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

0.1

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, quick and swinging into the left hander's pads who whips it, just in time, off his legs to get off the mark

Odd...Lee's immediately going around the wicket. Two slips, gully, point, extra cover, mid-on, square-leg, fine leg and a man short on the straight drive

0.2

Lee to Cook, no run, cracking ball, pitching wide of the off stump, swinging in and cutting just a touch off the pitch to pass by a tentative backward defensive

0.3

Lee to Cook, 2 runs, but this time Lee is too straight and Cook works him easily off his legs. Neat stroke, not looking to hit it too hard

0.4

Lee to Cook, no run, again this moves into the left hander but he shoulders arms, wisely

0.5

Lee to Cook, no run, a confident stride down the pitch as Cook leaves this outside the off stump again

0.6

Lee to Cook, no run, very well bowled - Lee's been on the money so far, and Cook comes forward a little nervously here, pushing it out into the covers

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0
AN Cook    2* (5b)      B Lee    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    1* (1b)     

1.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, and a little jump back into his crease by Strauss, watching the ball like a hawk and watching it sail by his off stump

1.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, good ball! Great ball from McGrath, Strauss looking very tentative here, pushing forward without any conviction and that just cuts away from the bat

Two slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, square leg, fine leg and a man on the straight drive again

1.3

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, but McGrath loses his line here, Strauss turning him off his legs

So McGrath, like Lee, is coming around the wicket

1.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, immediately McGrath adjusts his line and attacks off stump, Cook defends

1.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, gone! No! Sorry, bit excited there. Like Strauss, Cook came very nervously, meekly forward and the ball cut back into him, missing his bat by a few inches

1.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, straighter this time and Cook defends it quite firmly

And Lee's going around the wicket to Strauss

17 overs left in the day

Excellent start by McGrath, right on the money. Both these openers look a touch tentative and hesitant

End of over 2 (1 run) England 4/0
AN Cook    2* (8b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    2* (4b)      B Lee    1-0-3-0

2.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss comes forward, raising his bat and leaving this wider delivery. No need to touch those

2.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, ooh, streaky shot from Strauss, trying to drive Lee on the up through extra cover but, as we saw in the first innings and at Brisbane, he's closing the face of the bat too often..and this very nearly cannons into his stumps

2.3

Lee to Cook, no run, neatly timed to cover, but he can't find the gap

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, just a touch shorter from Lee this time, forcing Cook back onto his stumps who jumps up and blocks it out

2.5

Lee to Cook, 1 run, ah, that's neatly played by Cook just angling it into the gully and sprinting through for a single

2.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, wasted bouncer, too straight and it sails down the leg side

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 6/0
AJ Strauss    3* (7b)      B Lee    2-0-5-0
AN Cook    3* (11b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0

3.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook is slightly squared up here. He doesn't look comfortable with McGrath around the wicket, but played this reasonably solidly nevertheless, off the back foot and back to the bowler

3.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, and again he is turned around by McGrath, wary of the ball moving away off the seam but defends it solidly

3.3

McGrath to Cook, 2 runs, calmly, neatly bunted off the back foot past mid-on

3.4

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, very nicely timed, just working it off his pads and timing it through midwicket. McGrath stands like a teapot as though he's never taken a wicket, ever, in his life. Bowl straighter, then...

Over the wicket this time

3.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook immediately forced back into defending

3.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, well bowled McGrath - nearly squaring up Cook again but he played this with soft, low hands to angle it into the gully

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 12/0
AN Cook    9* (17b 1x4)      GD McGrath    2-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    3* (7b)      B Lee    2-0-5-0

And there's an absolutely massive flag of St George being carried by a very loud, boisterous Barmy Army out there. It must be 12 feet square.

Around the wicket to Strauss

4.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, Strauss resists the temptation to cut this - wide, as it was - and shoulders arms

4.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, big stride down the pitch and he leaves it alone

4.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, no movement here for Lee, and it's too short - and wide. Strauss again doesn't have to play at this

4.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, better; a well-directed bouncer which Strauss very nearly makes a mess of Strauss's head, but he evaded it just in time

4.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, firmly punched to mid-on, but again he was looking to drive that much straighter than where it ended up. Crisply timed, though

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, that's better from Strauss, firmly clunking it back to the bowler with a nice, straight bat

End of over 5 (maiden) England 12/0
AJ Strauss    3* (13b)      B Lee    3-1-5-0
AN Cook    9* (17b 1x4)      GD McGrath    2-0-7-0

5.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, outside off and pushed off the back foot. No timing there though

5.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

5.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, Cook shaped to play at that but wisely strode forward and shouldered arms

5.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, turned off his legs but excellent fielding there from Clarke, buoyed by his hundred

5.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, fuller - first time for a while he's pitched one up - and defended on the front foot

5.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, and he comes forward pretty solidly to defend

End of over 6 (maiden) England 12/0
AN Cook    9* (23b 1x4)      GD McGrath    3-1-7-0
AJ Strauss    3* (13b)      B Lee    3-1-5-0

6.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, and he leaves this alone - quick, swinging in and he shoulders arms

6.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, too straight and worked off his legs, but he can't find the gap

6.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, firmly driven but again with a closed face of the bat, Lee fields expertly with one hand before flinging it back at Strauss - at his stumps, rather - who dives out of the way

6.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, good bouncer, good aggression and Strauss ducks beneath it

6.5

Lee to Strauss, 2 runs, ooh, well in the end it was nicely tucked down to fine-leg but that was pretty quick from Lee, and Strauss was a little late on it

6.6

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, worked off his legs

That's it from me. Here's Jenny. No it's not, it's still me actually

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 15/0
AJ Strauss    6* (19b)      B Lee    4-1-8-0
AN Cook    9* (23b 1x4)      GD McGrath    3-1-7-0

7.1

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, that's nicely turned off his legs - best shot of the innings, really powerfully hit. McGrath's losing his line here

7.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, that's much better, right on off stump and forcing the defensive

7.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, straight, full and defended

7.4

McGrath to Strauss, 1 run, excellent running from England, Strauss dropping this into the gap at midwicket and stealing a single

7.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump, too full to cut and Cook can only prod it to short extra cover

7.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, again too wide, left alone

G'day, Jenny back.

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 20/0
AN Cook    9* (25b 1x4)      GD McGrath    4-1-12-0
AJ Strauss    11* (23b 1x4)      B Lee    4-1-8-0

8.1

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, flashes that behind point straight into the ground and that races away

8.2

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, nipped that one to square

8.3

Lee to Cook, no run, defended solidly on the back foot

Ooh and it's Warney's warm-ups - whirling arms a gogo

8.4

Lee to Cook, no run, strays in line with leg stick and that's flicked down to square where it's neatly picked up

8.5

Lee to Cook, no run, bangs that in, angling in at the lefthander, and it hardly gets up with a defensive prod into the leg-side

8.6

Lee to Cook, no run, comes down the pitch, thinking of driving, and that's pushed to mid-off

A man's jogging on with a lid for a short-in fielder. And here's the field: slip, short leg, short midwicket, point, cover, mid-off, mid-on, backward square

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 25/0
AN Cook    9* (29b 1x4)      B Lee    5-1-13-0
AJ Strauss    16* (25b 2x4)      GD McGrath    4-1-12-0

9.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, a bit of spin, pitching way outside off into the footholes and that pops up

9.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, more fizz as that one again bends into the left-hander, Strauss leaves it, it raps him on the pad and there are big shouts. HawkEye had it just going over, but that was very, very close

9.3

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

9.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, more defence - Warne is causing lots of problems here, looking more of a threat than he has all match

Four men round the bat now - leg slip comes in, deep midwicket comes up close - and the baying crowd have woken up: "Waarney, Waarney"

9.5

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, gets bat on that to turn it square for a quick single, oh no, a two

9.6

Warne to Strauss, FOUR, brave shot from Strauss there, kneeling down, playing with the spin and whipping it away from outside off to square

And now it's Stuart Clark - when he's on, there's always a sniff of a wicket in the air

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 31/0
AJ Strauss    22* (31b 3x4)      SK Warne    1-0-6-0
AN Cook    9* (29b 1x4)      B Lee    5-1-13-0

10.1

Clark to Cook, no run, an accurate one first up, line and length and that's quietly defended on the front foot

10.2

Clark to Cook, no run, over the wicket, by the way, and that angles across the left-hander, just to say wide enough to leave

10.3

Clark to Cook, no run, that pitches on middle and Cook strolls forward to defend on the front foot

10.4

Clark to Cook, no run, that one angles slightly across to just outside off where yet more defence results

Ponting - with a Cantona-esque upturned collar - is chatting tactics with Gilchrist at slip

10.5

Clark to Cook, no run, defended once more

10.6

Clark to Cook, OUT, and he's gone this time. It was a good delivery, slanting across him, tempting him to play and play he did, edging straight to Gilchrist who took a good two-handed catch at his ankles. Nothing more than a decent line-and-length delivery and that's his fourth wicket this match

AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Clark 9 (48m 35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.71

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) England 31/1
     SR Clark    1-1-0-1
AJ Strauss    22* (31b 3x4)      SK Warne    1-0-6-0

11.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, that just eludes the outside edge as it spins back in at the lefthander

11.2

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, swatted behind square this time

Warne's carrying on his chirping from earlier and he's just said to Ian Bell, "Who are you looking at?" Bell looks unbothered.

11.3

Warne to Bell, no run, big rip from the big man - that pitches on leg and Bell gets squared up and just manages to get bat on it, just below the splice to be exact - to avoid a Gatting ball

11.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, hit slowly to leg

11.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, swept neatly

11.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, driven slowly to mid-off

"You're not happy with being called the Sherminator," says Warne to Bell, who replies, "I've been called worse." No idea what the Sherminator refers to, we'll let you know when we have it. Ah, it's a character from American Pie...

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 35/1
IR Bell    2* (3b)      SK Warne    2-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    24* (34b 3x4)      SR Clark    1-1-0-1

12.1

Clark to Bell, 3 runs, driven through midwicket where it's hunted down

Sherminator - "A geeky ginger kid with a big nose and glasses, who smells of BO," elucidates David Lloyd. Also a member of mine and Andrew Miller's cricket team, the Celeriacs, who are not at all famous.

12.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended

12.3

Clark to Strauss, no run

12.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, ooh, close lbw call, but saved by what would be a very, very thin inside edge - a Nicole Ritchie-esque Size O size edge if you like - if it exists, but, ah, it's a touch high, too. That explains things

12.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended into the covers

12.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, nips away from the left-hander off the seam and it's taken by Gilchrist

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 38/1
AJ Strauss    24* (39b 3x4)      SR Clark    2-1-3-1
IR Bell    5* (4b)      SK Warne    2-0-10-0

13.1

Warne to Bell, no run, defended down to the man close in on the leg-side

13.2

Warne to Bell, FOUR, rank full toss and that's not wasted by Bell who drives it off his legs in front of midwicket

13.3

Warne to Bell, no run, pitches outside leg and as it's moving back in at Bell he kills the spin with a quiet defensive

13.4

Warne to Bell, no run, driven to cover

13.5

Warne to Bell, no run, pitched outside leg and quickly smothered, bat out in front of pad

13.6

Warne to Bell, 2 runs, more leg-side tactics, but Bell creeps forward and nudges that square off his legs

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 44/1
IR Bell    11* (10b 1x4)      SK Warne    3-0-16-0
AJ Strauss    24* (39b 3x4)      SR Clark    2-1-3-1

14.1

Clark to Strauss, 3 runs, juicy half-volley driven through the covers by Strauss, just leaning on it

14.2

Clark to Bell, no run, down the channel, left alone

14.3

Clark to Bell, 2 runs, strays on to middle-and-leg and Bell wastes no time working that easily off the legs, lovely shot

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, crikey, that was a good decision to leave in the end - an inch away from tickling the off stump. That pitched just short of a length, came back in, and hopped over the sticks - just

14.5

Clark to Bell, no run, a touch more width this time and it's defended off the back foot

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot now

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 49/1
IR Bell    13* (15b 1x4)      SR Clark    3-1-8-1
AJ Strauss    27* (40b 3x4)      SK Warne    3-0-16-0

15.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, pitches wide outside off and turns back in a bit but it was so wide to begin with that it's well left

15.2

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, driven out to cover and that brings up England's fifty

15.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, pitches on off, Strauss works that into the leg-side

15.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, defended forward and that's 'Aw, yes, Shane'

15.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, ooh hello, that was a good'un, pitching outside off, turning back in from the rough and a little inside edge bobbles up into space on leg

15.6

Warne to Strauss, 2 runs, punched down the ground and that's chased down by the man at long-on

American Pie was on TV on Friday night, perhaps the Australian boys got the pizzas in and came up with Bell's nickname then. As bonding goes, that would make a change from boot camp

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 53/1
AJ Strauss    31* (46b 3x4)      SK Warne    4-0-20-0
IR Bell    13* (15b 1x4)      SR Clark    3-1-8-1

16.1

Clark to Bell, no run

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, squares up a touch to that one and plays a defensive off the back foot

16.3

Clark to Bell, FOUR, strays down leg and Bell walks into that shot, timed it well away just in front of midwicket

16.4

Clark to Bell, no run, pitches on off on a good length and that's defended off the back foot

16.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, driven through cover and that's just a single

16.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, worked off the legs and that's picked up at square

Two overs left in the day

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 58/1
AJ Strauss    31* (47b 3x4)      SR Clark    4-1-13-1
IR Bell    18* (20b 2x4)      SK Warne    4-0-20-0

17.1

Warne to Bell, no run, pitches outside leg and Bell comes forward to defend confidently

17.2

Warne to Bell, no run, same ball, same result

17.3

Warne to Bell, no run, pitches outside leg and that's well fielded by Clark in the midwicket region, pouncing on that low on his left

17.4

Warne to Bell, no run, Bell waits for it, waits a bit more, and then drives forward

17.5

Warne to Bell, no run, aw, top stuff from Warne, sliding that one in on middle and then turns massively off the pitch. Bell tries to defend and misses it all ends up - the Sherminator is nearly terminated

17.6

Warne to Bell, no run, driven slowly to wide mid-on

17.6

Warne to Bell, no run, driven slowly to wide mid-on

That's it from Warne for the day - much to England's relief, no doubt. He's looked a threat this evening. But they've still got to see out one over from Clark now

End of over 18 (maiden) England 58/1
IR Bell    18* (26b 2x4)      SK Warne    5-1-20-0
AJ Strauss    31* (47b 3x4)      SR Clark    4-1-13-1

18.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, defended off the back foot into leg

18.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, straight and short, but not banged in, and Strauss defends off the back foot

18.3

Clark to Strauss, 1 leg bye

18.4

Clark to Bell, no run, up there and that's defended

18.5

Clark to Bell, no run, up there on a good length and that's dug out

18.6

Clark to Bell, no run, on off stump and that's defended forward to round off the day

Warne is over the wicket to Strauss

Morning all. Will here. Thanks to Jenny for that comprehensive intro - marvellous to be with you here today. Here come the players under a bright, blue, cloudless sky. "The pitch may be the winner" argues David Lloyd as Shane Warne is handed the ball and will open the bowling

10.45am On Flintoff-watch, to recap, he hurt that ankle yesterday. Now, apparently there was a replay that showed the moment the ankle "went", when he landed and grimaced.

The fast bowlers in the press box are saying that if you bowl quick you're going to feel pain, especially after an operation.

10.30am Well, lots of concerned emails in about our lunch and its whereabouts, which is touching, so thanks for those. You'll be delighted to hear Martin's come to the Tupperware party, put his be-oven-gloved hand up, and produced a fish curry. Good man. But until lunch it will be Timtams a gogo thanks to my lovely man Dan. Oh, for our English (and otherwise-bemused) audience, Timtams are shaped like Penguins, but they taste a bit different - and aren't found in the Antarctic. (cheap gag, I know, I know...) Oh and good morning to you, just (as the clock strikes 00.00GMT).

Four possible outcomes, meanwhile - a clarification. The fourth possible result is a tie. But don't all rush to the bookies at once: let's delve a little deeper, thanks to Martin. There have been two tied Tests to date, he reports off the top of his head - in the 1960-'61 series between Australia v Windies at Brisbane and in 1986 India tied with Australia at Madras. Fish curry and stats - Martin's off to a flyer.

9.30am Hello everyone and welcome along to coverage of the fifth and final day at Adelaide, where this match has the makings of a draw after Australia easily avoided the follow-on yesterday and England moved to an overnight lead of 97. Of course, all three results are still possible - OK, four then for the absolute purists among you - but with the pitch as placid as you like (or don't like, if you're a fast bowler... although they're the leaders in the clubhouse wicket-wise) then the smart money is on the draw, with an Australian win a distant second.

England resume on 59 for 1, with Andrew Strauss on 31 and Ian Sherminator Bell 18 not out. If you missed it yesterday, Bell has a new nickname courtesy of that wag Warne (who was in prime chirping fashion throughout proceedings), who has named him after the geeky ginger character in American Pie. Bell shrugged such nonsenses off - but with the pitch finally gripping a bit and Warne in mischevious form both verbally and physically then it could make for an intriguing contest.

Stay with us to find out what happens anyway, won't you, but we've got ages before the start so why not stick the kettle on meantime, then come back and send us an email with your thoughts. Cracker.

I'm Jenny Thompson by the way, and at some point I'll be joined by Martin Williamson and Will Luke and it will be our great pleasure to guide you through the day.

"There is a third possibility," suggests Mark Kidger. "England could be bowled out for 170-180 just after lunch and Australia suicide going for the runs." That's true, Mark, but on that pitch getting ten wickets in under two sessions doesn't seem very likely.

"What, if anything, has the ICC done about Brett Lee's so called offence?" asks Jason Simmons. Well, he's been fined 25% of his match fee. The full story's here.

"Let's face it," says Matt, "it is going to be a draw."

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Close So, this has been Australia's day, avoiding the follow-on thanks to the efforts of Michael Clarke, with his third Test century, and a quickfire 64 from Adam Gilchrist. But England's bowlers plugged away well on a slow pitch, with Matthew Hoggard taking seven wickets. Thanks for staying with us on what has at times been a slow day - due in no small part to the track - and this match still has draw written all over it ... but you never know. Australia have the best chance of winning, but they will need to skittle England in the early exchanges tomorrow. Do join us then when once more it will be me, Will and Martin to witness the final day. But before we sign off for the evening, there's some bad news for England - Andrew Flintoff bowled only four overs today and has been receiving treatment on that ankle. Keep checking the site for a news update story which we will have for you as soon as we've got it.

End of over 19 (1 run, maiden) England 59/1
IR Bell    18* (29b 2x4)      SR Clark    5-2-13-1
AJ Strauss    31* (50b 3x4)      SK Warne    5-1-20-0

19.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, immediately some turn for Warne, tossing this outside Strauss's off stump who comes forward and hides the bat behind his pad. Big turn

19.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, a touch straighter, on off stump and Strauss calmly smothers it - although he didn't come forward with too great a stride

19.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, tossed up again, luring Strauss forward and it lands in the rough, turning prodigiously back into the left hander who leaves alone

19.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, and this time Strauss comes firmly forward, head over the ball and defends this flatter delivery

19.5

Warne to Strauss, 1 run, whipped off middle-and-leg - "catch" is the cry but short-leg didn't have a hope there. Neatly, calmly played by Strauss to get a quick single

19.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, Warne doesn't adjust his line here, landing it on the right hander's leg stump and Bell clips him to the leg side

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 61/1
IR Bell    19* (30b 2x4)      SK Warne    6-1-22-0
AJ Strauss    32* (55b 3x4)      SR Clark    5-2-13-1

A calm, quiet first over - but there's no shortage of grip off the wicket for Warne. And Ponting brings Clark on from the City end

20.1

Clark to Bell, no run, drifting into Bell who confidently drives this back to the bowler, and Clark does well to get a mitt on this, bending down and preventing the single

20.2

Clark to Bell, no run, just short of a length - a nagging length, a Clark length - and Bell wisely leaves this alone

20.3

Clark to Bell, no run, and Bell again shoulders arms (what's the history behind that expression?) to this one outside off, just drifting away

20.4

Clark to Bell, no run, ooh very well bowled, Bell came forward and fished at this - it cut away, just enough to miss the outside edge of his bat

20.5

Clark to Bell, no run, and again outside off but Bell just dragged his bat inside the line

20.6

Clark to Bell, no run, and a cracker - a gem from Clark to finish the over. Like Hoggard, Clark is finding just enough movement to trouble the batsmen here and Bell needs to rein in his fishing tendencies

End of over 21 (maiden) England 61/1
IR Bell    19* (36b 2x4)      SR Clark    6-3-13-1
AJ Strauss    32* (55b 3x4)      SK Warne    6-1-22-0

21.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, outside off, again turning in quite massively. Strauss not sure what to do with it.

Definite tactics from Warne here, throwing it miles outside off from over the wicket

21.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, Strauss forward to this one, again hiding the bat behind the pad. And again big turn from Warne

21.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, this time he chooses to pad it away

21.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, and Strauss rather impetuously comes down the pitch here, using his pad to kick it away

Slip, short leg, leg gully, point, cover, mid-off, mid-on, deep midwicket, backward square

21.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, clever bowling, this is fascinating stuff from Warne - tossing it high, very wide of the off stump and he leaves alone. Or rather, he pads it away

21.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, and it's pushed into the off side but straight to a deepish gully

End of over 22 (maiden) England 61/1
AJ Strauss    32* (61b 3x4)      SK Warne    7-2-22-0
IR Bell    19* (36b 2x4)      SR Clark    6-3-13-1

Terrific start this from Australia, not giving England an inch

"Shoulder arms - old military term for putting the old musket on the shoulder on the march or on parade," explains John Gradon and several others. Thanks for that.

22.1

Clark to Bell, no run, and Clark is right on the money, attacking Bell's off stump but the batsman shows an excellent technique, just shuffling across and defending it off the back foot

22.2

Clark to Bell, no run, just a bit too wide here from Clark, Bell pushes it into the covers

22.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, guided into the gully; soft hands, head over the ball and very calmly played. No fishing, or any other metaphors for wafty outside-the-off-stump

22.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, ah, lovely bowling, just moving away from Strauss who is looking decidedly dodgy here this morning. Unlike Bell he does fish at this but fortunately it doesn't bite, and nor does it take the outside edge

22.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, better from Strauss, defended solidly

22.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, outside off, cutting back into the left hander who leaves alone

End of over 23 (1 run) England 62/1
AJ Strauss    32* (64b 3x4)      SR Clark    7-3-14-1
IR Bell    20* (39b 2x4)      SK Warne    7-2-22-0

Quiet start this. Three runs from four overs and the crowd's subdued atmosphere mirror the tension in the middle

23.1

Warne to Bell, no run, very straight, on middle-and-off and Bell goes back to defend. Goes right back in fact

23.2

Warne to Bell, no run, held this back a bit, but Bell reads this and comes forward to defend - looking solid in defence

23.3

Warne to Bell, no run, too short, Bell rocks back and hammers it into the covers

23.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, very nicely played - not much turn from Warne and it was a touch too short, allowing Bell to go back and time it neatly past the infield for a single to the off side

23.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, again the same tactics from Warne to Strauss, the batsman hiding his bat behind the pad

23.6

Warne to Strauss, no run, surely a wide? No call from the umpire...well, that was tossed some two feet from Strauss's off stump - almost not landing on the cut strip - and, predictably, Strauss just ignored it

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End of over 24 (1 run) England 63/1
AJ Strauss    32* (66b 3x4)      SK Warne    8-2-23-0
IR Bell    21* (43b 2x4)      SR Clark    7-3-14-1

24.1

Clark to Bell, no run, excellent line from Clark - he's been superb so far this morning, not giving the batsmen an inch. Such a nagging line and Bell can only defend it

24.2

Clark to Bell, no run, a little bit too wide and Bell can leave this alone quite safely

No chatter out there in the middle. Not that we can hear, anyway. It was fruity last night...

24.3

Clark to Bell, no run, this swings in a touch - reversing perhaps? - and Bell uses the angle of the ball to work it to leg

24.4

Clark to Bell, no run, this cuts back a touch on Bell who is, once again, very solid in defence

24.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, elegantly plucked off his legs through midwicket, albeit without great timing or power. But Bell is looking very solid, very composed here

24.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, very close! Very close indeed. Unlike Bell, Strauss is looking impetuous and nervous here. Swinging away from the left hander he drove, wildly, eyeing up the first boundary of the day...but missed it, and the ball flew through to Gilchrist

End of over 25 (1 run) England 64/1
AJ Strauss    32* (67b 3x4)      SR Clark    8-3-15-1
IR Bell    22* (48b 2x4)      SK Warne    8-2-23-0

25.1

Warne to Bell, no run, "awwww" cries Warne, for no apparent reason as Bell was firmly behind that one

25.2

Warne to Bell, 2 runs, beautiful shot, played off his pads through midwicket with a real flourish and a flick of the wrists

25.3

Warne to Bell, no run

25.4

Warne to Bell, no run, outside off, turning just a touch away from Bell who pushed it out into the off side

25.5

Warne to Bell, no run, flatter, quicker - the slider I reckon - but Bell reads it (I think) and defends it solidly

25.6

Warne to Bell, no run, pushed out into the off side

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 66/1
IR Bell    24* (54b 2x4)      SK Warne    9-2-25-0
AJ Strauss    32* (67b 3x4)      SR Clark    8-3-15-1

Massive mothers meeting out in the middle between Ponting and Clark. Come on, come on...

26.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, and again! Ridiculous shot given the circumstances, flaying his hands at this outside off and very nearly edging it

13 dot balls, no runs for Strauss...

26.2

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, and he finally breaks the shackles, Clark drifting this down the leg side and he whips it just wide of mid-on

26.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, now that's much better from Strauss, driving it with a straight bat down the ground. Well, down to mid-off anyway. No airy-fairy rubbish this time

26.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, the wrong line from Clark but Strauss can't beat the man at a deepish short-leg

26.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, driven on the up to mid-off. Or reverse-defended...

26.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, and again, driven quite confidently but straight to mid-off

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 68/1
AJ Strauss    34* (73b 3x4)      SR Clark    9-3-17-1
IR Bell    24* (54b 2x4)      SK Warne    9-2-25-0

Well...as good as Australia have been, England are clearly intent on playing for the draw here - in spite of Kevin Pietersen's typically uber-confident "yeah we'll play positive out there" interview before play. This is turgid but strangely fascinating...

27.1

Warne to Bell, no run, and that's why it's fascinating! What a ball, landing on off stump and turning away. The classic legbreak, just missing Bell's forward poke

27.2

Warne to Bell, no run, shorter and it passes by his blade again

27.3

Warne to Bell, no run, again a bit too short and Bell goes back to push it into the covers

27.4

Warne to Bell, no run, Warne goes for the big Gatting-ball outside leg, roars one of his "awwwws" but it doesn't turn much and Bell clips him easily to leg

27.5

Warne to Bell, no run, again, another attempt to bowl him round the legs - Warne bowling wide of the crease here - but Bell skips confidently down the track and works him to leg

27.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, dropped! Classical legbreak and Bell comes forward, tentatively, it takes the outside edge and Matthew Hayden at first slip couldn't quite get his right hand to it. He doesn't drop many...

End of over 28 (1 run) England 69/1
IR Bell    25* (60b 2x4)      SK Warne    10-2-26-0
AJ Strauss    34* (73b 3x4)      SR Clark    9-3-17-1

28.1

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

28.2

Clark to Bell, no run, ooh, hello - bit of reverse swing there. Or reverse-away-swing as you could call it

28.3

Clark to Bell, no run, streaky, Bell not coming forward enough to this one and getting an inside edge, attempting to drive it through the covers but closing the face of the bat and squirting it to leg

28.4

Clark to Bell, no run, better from Bell, on the back foot and clunked back to the bowler

28.5

Clark to Bell, no run, solidly forward, solidly defended. All very solid

28.6

Clark to Bell, no run, the first bouncer of the day, but the pitch is about as lively as a pensioners party in Blackpool

End of over 29 (maiden) England 69/1
IR Bell    25* (66b 2x4)      SR Clark    10-4-17-1
AJ Strauss    34* (73b 3x4)      SK Warne    10-2-26-0

29.1

Warne to Strauss, no run, and he does play at this one, outside off, "catch is the cry" but he padded it away

29.2

Warne to Strauss, no run, not really sure what in the name of sanity Strauss was trying to do there. Running down the pitch like a man with a bus to catch, and almost chesting the ball away before diving back into his crease

29.3

Warne to Strauss, no run, and he wisely decides to use that thing in his hands called a bat, this time

29.4

Warne to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone

29.5

Warne to Strauss, no run, ooh er, he wasn't sure what to do with that. Outside off, short, Strauss goes back and almost seems to forget that

29.6

Warne to Strauss, OUT, gone! Oh dear. Don't think Strauss is too happy with that. He came skipping down the pitch, trying to work it to leg, the ball hit the pad and ballooned to short-leg who appealed...as did every Australian and Bucknor raises his finger. Replays confirm the ball missed the bat by, well...several inches.

AJ Strauss c Hussey b Warne 34 (125m 79b 3x4 0x6) SR: 43.03

Well that's woken proceedings up a bit. Paul Collingwood marches onto the field and Strauss's tour goes from bad to..badder

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) England 69/2
     SK Warne    11-3-26-1
IR Bell    25* (66b 2x4)      SR Clark    10-4-17-1

30.1

Clark to Bell, 1 run, worked off his legs through midwicket

30.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, firmly defended by Collingwood here, coming right forward to this gentle inducker

30.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, no! Don't do that. That's just daft. Well wide of the off stump, Collingwood meekly wafts at it like a moth trying to find its way to a light bulb. He fails.

30.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, outside off and he leaves this one alone, wisely

30.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, terrific bowling this, just nagging outside off stump and with a hint of away movement, Collingwood blocks it out with a pleasing clunk of the bat. Well done everyone

30.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, massively wide and Gilchrist does well to dive to his left and snaffle it. Great word that, snaffle

End of over 31 (1 run) England 70/2
PD Collingwood    0* (5b)      SR Clark    11-4-18-1
IR Bell    26* (67b 2x4)      SK Warne    11-3-26-1

31.1

Warne to Bell, no run, outside leg, again Warne's looking for a magic ball but can't conjure anything

31.2

Warne to Bell, no run, slightly straighter, turning away and defended

31.3

Warne to Bell, no run, down the pitch, driven inside out into the covers

31.4

Warne to Bell, no run, ooh another classic leggie from the big winner, turning away massively and just missing the outside edge

31.5

Warne to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot

31.6

Warne to Bell, OUT, oh dear, what a complete and utter shambles. Pushed out into the covers, Collingwood called Bell through but Bell didn't want the run. Collingwood sprints nevertheless, Bell reluctantly agrees but is caught well short of his ground, Clarke fields from cover to Warne who throws down the stumps with ease. Disaster

IR Bell run out 26 (85m 73b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.61

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) England 70/3
     SK Warne    12-4-26-1
PD Collingwood    0* (5b)      SR Clark    11-4-18-1

Well, so much for the draw. England will have work their backsides off if they're to save this

32.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, and it's down the leg side, worked meekly to leg

32.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, really well bowled, just outside off and driven back to the bowler

32.3

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped off his legs to mid-on - oh no! More disaster for England here is it? Pietersen sprints like a winner and makes his ground...they're getting a bit panicky here

32.4

Clark to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, reverse-swinging and worked off his pads

Gilchrist up to the wicket here, ala the Jones-Hoggard combination

32.5

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed off the back foot into the covers

32.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, "awwww" says Gilchrist as the batsman leaves this outside off

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 73/3
PD Collingwood    0* (7b)      SR Clark    12-4-20-1
KP Pietersen    2* (4b)      SK Warne    12-4-26-1

Change in the field. The man at midwicket has gone back on the boundary here. Get your handbags out; it's Warne to Pietersen

"Dont worry, surely this is just England's grand plan to get Collingwood and Petersen batting together again," offers Nick

33.1

Warne to Pietersen, OUT, GOT HIM! What a ripper from Warne, pitching on leg and Pietersen tries to sweep...and it clips off stump. Massive, ripping, gripping legbreak. Warne roars his delight at Pietersen who marches off and England are now in a hole

KP Pietersen b Warne 2 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

33.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, outside leg and again this turns massively on Flintoff, the new batsman, who pads it away

33.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, flatter from Warne, firmly forward from Flintoff

33.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, oh, dear, what a ball from Warne. Flintoff not sure what to do with it, turning from outside leg - but he at least gets his body in the way

33.5

Warne to Flintoff, no run, but he's solidly forward to this one

33.6

Warne to Flintoff, no run, outside off but Flintoff just pads it away

Brilliant over from Warne; England's lead amounts to just 111. And here's Jenny. Thanks, Will. Well, well, England melting quicker than a Tim Tam bomb here.

End of over 34 (wicket maiden) England 73/4
A Flintoff    0* (5b)      SK Warne    13-5-26-2
PD Collingwood    0* (7b)      SR Clark    12-4-20-1

34.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run

34.2

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, strays down leg and that's tucked off the ankles to midwicket

34.3

Clark to Flintoff, 1 run, straighter this time but that's still worked to leg

34.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, attempted yorker - and a slower one, too. Pitches right up there and that's good thinking but Collingwood just just dug that one out

34.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, goes down outside off and that just wobbles away in the air

Duncan Fletcher's got his usual poker face on, giving little away, but guess what he's thinking? Drat springs to mind

34.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended this time

End of over 35 (2 runs) England 75/4
PD Collingwood    1* (12b)      SR Clark    13-4-22-1
A Flintoff    1* (6b)      SK Warne    13-5-26-2

35.1

Warne to Flintoff, no run, awww, roars Warne with the effort of pitching that one on leg and watching as Flintoff defends on the front foot

35.2

Warne to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff pads up to that one and the ball pops up to short leg

35.3

Warne to Flintoff, no run, tosses that one up and it's a full bunger, low and outside off. Flintoff stops on a straight drive - still getting his eye in

35.4

Warne to Flintoff, no run, padding forward this time, bending on his knee and letting the ball crash into his pad

35.5

Warne to Flintoff, 1 run, pitches on middle and a touch short and Flintoff rocks on to his back foot allowing himself time to cut that one

35.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, 'oooh' goes the cry as Flintoff comes down late on that one in defence

A smiling Warne grabs his hat and has a chat with the umpire. Boy oh boy he's looking dangerous out there - nay, he's proving dangerous out there. Let's just say England have a touch of the jitters. And now it's Brett Lee replacing Stuart Clark at the City End and he's having a few warm-up arm-turnovers to mid-off, followed by a chat with Ponting. What smattering of a crowd there is is cheering and clapping him in to bowl. And here we go...

End of over 36 (1 run) England 76/4
PD Collingwood    1* (13b)      SK Warne    14-5-27-2
A Flintoff    2* (11b)      SR Clark    13-4-22-1

36.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run, defended quietly on the front foot and then, just for good measure, he does an action air replay of that shot

36.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, Lee's right arm strays down the wrong line on release, directing the ball down a leave-able channel outside off and indeed the batsman isn't interested

36.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, straighter arm, straighter delivery, still outside off and Flintoff wisps a bit of an air-drive at that one, but it flies on to Gilchrist

36.4

Lee to Flintoff, 1 no ball, just over-stepping with the real effort there, but while the call is coming for no-ball, Flintoff has already pulled out of that

36.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, a bit of shape, there, and Flintoff defends off the back foot

36.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, cover-driven to cover, obviously enough

Lee really working on the ball to shine it as much as possible

36.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, spears that one in low on off, aiming for Flintoff's toes but he digs it out well

Not a bad over first up for Lee, asking the odd question

End of over 37 (1 run) England 77/4
A Flintoff    2* (18b)      B Lee    6-1-14-0
PD Collingwood    1* (13b)      SK Warne    14-5-27-2

37.1

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

Pietersen is chugging something down his neck at a rate of knots... peanuts? K-peanuts? (sorry)... Whatever it is he looks a bit nervous...

37.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended again

37.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, reaches out to pad that one away as it pitches outside leg

37.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended, with some bat this time, on the front foot

37.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pitches outside leg again; it's padded away easily - this time...

37.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, who would be an England batsman right now? Warne's at his mesmerising peak out there

End of over 38 (maiden) England 77/4
PD Collingwood    1* (19b)      SK Warne    15-6-27-2
A Flintoff    2* (18b)      B Lee    6-1-14-0

38.1

Lee to Flintoff, no run

38.2

Lee to Flintoff, no run, that's easily left alone outside off

38.3

Lee to Flintoff, no run, half-shouts for that one which flicks the thigh pad as Collingwood chases it down leg where a tumbling Gilchrist does well to grasp that with his left glove

38.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, brings his bat down on that one with a sturdy and deliberate defence on the front foot

38.5

Lee to Flintoff, no run, ooh, short, wide of off stump and Flintoff has a big fish at that one. Why?

38.6

Lee to Flintoff, OUT, and Lee strikes! Flintoff, the big wicket, their big hope, he's gone! Lee banged that one down and Flintoff flashes at it and the ball takes the outside edge.
Flintoff stands motionless. My, my, England are in deep deep trouble

A Flintoff c †Gilchrist b Lee 2 (25m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.33

Jones comes to the wicket and the crowd are in hearty voice, chanting "Waaaarnie, Waaaarnie." They're almost about as inventive as the Barmy Army

End of over 39 (wicket maiden) England 77/5
     B Lee    7-2-14-1
PD Collingwood    1* (19b)      SK Warne    15-6-27-2

39.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pitches outside leg and kicked away

39.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, a rare positive shot from England, flicked off the legs, but their intent goes awry as their calling gets mixed up, and the non-striker has to run back to his mark quickly

39.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended

39.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, oh my word, that one was close. Just to say pitched outside leg and the batsman pads up to it. Umpire Bucknor, cool as you like, merely nods his head, unmoved

39.5

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

39.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, driven straight to mid-on which it snapped up easily

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End of over 40 (maiden) England 77/5
PD Collingwood    1* (25b)      SK Warne    16-7-27-2
GO Jones    0* (0b)      B Lee    7-2-14-1

40.1

Lee to Jones, no run, pitches just outside off and Jones defends that solidly on the front foot

40.2

Lee to Jones, no run, a little hint of reverse swing for Lee who continues with that decent line outside off but it's defended solidly enough

40.3

Lee to Jones, no run, pitched up there and defended forward in line with off once more. Lee's nagging away here and bowling well in tandem with Warne

40.4

Lee to Jones, 1 run, slightly slower one but Jones gets off the mark with one which squirts behind point

40.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, tries to bang that one in at Collingwood - it doesn't really get up and the batsman is solid in defence

40.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, ah! Collingwood pulls out of that one at the last second but not before setting England's nerves on edge once more

Warne continues, of course, and he's ripping the ball from hand to hand, so menacing - and the fielders crowding the bat simply add to the pressure

End of over 41 (1 run) England 78/5
PD Collingwood    1* (27b)      B Lee    8-2-15-1
GO Jones    1* (4b)      SK Warne    16-7-27-2

41.1

Warne to Jones, 1 run, the batsman finds a way through the men short in on the off-side, driving that one through cover

41.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended the front foot

41.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended the front foot

41.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pitches on leg stump and that's driven without much power

41.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pitches on leg stump and that's driven without much power

Ponting tried to move out for the drive but Warne tells him, in no uncertain terms, to get back into position for the catch

41.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended

41.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, huge rip across Collingwood but way wide down the off. Not taking any chances, the batsman follows the ball with his pad

41.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, walks backwards and pays a patient defensive off the back foot

End of over 42 (1 run) England 79/5
PD Collingwood    1* (32b)      SK Warne    17-7-28-2
GO Jones    2* (5b)      B Lee    8-2-15-1

42.1

Lee to Jones, no run, sends that wide down the off, wobbling it away, and for some reason the batsman feels compelled to swish at that. For the second time today, why?

42.2

Lee to Jones, no run, ooh, that one just slides down the leg side and there are appeals - from the crowd, but nobody on the pitch

42.3

Lee to Jones, no run, Gilchrist pouches that tidily

42.4

Lee to Jones, 1 no ball, a magnificent yorker, nearly crushing those toes, but he overstepped there

42.4

Lee to Jones, no run, defended into the covers

42.5

Lee to Jones, no run, oh, a bit of under-edge as Jones shapes to pull, decides not to, and that bounces down outside off-stump in front of Gilchrist

42.6

Lee to Jones, 2 byes, strays down leg this time, that runs along to fine leg and the slip leaves his position to chase that one down

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 82/5
GO Jones    2* (12b)      B Lee    9-2-16-1
PD Collingwood    1* (32b)      SK Warne    17-7-28-2

43.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pitches on leg but defended

43.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pitches outside leg and there are some cheeky shouts for lbw from Australia. Unlikely to be given - and indeed turned down

43.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, straight one, that goes on straight and that's defended forward

43.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended into the leg-side and there's a shout of 'Catch it' even though it goes on the floor

43.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended again

43.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, topspinner and that's defended on the money once more

End of over 44 (maiden) England 82/5
PD Collingwood    1* (38b)      SK Warne    18-8-28-2
GO Jones    2* (12b)      B Lee    9-2-16-1

44.1

Lee to Jones, no run, pitched right up there, a hint of swing, and that's defended forward and low

44.1

Lee to Jones, no run, pitched right up there, a hint of swing, and that's defended forward and low

Fletcher biting his nails now

44.2

Lee to Jones, 1 run, driven through cover

44.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, swings in at the right-hander and there's a loud appeal - let's hope it wasn't excessive - for lbw but there was an inside edge on it first up

44.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, more swing - at some pace, too - in at Collingwood who does well to defend that one. Afterwards he affords himself a little grin but there was not too much to smile about as that one was winging its way at him

44.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off this time

Two slips and a gully, and sweepers on both boundaries - Australia are striking a balance between attack and containment here. And there's plenty of entertainment

44.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended solidly off the back foot and there's a loud cry of 'No!' That'll be no, then

End of over 45 (1 run) England 83/5
PD Collingwood    1* (42b)      B Lee    10-2-17-1
GO Jones    3* (14b)      SK Warne    18-8-28-2

45.1

Warne to Jones, 1 run, ooh, just past Mike Hussey at short leg and Australia nearly had another man just before the lunch break

45.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, bends in from outside leg at the very last minute and that's defended forward at the very last millisecond

45.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood ends up with his legs looking Bambi's as he goes to meet that one, misses it, it bends pass him and he's close to falling over

45.4

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, worked away through midwicket and huge cheers greet the first boundary of the session - and indeed the first the scoring shot above two

45.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pads up this time

Collingwood shifting the sightscreen to waste a bit of time, trying to make this the last over

45.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended forward

45.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, defended forward

There will be another over before lunch - they only just to say snook that one in

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 88/5
PD Collingwood    5* (47b 1x4)      SK Warne    19-8-33-2
GO Jones    4* (15b)      B Lee    10-2-17-1

46.1

Lee to Jones, 1 run, played out to gully off the back foot

46.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Lee blazes in, his face full of hostility; his delivery wasn't though - banged in as it was on this pitch it hardly got up at all and that's left alone as it nips away off the seam to Gilchrist

46.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, the ball dies on the pitch as it again fails to get up as it dribbles through to the keeper

46.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, nips in off the seam this time and the batsman gets over it and works it gently into the leg-side

46.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, attempted an inswinging yorker and that one didn't pitch but nevertheless the batsman did well to get bat down on it

46.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, a bit of a waste of the last ball of the morning, wide and easily left alone

1.35pm The players are making their way back out to the middle ... it's noticeable that the Australians have a real spring in their collective steps and after a morning like that, is anyone surprised?

Lunch Well, well, it's game on here all right with Australia in the box seat after a great session, taking four wickets. England head to lunch five down after some poor cricket: Strauss got a poor decision; there was a poor call when Bell was run out and two poor strokes from Pietersen and Flintoff. But take nothing away from Australia - Warne has been marvellous and he's been well backed up by the quickies Clark and Lee. Some great fielding placements, too, have kept up the pressure on England and the momentum has been with Australia all the way. Two sessions left in the day and when England resume after lunch they have a lead of 127 with five wickets remaining. Join Martin then. In the meantime, you could read Andrew Miller's summary of the morning here. He's got this to say, too: "I want to know what Pup said to Warne after Pietersen's dismissal. He got a cuff round the baggy green and a finger-pointing." Handbags.

End of over 47 (1 run) England 89/5
PD Collingwood    5* (52b 1x4)      B Lee    11-2-18-1
GO Jones    5* (16b)      SK Warne    19-8-33-2

Shane Warne to resume at the Cathedral End

47.1

Warne to Jones, no run

47.1

Warne to Jones, no run, great start, ripping legbreak pitched just outside leg stump

47.2

Warne to Jones, no run, massive appeal, a snorter which turns past the outside edge of Jones's bat and everyone goes up, Warne dancing down the pitch, but Bucknor remains inscrutable

several replays later and that looks to be a good decision ... Jones probably clipped his bat on his pad

47.3

Warne to Jones, no run, Jones back and across

47.4

Warne to Jones, 1 run, too full, Jones waits and turns that into the leg side

47.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, a grunt from Warne as he lets go, Collingwood right into line

47.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood goes right back on his stumps, waits, and pats it into the leg side

Warne and Bucknor exchange a few very cordial words

End of over 48 (1 run) England 90/5
PD Collingwood    5* (54b 1x4)      SK Warne    20-8-34-2
GO Jones    6* (20b)      B Lee    11-2-18-1

Dan (he of Jenny fame) texts his beloved as follows: "Just passed Adelaide Oval and there are hundreds of people flocking to the ground."

48.1

Lee to Jones, FOUR

48.1

Lee to Jones, FOUR, wide, driven in the air right to second slip ... unfortunately, Australia have a first and a fourth slip but nothing in between and the ball races to the third-man boundary

48.2

Lee to Jones, no run

48.3

Lee to Jones, no run

48.4

Lee to Jones, OUT, what a sucker punch and what a soft dismissal! A fullish ball so wide that Jones had to stretch to reach it, and he cracks it straight to Matthew Hayden in the gully who takes a good catch .... he didn't have to move much but it was travelling

GO Jones c Hayden b Lee 10 (41m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

In comes Ashley Giles ... and he has some brownie points to make up.

48.5

Lee to Giles, no run, Lee makes Giles play from the off, right up in the groove and Giles meets it with a straight bat

48.6

Lee to Giles, no run, wide and a relived Giles allows that to pass through to Gilchrist

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 94/6
AF Giles    0* (2b)      B Lee    12-2-22-2
PD Collingwood    5* (54b 1x4)      SK Warne    20-8-34-2

49.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, more oohs and aahs, more for effect as Collingwood dealt with that easily

49.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, right forward and solid defence

49.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, outside leg stump, padded away and past Gilchrist ... dead ball called and slip trots to get it while everyone else chats

49.4

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, short, hammered to the cover boundary but there's a man there sweeping so only the one

Slip, short leg, silly point, deepish mid-on and off, backward point, sweepers on the leg and off boundaries, backward square ... oh no, midwicket has come in

49.5

Warne to Giles, no run, Giles right back and into line

49.6

Warne to Giles, no run, this time he comes forward and the ball spins out on the leg side

End of over 50 (1 run) England 95/6
AF Giles    0* (4b)      SK Warne    21-8-35-2
PD Collingwood    6* (58b 1x4)      B Lee    12-2-22-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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A series of frames capture Andrew Flintoff's despair , England v Australia, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 5, 2006

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