England tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v England at Perth, Dec 14-18, 2006
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Australia won by 206 runs
14,15,16,17,18 December 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
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

Australia 9/0   JL Langer 5* (7b 1x4)   A Flintoff 0.3-0-5-0
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

Australia 9/0   JL Langer 5* (7b 1x4)   A Flintoff 0.3-0-5-0
2.1

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

Australia 13/0   ML Hayden 8* (3b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 1.1-0-8-0
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   JL Langer 9* (14b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 2-0-13-0
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

Australia 22/0   ML Hayden 13* (9b 2x4)   A Flintoff 1.5-0-9-0
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

Australia 22/0   ML Hayden 13* (9b 2x4)   A Flintoff 1.5-0-9-0
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

Australia 27/0   ML Hayden 17* (12b 3x4)   MJ Hoggard 2.5-0-18-0
7.1

Flintoff to Langer, FOUR, ah, shot Langer, a short-arm pull through mid-on. Superbly timed

Australia 31/0   JL Langer 14* (24b 3x4)   A Flintoff 3.1-1-13-0
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

Australia 39/0   JL Langer 19* (27b 4x4)   A Flintoff 3.4-1-21-0
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

Australia 52/1   JL Langer 24* (37b 5x4)   MJ Hoggard 6.3-1-26-1
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

Australia 65/2   JL Langer 33* (58b 6x4)   A Flintoff 6.1-2-26-0
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

Australia 82/3   MJ Clarke 9* (29b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 11.5-2-37-1
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

Australia 94/3   MJ Clarke 18* (35b 2x4)   MS Panesar 5.4-2-11-1
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

Australia 101/3   MJ Clarke 25* (38b 3x4)   SJ Harmison 8.2-3-19-1
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)   MS Panesar 8-2-23-1
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

Australia 117/3   MJ Clarke 33* (57b 4x4)   SJ Harmison 10.4-3-24-1
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

Australia 125/4   A Symonds 4* (1b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 11.5-3-31-2
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

Australia 129/4   MEK Hussey 21* (69b 2x4)   MS Panesar 9.1-2-28-1
43.4

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

Australia 135/4   MEK Hussey 27* (77b 3x4)   MS Panesar 10.4-2-33-1
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)

Australia 140/4   MEK Hussey 32* (79b 4x4)   A Flintoff 7.1-2-31-0
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

Australia 150/4   MEK Hussey 37* (88b 5x4)   A Flintoff 8.4-2-36-0
47.4

Panesar to Symonds, FOUR, and he lashes that one away through cover to big acclaim from the crowd. "It's a cow punch," I thought Ian Healy said. He actually said counter-punch, but I quite think cow punch works quite nicely as well, conveying the beefiness of the shot and the power behind it

Australia 166/4   A Symonds 25* (20b 2x4 2x6)   MS Panesar 12.4-2-55-1
49.1

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

Australia 171/4   MEK Hussey 41* (92b 6x4)   MS Panesar 13.1-2-60-1
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

Australia 178/6   MEK Hussey 46* (103b 7x4)   SI Mahmood 3.3-2-7-0
53.5

Panesar to Warne, FOUR, great shot, that. Panesar dragged the ball down just a shade too short and Warne is quickly over the ball and down on one knee to pull it through square

Australia 184/6   SK Warne 8* (7b 1x4)   MS Panesar 15.5-2-69-3
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

Australia 188/6   MEK Hussey 50* (107b 8x4)   SI Mahmood 4.1-2-11-0
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.

Australia 192/6   MEK Hussey 54* (108b 9x4)   SI Mahmood 4.2-2-15-0
58.1

Mahmood to Warne, FOUR, too wide, too short and Warne uppercuts it wide of third man for four. Great shot. Very Warne; cavalier and enterprising

Australia 209/6   SK Warne 20* (19b 2x4)   SI Mahmood 6.1-2-23-0
58.2

Mahmood to Warne, FOUR, ooh and this is again short, Warne pulls it with Caribbean flamingo flair, gets a glove which just evades the diving Jones behind the stumps. Four more.

Australia 213/6   SK Warne 24* (20b 3x4)   SI Mahmood 6.2-2-27-0
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.

Australia 219/7   MEK Hussey 63* (124b 10x4)   MS Panesar 18.4-2-83-4
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

Australia 227/7   B Lee 6* (8b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 14.4-3-39-2
65.5

Panesar to Lee, FOUR, too full and Lee presents a delicious cover drive for four. Calmly played, just driving through the line of the ball

Australia 234/7   B Lee 10* (18b 2x4)   MS Panesar 21.5-3-90-4
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