entire press box has been on tenterhooks all night for the result of Brett Lee's disciplinary hearing. But it seems we are still waiting for Dubai to get out of bed and check their fax machine. Busy men, the ICC.

104.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke right into line with as much care as a man filming a coaching video

104.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, another immaculate defensive shot

more "Bowled Hoggy" after every ball. He could send down a rank long-hop and you suspect the chatter would continue relentlessly

104.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, outside off stump and straight through to Jones

104.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke leaves it

Eight overs so far and just 13 runs ... and Steve Harmison comes on to replace Flintoff

End of over 105 (maiden) Australia 325/5
MJ Clarke    36* (70b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    31-4-80-4
AC Gilchrist    19* (39b 1x4)      A Flintoff    26-5-82-1

Round the wicket

105.1

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, full, Gilchrist drives and a moment of high drama as the crowd think he's nicked it to Jones ... as it is, the ball went almost sideways out of a footmark and missed the outside edge of the bat by some way

105.2

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, big cheers as Harmison again fires one through and Gilchrist looks less than happy

105.3

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, this time Gilchrist right into line

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

105.4

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, well defended

105.5

Harmison to Gilchrist, 3 runs, controlled outside edge past third slip who dives in slow motion

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

105.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one jagged back and past Clarke's inside edge. Harmison looked much more like the bowler of old there ...

Will has just offered to get some biscuits for lunch. What a loser. Lousy husband material, ladies.

End of over 106 (3 runs) Australia 328/5
MJ Clarke    36* (71b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    14-4-49-0
AC Gilchrist    22* (44b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    31-4-80-4

106.1

Hoggard to Gilchrist, FOUR, short, Gilchrist into line and slams that through midwicket with real oomph. It was hit uppishly but totally safe

106.2

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, straight drive, so straight it smashes into the stumps and to a fielder. Unlike Bowden, who at Brisbane reacted to any straight drive as if he was being peppered with buckshot, Koertzen barely moves

106.3

Hoggard to Gilchrist, 2 runs, extra-cover drive, Anderson chases with the enthusiasm of a man off to visit a tax inspector

106.4

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, big shout, struck him on the knee roll in line and that looked out on first viewing

Hawkeye showed that was clipping the top of off stump, so fair enough from Rudi

106.5

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, firm drive to mid-off

106.6

Hoggard to Gilchrist, no run, and again a good block

Anderson has left the field hobbling and Ed Joyce is on

End of over 107 (6 runs) Australia 334/5
AC Gilchrist    28* (50b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    32-4-86-4
MJ Clarke    36* (71b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    14-4-49-0

107.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, wide from Harmison, not a Brisbane wide but certainly a one-day one

107.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, once more too wide to tempt Clarke. Actually, almost too wide for him to reach it in the first place

107.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, big stride forward as he leaves it

107.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, shorter, that one nipped back a tad but Clarke safe to leave it on length

107.5

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, this time Clarke lays into it as it was wide and full, and he drives with an open face it through gully

107.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, he slightly pushed at that one, reaching a bit to block it

Aha. Ashley Giles into the attack. Surely he can't have as bad a day as he did yesterday? Over the wicket to Gilchrist.

End of over 108 (4 runs) Australia 338/5
MJ Clarke    40* (77b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    15-4-53-0
AC Gilchrist    28* (50b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    32-4-86-4

Slip, short-leg, point, short cover, short midwicket, mid-off, deeper mid-on, deep midwicket, fine leg

108.1

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, one step forward and a pad then bat block

108.2

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, zipped back at Gilchrist who was right back on his stumps and was only saved by a thin edge

108.3

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist gets forward this time

108.4

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, full and a rather tail-endish swipe aimed over midwicket, but the balls goes almost nowhere and actually bounces up into the batsman's helmet

108.5

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, he skips down the pitch to block on the half volley

108.6

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, really watchful defence

End of over 109 (maiden) Australia 338/5
AC Gilchrist    28* (56b 2x4)      AF Giles    17-3-45-0
MJ Clarke    40* (77b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    15-4-53-0

Anderson back on but he looks very out of sorts, as if he has a niggle which is worrying him

109.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, firm-handed push to extra cover

Flintoff almost Brearley-like in his constant tinkering with the field.

109.2

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, whipped square on the leg side

109.3

Harmison to Gilchrist, FOUR, full, and Gilchrist cover drives with real class for the first time today

109.4

Harmison to Gilchrist, FOUR, bingo! Same ball, same shot, same result

That will really give his confidence a boost after a tough first 50 minutes. Flintoff sends a sweeper out to give Harmison a safety net.

109.5

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, driven hard at short extra cover

109.6

Harmison to Gilchrist, 2 runs, wide and slashed through the covers, Anderson scrambles to field, doesn't collect it cleanly but still stops the boundary

We've had several emails asking why Brett Lee is being hauled in front of the disciplinary committee. It's because of excessive appealing when he thought he'd got Kevin Pietersen's wicket on day two. The full story is here.

End of over 110 (11 runs) Australia 349/5
AC Gilchrist    38* (60b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    16-4-64-0
MJ Clarke    41* (79b 5x4)      AF Giles    17-3-45-0

What's a nutmeg? "An act of kicking a ball between the legs of an opponent"

110.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, tip and run to extra cover

110.2

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, prodded out into the leg side

110.3

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist takes two steps down and almost yorks himself

110.4

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, one step and blocked, he looked for a second as if he was going to really hammer that but thought better of it

110.5

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, short, Gilchrist leans into that and absolutely larrups that into the helmet of Cook at short leg, and he goes down like a man hit by a Tyson (Mike, not Frank) uppercut. Cooks doesn't beat the ten count but he's up and he pulls his sunglasses off and has a sharp intake of breath as the physio runs down the steps on to the pitch, clutching a bag

Drinks taken while Cook is dealt with.

110.6

Giles to Gilchrist, 1 run, pushed to mid-off where Harmison lumbers in ... his throw hits the stumps but Gilchrist is home and already has his gloves off by the time it does

Morning all, here's Harmison to Gilchrist. Great contest

That's it from me, Martin Williamson, as I head off to try to find a sandwich bar. And now a man who is to lunch what the Atkins Diet is to the bread industry, Will Luke. Don't feel sorry for him either ... he deserves all the abuse we can muster.

End of over 111 (2 runs) Australia 351/5
AC Gilchrist    39* (65b 4x4)      AF Giles    18-3-47-0
MJ Clarke    42* (80b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    16-4-64-0

111.1

Harmison to Gilchrist, no run, "wait there" is the call as Gilchrist punches this firmly back to Harmison

111.2

Harmison to Gilchrist, 1 run, down the leg side and turned neatly through midwicket

111.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, Harmison roars in here - he's really charging in - and Clarke punches this back to the bowler

111.4

Harmison to Gilchrist, FOUR, ah, shot - too full, down the leg side but Gilchrist pumps this down the ground with great timing - delicious shot

Around the wicket now...

111.5

Harmison to Gilchrist, 3 runs, ooh and again he drives this down the ground, albeit with a closed face of the bat.

"Whoooo we arrree", "where we are" cry the bugleless Barmy Army

111.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, pushed into the covers, no timing there

Well Australia have done well this morning, biding their time and now they're making moves

End of over 112 (9 runs) Australia 360/5
MJ Clarke    43* (82b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    17-4-73-0
AC Gilchrist    47* (69b 5x4)      AF Giles    18-3-47-0

112.1

Giles to Gilchrist, 3 runs, pushed with power through extra cover, they come back for three and there's Gilchrist's fifty.

Good comeback from Gilchrist - 50 from 70 balls - and it's a calm, subdued celebration from him

Around the wicket to Clarke

112.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, nicely flighted, hardly any turn though for Giles and Clarke sits back and prods it into the covers

112.3

Giles to Clarke, 2 runs, down the leg side - completely wrong line from Giles - and Clarke easily tucks it away for two

back over the wicket to Clarke

112.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, and he pads this away, again no serious turn for the bowler

112.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, well flighted but too full, and Clarke chips it to long-on for a single

Barmy Army are going beserk in the stands. Must be beer time

112.6

Giles to Gilchrist, FOUR, shot! That's Gilchrist at his best, frankly; meeting the ball on the full and timing it magnificently through extra cover, along the ground, for four

So here's Anderson, who was off the field a few overs ago

Giles is looking about as useful as a chocolate teapot here. Mind you, even Shane Warne struggled...

End of over 113 (10 runs) Australia 370/5
AC Gilchrist    54* (71b 6x4)      AF Giles    19-3-57-0
MJ Clarke    46* (86b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    17-4-73-0

113.1

Anderson to Clarke, 3 runs, firmly clipped through the covers

Around the wicket to Gilchrist

113.2

Anderson to Gilchrist, no run, nicely bowled just outside off, jagging back into the batsman who comes forward and defends it watchfully

113.3

Anderson to Gilchrist, FOUR, poor line, really dreadful ball down the leg side and Gilchrist easily whips this for four through midwicket.

This is dangerous for England. Gilchrist - subdued, quiet earlier - now looks transformed

113.4

Anderson to Gilchrist, no run, ooh again, lovely shot, well timed to mid-on...but straight to mid-on

113.5

Anderson to Gilchrist, no run, that's the line from Anderson, just outside off and forcing Gilchrist to defend his stumps

113.6

Anderson to Gilchrist, 2 runs, NEARLY! Was that a chance? Driven on the up without moving his feet, spooning it to Ian Bell in the gully who dived to his right, it was a grubber and just didn't carry. Very, very close

And Australia have passed the follow-on, in case you haven't noticed

End of over 114 (9 runs) Australia 379/5
AC Gilchrist    60* (76b 7x4)      JM Anderson    15-2-58-0
MJ Clarke    49* (87b 5x4)      AF Giles    19-3-57-0

"Bring Harmison on from both ends," suggests Ronnie. "Bring Giles on from both ends too."

114.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, and that's nudged through midwicket to bring up his fifty - a good one, too, and this partnership is building

114.2

Giles to Gilchrist, FOUR, bang! Down on one knee, swept past Alastair Cook's skull at short-leg and racing to the deep midwicket boundary for four. Massive power.

114.3

Giles to Gilchrist, no run, down the wicket comes Gilchrist, aggressively chipping it back to the bowler who dives to his right to field

114.4

Giles to Gilchrist, OUT, and here he goes again, he's smashed this hard, but it's miscued and it's flying down to the man at deep midwicket - and Bell clings on! Adrenaline got the better of Gilchrist there, just as he was looking all set to stamp on England

AC Gilchrist c Bell b Giles 64 (111m 79b 8x4 0x6) SR: 81.01

Slip, silly point and short extra cover for Warne, Giles around the wicket

Now then, now then. England are into the tail now with Australia trailing by 167. Warne is no mug, though

114.5

Giles to Warne, no run, and a big, throaty appeal from Giles first ball, rapping Warne on his pads but it's probably turned just a bit too much and the umpire shakes his head

114.6

Giles to Warne, no run, nicely bowled, Warne comes forward solidly to defend

End of over 115 (5 runs) Australia 384/6
SK Warne    0* (2b)      AF Giles    20-3-62-1
MJ Clarke    50* (88b 5x4)      JM Anderson    15-2-58-0

115.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, well bowled! Swinging into the right hander but he's pretty solid here, clamping the bat down and reading the inswing well

It's packed to the (Pat) rafters - on a Monday. I can't take credit for that line...

115.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, sponged with a closed face of the bat, no timing there

115.3

Anderson to Clarke, 3 runs, again more inswing for Anderson but Clarke presents a fuller face of the bat this time, driving it straight and hard to long-on

115.4

Anderson to Warne, no run, fuller from Anderson but too wide, in spite of the inswing, and it's firmly driven to mid-off

115.5

Anderson to Warne, no run, ooh nearly! Very nearly. Warne drives this, firmly, on the up and it falls just short of his best mate, Kevin Pietersen, at short extra cover.

Warne does time the ball brilliantly

115.6

Anderson to Warne, FOUR, ah, lovely shot from Warne this time - a touch of Des Haynes in that shot. Or maybe not. But it was beautifully timed past Pietersen this time, all along the ground for four

End of over 116 (7 runs) Australia 391/6
SK Warne    4* (5b 1x4)      JM Anderson    16-2-65-0
MJ Clarke    53* (91b 5x4)      AF Giles    20-3-62-1

Over the wicket to Clarke

116.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, and he takes a half step outside leg, meeting the line of the ball and driving it inside out to mid-off

Around the wicket to Warne

116.2

Giles to Warne, no run, and Warne tries to sweep but misses, the ball hitting his arm. Or pad. Or both

116.3

Giles to Warne, no run, very well bowled on middle stump, turning just a touch and Warne clamps down on it

116.4

Giles to Warne, no run, half a yelp from Giles as Warne again tries to sweep, the ball ballooning up but...no catch, no lbw and they all forget about it

116.5

Giles to Warne, no run, left alone outside off - absolutely no turn there

116.6

Giles to Warne, no run, and he comes forward to defend

Kevin Pietersen into the attack. This could be fun...Pietersen versus Warne. First, though, it's Clarke to face

End of over 117 (1 run) Australia 392/6
SK Warne    4* (10b 1x4)      AF Giles    21-3-63-1
MJ Clarke    54* (92b 5x4)      JM Anderson    16-2-65-0

117.1

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, touch of turn there, Clarke smothers the spin

117.2

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, full toss which he smacks down to long-off

And here's Warne to face. Get your handbags out. Jones is chuntering away here! He and Warne are having a great old verbal battle

117.3

Pietersen to Warne, no run, solidly forward to this one outside off

117.4

Pietersen to Warne, no run, too full, too wide but Warne can't find the gap

117.5

Pietersen to Warne, no run

117.6

Pietersen to Warne, no run, good touch of turn there spinning back into Warne who avoids the temptation to hit him into the city centre

End of over 118 (1 run) Australia 393/6
SK Warne    4* (14b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    6-0-21-0
MJ Clarke    55* (94b 5x4)      AF Giles    21-3-63-1

Here's Harmison

A lot of banter out there and some fairly massive egos. Warne v Jones, Pietersen b Warne, Warne v Collingwood and there's a lot of finger pointing and gesticulating. I think that's the right word, anyway. Bucknor steps in and tells the children to keep it down

118.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, lovely shot, timing it down the ground

118.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and it's down the leg side, no great pace either and Clarke works it to midwicket

118.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, well bowled; full, straightish - straight enough to force the defensive from Clarke

118.4

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, drifting down leg, ugly ball which Clarke bungs off his pads for a couple

118.5

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Ah that's a terrific shot, his best of the day, cover driving Harmison on one knee and hammering it, hard, for four

118.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, left alone - excellent cricket this from Clarke. Patient, intelligent batting

End of over 119 (6 runs) Australia 399/6
MJ Clarke    61* (100b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    18-4-79-0
SK Warne    4* (14b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    6-0-21-0

Right here we go. Warne's spitting nails here, he is absolutely ticking and ready to take the world on

119.1

Pietersen to Warne, no run, tries to smash Pietersen over midwicket but completely misses it

119.2

Pietersen to Warne, no run, a touch shorter and Warne goes back, defending it

119.3

Pietersen to Warne, FOUR, brilliant from Warne, sweeping Pietersen with immense power in front of square

119.4

Pietersen to Warne, 3 byes, what a cracker from Pietersen! A touch of away-drift from Pietersen before turning back into Warne who came forward, tentatively, the ball missing his outside edge by millimetres. What a contest this is

119.5

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, and he comes forward to defend

119.6

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, too short and he goes back, cutting it hard

End of over 120 (8 runs) Australia 407/6
MJ Clarke    62* (102b 6x4)      KP Pietersen    7-0-26-0
SK Warne    8* (18b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    18-4-79-0

120.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, Harmison is roaring in here, great to see, and it cuts back on the right hander who leaves it alone

120.2

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, clunked, without timing, to mid-off

Now then, here's Harmison to Warne. Do not bowl it wide...

120.3

Harmison to Warne, no run, that's the length, swinging into Warne who is practically eating his stumps he's so far back. But he defends it well. 89mph from Harmison (143.1kph)

120.4

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, again he's right back in his crease but works this to leg for a single

120.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, far too wide. Clarke needed a telescopic barge pole to reach that

120.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, better ball, but too straight this time and Clarke rides the bounce to work it to leg

Warne's off on one, he's chuntering away to Clarke. And the knuckle-scrapers are singing in the crowd, or making their own inimitable noises

End of over 121 (3 runs) Australia 410/6
MJ Clarke    64* (106b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    19-4-82-0
SK Warne    9* (20b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    7-0-26-0

121.1

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, pushed to mid-off

121.2

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, down the pitch but Pietersen sees him coming and fires it in short. Excellent stuff from Pietersen

121.3

Pietersen to Clarke, 2 runs, not so excellent this time, down the leg side and it's flicked off his pads

Nasser Hussain is suggesting the Pietersen-Warne love affair really is over

121.4

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, too short, too wide, cut hard into the deep but there's a sweeper out there

And David Lloyd tells us the banter out there "is a bit fruity." If only we could hear it...

121.5

Pietersen to Warne, no run, nicely flighted on off stump, forward comes the batsman. Eerily quiet in the crowd

121.6

Pietersen to Warne, 1 run, sensible cricket from Warne, knocking this shorter delivery through midwicket

"I like it now, Shane; you're smiling" says Bucknor to Warne.

End of over 122 (4 runs) Australia 414/6
SK Warne    10* (22b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    8-0-30-0
MJ Clarke    67* (110b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    19-4-82-0

122.1

Harmison to Warne, no run, short, Warne goes back and defends with a very straight bat. Solid, right behind that one

This is tense. Time for Harmison to really wind it up

122.2

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, no no no, outside off and Warne punches it through the covers

122.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and he comes forward here, head right over the ball, outside off stump to defend

122.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, very firmly defended indeed, Clarke really is looking solid here

122.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, full and straight - a bit too straight if anything, but Clarke resists the temptation to work it off his legs, choosing to defend it

122.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and again he defends

End of over 123 (1 run) Australia 415/6
MJ Clarke    67* (114b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    20-4-83-0
SK Warne    11* (24b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    8-0-30-0

Here's Pietersen over the wicket

Yes, just to confirm - the "chuntering" I mentioned in the previous over or two does not, in any way, mean the same as "chundering." No one is vomiting on the pitch, I can assure you.

123.1

Pietersen to Warne, no run, and he comes forward here, head right over the ball. A wry smile there from Pietersen

123.2

Pietersen to Warne, 1 run, no, too short and wide, cut hard into the deep

Pietersen's bossing this, marshalling his field and telling Cook to remain at short-leg

123.3

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off, turning back into Clarke who jumps back and defends watchfully

123.4

Pietersen to Clarke, no run, the arm ball? Short, outside off and left alone

123.5

Pietersen to Clarke, 1 run, clunked down to long-on

Big chat here! It's all going off in the middle. Collingwood, Cook and Jones are laying into Warne. It's all friendly, lots of smiles, but it's great viewing. And listening

123.6

Pietersen to Warne, no run, and he defends this solidly before immediately turning towards the pavilion for lunch

1.35pm Hello all, Jennifer here. Hope you're splendid. Welcome along to the afternoon session - we're just waiting for the players to come out on the pitch. Here they come now - let's see who Flintoff's going to hand the ball to... maybe he'll give himself another burst. Ah, it's Giles

And for all those asking what chuntering means ... here's the dictionary definition ... "to grumble or grouse mildly or tediously". Oh, and as for those asking exactly what is being said in the middle ... well, we don't really know the gory details as the mandarins at the ICC rule that the material cannot be broadcast as it might upset more sensitive folk. It's up to your, and our, fertile imaginations...

Lunch A tense session but Australia avoided the follow-on thanks to Clarke and Gilchrist who, while they were made to work hard initially, were quick to dispatch the loose deliveries. We'll be back in 40 minutes and hope you'll join us again for more handbags at dawn. Send us your musings.

Pietersen is giving it back to Warne here, Jones by Warne's right and they're all having a go now! Collingwood's chirping back to Warne in his thick Durham accent (thick, as in prominent - I'm not casting aspersions as to his intelligence, obviously). This is great stuff

End of over 124 (2 runs) Australia 417/6
SK Warne    12* (27b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    9-0-32-0
MJ Clarke    68* (117b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    20-4-83-0

124.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, bends that in from the rough and that's defended. 'Well bowled Gilers,' chirps Jones

124.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, more defending

124.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, a better line, much straighter and yet more defence

124.4

Giles to Clarke, FOUR, a touch of width and punished, Clarke stepping back and giving himself room to cut that one away. Four from the second it left the bat

124.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, tickles that one into midwicket this time

Pietersen hinting in that subtle Pietersen way that he wants a bowl by doing huuuuuge warm-ups with his arms

124.6

Giles to Warne, 1 run, Warne shuffles across looking to sweep and he just fails to get bat on the ball as it goes on its way to the leg-side

Harmison to take the second over after lunch now, and so he's having a little bowl to the man at mid-on - this is just a warm-up, you understand

End of over 125 (6 runs) Australia 423/6
SK Warne    13* (28b 2x4)      AF Giles    22-3-69-1
MJ Clarke    73* (122b 7x4)      KP Pietersen    9-0-32-0

125.1

Harmison to Warne, no run, ooh, Warne flashes a cut off the back foot at that one, which stays low and swings a touch away, completely misses the ball and there's the odd 'ooh' as it evades the top edge

125.2

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, more convincing shot from Warne to that straighter one which he helps down to fine leg

125.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, left alone this time

125.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one spears in a bit fuller and it's worked to the leg-side and goes on its way to mid-on

125.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one is banged in hard at 84mph (135kph) but slows as it hits the pitch, stays low, and bounces twice - twice! - in all before it reaches Jones

125.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that one is banged in hard at 84mph (135kph) but slows as it hits the pitch, stays low, and bounces twice - twice! - in all before it reaches Jones

125.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, dinked to mid-on

125.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, dinked to mid-on

More wheeling ahead as Giles continues

End of over 126 (1 run) Australia 424/6
MJ Clarke    73* (126b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    21-4-84-0
SK Warne    14* (30b 2x4)      AF Giles    22-3-69-1

126.1

Giles to Warne, no run, sends that one down outside off, it turns only mildly and Warne cuts that out to backward point, where it's snapped up

126.2

Giles to Warne, no run, good work from the man at backward point again as Warne lashes a cut at him

126.3

Giles to Warne, no run, 'bowled' observes Jones, correctly, as Warne jabs his bat down on that one

126.4

Giles to Warne, no run, ooh, Warne gets an edge on that one which he tries to sweep - it flies to nobody on the leg-side

126.5

Giles to Warne, 1 run, rushed out to mid-on

126.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, on the button and defended

End of over 127 (1 run) Australia 425/6
MJ Clarke    73* (127b 7x4)      AF Giles    23-3-70-1
SK Warne    15* (35b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    21-4-84-0

127.1

Harmison to Warne, 1 wide, tries a bouncer, but it's too legsidey (and not to mention high) for Steve Bucknor's liking

127.1

Harmison to Warne, FOUR, short outside off, and that's whipped over the top of slips, with a late cut - reminiscent of Collingwood in this series

127.2

Harmison to Warne, no run, 'Wait' comes the cry as Warne's backfoot steer to gully is neatly picked up by Bell

127.3

Harmison to Warne, no run, not well directed, strays down leg. Warne's still interested in having a dart at it all the same - he misses, too late on the shot

127.4

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, 'Wait' again, but then 'Yes' as Warne again lamps that square with a backfoot-cut - the fielder dives and gets a hand to it but there's enough time to scamper a comfortable run

127.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted straight drive to one which pitches fullish and on off is picked up easily by the bowler

127.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, punched hard off the back foot in that point region once more

End of over 128 (7 runs) Australia 432/6
MJ Clarke    74* (129b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    22-4-91-0
SK Warne    20* (39b 3x4)      AF Giles    23-3-70-1

128.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke dances down, on-drives and the ball just falls short of Giles's right hand as he kneels down to try to scoop it

128.2

Giles to Warne, 1 run, an on-drive to midwicket, adjusting from the thought of a sweep shot and that's the fifty partnership

128.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, quiet defence on the front foot this time

128.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, more defence

128.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, yet more defence

128.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, single down to long-off lazily run through

'Boonie Army, Boonie Army' chirps Boonie, sounding as flat as warm beer

End of over 129 (3 runs) Australia 435/6
MJ Clarke    76* (134b 7x4)      AF Giles    24-3-73-1
SK Warne    21* (40b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    22-4-91-0

One slip and a gully, two back on the fence for the hook

129.1

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, that one's down the off-side and Clarke steps over to it and leans into a well-struck cover-drive but there's a marshall on the point boundary

129.2

Harmison to Warne, 1 run, languid drive to cover

Gully's gone to fly slip. Short cover and short midwicket still in place

129.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, worked out on the leg-side

129.4

Harmison to Warne, no run, bangs that one in on a good length, again the pace of the pitch is so slow that the batsman has time - and some - to defend forward

129.5

Harmison to Warne, no run, pushed up there but that's well dug out

129.6

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

The atmosphere's quite flat out there at the moment, as is the momentum, with this game shaping up to be a draw - unless someone's can produce an outstanding performance from somewhere.

End of over 130 (3 runs) Australia 438/6
SK Warne    22* (44b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    23-4-94-0
MJ Clarke    78* (136b 7x4)      AF Giles    24-3-73-1

130.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, pitched outside leg but Clarke manoeuvres over to his leg stump to drive that inside-out to mid-off

130.2

Giles to Warne, 1 run, goes wide down off and that's driven forcefully away off the back foot

130.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, pitches outside leg, bends over to the right-hander and that's eased into the midwicket region

130.4

Giles to Warne, no run, half-appeals from the short leg and Giles, clearly not convinced, as that's picked up close

130.5

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

130.6

Giles to Warne, no run, shuffles over to defend

End of over 131 (3 runs) Australia 441/6
SK Warne    23* (48b 3x4)      AF Giles    25-3-76-1
MJ Clarke    80* (138b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    23-4-94-0

131.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven into the covers

131.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended forward

131.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended forward once more

131.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted drive to mid-wicket

131.5

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, pushed behind square on the leg-side

131.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, attempted slower ball but that was disguised about as effectively as an...

"Cricket from the fifties," moans Kim. "Typical Adelaide test. The best bowlers in the world can only get 12 wickets in 3.5 days." The match may have had a different complexion, though, had Giles held the catch off Ponting when he was on 35. That could prove to be this match's turning point

End of over 132 (2 runs) Australia 443/6
MJ Clarke    82* (144b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    24-4-96-0
SK Warne    23* (48b 3x4)      AF Giles    25-3-76-1

132.1

Giles to Warne, no run, driven to mid-on

132.2

Giles to Warne, no run, defended forward this time

132.3

Giles to Warne, no run, that pitches into the rough, but it's innocuous stuff and Warne defends that easily

132.4

Giles to Warne, no run, tickled into the leg-side

132.5

Giles to Warne, no run, more defence

132.6

Giles to Warne, no run, just for a change, Warne kicks that one away on the leg-side

The Barmy Army awake from their post-lunch slumber and chant - how predictable is this? - 'Barmy Army Barmy Army'

End of over 133 (maiden) Australia 443/6
SK Warne    23* (54b 3x4)      AF Giles    26-4-76-1
MJ Clarke    82* (144b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    24-4-96-0

133.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven slowly to cover

133.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, defended very strongly with the full face of the bat and that is stunned into the leg-side

133.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven with more power this time into the cover

133.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, banged in at Clarke, pitched up, and he crashes his bat down on that one to dig it out

133.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, some lift for Harmison there as the ball rises and whistles past a swaying Clarke's nose

133.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on

133.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on

Two pretty maidens both in a row, there

End of over 134 (maiden) Australia 443/6
MJ Clarke    82* (150b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    25-5-96-0
SK Warne    23* (54b 3x4)      AF Giles    26-4-76-1

134.1

Giles to Warne, no run, tickled round to fine leg

134.2

Giles to Warne, no run, pitches outside leg, again, and is defended on the front foot

134.3

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

134.4

Giles to Warne, no run, kicked away by Warne

134.5

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

134.6

Giles to Warne, no run, Warne walks forward to bend over and defend that one

Ooh, a change in the bowling - Anderson is on

Simon Wilkinson asks: "Have the ICC woken up and ruled on Brett Lee yet?" Not yet, but given it usually takes them a week to decide which biscuits to have with their morning coffee, don't hold your breath

End of over 135 (maiden) Australia 443/6
SK Warne    23* (60b 3x4)      AF Giles    27-5-76-1
MJ Clarke    82* (150b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    25-5-96-0

135.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a loosener which Clarke chases down leg, but he's too late on the shot and it's taken by Jones

135.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, lovely shot, driven hard, but that's some sharp work from Pietersen in the covers

Harmison's chuntering as there's an England fan in the background near the sightscreen. Move!

135.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven slowly to mid-on

135.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, dinked along the ground to mid-wicket

135.5

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, hit behind square where it's swept up inside the boundary

135.6

Anderson to Warne, no run, that's fended down, pretty easily, off the back foot as a short one fails, like a disappointing soufflé, to get much rise

Brett Thompson emails with a tempting offer: "$20 says Warne gets a century." That's an offer to all ball-by-ball readers, so Brett stands to stump up about $30 million. Not that we encourage gambling or betting, although our esteemed editor Andrew Miller reports that he did have fun playing the mechanical horses in the casino last night

End of over 136 (1 run) Australia 444/6
SK Warne    23* (61b 3x4)      JM Anderson    17-2-66-0
MJ Clarke    83* (155b 7x4)      AF Giles    27-5-76-1

136.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, driven out to mid-off

136.2

Giles to Warne, 1 run

136.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, drags that down a touch short and that's worked into the off-side

136.4

Giles to Warne, no run, padded up to that one

136.5

Giles to Warne, no run, more padding

136.6

Giles to Warne, no run, even more padding

End of over 137 (3 runs) Australia 447/6
SK Warne    24* (65b 3x4)      AF Giles    28-5-79-1
MJ Clarke    85* (157b 7x4)      JM Anderson    17-2-66-0

137.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven back to Anderson who picks it up on the bounce and shies it back at the stumps, missing

137.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on

137.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, nips in at Clarke and he drives strongly to cover where it's picked up easily

137.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, hit into the leg-side

137.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven to the left of cover, but slowly, and Pietersen has time to amble round to that one and kill off any thoughts of a single

137.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, strayed down leg and that's taken by Jones

It's a cloudless sky at Adelaide, in weather-watch

End of over 138 (maiden) Australia 447/6
MJ Clarke    85* (163b 7x4)      JM Anderson    18-3-66-0
SK Warne    24* (65b 3x4)      AF Giles    28-5-79-1

138.1

Giles to Warne, no run, padded up to that one

138.2

Giles to Warne, no run, more padding to Giles's leg-side tactics

138.3

Giles to Warne, no run, more padding

138.4

Giles to Warne, no run, even more paddizzz

138.5

Giles to Warne, 1 run, pops into the vacant slip region and that brings up Warne's 3000th Test run, the only man to reach that milestone without a Test century. He's the slowest to reach 3000, too, although of course his main suit is bowling

138.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run

Our resident anorak - though that hardly narrows things down - tells me that Warne has the most runs by any Test player who hasn't got a hundred. Vaas is second (2503 with a best of 74*) and third is India's Chauhan with 2084. Chauhan gets a special mention as he was a specialist opener while the other two are bowlers who have been around a long time. As I mentioned, Warne is also the slowest batsman to reach 3000 Test runs (196 innings). The next slowest is Richard Hadlee (130 innings)

End of over 139 (2 runs) Australia 449/6
MJ Clarke    86* (164b 7x4)      AF Giles    29-5-81-1
SK Warne    25* (70b 3x4)      JM Anderson    18-3-66-0

139.1

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, overpitched and that's driven through cover

139.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run

139.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven to cover where it's stopped by Pietersen

139.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a touch slower, pitched up and that's defended forward

139.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-off

139.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a touch wide, Clarke steps into that one and drives to the covers

The yellow plastic monstrosity that is the drinks cart rolls on to the pitch, so that's drinks, naturally. When play resumes it will be Martin Williamson from the Anorak End.

Thanks Jenny ... this is a thriller for sure. The highlight of the last 30 minutes has been the sight of the garish drinks buggy actively trying to run over a member of the groundstaff who ran on ahead of it. When Andrew Miller was in Pakistan last year we almost succeeded in smuggling him inside the gigantic tin Coke can they used at Karachi but he was rumbled at the last minute ...

But meantime, it's like being in Hansie Cronje's hotel room, I tell ya ... we're now being flooded with betting offers. But we won't be fixing the commentary any time soon.

End of over 140 (4 runs) Australia 453/6
MJ Clarke    90* (170b 8x4)      JM Anderson    19-3-70-0
SK Warne    25* (70b 3x4)      AF Giles    29-5-81-1

Flintoff off the field

140.1

Giles to Warne, 2 runs, Good lord ... drugs test those drinks ... Warne takes a pace down the track and heaves Giles over cow corner

140.2

Giles to Warne, no run, back to the pad work

140.3

Giles to Warne, no run, half step and blocked

140.4

Giles to Warne, no run, wide, Warne hips more than pads that one away

140.5

Giles to Warne, no run, Warne steps back and thumps that straight to Strauss at cover

140.6

Giles to Warne, no run, solid defensive shot to end an over that started with promise and ended with a return to dullness

Leroy writes: "Does Anderson have photos of Duncan Fletcher with a llama or something like that???? If not, how does he keep getting picked? He is custard." I take objection to that. My father-in-law breeds llamas and they are very choosy animals.

End of over 141 (2 runs) Australia 455/6
SK Warne    27* (76b 3x4)      AF Giles    30-5-83-1
MJ Clarke    90* (170b 8x4)      JM Anderson    19-3-70-0

141.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, on off stump, defended

Even the singing lacks real enthusiasm at the moment ... all a marked contrast to the tension earlier.

141.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, off stump, blocked

141.3

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, Anderson tried to bang that in but it had all the venom of an earthworm and Clarke flicked it to deep backward square leg and sprinted two

141.4

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, and again, sweet placement and more sprinting

141.5

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, wallop! full, Clarke gets his foot right to the pitch of the ball and caresses it past mid-off

"Is it worth noting," asks JJ, "that both Warne and Chauhan have highest scores of 99?" No. "From memory Chauhan was run out!" he adds with a sprightly exclamation mark that's far too cheerful for mid afternoon.

141.6

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, worked down to long leg to keep him on strike

End of over 142 (9 runs) Australia 464/6
MJ Clarke    99* (176b 9x4)      JM Anderson    20-3-79-0
SK Warne    27* (76b 3x4)      AF Giles    30-5-83-1

142.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, circumspect defence

142.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, two steps, a slight shimmy and all that for a forward defensive shot

142.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, another very cautious block ... it's coming

142.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, really ... it is coming

142.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, soon ... it's all watchful defence and rarely can Giles have been afforded so much respect

142.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke shoulders arms, the ball kicks and hits him in the midriff and plops down at his feet

Scott writes: "Suggestions for a new add featuring Giles. 1 wicket at the Gabba - 121 runs. 1 wicket in Adelaide - 83 runs. Dropping Ricky Ponting - priceless. Ashley Giles - Proud sponsor of the Australian Ashes campaign."

End of over 143 (maiden) Australia 464/6
MJ Clarke    99* (182b 9x4)      AF Giles    31-6-83-1
SK Warne    27* (76b 3x4)      JM Anderson    20-3-79-0

143.1

Anderson to Warne, no run, Warne stands tall and drives to mid-off

Someone's awake. It's Nick, who says: "Just remember to take you 2% of the bet like betfair - that is still $600000." We like your thinking. I mean, ahem, we would never encourage betting...

143.2

Anderson to Warne, no run, Warne stands upright and thumps the ball again, but this time right at extra cover

143.3

Anderson to Warne, 1 run, short, Warne hooks in a rather ungainly way but it's quite safe and Harmison chugs in from long leg to field

143.4

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, slightly short outside off stump, Clarke pushes it into the covers and sets off like a panther with a yell of "yes, yes, yes". That's the third Test hundred for Clarke, well applauded, and it came up off 183 balls in 264 minutes and it's standing ovations all round

143.5

Anderson to Warne, 3 runs, Warne leans back and runs that past gully ... neat shot and Anderson really toothless at the moment

Australia's physio is on his way out to the middle to look at Clarke who has problems with his wrist. Nobody looks too concerned so it may well be nothing more than a touch of cramp.

"Any chance of posting for my boss to shut up," emails Anthony. "He can't stop parroting your commentary." What a good boss ... and what great taste he has.

Clarke is repaired and ready to rumble

143.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, up in the blockhole and Clarke keeps it out with no worries

End of over 144 (5 runs) Australia 469/6
MJ Clarke    100* (184b 9x4)      JM Anderson    21-3-84-0
SK Warne    31* (80b 3x4)      AF Giles    31-6-83-1

Clarke still shaking his hand

144.1

Giles to Warne, no run, Warne dances down the pitch and drives it right back at Giles

It's great to see two of the world's great spinners dueling like this

144.2

Giles to Warne, no run, padded away

144.3

Giles to Warne, 1 run, driven hard back at Giles who doesn't stop it and gets a bash on the hand for his pains. Now both batsman and bowler are shaking their hands with pained expressions

144.4

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, clipped into the leg side

144.5

Giles to Warne, no run, blocked

144.6

Giles to Warne, no run, kept out again by Warne

The singing from the hill now sounds like music on a tape recorder when the batteries are running out ... it's getting slower and more depressing by the over ... but here comes Hoggard to enliven the situation.

End of over 145 (2 runs) Australia 471/6
SK Warne    32* (85b 3x4)      AF Giles    32-6-85-1
MJ Clarke    101* (185b 9x4)      JM Anderson    21-3-84-0

Flintoff resetting the field with a weary bout of pointing

145.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard right on the button from the off, Clarke into line to block

145.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, firm drive to short cover

Jones ambles up to the stumps to stop Clarke standing out of his crease

145.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, turned to midwicket

145.4

Hoggard to Warne, 2 runs, this time the drive beats point who makes a fairly pointless dive after the ball has passed him ... fielded by the sweeper

145.5

Hoggard to Warne, no run, another firm drive to short extra cover who must be starting to feel much like a coconut at a funfair

145.6

Hoggard to Warne, 2 runs, lofted scoopy drive type shot but it loops just over mid-off

"I would hardly call Giles one of the world's great spinners," notes Brett Ellis. No, neither would I. But I wondered if anyone would take the remark seriously.

End of over 146 (5 runs) Australia 476/6
SK Warne    36* (88b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    33-4-91-4
MJ Clarke    102* (188b 9x4)      AF Giles    32-6-85-1

146.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke lets it pass by his off stump

146.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke lets it hit him

146.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, better line and Clarke defends

Here are some of the hymns to the bowlers. "Woooooooooooooahh Jimmy Jimmy, Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson". On second thoughts, no wonder it was banned. Or how about: "Mahmood, His name is Sajid Mahmood, His name is Sajid Mahmood, His name is Sajid Mahmood"

146.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, watched and blocked

146.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, one big stride forward and then kicked away

146.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps back and turns it to backward square leg

Naga in the US. "You just committed the biggest blunder of your commentating career bracketing Giles with Warne and calling them both great." Oh dear. I don't even think Giles is the best spinner in England ...

End of over 147 (1 run) Australia 477/6
MJ Clarke    103* (194b 9x4)      AF Giles    33-6-86-1
SK Warne    36* (88b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    33-4-91-4

147.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, wide, left, and Jones takes it standing up

147.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, again Jones takes it unhindered

147.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke blocks it - that was 79.9mph (128.7kph)

147.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 3 runs, sweet drive past Flintoff at mid-off and he chases with the stiffness of a man with splints down each trouser leg

147.5

Hoggard to Warne, no run, an attempted drive which he doesn't get hold of and Harmison at mid-on goes down in slow motion to field. Not exactly elegant but he got there in the end

147.6

Hoggard to Warne, no run, no heroics tried this time and a simple block suffices

End of over 148 (3 runs) Australia 480/6
SK Warne    36* (90b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    34-4-94-4
MJ Clarke    106* (198b 9x4)      AF Giles    33-6-86-1

148.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, outside leg stump and he lets it hit him

148.2

Giles to Warne, 1 run, slow ball, no turn, flicked to leg

148.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, run up to mid-off, all very low key

148.4

Giles to Warne, 1 run, Warne waits, steps back and clouts it past gully. That's the 100 stand

Seb reminisces: "John Lennon was once asked whether Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world, to which he responded "He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles". I think this may also apply to Ashley..." We didn't realise that Giles could drum as well... Before you write in, this is a joke! J.O.K.E.

148.5

Giles to Clarke, 2 runs, again runs on a platter as he waits, picks his spot, and cracks it through extra cover

148.6

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, this is too easy, runs whenever the batsmen chose to take them

End of over 149 (7 runs) Australia 487/6
MJ Clarke    111* (202b 9x4)      AF Giles    34-6-93-1
SK Warne    38* (92b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    34-4-94-4

149.1

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, England getting tired now, and a misfield hardly helps

149.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke takes a breather with a block

149.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 3 runs, neat. Clarke waits and uses the pace to run the ball between gully and slip

And Stato informs that we have just been served with our 100th tea of the Test

149.4

Hoggard to Warne, no run, Warne tries to pull it - he actually decided on the stroke at about the same time Hoggard started his run-up - but he misses and a loud appeal is turned down by Steve Bucknor ... too high for sure

149.5

Hoggard to Warne, no run, this time Warne plays it on merit into the covers

149.6

Hoggard to Warne, no run, slightly hurried block - 81.2mph (130.7kph)

End of over 150 (5 runs) Australia 492/6
SK Warne    38* (95b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    35-4-99-4
MJ Clarke    116* (205b 9x4)      AF Giles    34-6-93-1
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Dec 5, 2006

Andrew Strauss is unhappy to be wrongly given out caught at short leg, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, December 5, 2006

Andrew Strauss is unhappy to be wrongly given out caught at short leg

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Dec 5, 2006

The hill in front of the scoreboard is deserted after the end of play, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, December 5, 2006

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