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

150.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, slightly lofted and stiff pull to deep square leg ... a moment of excitement as Giles thought that might reach the fielder

150.2

Giles to Warne, no run, leg side and Warne bottoms that away

150.3

Giles to Warne, no run, he waits back in his crease and drops it as his feet

150.4

Giles to Warne, no run, Warne takes a step down the pitch and it hits him on the boot. Giles yells catch but the fielders are spread like missionaries

150.5

Giles to Warne, no run, blocked ... can anyone think of another apt word for blocked?

150.6

Giles to Warne, no run, defended ... guess that's another word?

End of over 151 (1 run) Australia 493/6
SK Warne    38* (100b 3x4)      AF Giles    35-6-94-1
MJ Clarke    117* (206b 9x4)      MJ Hoggard    35-4-99-4

151.1

Hoggard to Clarke, 2 runs, crisp drive straight to the coconut at short extra cover

151.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke leaves that to Jones

Mr Musson... MRMusson? Anyway, a man from the Boonarians writes in to say: "There are two of us sitting watching your commentaries, repeating it word for word over the two way system to our entire work site. Beat that!"

151.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, plopped into the covers, nobody has the energy to run for that, either fielders or batsmen

151.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, nothing doing there, left alone

151.5

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, again worked into the leg side - Clarke has been quick to pounce on anything slightly down the leg

151.6

Hoggard to Warne, no run, Warne gets in a bit of a muddle but the net result is that his pads are again called into play

End of over 152 (3 runs) Australia 496/6
SK Warne    38* (101b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    36-4-102-4
MJ Clarke    120* (211b 9x4)      AF Giles    35-6-94-1

152.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, seemingly innocuous drive back to Giles but he manages to make a real mess of it, the ball dribbles through his legs and they run a single

152.2

Giles to Warne, no run, solidly and assuredly blocked

152.3

Giles to Warne, 1 run, into space on the leg. It's hard to work out quite what Giles is up to here

152.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, defended

152.5

Giles to Clarke, no run, full stride forward and blocked

152.6

Giles to Clarke, no run, and again ....

"Want a bum-biteingly good stat?" asks Travis Basevi, the man who invented Statsguru. Anything at this stage frankly ...

End of over 153 (2 runs) Australia 498/6
MJ Clarke    121* (215b 9x4)      AF Giles    36-6-96-1
SK Warne    39* (103b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    36-4-102-4

153.1

Hoggard to Warne, no run, go on guess ... yes, defended on off stump

Travis writes: "it's the first time ever that a team has had four bowlers with 100 career wickets and with them all averaging 30+"

153.2

Hoggard to Warne, no run, slightly rushed defence

Travis is a bit unfortunate. Last summer when England won the Ashes he was an Aussie. In August he took the exam to become a Brit ... worst of both worlds ...

153.3

Hoggard to Warne, no run, jabbed down late

153.4

Hoggard to Warne, FOUR, Warne looked to run that through gully, got a big edge and with Jones standing up, it trundled off to third man unhindered

153.5

Hoggard to Warne, OUT, on with the arm, Warne caught half forward and a loud and confident appeal answered eventually by Steve Bucknor ... Warne clearly unhappy with that as he slowly turns and walks off

SK Warne lbw b Hoggard 43 (157m 108b 4x4 0x6) SR: 39.81

153.6

Hoggard to Lee, no run, swinging into Lee who defends

Oh no. It's Giles again and again he's going over the wicket...my cup runneth over

End of over 154 (4 runs) Australia 502/7
B Lee    0* (1b)      MJ Hoggard    37-4-106-5
MJ Clarke    121* (215b 9x4)      AF Giles    36-6-96-1

154.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, outside leg, it turns an inch or so and Clarke pushes it back

The question of the afternoon. What is the collective noun for a bunch of Ashley Giles's?

Hello, this is massive. Giles is going around the wicket

154.2

Giles to Lee, no run, this wobbles a bit off the pitch and Lee is firmly behind it

154.3

Giles to Lee, no run, vicious turn there - only joking - and Lee comes forward to block it out

154.4

Giles to Lee, no run, and an extravagant defensive from Lee this time, his right leg sliding from underneath him. As it were.

154.5

Giles to Lee, no run, blocked once more

154.6

Giles to Lee, no run, another firm wedging block

End of over 155 (1 run) Australia 503/7
B Lee    0* (6b)      AF Giles    37-6-97-1
MJ Clarke    122* (216b 9x4)      MJ Hoggard    37-4-106-5

155.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, defended back to the bowler

155.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, swinging into the right hander who pushes it back

155.3

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, and Clarke works it to leg

155.4

Hoggard to Lee, no run, bunted into the covers

155.5

Hoggard to Lee, no run, ooh lovely little juicy tasty bit of inswing there

155.6

Hoggard to Lee, no run, little bit of movement away from the right hander there, just to keep the batsman (and us) honest

Here's Giles. And he's over the wicket

End of over 156 (1 run) Australia 504/7
B Lee    0* (9b)      MJ Hoggard    38-4-107-5
MJ Clarke    123* (219b 9x4)      AF Giles    37-6-97-1

156.1

Giles to Clarke, no run, padded away

156.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, ditto

Suggestions for the collective noun ... "a bore of Gileses" ... "a tedium of Gileses" ... " a misselection of Gileses"

156.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, and he defends this solidly

156.4

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, nicely played, just meeting the ball and shaking hands with it - they agree to a post-match beer and part ways as the ball makes its way to long-on

Around the wicket now

156.5

Giles to Lee, no run, and it's defended solidly

156.6

Giles to Lee, no run, and it's defended solidly. Or fest verteidigt as the Germans might say

End of over 157 (1 run) Australia 505/7
B Lee    0* (11b)      AF Giles    38-6-98-1
MJ Clarke    124* (223b 9x4)      MJ Hoggard    38-4-107-5

157.1

Hoggard to Clarke, OUT, goddim! Poor shot, really, a waste - swinging into Clarke and he flicks it, with a closed face of the bat and it lands in Giles's midriff who takes a good catch. Disappointing end to an otherwise fine innings

MJ Clarke c Giles b Hoggard 124 (318m 224b 10x4 0x6) SR: 55.35

Just one more from the flood of responses about the collective noun. Paul: "That would be a gaggle of Giles. He is after all a complete goose." The best (or worst) have been a "coma" and a "circus". It's all in jest...

157.2

Hoggard to Clark, no run, wider of the crease to increase the angle on this, but it's fired down the leg side.

Only 428 runs too late, but Gilo's just recaught the Ashes

157.3

Hoggard to Clark, no run, swinging in again, but again too much

157.4

Hoggard to Clark, no run, more swing here, this is well bowled by Hoggard and Clark can't quite read the swing, preferring a book with pictures

157.5

Hoggard to Clark, no run, on off stump and pushed down the ground

157.6

Hoggard to Clark, no run, and he defends this - a wicket maiden for Hoggard. Terrific effort

End of over 158 (wicket maiden) Australia 505/8
SR Clark    0* (5b)      MJ Hoggard    39-5-107-6
B Lee    0* (11b)      AF Giles    38-6-98-1

158.1

Giles to Lee, no run, lands this wide of his leg stump - from around the wicket - and for some reason he decides to block it

158.2

Giles to Lee, no run, tighter line, this time on leg stump. Lee blocks

158.3

Giles to Lee, no run, ...blocked out again

Brendan Toohey - "Perhaps a "Tavare of Gileses", or a "Boycott of Gileses""

158.4

Giles to Lee, no run, he comes forward. He defends.

158.5

Giles to Lee, 1 run, too short and he cuts this into the deep

A barge of Gileses, suggests Jon - neither can turn.

158.6

Giles to Clark, no run, and it's hit back to the bowler&

End of over 159 (1 run) Australia 506/8
SR Clark    0* (6b)      AF Giles    39-6-99-1
B Lee    1* (16b)      MJ Hoggard    39-5-107-6

159.1

Hoggard to Lee, 1 run, hammered out to Collingwood at cover who flings in a powerful throw to prevent two

159.2

Hoggard to Clark, OUT, and he's got him! Terrific ball, swinging in - quick too - to take out Clark's leg stump, picking up his seventh wicket

SR Clark b Hoggard 0 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

27 overs left today. The game's not yet dead.

Australia's tail are folding like a pack of soggy cards here - and here comes Glenn McGrath. Now then, England could have a useful lead here...

159.3

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, and he greets McGrath with a bouncer, but it's misdirected and even McGrath evades it easily

159.4

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, ooh lovely bowling, right in't corridor, but McGrath comes forward like a No.5. Well, a No. 9 anyway.

159.5

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, that's more McGrathy, fishing at this desperately outside off. Brilliant bowling from Hoggard - the perfect length

159.6

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, and that's well blocked out by the big man, striding forward to this inswinger and defending it back to Hoggard

End of over 160 (1 run) Australia 507/9
GD McGrath    0* (4b)      MJ Hoggard    40-5-108-7
B Lee    2* (17b)      AF Giles    39-6-99-1

160.1

Giles to Lee, no run, tossed up to tempt Lee who won't be tempted

160.2

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

160.3

Giles to Lee, no run, ooh and it's a big shout from Giles, but Lee's stride down the pitch is a massive one and the umpire can barely hide his disdain

160.4

Giles to Lee, no run

160.5

Giles to Lee, 1 run, plonked out into the covers

160.6

Giles to McGrath, no run, forward he comes to defend

End of over 161 (1 run) Australia 508/9
GD McGrath    0* (5b)      AF Giles    40-6-100-1
B Lee    3* (22b)      MJ Hoggard    40-5-108-7

161.1

Hoggard to Lee, 1 run, and he's up to the crease, swinging into the batsman who pings it back past the bowler

161.2

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, very firmly behind this one, McGrath, and defends it with his head right over the ball

161.3

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, ooh and a fishy waft outside off by McGrath - the ball straightening, then swinging after pitching and McGrath hits the pitch with this attempted drive

161.4

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, meekly hit back to the bowler

161.5

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, huge appeal as McGrath shuffles across his stumps, Hoggard was absolutely convinced...but Bucknor reckons that was going down leg. Replays suggest it was just, just clipping the stump. Fair decision, fair enough

161.6

Hoggard to McGrath, no run, and an extravagant leave from McGrath

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End of over 162 (1 run) Australia 509/9
GD McGrath    0* (10b)      MJ Hoggard    41-5-109-7
B Lee    4* (23b)      AF Giles    40-6-100-1

162.1

Giles to Lee, 1 run, lands this on leg - no turn, again, and it's easily pushed through midwicket

162.2

Giles to McGrath, 1 run, and McGrath sweeps! Decent shot, too, getting down quickly and timing it nicely out to deep midwicket

162.3

Giles to Lee, no run, very firmly forward here

162.4

Giles to Lee, 1 run, "ooh ah, yeah" shouts Jones as the batsman bunts it down the ground

162.5

Giles to McGrath, no run, and this one turns, Jones takes it neatly and whips off the bails...but McGrath's behind the line like a legend

162.6

Giles to McGrath, no run, Giles fields well here, scampering to his left

End of over 163 (3 runs) Australia 512/9
GD McGrath    1* (13b)      AF Giles    41-6-103-1
B Lee    6* (26b)      MJ Hoggard    41-5-109-7

163.1

Hoggard to Lee, no run, swinging into the right hander who drives it, but there's no intent whatsoever

163.2

Hoggard to Lee, no run, terrific bowling, drawing him forward and swinging into the batsman who comes forward again to defend.

163.3

Hoggard to Lee, no run, excellent stuff from Hoggard, stump-to-stump again and Lee very nearly edges this...but opens the face and guides it gently to cover

163.4

Hoggard to Lee, no run, blocked out into the leg side

163.5

Hoggard to Lee, no run, hammered into the covers but again he can't find the gap

163.6

Hoggard to Lee, no run, cut off the back foot but...can't find the gap again

So then, these two aren't really moving along here. Hit out or get out...

End of over 164 (maiden) Australia 512/9
B Lee    6* (32b)      MJ Hoggard    42-6-109-7
GD McGrath    1* (13b)      AF Giles    41-6-103-1

164.1

Giles to McGrath, no run, "catch him" is the cry as Giles lands this on leg and it's pushed to midwicket, in the air for a while but the fielder needed to have seven-feet-long-arms to reach that

164.2

Giles to McGrath, no run, blocked out again

164.3

Giles to McGrath, no run, more blocking action - tight bowling though from Giles, not giving anything away

Barmy Army are having a wail of a time. Well, they're wailing anyway

164.4

Giles to McGrath, no run, comes forward to smother thiss

164.5

Giles to McGrath, no run, slightly more fluent stroke by Giles, gliding it down the ground but there's run on offer

164.6

Giles to McGrath, no run, massive, desperate appeal for lbw - he didn't really come forward much there, so perhaps it was drifting down leg.

End of over 165 (maiden) Australia 512/9
GD McGrath    1* (19b)      AF Giles    42-7-103-1
B Lee    6* (32b)      MJ Hoggard    42-6-109-7

Anderson into the attack...just 21 overs for him so far

165.1

Anderson to Lee, 1 run, clattered out into the covers

165.2

Anderson to McGrath, no run, that's better, nice line outside off and just moving away a touch. McGrath, though, plays it well, shuffling across and presenting a straight bat

165.3

Anderson to McGrath, OUT, and this one moves away again from McGrath who replaces his straight bat with a wobbly one, edging it to Jones - it only just carried, mind - and finally Anderson picks up a wicket. And there's the end of Australia's innings.

GD McGrath c †Jones b Anderson 1 (25m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 4.76

The Australians are out on the pitch, just waiting for the England openers, Cook and Strauss. Lee to open who, so far, has struggled. This could be spicy

There are rumours of injury concerns about Flintoff...who hasn't bowled since his first four overs of the day, ponders Andrew Miller. And those overs he did bowl weren't at top pace either. "A niggle or brilliant good sense from the skipper?"

Matthew Hoggard rightly leads the team off, receiving generous applause by all and sundry. The second best figures (7 for 109) by an England bowler at Adelaide - very, very fine effort on a placid, dead pitch.

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