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

1.1

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, and here comes Flintoff, charging in and raps Hayden on the pad - quite a big shout for lbw but it pitched outside leg

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   A Flintoff 1-0-5-0

3.1

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, that's a better length from Flintoff this time. Still a touch too short, but it's creeping up...

3.2

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, good line, just on off stump and cutting away slightly from the batsman who again leaves it alone

3.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, ooh, excellent line this from Flintoff. Hayden shapes to play - he was dying to fish at it - before raising his bat and leaving it alone. Wisely so...

3.4

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, crikey that's a good leave. A WACA leave, if you like, leaving this on middle stump and it flies through to Jones who, with the slips, roar their collective approval

3.5

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, well that's four, Hayden squidging it down the ground. But it wasn't hit with great timing or power and his bat twisted in his hand, almost closing the face. Still four, mind. I'm just getting fussy

3.5

Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, well that's four, Hayden squidging it down the ground. But it wasn't hit with great timing or power and his bat twisted in his hand, almost closing the face. Still four, mind. I'm just getting fussy

3.6

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, too wide and Hayden can't be bothered with it. No need to touch those

Australia 22/0   A Flintoff 2-0-9-0

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   A Flintoff 3-1-9-0

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

7.3

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, that's the length to Hayden. He leaves this alone but is looking a little uncertain here about what to leave

7.4

Flintoff to Hayden, 2 no balls, rubbish line, down the leg side. Lucky only to concede a single

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   A Flintoff 4-1-21-0

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   A Flintoff 5-1-22-0

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   A Flintoff 6-2-22-0

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

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   A Flintoff 7-2-27-0

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   A Flintoff 8-2-31-0

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

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   A Flintoff 9-2-36-0
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

Australia reclaim the Ashes

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

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