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

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...

0.5

Hoggard to Hayden, 3 runs, shot; fine, confident shot from Hayden punching this down the ground and Harmison slides - dangerously so, given what happened to Simon Jones on the last tour - and does very well to pull this back

0.6

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

Australia 4/0   MJ Hoggard 1-0-4-0

2.1

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, edged! Past a vacant third or fourth slip. Tetchy, irritable, flashing, dangerous shot...but it's four

2.2

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, much better from Hayden, timing this nicely down to mid-on.

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   MJ Hoggard 2-0-13-0

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

4.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, on leg stump and there was just a hint of that one straightening on Hayden who pushes it back to the bowler...no swing, though, for Hoggard

4.5

Hoggard to Hayden, FOUR, short, bang, four - pulled powerfully in front of square. He really does whack it, Hayden. Not the most elegant of pullers, but mighty effective

4.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, fuller - that's better from Hoggard. Fuller is better. Full is good.

Australia 27/0   MJ Hoggard 3-0-18-0

6.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, too short from Hoggard and left alone by the batsman

6.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, ping! Hayden climbs into this, absolutely murdering it to a wideish mid-off who gets down in time...just in time

6.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, good length, Hayden leaves this alone

6.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, good length, Hayden leaves this alone

6.4

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, pushed out into the leg side

6.5

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, ooh a flash and a slash and a miss from Hayden, my word that was close. Outside off stump - go on, have some of that - but Hayden can't have some of it, or indeed any of it&

6.6

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, excellent length and that's the second fair maiden in succession

Australia 27/0   MJ Hoggard 4-1-18-0

8.1

Hoggard to Hayden, 2 runs, airborne for a while as Hayden clips this off his pads, just to the right of midwicket and Monty Panesar fields

8.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, ah that's useful from Hoggard, swinging into Hayden who pushes it back to the bowler. The slips and Jones all cry, roar their approval

8.3

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, cripes that was close, left alone on length again and it just grazed Hayden's pad. The general consensus is "awwww"

8.4

Hoggard to Hayden, 1 run, punched off the back foot, "Yes" roars Hayden and they scamper through for a single. Mahmood does excellent work in the covers to prevent two

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   MJ Hoggard 5-1-21-0

10.1

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, swinging into Hayden who is desperately trying to smash Hoggard to smithereens, but again he can only defend. This is clever, tight bowling from Hoggard here

10.2

Hoggard to Hayden, no run, and a lovely line again, outside off stump and straightening a touch. Hayden watchfully leaves it alone

10.3

Hoggard to Hayden, OUT, goddim! What a ball, swinging in on Hayden who on-drives, loses balance, it takes the outside edge and there's the breakthrough for England. Hayden looked to the heavens immediately and didn't wait for the finger.

ML Hayden c †Jones b Hoggard 24 (48m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

10.4

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, very well bowled by Hoggard, outside off but equally very well played by Ponting who simply pushes this into the covers and scampers a single. Easy game this batting lark

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   MJ Hoggard 6-1-22-1

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

12.6

Hoggard to Ponting, 1 run, and Ponting works this off his legs for a single

Australia 54/1   MJ Hoggard 7-1-28-1

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   MJ Hoggard 8-1-30-1

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   MJ Hoggard 9-1-32-1

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

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   MJ Hoggard 10-1-33-1

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 Hoggard 11-2-33-1

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 Hoggard 12-2-40-1
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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