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

13.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, hostile from Harmison - that bounces right up at the chest area at 90mph (144kph) and the batsman awkwardly fends that one down, with his bottom hand coming off the bat as he does so

13.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pitched right up there and that's dealt with - just about - by the batsman, on his back foot

13.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, kept down by Hussey and that rounds off a wicket maiden

Australia 54/2   MEK Hussey 0* (3b)

15.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, that's left alone outside off and continues to climb as it reaches Jones

15.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, again that's left, this time a touch more easily, as it was slightly wider

15.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, strayed down leg and Hussey gets off the mark with a clip off his hips and there are rousing cheers for him so doing

15.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, made to play that one, with a solid defence off the back foot and that ends another decent over

Australia 58/2   MEK Hussey 1* (7b)

17.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, that's left alone outside off

17.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, textbook defence, oak-solid, to one which pitches on a good length and there's the full face of the bat

17.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, Hussey bends back a touch and pulls out of the shot really early, pulling his bat back and allowing that one to whistle past his chest through to Jones

17.4

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, good shot from Hussey that, hands quickly down on to that one which he helps in front of square where a diving Cook parries the ball, doing well to get a hand on it, in truth

Australia 60/2   MEK Hussey 2* (11b)

18.1

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, over the wicket at the left-hander and angles that well across him, and it's left easily enough with a bit of theatrical periscoping

18.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, oh, oh, that one was much straighter and just flew over the batsman's left hip as it's left well alone

18.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, good ball, straight, and that sails through

18.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, left alone this time

18.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, round the wicket this time and that's good carry from Flintoff but that's left alone again

18.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, round again, angled in, but that's good judgement from the batsman, who leaves it

Australia 60/2   MEK Hussey 2* (17b)

19.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, straighter and that's defended this time

19.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run

19.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, ooh, hostile from Harmison this time, forcing the batsman to sway away off his back foot as that whizzes past his nose. Good control, too

19.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot

19.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, tries to on-drive that one but doesn't really get hold of it and kills the shot

Australia 61/2   MEK Hussey 2* (22b)

20.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, that one's a touch short, but on a good line, just outside off, and it's left alone

20.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, solid defensive played on the front foot this time

20.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, down the channel, harmless, and that's left alone

Australia 66/2   MEK Hussey 2* (25b)

22.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, right on target immediately and that's very well defended on the front foot

22.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, patient work from Hussey already, moving all the way back and defending that down

22.3

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

22.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, pushed into the off-side, looking for that single

22.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, on the button again, and that's defended on the front foot this time

22.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, on the button again, and that's defended on the front foot this time

22.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended into the man in short on the off-side

22.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended into the man in short on the off-side

Australia 66/2   MEK Hussey 2* (31b)

23.2

Mahmood to Hussey, no run

23.3

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, steered to the covers

23.4

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, steered to the covers again and then Hussey prods down a few divots

23.5

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, quickly on to that one with a sweet drive, but that's some tidy fielding in the covers

23.6

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, straight, full, and that's defended on the front foot

Australia 69/2   MEK Hussey 2* (36b)

25.1

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, a cracker! Just cuts away enough to beat a tentative forward defence from Hussey. Very close indeed

25.2

Hoggard to Hussey, 2 runs, angled off the back foot past second slip, very neatly played - just using the pace of the ball to guide it easily down to third man

25.3

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, drifting down the leg side, drifting further with the inswing, and Jones tumbles to his right to collect this. Does well, too

25.4

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, that's the length from Hoggard, pitching it up and tempting Hussey into driving. He does drive, confidently enough albeit without really moving his feet, and it's pushed out into the covers

25.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, how was that? A huge appeal, and a very good one too. Classical Hoggard, swinging it into the left hander who comes forward, the ball raps him on the pad. Hussey is indicating he probably hit it...and replays suggest Hussey probably did get a nick on it. Good decision from Aleem Dar

25.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, again the perfect length, allowing the ball to swing and Hussey clips it to mid-on

Australia 71/3   MEK Hussey 4* (42b)

26.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, down the track from Hussey, chipping it into the leg side

26.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run

Australia 72/3   MEK Hussey 4* (44b)

27.5

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, immediately Hoggard adjusts his line to the left hander, although it's a touch too wide to trouble Hussey who shoulders arms.

27.6

Hoggard to Hussey, no run, clipped off his legs, nicely timed but Cook, at mid-on, tumbles to his left to field

Australia 73/3   MEK Hussey 4* (46b)

28.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, and it's fired in flat, Hussey comes forward and blocks this out

28.4

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, just a touch too short but Hussey is so quick to rock back and punch it into the covers

Australia 75/3   MEK Hussey 5* (48b)

30.1

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, outside off and turned, off his legs, very neatly

30.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, back Hussey goes and defends

30.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, ooooh so close! Outside off and it beats Hussey's indeterminate push outside off, the ball hitting Jones' gloves and very nearly bowling him

30.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended solidly this time

30.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off this time

Australia 78/3   MEK Hussey 6* (53b)

32.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, nasty ball rising on Hussey's chest - that's more like it from Harmison - but it's very well played by the batsman and they steal another single

32.5

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, and again, dropped down and they nick another

Australia 89/3   MEK Hussey 8* (55b)

33.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, right up in the blockhole and it's driven, solidly and firmly, but straight to point

33.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, too straight, Hussey clips this off his pads but Flintoff is there at a short mid-on to prevent the single

33.3

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, and Mahmood is too deep at mid-off, Hussey stealing a single

33.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, pushed back, hard, to Monty

Australia 95/3   MEK Hussey 9* (59b)

35.1

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, and that's just a bit too short from Panesar, too straight also and Hussey easily glances it fine

35.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, Hussey forced to defend his off stump here, which he does very firmly

35.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, like the impish imp Hussey is, he tries to scamper a single here but is sent back by the wise pup Clarke

Australia 103/3   MEK Hussey 10* (62b)

37.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, breaking news: no single this time. Hussey defends solidly, firmly et al

37.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, ah well bowled - flatter and straighter, pushed back to the Montster

37.4

Panesar to Hussey, 3 runs, shot; Hussey leans into this, takes a step down the pitch and drives flamboyantly through extra cover for three

37.6

Panesar to Hussey, FOUR, short and Hussey hammers it past mid-on off the back foot. And that's his first four of the innings

Australia 113/3   MEK Hussey 17* (66b 1x4)

39.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, "'ow?" asks Jones as this one hits Hussey's pad, who was hiding his bat, but it was miles outside off

39.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, and it's firmly blocked out to end the over

Australia 119/3   MEK Hussey 17* (68b 1x4)

41.1

Panesar to Hussey, FOUR, walks into that and throws his arms into a sumptuous cover-drive and he picks the gap between the fielders a treat

41.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, 'No, wait there' calls Hussey, turning down the most risky of singles as he merely stuns the ball down with a forward defensive

41.3

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, worked off his pads down to backward square

Australia 130/4   MEK Hussey 22* (71b 2x4)

42.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, decent ball, that, angled across the lefthander from over the wicket and it's left alone with high arms and bat

42.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, dinked forward to mid-off region and there's a scrambled single which is comfortable enough in the end

Australia 131/4   MEK Hussey 23* (73b 2x4)

43.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, pitches outside and bends in, neatly, at the left-hander who can only defend forward

43.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, more of the same, and this time the batsman tries to work that one square

43.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, that one crashes into the pads and there's a vague shout of 'Catch', more hopeful than anything

43.4

Panesar to Hussey, FOUR, short and that's four all the way, cut well and forcefully off the back foot - terrific shot

43.5

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, short again and this time it's pulled in front of midwicket

Australia 136/4   MEK Hussey 28* (78b 3x4)

44.1

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, full, wide and that's timed effortlessly through the off-side, straight out of the middle and that scorched through the gap. A loosener from Flintoff at 82mph (132kph)

44.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, closer to the batsman this time - Flintoff going round to Hussey - that's wider, quicker and tempting but in the end that's just left alone outside the off-stump

44.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, hit to gully

44.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, simple delivery, clean, in the channel and that's simply left alone

44.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, in the corridor again; a hint of swing away from the left-hander and keeps moving on its way to Jones

44.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, darted in at the left-hander and nips back in at him just a touch off the seam

Australia 140/4   MEK Hussey 32* (84b 4x4)

45.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, on the button and that's defended on the front foot

45.5

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, short and that's pulled powerfully into the leg-side but just a single as the man out sweeping wings that one in

Australia 144/4   MEK Hussey 33* (86b 4x4)

46.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, flies that one down the channel but the batsman's arms rise easily to leave that one alone

46.4

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, ah, beauty. Hussey just leans over that one and merely presses a full-faced cover-drive away, bisecting the field. That brings up the 150. Not a bad length, either, from Flintoff

46.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, defended off the back foot

46.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, that one goes across him and the angle is such that Hussey can leave that one pretty easily

Australia 150/4   MEK Hussey 37* (90b 5x4)

47.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended quietly on the front foot

Australia 167/4   MEK Hussey 37* (91b 5x4)

49.1

Panesar to Hussey, FOUR, that's fractionally short and pummelled through extra-cover

49.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, drags it down a touch short, pitches on middle and turns into the left-hander who swats it to leg

49.3

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, worked to long-on

Australia 172/4   MEK Hussey 42* (94b 6x4)

50.1

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, straight and a touch short but that's well defended on the back foot with Hussey walking into that shot

50.2

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, a long-hop, a bit wide and short, but got away with that miscue

50.3

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, much better, angled across the lefthander, with a tight angle, and that's just to say well left alone

50.4

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, defended into the covers

50.5

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, straight and in need of defence: the solid Hussey provides it, again on the back foot

50.6

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, 'No', bellows Hussey as he defends that one forward

Australia 172/5   MEK Hussey 42* (100b 6x4)

52.1

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, driven to cover

52.2

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

52.3

Mahmood to Hussey, FOUR, lovely off-drive, just leans forward to meet that one and time it all the way to the boundary. Glorious stuff and Hussey is heading towards a well-deserved half-century

52.4

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, shoulders arms to that one

52.5

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, pitches on a good length and just nips away off the seam through to Jones

52.6

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, round the wicket, angled into the left-hander who can only defend it on the front foot

52.6

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, round the wicket, angled into the left-hander who can only defend it on the front foot

Australia 178/6   MEK Hussey 46* (106b 7x4)

54.1

Mahmood to Hussey, FOUR, welcome back, Mahmood; a perfect, beautiful cover drive for four to bring up yet another fifty. What a fine shot

54.2

Mahmood to Hussey, FOUR, edged! But, in fairness to Hussey he played it with soft hands, guiding it down past the slips to a vacant third man. So...not an edge, then.

54.3

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, much fuller from Mahmood this time, and Hussey defends it very firmly

54.4

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, quicker - a better length too - but Hussey rocks back and glances it fine, although can't find the gap

54.5

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, just short of a length but this is a good line from Mahmood, teasing Hussey outside his off stump who shoulders arms

54.6

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, good end to the over, a nagging line on or just outside off stump and he leaves alone

Australia 192/6   MEK Hussey 54* (112b 9x4)

55.3

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, flicked off his legs through midwicket

55.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, Hussey times this off the back foot, but straight into the covers. Monty jumps up excitedly as though stung by a wasp

55.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, and Hussey hides the bat to the final ball of the over

Australia 197/6   MEK Hussey 55* (115b 9x4)

56.5

Mahmood to Hussey, 1 run, worked around the corner off his hip for a single

Australia 201/6   MEK Hussey 56* (116b 9x4)

57.1

Panesar to Hussey, 3 runs, pushed out into the covers, well run

57.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, on the back foot, Warne turns this around the corner for a single

57.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, and Monty jumps up excitedly again as Hussey prods this into the covers

57.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, Hussey rocks back onto his stumps, turns the blade and works it off his hip to leg. He's so quick on his feet

Australia 205/6   MEK Hussey 59* (120b 9x4)

58.4

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, Mahmood flings this down at Hussey, fuller than his over so far, and it's defended

58.5

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, too straight, allowing Hussey to work it off middle stump but it's straight to midwicket who prevents the single

58.6

Mahmood to Hussey, no run, an attempted slower ball which Mike Atherton described as "a fraction wide." Frankly that does a disservice to wide fractions around the world

Australia 214/6   MEK Hussey 59* (123b 9x4)

59.4

Panesar to Hussey, FOUR, meanwhile Hussey carries on as though in his own bubble, making this into a half volley, timing it through extra cover for four. Simple. Easy.

59.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, a little shorter, and slower, Hussey can only find midwicket

59.6

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, shorter still and he goes back, quickly, pulling it hard but again only for a single

Australia 220/7   MEK Hussey 64* (126b 10x4)

60.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, the bouncer but it's too short, and pretty easily evaded

60.2

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, better bouncing aiming for Hussey's cranium and, for once, he looks uncomfortable, taking his eye off the ball but nevertheless pulling it behind square

Australia 221/7   MEK Hussey 65* (128b 10x4)

61.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, worked to leg

61.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, nicely bowled, right on off stump giving it plenty of flight and it's firmly defended by Hussey

61.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, Hussey comes massively forward and defends it massively

61.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, ah lovely bowling this, super stuff from Parmesan Tony, Hussey back and across but can't find a run

61.5

Panesar to Hussey, no run, Hussey quickly back onto his stumps, not literally, and works it to leg

61.6

Panesar to Hussey, no run, and it's pushed out defensively to the covers

Australia 221/7   MEK Hussey 65* (134b 10x4)

62.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, good length, but too wide and left alone

62.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, outside edge - I'll give that to the bowler...for once I don't think Hussey was in full control of that but, given the field placing, it was guided safely enough down to third man

Australia 223/7   MEK Hussey 66* (136b 10x4)

63.1

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, outside off and he works it to leg

Australia 228/7   MEK Hussey 67* (137b 10x4)

64.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, and a bouncer, easily evaded though

64.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, again another bouncer, outside leg and it's fairly easily ducked under by Hussey

64.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, this time he makes the batsman play, on off stump, and it's pushed out to cover

64.4

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, very well bowled! That's Harmison at his best, on a good length and it spits up at Hussey who plays it off his neck, quite excellently, snapping his neck away from the ball. Soft hands, drops it down - excellent cricket all round

Australia 229/7   MEK Hussey 68* (141b 10x4)

65.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, Hussey defends this one on off stump

65.1

Panesar to Hussey, no run, Hussey defends this one on off stump

65.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, and for once Hussey pads this away. For the first time in his innings, I reckon

65.2

Panesar to Hussey, no run, and for once Hussey pads this away. For the first time in his innings, I reckon

65.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, nice bowling, flatter and quicker and straighter - Hussey pushes it back, holding the pose

65.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, nice bowling, flatter and quicker and straighter - Hussey pushes it back, holding the pose

65.4

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, pushed out into the covers, excellent running

Australia 230/7   MEK Hussey 69* (145b 10x4)

66.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off - ineffectual, nothing delivery there

66.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, that's certainly more effective, on middle stump and jagging back nastily on the left hander who goes back and blocks it out, hurriedly

66.3

Harmison to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to time this through midwicket but can only drop it down by his toes

66.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, and he shapes to play at this, itching to cut it but wisely decides to leave it alone

66.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pushed back to the bowler

66.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, good end to the over, Hussey shouldering arms

Australia 234/7   MEK Hussey 69* (151b 10x4)

68.1

Harmison to Hussey, no run, straight and that's defended on the front foot

68.2

Harmison to Hussey, no run, ooh, lovely. Fizzed that past the outside edge, squaring the batsman up a treat who can only fend at that

68.3

Harmison to Hussey, 1 wide, wide

68.3

Harmison to Hussey, 2 runs, short and got the treatment, pulled down to the square boundary where Bell has two goes at stopping it, and just manages to inside the rope

68.4

Harmison to Hussey, no run, pushed up there and that's punch-defended into the covers, stopping on the shot and the ball just drops down in front of his feet

68.5

Harmison to Hussey, no run, defended on the back foot

68.6

Harmison to Hussey, no run, 'Catch it' go the cries as that's strangled down the leg side but bounces in front of a diving Jones

Australia 237/8   MEK Hussey 71* (157b 10x4)

69.3

Panesar to Hussey, no run, gets over it and works that softly to square

69.4

Panesar to Hussey, no run, defended forward

69.5

Panesar to Hussey, 1 run, pitches outside and there's a very risky single indeed, with Flintoff picking that up two-handed and throwing it to the striker's end. Out if that had hit

Australia 239/8   MEK Hussey 72* (160b 10x4)

70.1

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, slapped off the back foot to just in front of midwicket

70.5

Harmison to Hussey, 1 run, strays down leg and that's worked round to fine leg for a jogged single

Australia 244/9   MEK Hussey 74* (162b 10x4)
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