England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 3rd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 206 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

40.5

Harmison to Symonds, FOUR, off the mark straight away and that's the first Ashes runs for Symonds who rolls his wrists over that one and tickles it fine through fine leg

40.6

Harmison to Symonds, no run, full ball at 93.5mph (150kph) wings down the channel, pitching pretty much on the line where the stumps are and that's left alone

Australia 125/4   A Symonds 4* (2b 1x4)

41.4

Panesar to Symonds, no run, pitches in a testy area and that's left alone outside off

41.5

Panesar to Symonds, no run, ooh! Jaffa. Symonds edges that one down way in front of first slip and he knows he's been done - and he stands there in contemplation, looking back at the bowler

41.6

Panesar to Symonds, no run, defended this time

Australia 130/4   A Symonds 4* (5b 1x4)

42.3

Harmison to Symonds, no run, bouncer, ducked under

42.4

Harmison to Symonds, no run, tries more of the short stuff, but it's some of the wide stuff, too - and that's left well alone with a duck

42.5

Harmison to Symonds, no run, Symonds sways away from that one on the backfoot

42.6

Harmison to Symonds, no run, again that's left alone - that one was short yet again and it's harmlessly down the channel

Australia 131/4   A Symonds 4* (9b 1x4)

43.6

Panesar to Symonds, no run, defended on the front foot and there's an appeal, but the umpire wasn't even slightly interested

Australia 136/4   A Symonds 4* (10b 1x4)

45.1

Panesar to Symonds, no run

45.2

Panesar to Symonds, no run, testing him again, just pitching on off and spinning ever-so-slightly away from him

45.3

Panesar to Symonds, 3 runs, worked down to fine again and that's some smart running from Australia

45.6

Panesar to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds waits for that, gets over the ball and tickles it out to leg and, ooh, they've got to be quick... as there's a sharp shy in from midwicket to the danger end that Hussey's scooting to. He throws his bat over the line and slides in on his belly. He could have been a gonner, then

Australia 145/4   A Symonds 8* (14b 1x4)

46.1

Flintoff to Symonds, no run, driven to mid-on but that's picked up quickly

46.2

Flintoff to Symonds, 1 run, better running this time as that's eased into the cover region

Australia 146/4   A Symonds 9* (16b 1x4)

47.1

Panesar to Symonds, SIX, bosh, bosh and more bosh. What a cracker from Symonds who dances down and whisks that one straight back over Panesar's head: typical Symonds. Hello, massive

47.2

Panesar to Symonds, no run, defended on the front foot

47.3

Panesar to Symonds, SIX, tries the same shot and gets the same result. This time, though, it's a slightly flatter shot but it's just powered all the way. Lovely

47.4

Panesar to Symonds, FOUR, and he lashes that one away through cover to big acclaim from the crowd. "It's a cow punch," I thought Ian Healy said. He actually said counter-punch, but I quite think cow punch works quite nicely as well, conveying the beefiness of the shot and the power behind it

47.5

Panesar to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds looked for two there, keen to have another dart at Symonds... but Hussey says no

Australia 167/4   A Symonds 26* (21b 2x4 2x6)

48.1

Mahmood to Symonds, no run, ooh, asking the question of Symonds there, with that one which slinks deliciously and invitingly down the corridor. Symonds showed his willpower, leaving it alone

48.2

Mahmood to Symonds, no run, you can see Symonds is itching to get after almost everything and that's driven quickly to cover, but it's collected there

48.3

Mahmood to Symonds, no run, ooh, great judgement from the big man, there. That one just - just, mind - failed to shave the off-bail as it nipped back off a length

48.4

Mahmood to Symonds, no run, defended on the front foot

48.5

Mahmood to Symonds, no run, that one's in the channel, as well, but rising and Symonds leaves that with high arms

48.6

Mahmood to Symonds, no run, driven to mid-off and that's a maiden for Mahmood

Australia 167/4   A Symonds 26* (27b 2x4 2x6)

49.4

Panesar to Symonds, no run, comes down and driven to mid-on, but without much power on this occasion

49.5

Panesar to Symonds, no run, tries to drive that one to mid-on again, almost like a golf shot he's so tall and upright

49.6

Panesar to Symonds, OUT, he's gone this time! Symonds shapes to cut that one and gets the thinnest of top-edges straight through to Jones who makes no mistake in pouching that one at the second attempt. Good decision from Flintoff to keep Panesar on after his previous pummelling and the Symonds fireworks were sparkling but shortlived.

A Symonds c †Jones b Panesar 26 (39m 30b 2x4 2x6) SR: 86.66

49.6

Panesar to Symonds, OUT, he's gone this time! Symonds shapes to cut that one and gets the thinnest of top-edges straight through to Jones who makes no mistake in pouching that one. Good decision from Flintoff to keep Panesar on after his previous pummelling and the Symonds fireworks were sparkling but shortlived.

A Symonds c †Jones b Panesar 26 (39m 30b 2x4 2x6) SR: 86.66

Australia 172/5   A Symonds 26 (30b 2x4 2x6)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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