England tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v England at Perth, Dec 14-18, 2006
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Australia won by 206 runs
14,15,16,17,18 December 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
0.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, ooh and immediate swing into the left-hander who clips it to midwicket.

0.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, touch wider this time, touch shorter and it fairly pings off the surface. Bit of pace in that delivery and Langer leaves alone

0.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, a better, tighter line this time from Hoggard but Langer leaves this alone on length...as do most batsmen at the WACA

0.4

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, oh and Langer slips here, trying to flick it down to fine leg but the ball raps his pads and Langer looses his footing. Somehow. He's always doing that...

0.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, left alone outside off and that's a pretty good start by Hoggard

Australia 4/0   JL Langer 1* (5b)
1.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, yikes, bit of pace and bounce there! That pinged off a length but was too wide, too woolly. Good take by Jones

1.3

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, ooh well, Langer's peeled this over backward point - carved, actually, might be more accurate. Slashing it over the infield for four

1.3

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, ooh well, Langer's peeled this over backward point - carved, actually, might be more accurate. Slashing it over the infield for four

1.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, Langer's left this, rapped on the pads - dangerous, but that's the Australian way at WACA, leaving it on length

1.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, slightly tighter line from Flintoff at a pleasingly brisk pace, too, but again it's just a touch too short to trouble Langer

1.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, good bounce, good pace, good carry - but too wide again and Langer leaves alone

Australia 9/0   JL Langer 5* (10b 1x4)
2.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, left alone, appreciable bounce from Hoggard&

2.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, ooh and this fizzes off the pitch, hurrying Langer who is almost knocked off his small feet again, the ball rapping his pads

2.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, pushed off his legs but no great timing there

2.6

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, oh and he's laced this! Absolutely creamed it like a big juicy coronary-inducing cream bun through the covers.

Australia 18/0   JL Langer 9* (14b 2x4)
4.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, quick, outside off stump. Actually, perhaps it wasn't that quick but Hoggard's a skiddy, slider type of bowler and it's fairly zipping off the pitch

4.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, left alone outside off

4.3

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, excellent cricket from Langer, dropping it down dead by his toes and calling Hayden through for a single. Super piece of running, there

Australia 23/0   JL Langer 10* (17b 2x4)
5.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, Langer goes right back onto his stumps, practically eating them, and edges it to gully who dives athletically to field

5.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, outside off and Langer goes back to defend, which he does with a pleasing clunk of the bat

5.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, good one! Excellent bouncer from Flintoff, Langer just ducks out of the way and there's an audible "ooorrr" from the batsman who then skips on the spot, ducking and weaving like a boxing cockney rebel he isn't

5.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, too wide of the off stump, the ducking Langer leaves this alone

5.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, on leg stump, Langer's head again falls over to the off side and he can't work it to leg. Short leg is crouching tiger hidden dragon and fields

5.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, excellent over, a maiden - and a fair one too

Australia 27/0   JL Langer 10* (23b 2x4)
7.1

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, ah, shot Langer, a short-arm pull through mid-on. Superbly timed

7.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, and Langer follows up that splendid pull shot with a single, dropping this down by his toes and scampering through

7.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, that was quick - just under 90mph (144.7kph) and left alone by the batsman

7.5

Flintoff to Langer, (no ball) FOUR, ooh Langer again flashes at this one outside his off stump and it flies over the slips, down to third man for four

7.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, pushed off his pads but straight to short leg

7.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, excellent length, that's good from Flintoff, pushing Langer back who defends

Australia 39/0   JL Langer 19* (29b 4x4)
8.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, ah lovely bowling, drawing Langer forward who plays at this, and misses. The wicketkeeper goes up, but Hoggard doesn't...that was mighty close

8.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, but this is even closer, Langer impetuously driving on the up but it cuts just enough away from him...and again that was damn close

Australia 42/0   JL Langer 19* (31b 4x4)
9.4

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, and that's a little too quick for Langer, the ball rapping him on the pad - Harmison shouts catch, rather optimistically - and it runs down to fine leg

Australia 46/0   JL Langer 20* (32b 4x4)
10.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, and Langer comes forward, head over the ball, watchfully, cautiously defending it into the covers

10.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, good length! Left alone outside off

Australia 48/1   JL Langer 20* (34b 4x4)
12.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, lovely line from Hoggard, just tempting the batsman outside off, but he won't be lured into nibbling at this

12.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, excellent line and length, attacking Langer's off stump who very watchfully defends this

12.3

Hoggard to Langer, FOUR, ooh and this swings into Langer but he just turns the face of the bat and runs it down to the vacant fine leg. A gimme for four

12.4

Hoggard to Langer, no run, crack! A lovely juicy cover drive but straight to Monty in the covers

12.5

Hoggard to Langer, 1 run, a touch too straight and it's turned off his legs

Australia 53/1   JL Langer 25* (39b 5x4)
14.1

Hoggard to Langer, no run, up there, but that's tidy defence there by Langer, bringing down soft hands on the ball and easing it down into the short midwicket region

14.2

Hoggard to Langer, no run, defended off the back foot into the gully and that's easily picked up by the fielder there

14.3

Hoggard to Langer, no run, good line and Langer rehearses the shot once the ball has flown through

14.4

Hoggard to Langer, 2 runs, launches into that one, a touch wide of off-stump, and finds Panesar at mid-off. Poor Monty fumbles that a touch - he passes it through his legs, inadvertently - and receives loud cheers for his efforts

14.5

Hoggard to Langer, no run, that's tucked down off the hips

14.6

Hoggard to Langer, no run, the ball cut away from the left-hander and that's left alone outside off

Australia 56/2   JL Langer 27* (45b 5x4)
15.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, angles that across the left-hander - Harmison over the wicket - and that is defended off the back foot, with a straight bat in the end, but a nervous jump

15.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, well tickled round to fine leg where Panesar and his sideshow of a fielding effort deal with it cleanly

Australia 58/2   JL Langer 28* (47b 5x4)
16.1

Flintoff to Langer, no run, ooh, Langer got stuck in his crease there, with Trescothick-like leaden feet - and he decides to swoosh at it, but could have left it as it was outside the off stump. Ever so nearly an edge, that

16.2

Flintoff to Langer, 1 no ball, overstepped there and that one sails harmlessly through

16.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, takes the pace off that a tad and it's just left outside the off stump. "Areas, Freddie!" chirps Alastair Cook who's in close, such is the lot of the youngster

16.3

Flintoff to Langer, no run, nimble work from Pietersen there, dashing in from cover to pounce on that one. England's body language and generaly jauntiness a different story in the very early stages of this Test

16.4

Flintoff to Langer, no run, left alone outside off

16.5

Flintoff to Langer, no run, ooh, good stuff from Flintoff, spearing that in on a good length, just outside off and the batsman thinks about playing it, but only for a split second

16.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, defended tidily enough in the end as that one's full but straighter and it's turned a touch to leg

16.6

Flintoff to Langer, no run, defended tidily enough in the end as that one's full but straighter and it's turned a touch to leg

Australia 59/2   JL Langer 28* (54b 5x4)
17.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short-of-a-length and he looks to pull that one at 90.3mph (145.3kph) but swishes under it

17.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, ooh, that strikes him on the upper thigh. Aw, that's gonna hurt in the morning, if it doesn't already

Australia 60/2   JL Langer 28* (56b 5x4)
19.1

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, dropped. Harmison angles that one across the batsman who shapes to play a backfoot defensive, but a diving Flintoff gets his hand to it at second slip, crouching low and just gets half a hand to it in the end

Australia 61/2   JL Langer 29* (57b 5x4)
20.1

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, short and Langer latches on to this short delivery very quickly and punches at it with a pull shot. He gets an inside edge, but such is the timing that it finds the boundary

20.2

Flintoff to Langer, no run, defended on the back foot

20.3

Flintoff to Langer, 1 run, good length delivery, well played, just tickling that one behind him and Jones chases it down

Australia 66/2   JL Langer 34* (60b 6x4)
21.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, left alone easily enough and that one flies through to Jones

21.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, 86mph (138kph) and that one flies past the grille, but moves away off the seam, so pretty wide by the time Jones pouches it

21.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, again that's angled across a touch wide, and left alone

21.4

Harmison to Langer, no run

21.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, left alone this time

21.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, pitches on leg and Langer works it square but it's picked up easily

Australia 66/2   JL Langer 34* (66b 6x4)
23.1

Mahmood to Langer, 3 runs, full ball on middle-and-leg, clipped off his legs, Cook dived just inside the ropes, stopped it, and Panesar relayed the return

Australia 69/2   JL Langer 37* (67b 6x4)
24.1

Panesar to Langer, OUT, And Panesar strikes! It's taken him just seven balls to get his first Ashes wicket and that pitches outside off and beats Langer's forward defensive, knocking back off stump. Panesar is immediately celebrating, running around in a loop, whooping and beaming. Giles on the balcony has a full beaming smile, delighted with England's progress

JL Langer b Panesar 37 (116m 68b 6x4 0x6) SR: 54.41

Australia 69/3   JL Langer 37 (68b 6x4)
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Hours of play (local time) 11.30 start, Lunch 13.30-14.10, Tea 16.10-16.30, Close 18.30

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