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

24.2

Panesar to Clarke, no run, ooh and it's tossed up and Clarke immediately goes on the offensive, smashing this into short leg's ankle

24.3

Panesar to Clarke, no run, again it's cracked on the front foot but to the right of short leg this time

24.4

Panesar to Clarke, no run, lovely flighted ball just outside off, defended solidly

24.5

Panesar to Clarke, no run, excellent length, Clarke not sure whether to go forward or back...in the end he stays back and defends

24.6

Panesar to Clarke, no run, Clarke comes down the pitch and pushes this back to the bowler

Australia 69/3   MJ Clarke 0* (5b)

26.1

Panesar to Clarke, no run, chipped to the right of the bowler who takes a step to his right and fields

26.2

Panesar to Clarke, no run, the arm ball, outside off and it's left alone by Clarke

26.3

Panesar to Clarke, no run, solidly forward by Clarke, pushing it out into the covers

26.4

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, clever bowling, tossing this right up but Clarke, such an excellent player of spin, times this neatly out into the covers and they steal a single

Australia 72/3   MJ Clarke 1* (9b)

27.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, ooh, good ball, swinging into the right hander who squirts it out - unconvincingly - to midwicket

27.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, too wide, for once, from Hoggard who today has been absolutely metronomically accurate

27.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, a confident, near arrogant stride down the pitch from Clarke to defend this, with a perfectly straight bat

27.4

Hoggard to Clarke, 1 run, just short of a length and Clarke decides against pulling it, instead short-arm-bunting it behind square. Neat stroke, too

Australia 73/3   MJ Clarke 2* (13b)

28.1

Panesar to Clarke, no run, ah well flighted, just on middle-and-off and defended

28.2

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, onto the back foot and glanced behind square

28.5

Panesar to Clarke, no run, very well bowled, a touch shorter and Clarke rather nervously pokes and prods at this off the back foot

28.6

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, better shot this time, coming solidly forward to defend

Australia 76/3   MJ Clarke 4* (17b)

29.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, good line from the bowler attacking the stumps but Clarke is solid in defence - and playing very straight here, too

29.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, a textbook defence, with just a hint of a flourish - holding the pose

29.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, and this one moves in to the right hander, forcing Clarke to defend once more. Which he does, again with an impressively straight blade

29.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Hoggard sends this just a little wider, Clarke shuffles across and defends on the back foot

29.5

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, and it's even wider this time, too wide in fact and Clarke doesn't bother playing this. Wise, too...no need to touch those

29.6

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, right on the money once again from Hoggard, on middle stump and it's firmly blocked out by a determined-looking Clarke

Australia 76/3   MJ Clarke 4* (23b)

30.2

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, lands this on leg stump - outside leg, actually - and Clarke easily turns it around the corner

Australia 78/3   MJ Clarke 5* (24b)

31.1

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, it's on off stump, not much movement and Clarke presents the straightest of bats

31.2

Hoggard to Clarke, no run

31.3

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, just a couple of inches straighter this time, allowing Clarke to whip it to mid-on. But straight to mid-on, who prevents the single

31.4

Hoggard to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides confidently forward and leaves this alone, shouldering arms with a flourish. If that's possible

31.5

Hoggard to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Clever, patient batting from Clarke this, half volley from Hoggard and the batsman just opens the face at the last minute, timing it beautifully through extra cover

31.6

Hoggard to Clarke, 3 runs, and Hoggard over compensates with his line this time, it's too straight and Clarke works him off his legs through midwicket for a couple

Australia 85/3   MJ Clarke 12* (30b 1x4)

32.1

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, quick, straight but too full and Clarke pings it, with excellent timing but rubbish placement, straight back to the bowler who gets half a hand on it and they steal a single

32.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, pushed off the back foot - Clarke looked a bit hurried there

32.4

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, dropped down dead and they scamper another single. This is excellent cricket by these two. No fours on offer so they're rotating the strike to upset Harmison's line

32.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, better length, forcing Clarke back onto his stumps - fierce bounce and the batsman plays it off the back foot with soft hands

Australia 89/3   MJ Clarke 14* (34b 1x4)

33.4

Panesar to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Excellent cricket from Clarke, fleet of foot, dancing back onto his stumps and he cuts this hard through extra cover for four. Too short from Monty

33.5

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, fuller, but still to short (if that's not a contradiction in terms) and again he is cut, but to the fielder this time

Australia 95/3   MJ Clarke 19* (36b 2x4)

34.1

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, off the back foot, tucked into the leg side very easily - these two are running so well between the wickets, calmly ticking the scoreboard over and rotating the strike with ease

34.2

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, ah, that's a superb cover drive from Clarke, on the up, and Monty's chase is in vain

34.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and an immaculate forward defensive to a straighter delivery this time

34.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, oh blimey, there's an Adelaide-like delivery from Harmison. Not quite one of his Brisbane specials, but still wider than a row of semi detached houses&

34.5

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

34.5

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

34.5

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

34.6

Harmison to Clarke, no run, outside off, too wide again and left alone

Australia 101/3   MJ Clarke 25* (42b 3x4)

35.2

Panesar to Clarke, no run, tossed up this time, the right-handed Clarke solidly forward to defend

35.3

Panesar to Clarke, no run, ooh excellent line this time, on middle-and-off and turning away just slightly. Clarke nevertheless presents a very solid and straight bat

35.4

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, half-volley from Monty and Clarke bunts it down the ground

Australia 103/3   MJ Clarke 26* (45b 3x4)

36.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, no, too short and wide and it's left alone

36.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, not quite a snorter - a norter, perhaps - which Clarke easily evades but it pings into Jones's gloves

36.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, short, outside off, Clarke jumps and skips across his stumps and wisely shoulders arms

36.4

Harmison to Clarke, no run, comes forward to this one outside off, turning it to the leg side

36.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, good pace, and Harmison really is charging in here, but it's too wide

36.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, very good running from Clarke, pushing it to mid-on and sprinting like a cheetah through for a single. I don't know if cheetahs are particularly quick, but they probably are

Australia 104/3   MJ Clarke 27* (51b 3x4)

37.1

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up, Clarke waits for it and refuses to hit over the top...timing it neatly, calmly, patiently down the ground for, guess what?, another single

37.5

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, pushed off the back foot. Monty's not getting much turn yet

Australia 109/3   MJ Clarke 29* (53b 3x4)

38.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, that was quick, 91.5mph (147ish kh/h), but again too wide

38.2

Harmison to Clarke, no run, wide of the crease this time from Harmison, Clarke times it very neatly but can only find mid-on

38.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, good bouncer, well directed - that's more like it from Harmison. Get them ducking, get them weaving. It was straight, Clarke ducked but never got his hands or bat down sufficiently...the ball fairly pinging through to the wicketkeeper

38.4

Harmison to Clarke, FOUR, shot of Clarke's innings; too full from Harmison, on middle stump, Clarke's head is rock-solid-still and he times it quite beautifully down the ground for four

38.5

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and that was short and quick, but far too short and easily evaded

38.6

Harmison to Clarke, 1 run, better from Harmison, rising onto Clarke's chest who defends solidly off the back foot

Australia 118/3   MJ Clarke 34* (59b 4x4)

39.1

Panesar to Clarke, no run, Clarke comes down the pitch with no shortage of cheek, clonking it to mid-on

39.2

Panesar to Clarke, no run, quicker ball from Monty - flatter, on off stump and Clarke is hurriedly defending this on the back foot, rather ungainly

39.3

Panesar to Clarke, no run, more elegantly defended this time as Clarke comes forward to block this out

39.4

Panesar to Clarke, 1 run, too full and Clarke drives it down to long-off to bring up the 50 partnership.

Australia 119/3   MJ Clarke 35* (63b 4x4)

40.1

Harmison to Clarke, no run, and Clarke stays back in his crease, squirting it out into the covers

40.2

Harmison to Clarke, 2 runs, ooh close! Clarke fends this off his hip just to the right of Cook at short leg who doesn't react nearly quick enough. Half a chance. My Gran, etc

40.3

Harmison to Clarke, no run, pushed out into the covers

40.4

Harmison to Clarke, OUT, what a catch! What a fine catch that is from Harmison. Clarke, just when he was looking settled, tried to pull Harmison, and just flat-batted it straight, the ball spearing back to the bowler who was either going to wear it in his chest or get his hands in the way. He did get his hands in the way and there's Harmison's second

MJ Clarke c & b Harmison 37 (62m 67b 4x4 0x6) SR: 55.22

Australia 121/4   MJ Clarke 37 (67b 4x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Dec 19, 2006

Australia reclaim the Ashes, Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, December 19, 2006

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