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

9.1

Harmison to Hayden, 2 runs, down the leg side and it's pulled off his hip - good bounce from Harmison, but you'd expect that

9.2

Harmison to Hayden, no run, good from Harmison, short and rising onto Hayden who goes right back, roars "no" and presents a straight bat to defend this down the pitch

9.3

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, hooked, or pulled rather, off the front foot and Cook's out there in the deep to prevent four

9.4

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, and that's a little too quick for Langer, the ball rapping him on the pad - Harmison shouts catch, rather optimistically - and it runs down to fine leg

9.5

Harmison to Hayden, no run, quick but down the leg side, too wide

9.6

Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, flamboyantly flicked off his legs, flamingo style, but just for a single

Australia 47/0   SJ Harmison 1-0-5-0

11.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, short, angling into Ponting who goes back - jumps back - and defends off the back foot

11.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, crikey, that was a bit wild. Like a 60s stoner, miles outside off but somehow cutting back in a bit

11.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, crikey, that was a bit wild. Like a 60s stoner, miles outside off but somehow cutting back in a bit

11.3

Harmison to Ponting, no run, short, wide, cracked off the back foot but Harmison is saved by the covers

11.4

Harmison to Ponting, no run, oh dear, again miles too wide

11.5

Harmison to Ponting, no run, a little bit straighter, but very short and Ponting ignores this

11.6

Harmison to Ponting, no run, and Flintoff's words of encouragement have worked, Harmison finally pitching this up on off stump and it's defended by Ponting

Australia 48/1   SJ Harmison 2-1-5-0

13.1

Harmison to Ponting, no run, a touch wide down the channel and the batsman shoulders arms easily enough, jumping backwards as he does so

13.2

Harmison to Ponting, no run, closer to the stumps this time, particularly when that one nips back in off the seam - the batsman shoulders arms once more but this time has to sway back a touch to avoid being clattered in the hips

13.3

Harmison to Ponting, OUT, a big call - all the slip cordon are up and so is Harmison - oh and he's removed the imperious Ponting. Good length, nipping back in off the seam and that's pitched bang on middle. It's OK for height too and suddenly the WACA has come alive

RT Ponting lbw b Harmison 2 (19m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

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   SJ Harmison 3-2-5-1

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

15.4

Harmison to Langer, no run, angles that across the left-hander - Harmison over the wicket - and that is defended off the back foot, with a straight bat in the end, but a nervous jump

15.5

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, well tickled round to fine leg where Panesar and his sideshow of a fielding effort deal with it cleanly

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   SJ Harmison 4-2-7-1

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

17.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, just short-of-a-length and he looks to pull that one at 90.3mph (145.3kph) but swishes under it

17.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, ooh, that strikes him on the upper thigh. Aw, that's gonna hurt in the morning, if it doesn't already

Australia 60/2   SJ Harmison 5-2-8-1

19.1

Harmison to Langer, 1 run, dropped. Harmison angles that one across the batsman who shapes to play a backfoot defensive, but a diving Flintoff gets his hand to it at second slip, crouching low and just gets half a hand to it in the end

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   SJ Harmison 6-2-9-1

21.1

Harmison to Langer, no run, left alone easily enough and that one flies through to Jones

21.2

Harmison to Langer, no run, 86mph (138kph) and that one flies past the grille, but moves away off the seam, so pretty wide by the time Jones pouches it

21.3

Harmison to Langer, no run, again that's angled across a touch wide, and left alone

21.4

Harmison to Langer, no run

21.5

Harmison to Langer, no run, left alone this time

21.6

Harmison to Langer, no run, pitches on leg and Langer works it square but it's picked up easily

Australia 66/2   SJ Harmison 7-3-9-1

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

32.2

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

32.3

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

32.5

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

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   SJ Harmison 8-3-13-1

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   SJ Harmison 9-3-19-1

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   SJ Harmison 10-3-20-1

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   SJ Harmison 11-3-25-1

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

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   SJ Harmison 12-3-31-2

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

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   SJ Harmison 13-3-32-2

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

60.3

Harmison to Lee, no run, Lee tries to hit this into Singapore but can only chop it behind him to Jones

60.4

Harmison to Lee, no run, good line, good length, good areas; outside off, Lee angles it down to gully.

60.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, ooh good bouncer, Lee ducking away at the last minute and it zips through to Jones

60.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, and a belter to finish the over, just short of a length and angling into Lee, just passing his backward defence...very close indeed

Australia 221/7   SJ Harmison 14-3-33-2

62.1

Harmison to Lee, 1 run, ouch, that's nasty, almost cutting Lee in half who goes back, tries to defend but gets a thick inside edge which nearly destroys his timber

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

62.4

Harmison to Lee, FOUR, well bowled! A cracker. This is Harmison of old, cutting Lee in half who gets an inside edge down to third man. Again that could so easily have ruined his stumps

62.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, full and straight, Lee gives it due respect and defends it firmly

62.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, outside off to end the over

Australia 227/7   SJ Harmison 15-3-39-2

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

64.5

Harmison to Lee, no run, good, aggressive, short bowling this. Lee doesn't like it, of course, but plays this quite well nevertheless, on the back foot and out to leg

64.6

Harmison to Lee, no run, outside off to end the over, pushed to gully

Australia 229/7   SJ Harmison 16-3-40-2

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   SJ Harmison 17-4-40-2

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   SJ Harmison 18-4-43-2

70.1

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

70.2

Harmison to Clark, 2 runs, improvised hook - takes his eyes off it and hooks it in the air, but into space

70.3

Harmison to Clark, OUT, Clark's feet are trapped in the crease and he goes swishing at a 91.7mph (147.5kph) near-yorker which sends back leg stick and the sickening/delightful* (*delete as appropriate) thwack is there for everyone to hear. Intelligent ball

SR Clark b Harmison 3 (13m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

70.4

Harmison to McGrath, 1 run, short and McGrath wafts that fine with a big inside edge to get off the mark straight away

70.5

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

70.6

Harmison to McGrath, OUT, and that's four wickets for Harmison! He speared that one right in at McGrath who jumps on the back foot, and fends at it, sending an easy catch off his ... ah, arm or chest... Quite a poor decision, that and McGrath's face says it all

GD McGrath c Cook b Harmison 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Australia 244/10   SJ Harmison 19-4-48-4
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