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

50.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, right up at Collingwood's feet but wide of off stump and patted away

50.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, swinging away, started wide, and Collingwood not tempted

50.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, peach, swinging back into Collingwood and an inside edge saved him, but he was back and it hit him on the thigh so was probably too high anyway. Lee, who knows how expensive appealing can be, doesn't even try to ask ...

50.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump but his first 90mph + ball of the afternoon

Lee checks three strides from delivery as Ponting is tinkering with his field

50.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, very full and swinging away. Collingwood's judgment has been good and he's not going to be tempted. Unlike Jones, who almost needed a cue extension to reach the one that got him out

50.6

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, placed a few yards towards midwicket and Collingwood scrambles through for what turned out to be an easy single

End of over 51 (1 run) England 96/6
PD Collingwood    7* (64b 1x4)      B Lee    13-2-23-2
AF Giles    0* (4b)      SK Warne    21-8-35-2

51.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, exaggerated forward defensive shot

51.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run

51.3

Warne to Giles, no run, Giles forward, offering no shot, and the ball rips through him and onto first slip

51.4

Warne to Giles, no run, Giles looks to pad up, misses, and the ball almost bowled him round his legs. Gilchrist walks away looking to the heavens, asking for a divine explanation of how that missed

He must kick it and not just stick a foot straight down the pitch if he is to survive with that tactic

51.5

Warne to Giles, no run, this time he gets forward and blocks

51.6

Warne to Giles, OUT, Giles's wretched match continues with a blob. He tried kicking it and failed two balls earlier, so this time he plays at one outside leg stump, is turned square and a thick outside edge gives Hayden at slip his second catch in as many overs

AF Giles c Hayden b Warne 0 (14m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England lead by 135 ... Collingwood might well be left stranded

End of over 52 (1 run) England 97/7
     SK Warne    22-8-36-3
PD Collingwood    8* (66b 1x4)      B Lee    13-2-23-2

Slip taken out and sent to third man. Ponting wants to save easy runs.

52.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off stump

52.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, jags back into the batsman and thuds into his thighpad

52.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, again Collingwood hit rather than doing the hitting, but it ends up in space

Three slips but no gully, forward short leg.

52.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, yorker, dug out by Hoggard. Good ball, well played. 93.2 mph (151.1kph)

52.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, started going down the leg and swung even wider, but Gilchrist up to the task and makes a good one-handed tumbling stop

52.6

Lee to Hoggard, no run, banged in, late inducker which didn't bounce as much as expected and a massive appeal from Lee as it hits Hoggard turned down. It looked too high, but a lovely delivery nevertheless

End of over 53 (1 run, maiden) England 98/7
MJ Hoggard    0* (3b)      B Lee    14-3-23-2
PD Collingwood    8* (69b 1x4)      SK Warne    22-8-36-3

53.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, another massive appeal as the ball goes through Collingwood's backward prod. The replay shows that Bucknor was again on the mark as it flicked the batsman's trousers. Tense times

53.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss hit into space at midwicket

53.3

Warne to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard with a Boycottesque forward defensive shot

No sweepers with Hoggard on strike.

53.4

Warne to Hoggard, no run, overpitched,outside leg stump, and Hoggard lets it hit his foot

53.5

Warne to Hoggard, no run, lovely forward defensive shot, except that it the ball was on a different line ... it dipped and spun past Hoggard's bat and missed his off stump by a fraction of something

Hoggard nods at Warne in acknowledgment

53.6

Warne to Hoggard, no run, too wide and Hoggard forward but no need to play

End of over 54 (1 run) England 99/7
MJ Hoggard    0* (7b)      SK Warne    23-8-37-3
PD Collingwood    9* (71b 1x4)      B Lee    14-3-23-2

54.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, slightly short, Collingwood driven back and he jumps as he drops that one down at his feet

54.2

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed into the covers and with runs available at will, Collingwood decides that Hoggard is good enough to face four balls and accepts the gift

54.3

Lee to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard leaves that with a wristy flourish of the bat. That was 90.2 mph (144.8kph)

54.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, wasted ball ... outside off stump and made to look worse and it barely got above ankle height as it trundled through to Gilchrist

54.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard pulls his bat away like a matador taunting a ball with his cloak

54.6

Lee to Hoggard, no run, safely dropped into the leg side

"Do you think this is the end for McGrath?" wonders Andrew Miller. And he's got a point: he's not had a sniff of the ball. If Clark replaces Lee ...

End of over 55 (1 run) England 100/7
MJ Hoggard    0* (11b)      B Lee    15-3-24-2
PD Collingwood    10* (73b 1x4)      SK Warne    23-8-37-3

55.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood crouches and lets that hit his foot way outside the line of leg stump

55.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, waist-high full toss, steered to deepish square leg

"Warnie, Warnie," chants the crowd

55.3

Warne to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard prods at air again to the exasperation of bowler, fielders and crowd

55.4

Warne to Hoggard, 1 run, excitement as Hoggard shapes to sweep early, but he connects and the ball goes all along the ground to deep square leg

55.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, watched and then left alone

55.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, another grunt as Warne lets go, Collingwood watches and plays a late defensive shot

There are a minimum of 53 overs left.

End of over 56 (2 runs) England 102/7
PD Collingwood    11* (77b 1x4)      SK Warne    24-8-39-3
MJ Hoggard    1* (13b)      B Lee    15-3-24-2

56.1

Lee to Hoggard, no run, decent swing into the right hander, but it started on middle and speared down the leg side

56.2

Lee to Hoggard, no run, that's a better line, Hoggard back and solidly defends

56.3

Lee to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard once more onto the back foot and meets the ball with a dead bat

56.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, up near the blockhole and dug out. 92.3mph (148.4kph)

56.4

Lee to Hoggard, no run, Hoggard is not a spectacular batsman but he knows how to block

56.5

Lee to Hoggard, no run, inswinging yorker but Hoggard gets the bottom of his bat on it

56.6

Lee to Hoggard, 3 runs, Hoggard goes to leave the ball but it strikes the bottom of his bat and scurries along the ground through third slip ... Warne charges after it and catches it just inside the boundary to huge cheers

End of over 57 (3 runs) England 105/7
MJ Hoggard    4* (19b)      B Lee    16-3-27-2
PD Collingwood    11* (77b 1x4)      SK Warne    24-8-39-3

57.1

Warne to Hoggard, no run, full and Hoggard hunches over his bat as he blocks

57.2

Warne to Hoggard, no run, more turn and it beats Hoggard's lunging defence

57.3

Warne to Hoggard, no run, an attempted flipper ... well, and attempted something ...but it ends up flat and spinless, and Hoggard drives into the covers

57.4

Warne to Hoggard, no run, safely blocked

57.5

Warne to Hoggard, OUT, lovely, lovely bowling. A big, flighted googly, 18 inches wide of off stump and it's too much for Hoggard to resist ... he shapes to drive and the ball snorts back and into his stumps, aided by a big inside edge. The height did for Hoggard there ... his eyes lit up as he saw it arcing towards him. "C'mon!" cries a grinning Warne, pumping his fist and sending Hoggard on his way with a raised index finger which screams 'You're out'

MJ Hoggard b Warne 4 (27m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

It might not be appreciated by England supporters just now, but that was an absolute peach of a ball.

57.6

Warne to Harmison, no run, steered into the gully

End of over 58 (wicket maiden) England 105/8
SJ Harmison    0* (1b)      SK Warne    25-9-39-4
PD Collingwood    11* (77b 1x4)      B Lee    16-3-27-2

58.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, worked into the leg side. Collingwood now happy to let his colleagues fend for themselves

58.2

Lee to Harmison, no run, firmly driven to mid-off

58.3

Lee to Harmison, 1 run, Harmison jabbed down on that very late and he tottered like an off-balance drunk as the ball squirted out into the leg side

58.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, correct forward defensive shot

58.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, short and Collingwood happy to watch that go past

58.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, short and Collingwood almost ended up snorting that as he snapped his head back to avoid being struck

End of over 59 (2 runs) England 107/8
PD Collingwood    12* (81b 1x4)      B Lee    17-3-29-2
SJ Harmison    1* (3b)      SK Warne    25-9-39-4

Thanks Martin, afternoon all. Warne's having a ball.

59.1

Warne to Harmison, no run, outside leg, Harmison tries to get bat on it but decides his pad is a safer bet

59.2

Warne to Harmison, no run, but this time he does get bat on it, defending it quite solidly

59.3

Warne to Harmison, no run, lovely flight this time on middle-and-off and Harmison comes tentatively forward

59.4

Warne to Harmison, no run, firmly defended by Harmison

59.5

Warne to Harmison, no run, again he comes forward showing good technique here, smothering the spin

59.6

Warne to Harmison, no run, half an appeal - in fact, more than half an appeal from Warne as Harmison is struck on the pad...but it was bat first

End of over 60 (maiden) England 107/8
SJ Harmison    1* (9b)      SK Warne    26-10-39-4
PD Collingwood    12* (81b 1x4)      B Lee    17-3-29-2

60.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, swinging into the right hander, Collingwood squirts it out into the covers without really timing it - and oddly chooses to take the single

Harmison versus Lee. Could be interesting. Could be short-lived, too

60.2

Lee to Harmison, 3 runs, ooh and that's streak from Harmison - a nice tail-end shot, swishing outside off and edging it past gully down to third man

60.3

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, great ball again, swinging in at pace and Collingwood can't get any bat on it

"What's the Pom's best stroke? Asks the Boony doll. "Sun stroke"

60.4

Lee to Harmison, 1 run, cleverly played, not sure how on earth he managed to do that. Swinging in to Harmison, he cross-batted it - a standing sweep? - and nicks it down to fine-leg

60.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, boshed into the covers by Collingwood; down on one knee, cover-driven straight to the fielder

60.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood roars "no" to Harmison as he defends this outside the off stump...but there's no run on offer and it'll be Warne to Harmison...

For those who have asked ... if England lose then their first-innings total of 551 for 6 with be their highest where they have gone to be beaten, eclipsing 519 at Melbourne in 1928-29

End of over 61 (6 runs) England 113/8
PD Collingwood    14* (85b 1x4)      B Lee    18-3-35-2
SJ Harmison    5* (11b)      SK Warne    26-10-39-4

61.1

Warne to Harmison, 1 run, ooh and he sweeps - but sweeps well, getting his massive frame down quite quickly and sweeping it in front of square

Nasser Hussain thinks the game is "still on," and refuses to rule out England saving it. Got to admire the optimism

61.2

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, calmly, confidently chipped down the ground

Our colleague George says "The Adelaide Oval is Australia's best Ashes venue (at least 10 Tests). They've won 15 of the 28 Tests played there, lost eight and drawn five. England's most successful venue is Sydney where they've won 21 of their 47 matches and drawn six."

61.3

Warne to Harmison, no run, lands this outside leg, turns with immense bits and Harmison hides his bat behind the pad

61.4

Warne to Harmison, no run, squirted on the front foot to the gully, quite well played

61.5

Warne to Harmison, no run, and the quicker one from Warne this time

61.6

Warne to Harmison, no run, defended on the front foot. Harmison is cool as ice...

As for Paul Collingwood, he might be more tortoise than hare but he's way off being the slowest batsman in a Test. Click here for details of those who have single handedly set out to cure insomnia ...

End of over 62 (2 runs) England 115/8
SJ Harmison    6* (16b)      SK Warne    27-10-41-4
PD Collingwood    15* (86b 1x4)      B Lee    18-3-35-2

It'll be Glenn McGrath for the first time today. Why not Clark?

62.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 bye, far too wide of the off stump, left alone by the batsman, nutmegging Gilchrist and they steal a single

62.2

McGrath to Harmison, 1 wide, massively wide - and called wide. That only just hit the cut strip...

62.2

McGrath to Harmison, no run, better - tighter line, but still too wide and Harmison again leaves it alone like a No. 5

62.3

McGrath to Harmison, 2 runs, ooh, that's more like it from McGrath but Harmison spoons it past gully, down to third man...he wants three, but just two runs available there

62.4

McGrath to Harmison, no run, Harmison takes half a step outside off, just to put McGrath off his line...but the bowler sees him, sends it down outside off and it zoots past his outside edge

62.5

McGrath to Harmison, no run, too wide from McGrath - Harmison just leaves it alone

62.6

McGrath to Harmison, OUT, but he's gone now; at last McGrath swings this in and Harmison is rapped on the pad, all of Australia roar their appeal...and the slow finger of fate is raised by the umpire.

SJ Harmison lbw b McGrath 8 (25m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.09

Well, replays suggested that ball was going well over the stumps there. No matter, the decision's been made and England's lead amounts to a paltry 157

End of over 63 (4 runs) England 119/9
     GD McGrath    5-1-15-1
PD Collingwood    15* (87b 1x4)      SK Warne    27-10-41-4

63.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, what a ripper! What an absolute corker from Warne - you cannot play those, even with a barndoor. Landing outside leg, ripping past his forward defensive and Gilchrist took it to his right.

63.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, fuller, Collingwood smothers it

63.3

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, too short, Collingwood chops it down to mid-on...and takes a single to get Anderson onto strike. Oh dear

Warne over the wicket to the left hander

63.4

Warne to Anderson, no run, oooh lovely bowling, tossing this wide of his off stump and Anderson leaves...but it turns massively, as ever, just missing his off stump. Warne casts a wry grin at Anderson, who is most definitely not grinning

63.5

Warne to Anderson, no run, again wide of the off stump, Anderson pads it away. One more delivery to survive

63.6

Warne to Anderson, no run, yorker length but outside off - the attempted slider I think - and Gilchrist does well to take this

So then, a minimum of 45 overs left today. Panesar has just run onto the pitch to give the two batsmen a message which, surely, was on the lines of "smack it"

End of over 64 (1 run) England 120/9
JM Anderson    0* (3b)      SK Warne    28-10-42-4
PD Collingwood    16* (90b 1x4)      GD McGrath    5-1-15-1

Here's another for the readers who wanted to know if 551 was the highest in a lost match, should England lose. Actually, it's the third highest. Before that are this match and this one.

64.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, ooh, inside edge there from Collingwood - McGrath's found his line now

"Two overs to be lost at the change of innings. On this evidence, they could be crucial," says Andrew Miller of Millershire

64.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, in the channel, cutting away from Collingwood who leaves it alone

Gilchrist up to the stumps now

64.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, and it's too wide again, left alone

64.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, firmly blocked out by Collingwood

Collingwood needs to look for a single here. Ponting's wise to it and the fielders, like a swarm of flies, are creeping in

64.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, well bowled - Collingwood can't get this away and defends it solidly

"England have batted like me today," chirps Nasser Hussain. "One run an over"

64.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, inswinging yorker and he can't get this away either, decent over that and it leaves Anderson exposed to Warne.

England lead by 158. Warne into the attack, four men around the bat

End of over 65 (maiden) England 120/9
PD Collingwood    16* (96b 1x4)      GD McGrath    6-2-15-1
JM Anderson    0* (3b)      SK Warne    28-10-42-4

65.1

Warne to Anderson, no run, short, too short in fact and Anderson cuts it into the gully

65.2

Warne to Anderson, no run, yikes, too wide this time but Anderson shapes to play...before just dragging his bat inside the line

65.3

Warne to Anderson, no run, ooh and that's straighter, Anderson forced to play this time and he comes forward to pad it away.

65.4

Warne to Anderson, no run, short and wide, turning back into the left hander who times it off the back foot

65.5

Warne to Anderson, no run, well, a touch too wide again from Warne here - he needs to make Anderson play

65.6

Warne to Anderson, no run, "caaatch" as Anderson comes forward, hiding his bat behind the pad again and he survives the over.

End of over 66 (maiden) England 120/9
JM Anderson    0* (9b)      SK Warne    29-11-42-4
PD Collingwood    16* (96b 1x4)      GD McGrath    6-2-15-1

So it's McGrath to Collingwood. Time to up the ante from England...

66.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, pushed to a deepish mid-off, no run on offer

66.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, oh and he's deceived Collingwood here with a slower ball which is chipped in the air...but there's no man at midwicket. They're all out in the deep, which seems odd. Just one slip - standing at third or even fourth slip

66.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, swinging into Collingwood who plays it back to McGrath

66.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, swinging into the batsman who is rapped on the pads

66.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, again swinging in, but this is too wide and lacking pace, Collingwood plays it neatly and calmly

66.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, quicker, and deliberately sent wider and Collingwood can't get a run here. Anderson back on strike to Warne...

End of over 67 (maiden) England 120/9
PD Collingwood    16* (102b 1x4)      GD McGrath    7-3-15-1
JM Anderson    0* (9b)      SK Warne    29-11-42-4

67.1

Warne to Anderson, 1 run, Anderson fetches this from wide of the off stump and fetches it well, sweeping it hard in front of square, along the ground, for a single. Well batted. And that's about the most aggressive shot played by England all days

67.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood forward with a big stride to defend this

67.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, flighted on middle-and-leg, Collingwood hides his bat behind the pad

67.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ah, well bowled - turning out of the rough on leg stump but well played from Collingwood, going right back, waiting for it and defending

67.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, gets into a right tangle here does Collingwood, going back into his crease before trying to come forward and smother the spin

67.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, padded away to end the over, but no run on offer

McGrath to Anderson

Cat-and-mouse cricket here. Time ticking for Australia who, by our calculations have 37 overs left in which to bat.

End of over 68 (1 run) England 121/9
PD Collingwood    16* (107b 1x4)      SK Warne    30-11-43-4
JM Anderson    1* (10b)      GD McGrath    7-3-15-1

Three slips (spread out) and McGrath is around the wicket

68.1

McGrath to Anderson, no run, and a solid, firm, perfect forward defence from Anderson

68.2

McGrath to Anderson, no run, ooh, a huge appeal from Australia as this one cuts back into Anderson - shouldering arms - but it's just not done enough. Replays suggest it went over the top

68.3

McGrath to Anderson, no run, far too wide of the off stump, a wasted delivery really and McGrath knows it; chuntering and fuming to himself, he trudges back to his mark

68.4

McGrath to Anderson, no run, pushed out into the gully

68.5

McGrath to Anderson, 2 leg byes, another massive appeal from McGrath who runs down the pitch, convinced he's got his man. It cut back on the left hander, striking him high on the pad and McGrath cannot believe his luck

68.6

McGrath to Anderson, no run, firmly forward to this one and McGrath is just about spitting nails here

End of over 69 (2 runs, maiden) England 123/9
JM Anderson    1* (16b)      GD McGrath    8-4-15-1
PD Collingwood    16* (107b 1x4)      SK Warne    30-11-43-4

There is just a sense that Australia are getting a little bit nervous and tetchy now. McGrath's fuming; absolutely boiling with rage

69.1

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

69.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, landed on leg, padded away

69.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, a touch straighter this time but again it's padded away

England are going to carry on batting until 4.10 (another 45 minutes) - assuming these two don't get out of course. They will lose the two overs for the change of innings if they get out now. No pressure, then. (Thanks Andrew)

69.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and this is nicely flighted on leg, defended off the back foot

69.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, too short from Warne allowing Collingwood to punch it off the back foot

69.6

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and again he comes forward, again defending solidly.

The Barmies are going nuts again, cheering everything and anything&

End of over 70 (maiden) England 123/9
PD Collingwood    16* (113b 1x4)      SK Warne    31-12-43-4
JM Anderson    1* (16b)      GD McGrath    8-4-15-1

70.1

McGrath to Anderson, no run, and Anderson comes very solidly forward, tall at the crease, and defends it. McGrath gives him his opinion on the weather; life in general; his favourite biscuits, that kind of thing

70.2

McGrath to Anderson, no run, down the leg side, raps him on the pad to force another throaty appeal from McGrath. Going down leg, given the angle

70.3

McGrath to Anderson, no run, a bouncer - ineffectual, wide and easily evaded by England's No.11

70.4

McGrath to Anderson, no run, well bowled, McGrath! He beat Anderson here, firing it in at his leg stump and the ball squirted out into the gully.

"We are the Army" cry the...well, you know who

This is tense, tight cricket and there are a few teapots in the slips. Not literally of course. Over the wicket now. Two men in front of square on the leg side in catching positions; three slips and a forward point, mid-off and mid-on

70.5

McGrath to Anderson, no run, pitches outside leg and again McGrath pleads for a wicket but it's nowhere near out

70.6

McGrath to Anderson, no run, ooh and he fishes at this, not a great stroke at all and McGrath shakes his head and can't believe his misfortune. Bless his cotton socks

End of over 71 (maiden) England 123/9
JM Anderson    1* (22b)      GD McGrath    9-5-15-1
PD Collingwood    16* (113b 1x4)      SK Warne    31-12-43-4

71.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, pitches outside leg, a belated appeal from Warne and Ponting as this bobbles off his pad to silly point

71.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and he's trapped him lbw here surely, surely. No! Bucknor says no, and replays show it pitched outside leg. Warne can't believe it!

Clarification on delaying tea. If England lose a wicket now, tea will be taken early and so Australia will not lose the two overs between innings. If they don't lose a wicket, tea will be delayed by half-an-hour till 4.10 (about 40 minutes' time) and then Australia will lose two overs

71.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, padded away to silly point

71.4

Warne to Collingwood, 2 runs, but after 23 consecutive dot balls, Collingwood gets a full toss which he works through midwicket

71.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, he's dropped him! Quicker ball outside off, Collingwood edges this to Gilchrist's right, the ball hammers into his right glove - and out again! It flies to Hayden who can't get down in time...ooh this is tense

71.6

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, and that's four! Collingwood clips another full toss through midwicket. Barmies are going spare.

End of over 72 (6 runs) England 129/9
PD Collingwood    22* (119b 2x4)      SK Warne    32-12-49-4
JM Anderson    1* (22b)      GD McGrath    9-5-15-1

72.1

McGrath to Anderson, no run, a belter from McGrath! A little beauty here, nibbling off the seam away from Anderson who fishes and misses

72.2

McGrath to Anderson, no run, almost a carbon copy of the previous delivery but a little shorter this time, giving Anderson a fraction more time to play it off the back foot

72.3

McGrath to Anderson, no run, ooh I think McGrath was trying to bowl him leg-stump here, a yorker which swings past his stumps and Gilchrist rives to his right to field. And does well

72.4

McGrath to Anderson, no run, firmly clipped off his legs but straight to short-leg

72.5

McGrath to Anderson, no run, nearly! Attempted yorker which hits him on his pad, bobbles out to gully

Around the wicket for the last ball of the over

72.6

McGrath to Anderson, OUT, GOT HIM! He's GONE! Anderson shuffled across his stumps here and, for the fifth or sixth time, McGrath raps him on his pad, roars an appeal and finally gets his man.

JM Anderson lbw b McGrath 1 (41m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 3.57

4.00pm England are out on the pitch, and in a severely deep and meaningful huddle. One slip and a gully first up. Looks like Hoggard from the Cathedral End, Umpire Bucknor's end. Langer on strike.

3.50pm Jennifer here. Hello. Now, Flintoff's doing some gentle bowling warm-ups on the pitch - encouraging signs for England's bowlers. They're going to need every sign of encouragement, though, as they set about defending their 167-run lead. It's just been officially confirmed that Australia will have 36 overs to attack their target of 168, so that means a required run-rate of 4.67.

What a magnificent performance from Shane Warne, who leads Australia off the pitch. They need 168 runs to win as the players take tea. Well, it might have been slow-going but it's been tense, fascinating cricket here. That's all from me; it'll be Jenny to continue after tea

End of over 73 (wicket maiden) England 129/10
     GD McGrath    10-6-15-2
PD Collingwood    22* (119b 2x4)      SK Warne    32-12-49-4
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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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