England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 2nd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 6 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

0.3

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

Australia 4/0   JL Langer 4* (3b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 0.3-0-4-0

3.1

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

Australia 13/1   ML Hayden 8* (8b 1x4)   A Flintoff 1.1-0-8-1

6.2

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

Australia 23/1   RT Ponting 7* (18b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 3.2-0-10-0

6.6

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

Australia 27/1   RT Ponting 11* (22b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 4-0-14-0

13.1

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

Australia 39/2   RT Ponting 20* (43b 3x4)   A Flintoff 6.1-1-20-1

15.4

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

Australia 50/2   DR Martyn 5* (11b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 0.4-0-5-0

21.5

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

Australia 63/2   RT Ponting 33* (66b 4x4)   SJ Harmison 3.5-2-12-0

23.6

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

Australia 78/3   MEK Hussey 9* (6b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 5-2-23-0

34.4

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

Australia 101/3   RT Ponting 53* (106b 5x4)   JM Anderson 3.4-0-10-0

34.5

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

Australia 105/3   RT Ponting 57* (107b 6x4)   JM Anderson 3.5-0-14-0

46.3

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

Australia 134/3   MEK Hussey 32* (79b 2x4 1x6)   MJ Hoggard 15.3-2-35-2

48.3

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

Australia 143/3   RT Ponting 73* (141b 7x4)   AF Giles 0.3-0-4-0

49.6

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

Australia 151/3   MEK Hussey 39* (90b 3x4 1x6)   A Flintoff 13-3-44-1

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

Australia 163/3   RT Ponting 86* (158b 8x4)   AF Giles 3.2-1-10-0

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

Australia 195/3   MEK Hussey 55* (137b 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

Australia 203/3   MEK Hussey 62* (139b 5x4 1x6)   JM Anderson 10.1-1-35-0

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

Australia 212/3   MEK Hussey 68* (150b 6x4 1x6)   AF Giles 11.2-1-36-0

71.4

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

Australia 218/3   RT Ponting 113* (212b 9x4)   JM Anderson 12.4-2-42-0

72.1

Pietersen to Ponting, FOUR

Australia 225/3   RT Ponting 120* (215b 10x4)   KP Pietersen 0.1-0-4-0

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

Australia 232/3   RT Ponting 127* (223b 11x4)   JM Anderson 13.4-2-49-0

80.6

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

Australia 249/3   RT Ponting 139* (241b 12x4)   KP Pietersen 5-0-20-0

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

Australia 262/4   MJ Clarke 4* (1b 1x4)   A Flintoff 16.3-4-55-1

84.3

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

Australia 267/4   MJ Clarke 9* (7b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 20.3-2-53-3

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

Australia 276/4   MJ Clarke 15* (18b 3x4)   A Flintoff 18.5-4-62-1

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

Australia 285/4   MEK Hussey 91* (207b 7x4 1x6)   SJ Harmison 12.2-4-46-0

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

Australia 295/5   MJ Clarke 23* (30b 4x4)   MJ Hoggard 24.5-2-68-4

93.5

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

Australia 299/5   AC Gilchrist 7* (11b 1x4)   A Flintoff 20.5-4-69-1

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

Australia 332/5   AC Gilchrist 26* (45b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 31.1-4-84-4

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

Australia 338/5   MJ Clarke 40* (76b 5x4)   SJ Harmison 14.5-4-53-0

109.3

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

Australia 343/5   AC Gilchrist 32* (57b 3x4)   SJ Harmison 15.3-4-58-0

109.4

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

Australia 347/5   AC Gilchrist 36* (58b 4x4)   SJ Harmison 15.4-4-62-0

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

Australia 357/5   AC Gilchrist 44* (68b 5x4)   SJ Harmison 16.4-4-70-0

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

Australia 370/5   AC Gilchrist 54* (71b 6x4)   AF Giles 19-3-57-0

113.3

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

Australia 377/5   AC Gilchrist 58* (73b 7x4)   JM Anderson 14.3-2-56-0

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.

Australia 384/5   AC Gilchrist 64* (77b 8x4)   AF Giles 19.2-3-62-0

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

Australia 391/6   SK Warne 4* (5b 1x4)   JM Anderson 16-2-65-0

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

Australia 399/6   MJ Clarke 61* (99b 6x4)   SJ Harmison 17.5-4-79-0

119.3

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

Australia 403/6   SK Warne 8* (17b 2x4)   KP Pietersen 6.3-0-25-0

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

Australia 421/6   MJ Clarke 72* (121b 7x4)   AF Giles 21.4-3-67-1

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

Australia 430/6   SK Warne 19* (36b 3x4)   SJ Harmison 21.1-4-89-0

139.1

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

Australia 453/6   MJ Clarke 90* (165b 8x4)   JM Anderson 18.1-3-70-0

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

Australia 463/6   MJ Clarke 98* (175b 9x4)   JM Anderson 19.5-3-78-0

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

Australia 502/6   SK Warne 43* (107b 4x4)   MJ Hoggard 36.4-4-106-4
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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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