England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 2nd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 6 wickets

Overs 0-50

0.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, over the wicket and that's driven to cover where it's a good stop from Giles, pouncing forward

0.2

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, smashed a good-length delivery outside off in front of midwicket for four

A man goes back on the cover-point boundary

0.3

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, hit out off the back foot to backward point - Australia starting as they mean to go on

0.4

Hoggard to Hayden, 3 runs, not convincingly struck, taken from outside off and biffed through mid-on, but Australia will take those runs and the fans cheer each and every one

This is one-day stuff and remember Hoggard doesn't play one-dayers for England...

Hoggard's lost his straight catcher, and has cover at mid-on

0.5

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, dropped short, a touch outside off and that's flashed hard to the man at deep point for just a single

0.6

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, a touch slower, Hayden waits, comes forward and drives that out to mid-on to end a fabulous opening over from Australia's perspective

Flintoff opening up now, let's see if his ankle holds up

End of over 1 (10 runs) Australia 10/0
ML Hayden    4* (2b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-10-0
JL Langer    6* (4b 1x4)     

1.1

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, round the wicket straight away, that's pitched up there but well dug out and bunted out to mid-off for a quick single

Slip, gully, man out on cover-boundary and on square-leg boundary

1.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, that's on middle-and-leg and worked to square - Flintoff seems OK, though, with regard to his ankle

1.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, oooh! Pushed up there and that was a chance at the non-striker's end, Pietersen running quickly on to it from mid-off, picked it up quickly and sharply threw back at the stumps, missing by centimetres - agonising for England

1.4

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, on a good length but even so that's tip-and-run out to mid-on

1.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, pushed up again for some quiet defence this time

1.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, banged in short, it doesn't get up but Flintoff gets away with it as Langer belts that one off the back foot straight into the ground

1.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, banged in short, it doesn't get up but Flintoff gets away with it as Langer belts that one off the back foot straight into the ground

Super-charged atmosphere out there right now, with Australia really off to a flyer. 155 runs required from 34 overs, at a rate of 4.56 now. A lid is coming out for Jones, who could very well be standing up to the stumps for Hoggard, as he did in the first innings

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 13/0
JL Langer    7* (7b 1x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-3-0
ML Hayden    6* (5b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-10-0

2.1

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, staying over, that's angled across the left-hander on off stump and that's driven out to wide mid-off for a quick single

2.2

Hoggard to Langer, OUT, short, wide, but gone! Bell at gully has snaffled that one as Langer throws his hands at a low cut and he's on his way. Now then, there's a glimmer for England - a dull one, still - but nevertheless that could change the complexion of this innings a touch. Not Hoggard's finest moment with the ball, that, but he won't care right now and neither will England

JL Langer c Bell b Hoggard 7 (12m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

2.2

Hoggard to Langer, OUT, short, wide, but gone! Bell at gully has snaffled that one as Langer throws his hands at a low cut and he's on his way. Now then, there's a glimmer for England - a dull one, still - but nevertheless that could change the complexion of this innings a touch. Not Hoggard's finest moment with the ball, that, but he won't care right now and neither will England

JL Langer c Bell b Hoggard 7 (12m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Ponting is scraping out his guard and doing some gardening, a bit of shuffling, some stretching. He doesn't seem in a massive rush, though he's got a lot of energy about him

2.3

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, shortish ball pitching outside off and Ponting is quick to defend that one, and he does it strongly, too

2.4

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, "Ooh, yes Hog!" goes the cry as that one pitches on a good length forcing yet more defence

Flintoff having a word with Umpire Bucknor over the ball - it's gone out of shape... already! It's 16 deliveries old! Bucknor's unimpressed, sends Flintoff away, and the England captain is roundly booed for his efforts

2.5

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, pitches straight and is turned into midwicket. "In on it, Kev" suggests the very wise Jones, prompting Pietersen to chase after it and return

2.6

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, hit out to the man just inside the cover-point boundary who relays it back in without fuss

End of over 3 (3 runs) Australia 16/1
ML Hayden    8* (7b)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-13-1
RT Ponting    1* (3b)      A Flintoff    1-0-3-0

3.1

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, powerful drive down the ground and Anderson gives chase in vain, pulling up ten metres short as the ball bobbles over the rope. Not a lot of timing, just leans on that one and it races away

3.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, angles that in at the left-hander just outside off and that's nibbled out to long-on

3.2

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, angles that in at the left-hander just outside off and that's nibbled out to long-on

Umpire Koertzen is having a word with England for throwing the ball into the dirt at every moment... though that's legal

3.3

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, extra bounce and zip from Flintoff as that pitches on a good length, rears a tad at Ponting whose bottom hand flies off the bat handle as the ball crashes into the right index finger. He takes off his glove to examine, but is soon ready to face again

3.4

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, sets off as soon as he's worked that out to point

3.5

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, allows that one to fly down the channel on the rise

3.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, forces Hayden on to the back foot to defend, who does so strongly, but then rehearses the air-shot a few times just to make sure

Shane Warne has been talking to Channel 9: "The boys know what to do. We're quietly confident. There's a good mood in the changing room. We gave them no runs, and their attitude this morning was just to survive. We all thought, if we can get two or three, we'll put them under pressure. We just wanted to say, we're still here.

"The run-out was key. It was a needless wicket, and then when we got Pietersen, every ball was a hand-grenade. I'm knackered, but lucky I'm a good athlete. It would have been nice to get a five-for, but I was really happy for Glenn McGrath, waited a long time to get that wicket, he's a true champion.

"Now we need to be nice and aggressive. That wicket wasn't part of the gameplan, but Ricky's the best player in the world, this is his stage. Do I want a bat?! No way, I want a toasted sandwich and some cake!" And indeed he's immediately spotted on the balcony troughing on some pizza - well deserved, nevertheless.

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 22/1
ML Hayden    13* (11b 1x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-9-0
RT Ponting    2* (5b)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-13-1

4.1

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, tighter and that's squeezed to mid-off where Anderson picks it up

4.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, tries to drive that one quickly to the cover but it's collected easily

4.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, driven to mid-off where a tumbling Harmison commando-rolls to his right and does an excellent job of cutting off the boundary

4.4

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, drags that down a touch and Hayden wastes no time dinking that one to square

4.5

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, that one strays down leg, rubbish really, and that's well worked off the legs by Ponting. Meat and drink to him, not to mention bread and butter

4.6

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, drags that a touch short again, it wobbles in the air and swings away from the right-hander who fends it into the gully region

Giles is being asked to warm up here

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 28/1
RT Ponting    7* (10b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-19-1
ML Hayden    14* (12b 1x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-9-0

5.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run

5.2

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, four, huge biff across the line, that's cleared the infield and straight through cow corner

5.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, played out to midwicket, big intentions, but no run there

5.4

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 no ball

5.4

Flintoff to Hayden, OUT, massive swing across the line and it's a steepling top-edge. Paul Collingwood runs back from short midwicket, steadies himself, and that a brilliant catch. Collingwood was judging that, just watching it come over his shoulder. Hayden is gone and England have a slight sniff

ML Hayden c Collingwood b Flintoff 18 (31m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 105.88

Hussey comes in at No 4, Martyn dropping down

5.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, explodes off a length and sways away

5.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, and that one kept a fraction low. England aren't out of this contest yet ...

4.5 now the required run-rate and Giles is on to bowl, as Australia need 135 off 30. Collingwood is geeing up the field here

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 33/2
RT Ponting    7* (12b 1x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-14-1
MEK Hussey    0* (0b)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-19-1

6.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, on leg and it turns away from Hussey

6.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, similar delivery on leg and it turns away from Hussey who thinks about chasing it

6.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, he's on to it this time, attackingly smacking it to the man square in the deep

6.4

Giles to Ponting, no run

6.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended forward this time

6.6

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, that one bounces on leg and that's some very quick running for two as the ball flies out square on the off-side

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 36/2
RT Ponting    9* (15b 1x4)      AF Giles    1-0-3-0
MEK Hussey    1* (3b)      A Flintoff    3-0-14-1

7.1

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, over the wicket to the lefthander, angles that one across and it's tickled into cover

7.2

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 no ball, oversteps with the effort and that's pushed up there, defended

7.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides across outside off to punch that to cover with a straight bat

7.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, lovely steer off the back foot to just in front of point

The 6.30 cut-off doesn't apply today, by the way. We play to a finish

7.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, hit out past cover

7.5

Flintoff to Ponting, 3 runs, driven in front of midwicket but Anderson hunts it down inside the rope. A lovely shot

7.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, dinked down off the back foot to gully and that's picked up easily - straight to the man

Australia need 125 runs from 28 overs - required run rate 4.46

The crowds are really getting into this match now - and they've had much to get excited about all day with some good, tense cricket on display - with fans from both sides cheering loudly

End of over 8 (7 runs) Australia 43/2
MEK Hussey    3* (6b)      A Flintoff    4-0-21-1
RT Ponting    13* (19b 1x4)      AF Giles    1-0-3-0

8.1

Giles to Ponting, 2 runs, that's on off, plenty of room for Ponting to wait and cut that away off the back foot. There's no man at backward point. "That's the wrong line," thunders Botham

Slip, leg gully, short cover and midwicket, mid-on, deeper mid-off, backward square, two sweepers

8.2

Giles to Ponting, no run, 'Waiting' as Ponting nudges that along the ground to Flintoff at midwicket

8.3

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, easy singled tickled into the on-side

8.4

Giles to Hussey, no run, pushed up there this time and that's defended off the back foot, angling slightly to leg with the shot

8.5

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, two men out there but that one - an aerial pull - falls short of the man at deep midwicket

8.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, worked tidily off his legs behind square

Australia need 120 runs from 27 overs - required run rate 4.44

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 48/2
RT Ponting    17* (23b 1x4)      AF Giles    2-0-8-0
MEK Hussey    4* (8b)      A Flintoff    4-0-21-1

9.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, that angles in at the right-hander who hit it into gully

9.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, ooh, ooh and that's a big shout but 'Not out' says Umpire Koertzen. Ponting tries to play across the line, taking a straight one and whipping it off his legs, but misses. That's probably going over, and perhaps even missing leg - benefit to the batsman after all

9.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, single out to the man sweeping just inside the cover boundary

Round the wicket to Hussey

9.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, cannons that one in the channel just outside off; it stays low and the batsman manages to get bat down on it

9.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, a touch, just a touch, short outside off and that's eased into the covers for yet another run and that brings up Australia's fifty inside ten overs

9.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 leg bye, unconvincingly worked off the legs, oh, with the leg - that's a leg bye - and it runs down to the 45

Australia need 117 runs from 26 overs - required run rate 4.50

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 51/2
RT Ponting    18* (27b 1x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-23-1
MEK Hussey    5* (10b)      AF Giles    2-0-8-0

10.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, pitches just outside leg and that's worked into midwicket

10.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, dragged down outside off and that's pulled over to square, at least that's its direction, but it crashes into the close-in Cook's thigh

10.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, defended

10.4

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, goes for the leg-side tactic, pitching that into rough; the batsman kneels down and takes his time to paddle-sweep that round behind square

10.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, a big - but admittedly lone - shout for one which pitched outside off, turned back in but was way outside the line

10.6

Giles to Hussey, 3 runs, reverse sweep brings up huge cheers as it goes round to the 45

And it's Harmison to replace Flintoff

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 57/2
MEK Hussey    9* (13b)      AF Giles    3-0-14-0
RT Ponting    20* (30b 1x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-23-1

11.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, good start from Harmison, over the wicket to the left-hander and that pitches straight and it's defended quietly on the back foot

11.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, ooh, tasty - Hussey jabs at that one which leaps under his under-edge on the off-side

11.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, tucked away nicely off the legs

11.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, defended into the covers

11.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, good length there from Harmison and that darts in at the right-hander who's forced to defend on the front foot

11.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 58/2
RT Ponting    20* (33b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-1-0
MEK Hussey    10* (16b)      AF Giles    3-0-14-0

12.1

Hoggard to Hussey, 3 runs, nice shot, a late cut down to the wide third man boundary where there's a good chase from Strauss and Bell who do a lovely relay moment

Jones up to the stumps and a fly slip in place, and a short and regular cover

12.2

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, strangled shout as that one bends in at the right-hander

12.3

Hoggard to Ponting, 2 runs, drags that one down, allowing the batsman plenty of time to get over it and work it in front of midwicket

12.4

Hoggard to Ponting, FOUR, a touch short, and that's a lovely shot, angled through the seagulls behind point, with a lovely, lovely late cut. Liked that one

12.5

Hoggard to Ponting, no run, a touch wide on the off-side and there's plenty of time and room to cut that away, but that goes straight to the fielder

12.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, short, on off stick, and that's hit hard away square and that's drinks ... not it's not! Change of heart from the umpires ...

Drinks Martin Williamson will now take you through to the close. The required run rate now is 4.34 and dropping ...

End of over 13 (10 runs) Australia 68/2
RT Ponting    27* (38b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-29-1
MEK Hussey    13* (17b)      SJ Harmison    1-0-1-0

13.1

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, flicked into the leg side for an ambled single

13.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, pulled but he didn't get hold of it and it ended up trundling to wide mid-on&

13.3

Harmison to Ponting, 1 run, Harmison strays down the leg side and it's easily turned to long leg

Australia picking off singles at will

13.4

Harmison to Hussey, 2 runs, sweetly turned off his toes, good running as well to come back for a second

13.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, angled across the left-hander and he leaves it. That prompts a chorus of approval from the fielders

13.6

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, short-lived accuracy ... leg-side line, flicked through midwicket

Australia need 94 runs from 22 overs - required run rate 4.27. Jenny admits she put $15 on Australia at 2-1 at the start of play ... Ashley Giles comes on again to increase her chances of collecting from the bookies ...

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 74/2
MEK Hussey    17* (21b)      SJ Harmison    2-0-7-0
RT Ponting    29* (40b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-29-1

Gully and leg gully. No slip

14.1

Giles to Hussey, no run, one step to meet the ball and then flicked to midwicket

14.2

Giles to Hussey, 2 byes, left alone, it hits the rough and spits, striking the helmeted Jones on the shoulder and past him for byes

Square leg, short mid-on, deep mid-on, mid-off. No cover sweeper to Hussey, which is intriguing

14.3

Giles to Hussey, no run, "Bowled, Gilo," chirps Jones. Well, it was straight and a dot ball

14.4

Giles to Hussey, 2 runs, neatly reverse swept to third man

The fielders are moving this way and that, but the gaps appear to be getting bigger

14.5

Giles to Hussey, 1 leg bye, Hussey just picks his spot and ambles a single

Square leg, short mid-on, deep mid-on, mid-off. No cover sweeper to Hussey, which is intriguing

14.6

Giles to Ponting, no run, forward defensive

Australia need 89 runs from 21 overs - the required run rate continues to ease down; it's now 4.24

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 79/2
RT Ponting    29* (41b 2x4)      AF Giles    4-0-16-0
MEK Hussey    19* (26b)      SJ Harmison    2-0-7-0

James Anderson on at the City End. The deckchairs continue to be shuffled ...

15.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, leg side, flicked off his hip by Hussey but he doesn't connect properly and Jones makes a good diving stop

15.2

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, short, he looked to run it through point but it was a bit close to him and he ended up dabbing it through the big gap between Jones and the one man in at third slip

No slips for Anderson. Third man, deep point, short cover, mid-off, mid-on, short midwicket, short square leg, leg-side sweeper

15.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, played square on the off side

15.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting plays that back with a ramrod-straight bat

15.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, scooped to short midwicket

15.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, too cramped to get any force behind an attempted steer past point and an easy stop

Australia need 84 runs from 20 overs - the required run rate continues to melt; it's now 4.2

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 84/2
RT Ponting    29* (44b 2x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0
MEK Hussey    24* (29b 1x4)      AF Giles    4-0-16-0

endless tinkering with the field

16.1

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, great shot, swept from outside off stump and the ball has enough pace to beat a despairing dive from the man running round from backward square leg

16.2

Giles to Hussey, 2 runs, driven square on the off, an immediate shout of "two" as Hussey sets off and he's as good as his word

16.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, dink, dropped into the off and an easy single

England's body language is in meltdown

16.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting looks to run it on the leg and a thick edge lobs just short of the man saving one on the leg-side 45

16.5

Giles to Ponting, no run, firm drive, well stopped by Giles moving quickly to his left

16.6

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting barely hit that five yards on the off but they still ran a single to Anderson and almost got overthrows into the bargain

Giles seems powerless to stem the flow of runs. He's had a wretched game ... Australia need 76 runs from 19 overs - the required run rate is now exactly 4 after that over leaked eight runs. All of the momentum is with Australia

End of over 17 (8 runs) Australia 92/2
RT Ponting    30* (47b 2x4)      AF Giles    5-0-24-0
MEK Hussey    31* (32b 2x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0

17.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off stump, driven to extra cover

17.2

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, lovely shot, a cracked drive past Harmison at mid-off sends the seagulls into the air and the crowd into raptures

17.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Pietersen fields in the covers

Flintoff looks a beaten man ....but look at the resources he has to play with

17.4

Anderson to Ponting, 4 runs, Ponting throws his weight into that drive, and for a millisecond it looked as if it might carry to Harmison at mid-off ... but it falls just short and they run four even though the fielders catch the ball just inside the boundary

17.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, clipped into the leg side. Ponting and Hussey are like cats playing with a tired mouse that has lost the will to live

17.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, a dot ball to end the over

The run-rate's now below 4 - Australia need 3.72 runs an over - that's 67 from 18 overs. Giles gives way to Pietersen. Sums up Giles's match.

End of over 18 (9 runs) Australia 101/2
MEK Hussey    31* (33b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-14-0
RT Ponting    39* (52b 3x4)      AF Giles    5-0-24-0

18.1

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, straight and blocked with suspicion by Ponting

18.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, turned behind on the leg but straight to the man there for that very shot

18.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting waits and drops it into the leg side with soft hands

Flintoff and Pietersen chat. Do they stop the singles or the fours? At the moment they are stopping neither.

18.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, good ball, Hussey can only block

18.5

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, and again, flat and little spin but Hussey can't get it away

18.6

Pietersen to Hussey, 1 run, short, thumped to Cook on the midwicket boundary

Flintoff has Anderson and Giles who are out of sorts and practice ... Harmison who is just out of sorts ... the captain is carrying an ankle injury. The required run-rate is 3.82 with 17 overs remaining and Giles comes back on at the City End to see if that helps.

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 103/2
MEK Hussey    32* (36b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    1-0-2-0
RT Ponting    40* (55b 3x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-14-0

19.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, he starts with a full toss and only a diving stop by Strauss on the midwicket boundary spares Giles's blushes

19.2

Giles to Ponting, FOUR, oh yes! Ponting hammers Giles over extra cover and this time Strauss can do nothing but retrieve it from in front of the advertising hoardings

19.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes down the pitch and chips feet short of extra cover

19.4

Giles to Ponting, no run, played back to Giles

19.5

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, chipped into the midwicket area

19.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, reverse sweep, but there's a man there for that shot and it goes straight to him

59 runs now needed at 3.69 runs per over, from 16 overs

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 109/2
MEK Hussey    33* (38b 2x4)      AF Giles    6-0-30-0
RT Ponting    45* (59b 4x4)      KP Pietersen    1-0-2-0

20.1

Pietersen to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting comes down to meet that, chips it over midwicket and quick running means that they come back for an easy two

20.2

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, blocked

20.3

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, one step, driven up to mid-off

there are few men in saving one ... England need to put some pressure on here

20.4

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, dropped into the off side and a momentary mix-up as fielders converge

20.5

Pietersen to Hussey, 2 runs, driven between cover and extra cover, again two there to the man in the deep

20.6

Pietersen to Hussey, no run, blocked, but the pressure off with each passing ball

That's drinks and there's just 3.6 runs now needed per over, with 15 overs left. England need to work out their field placements but it looks as if the horse has already bolted. The post mortems are already starting and Duncan Fletcher will be under pressure after this. He gambled on Giles and Jones and he appears to have lost.

End of over 21 (5 runs) Australia 114/2
MEK Hussey    35* (41b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-7-0
RT Ponting    48* (62b 4x4)      AF Giles    6-0-30-0

Flintoff is off the field and Joyce comes on. Strauss takes charge and Giles continues from the City End

21.1

Giles to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting waits and places it into the off side. There are enough gaps for him to do that as and when he pleases

Strauss immediately talks to Giles and make sit clear that they cannot allow singles at will. Men are brought in.

21.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, swept to backward square leg

Now Jones moves a fielder

21.3

Giles to Ponting, no run, Ponting looks to tip and run but Pietersen in like a gazelle and Hussey sends his captain back

21.4

Giles to Ponting, OUT, Ponting looks to hit it through the covers but doesn't make a good connection and Strauss at short extra cover takes a good waist-high catch

RT Ponting c Strauss b Giles 49 (95m 65b 5x4 0x6) SR: 75.38

TV commentary boxes get terribly excited, but not too many others do. It's too little and too late ... or is it?!

silly point, no slip for the new man

21.5

Giles to Martyn, no run, back and blocked

21.6

Giles to Martyn, 1 run, swept and Cook running in from backward square leg almost manages to dummy himself but dives and stops it at the second attempt

51 from 14 needed, at 3.64

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 117/3
DR Martyn    1* (2b)      AF Giles    7-0-33-1
MEK Hussey    36* (42b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-7-0

"Super Freddie Flintoff," chant the Barmy Army as he comes back on the field and immediately brings himself on at the Cathedral End

22.1

Flintoff to Martyn, FOUR, Martyn takes a big stride and launches a big hit high over mid-off and the seagulls' slumber is again disturbed

Flintoff has fielders in a ring saving one for the first time. Will that add to the pressure?

22.2

Flintoff to Martyn, OUT, wide and Martyn leans back and looks to crack that through point but only hits it hard at Strauss who takes the catch. No celebrations, but England at least have a glimmer of hope now ... the odds are, however, still with Australia

DR Martyn c Strauss b Flintoff 5 (4m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

22.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, turned to leg but the cordon closes quickly

22.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke into line and blocks

22.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke pushes towards mid-on and starts off for the single but quickly realises men are converging quickly and so checks

22.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, good ball, Clarke can only block

Not for the first time, Flintoff leads from the front. 3.61 is now the required rate, with 13 overs remaining and 47 needed.

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 121/4
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      A Flintoff    6-0-27-2
MEK Hussey    36* (42b 2x4)      AF Giles    7-0-33-1

23.1

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, wide of extra cover for a single

silly point in for Clarke

23.2

Giles to Clarke, no run, good line and length, blocked

23.3

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, short, Clarke leans back and hits into the covers ... he doesn't time it but still gets the run

23.4

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey waits and flicks it into space on the leg side

23.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke's turn to wait, and he then turns it into space at midwicket

23.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to sweep from outside off stump, misses and almost loses his off stump. He doesn't need to take risks like that at this stage

Australia are cruising here - they have 12 overs left to get the remaining 43 they need, at a run-rate of 3.58 with six wickets in hand

End of over 24 (4 runs) Australia 125/4
MEK Hussey    38* (45b 2x4)      AF Giles    8-0-37-1
MJ Clarke    2* (7b)      A Flintoff    6-0-27-2

24.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, hit at Pietersen at silly mid-on, he misfields but no single as others rush in to mop up

KP gees them up with some clapping and a 'Come on boys' - the players' body language has just lifted a tad, here.

24.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, he looks to run it down to third man but bottom edges into the ground

24.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-off. Clarke is creating his own pressure here ... he has time on his side but looks a bit jittery

24.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, angled straight to Strauss at gully

24.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, whipped from outside off stump to Pietersen at silly mid-on

24.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 7 runs, this time Clarke finds the gap to Pietersen's right and Hoggard chases ... he throws to Pietersen who then flings the ball at the striker's stumps ... the ball hits the stumps and from there to the boundary. What on earth was he thinking of ... there was no chance of a run-out

After that calamitous last ball, the run-rate sinks to just 3.27. Australia need 36 runs from 11 overs. Flintoff is spitting nails. A really good over which was creating pressure and then that.

End of over 25 (7 runs) Australia 132/4
MJ Clarke    9* (13b)      A Flintoff    7-0-34-2
MEK Hussey    38* (45b 2x4)      AF Giles    8-0-37-1

25.1

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, driven out to a wide mid-on and they jog through

25.2

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, worked off the legs to midwicket. Hussey is so good at picking off the singles

25.3

Giles to Clarke, no run, Clarke right behind that

25.4

Giles to Clarke, no run, And once more he is happy to block it

25.5

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke works that behind square on the leg side

25.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, Giles turns that one into Hussey who ends up far too cramped for the cut he was looking to play

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 135/4
MEK Hussey    39* (47b 2x4)      AF Giles    9-0-40-1
MJ Clarke    11* (17b)      A Flintoff    7-0-34-2

26.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, left alone

26.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short, down the leg and Jones takes at chest height

26.3

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, played into the off side and the fielders rush in to prevent the one

26.4

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, short and wider down the leg that the one two balls earlier, this time Jones has to leap to this left to gather. Steve Bucknor looks but that's not a wide in Tests

26.5

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, into the off side. Five dot balls from Flintoff again. Can he make it six?

26.6

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, no! Turned off his legs and a yell of "two" which he gets as the ball ends up midway between fielders

A tighter over, two off it, but still just 31 needed from nine overs, at 3.44 per over.

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 137/4
MJ Clarke    13* (23b)      A Flintoff    8-0-36-2
MEK Hussey    39* (47b 2x4)      AF Giles    9-0-40-1

27.1

Giles to Hussey, FOUR, swept with real venom, he hit that so hard and with such placement that the two men in the deep had no chance

27.2

Giles to Hussey, no run, this time he hits straight at the man at square leg

27.3

Giles to Hussey, 1 run, swept into the deep once more but Pietersen fields to ironic cheers from the crowd after his overthrows earlier

27.4

Giles to Clarke, 1 run, lofted drive, cries of "catch it", but it was safe

27.5

Giles to Hussey, no run, turned to midwicket, Clarke wanted the run but Hussey was having none of it and Clarke had to turn sharply and scramble back to safety

27.6

Giles to Hussey, no run, played into the leg side but this time the consensus is no run

Run rate is 3.13. Eight overs, with 25 required

End of over 28 (6 runs) Australia 143/4
MEK Hussey    44* (52b 3x4)      AF Giles    10-0-46-1
MJ Clarke    14* (24b)      A Flintoff    8-0-36-2

28.1

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, a snorter to start, it spits at Clarke who has to react quickly to get bat and hands out of the way

28.2

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, Clarke shuffles to leg but his drive finds the man at extra cover

28.3

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, helped round the corner by Clarke off his thighpad, an unconvincing shot but it's about runs and not style at this stage

28.4

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, threaded between the two slips, quite deliberate and a lovely shot

28.5

Flintoff to Hussey, 3 runs, Hussey aimed a pull but it didn't bounce as much as expected and he edged, via thigh pad, between keeper and slip all along the ground

His seventh Test fifty, this one from 54 balls

28.6

Flintoff to Clarke, no run, turned to Pietersen at short mid-on and an immediate yell of "No!"

The finishing line is in sight. Just 17 runs required from seven overs now. Australia cantering here, with the required run-rate now a paltry 2.43

End of over 29 (8 runs) Australia 151/4
MJ Clarke    15* (28b)      A Flintoff    9-0-44-2
MEK Hussey    51* (54b 4x4)      AF Giles    10-0-46-1

Giles out of the attack and now Harmison into the attack.

29.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, short, Hussey misses with an attempted hook and is struck on his shoulder. He was through the shot by the time it arrived ... how times change

29.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 wide, when the going gets tough, the tough bowl a wide. Not in the Brisbane class, but still wide enough

29.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, placed into the point region

29.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, Clarke blocks on the back foot

29.4

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, Harmison drifts down the leg side and Clarke works that to deep square leg and comes back for the second even though Bell was on it quickly

29.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, off stump, left alone

29.6

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, again Harmison loses his bearings and sprays the ball down the leg, and again Clarke makes the most of it by finding space behind square

Six overs, 11 runs; more than enough time for Australia to walk to the win should they choose. For what it's worth, the required run-rate is less than two.

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 157/4
MJ Clarke    19* (32b)      SJ Harmison    3-0-13-0
MEK Hussey    52* (56b 4x4)      A Flintoff    9-0-44-2

30.1

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, prodded to deepish cover

Ian Botham in full rant. "People are asking questions," he says. "I'm asking questions." He doesn't actually tell us what the question is though. He's almost in his Trueman "what's going off out there" mode. It's coming ...

30.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, played into the ring of fielders on the off

30.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, left alone

30.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Clarke into line, no need for any risks

30.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, slid defence

30.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a low-key over, but that's not a worry for Australia

"Ten runs needed from five overs - that's exactly two required an over, obviously," says Jenny after checking on the calculator on her mobile phone

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 158/4
MJ Clarke    19* (37b)      JM Anderson    3-0-15-0
MEK Hussey    53* (57b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    3-0-13-0

31.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, decent line, no run

31.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, indecent line ... leg side, and helped on its way. Harmison looks cross, as well he might

31.3

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke onto the back foot, takes the pace off the ball and ambles a single as he places it wide of point

31.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, played up to short extra cover

31.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, a loose drive beats the bat and Jones hints at an appeal but realises it missed the edge and thinks better of it

31.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, prodded to extra cover

"Just the eight runs required and Australia have four overs to get them in," quips Thompson. She doesn't offer the run rate this time ...

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 160/4
MEK Hussey    54* (62b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    4-0-15-0
MJ Clarke    20* (38b)      JM Anderson    3-0-15-0

32.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, inside edge, Jones, diving to left spills the chance. Those are hard for keepers, but he got one hand to it and arguably should have got both there. It's academic as far as the result is concerned but it's another mistake on a dismal day for England

32.2

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, crisply driven to the cover boundary

32.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, blocked

32.4

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey leans back and hammers that with a short-arm pull high over wide mid-on, He punches the air ... almost there ...

32.5

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, that's it ... Hussey drives through extra cover and punches the air and jumps around as well he might. Australia, seemingly down and out after two days, have recorded a remarkable win. Handshakes all round, and the grinning Australians emerge from the pavilion to meet the hangdog English side at the boundary edge ...

That the end of a remarkable Test, and we now have a nine-day break before it all starts again at Perth. From me, Martin Williamson, be Will Luke and Jenny Thompson thanks for joining us and for all your kind emails. Join us on Thursday week when we start all over again. Goodnight.

Post-match Andrew Flintoff: "We played a lot of good cricket apart from an hour today. I was pleased with the side we went into this match with. I'm not in a great mood at the moment .... we've got to bounce back."

Ricky Ponting: "We've worked exceptionally hard... to turn it round today was an amazing effort. We've just shown how good a team we are and we've answered all the critics."

Duncan Fletcher: "One bad session can cost you the match. I've got to speak to the batters and ask why they closed up ... the instructions were to have a go like we did yesterday. We included Giles because we wanted to bat to No. 8 ... we think Ashley can do a better job at that."

Man of the Match Ricky Ponting

Presentations and the like coming soon ... in the meantime, check out the day's photo gallery ... If you want to chat to the commentators, then click here ... but be kind, it's been a long five days ...

Australia embark on a lap of honour as the ground, which has filled up as the day has gone on, stands to acknowledge them.

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