England tour of Australia, 4th Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 26-28, 2006
The Ashes - 4th Test
Australia won by an innings and 99 runs
26,27,28 December 2006 (5-day match)
  England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AJ Strauss b Warne 50 206 132 1 0 37.87
46.2 700 for Shane Warne! There it is, his 700th Test wicket and what a ball to reach the milestone! Outside Strauss's off stump, spinning massively back past Strauss's expansive cover drive 101/4
View dismissal AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Lee 11 49 37 1 0 29.72
10.5 GONE! Cook tried to leave it but was late, couldn't get the bat out of the way - the ball just feathering the bottom, or toe-end of his bat 23/1
View dismissal IR Bell lbw b Clark 7 46 30 0 0 23.33
20.5 that's about as out as you can get without hitting the stumps. Bell caught in the crease by one that zipped back and hit him on the knee roll, and Bell was off and the crowd were celebrating before Rudi Koertzen's finger had even started it's super slow-mo upwards motion 44/2
View dismissal PD Collingwood c Ponting b Lee 28 115 82 4 0 34.14
45.6 gone! Straighter this time from Lee, cutting away a touch from Collingwood who is unnerved by the extra bounce, spooning it to Ponting at second slip who took a fine, tumbling catch 101/3
View dismissal KP Pietersen c Symonds b Warne 21 104 70 0 0 30.00
70.2 Warne strikes, Pietersen, stranded with the rabbits, looks to loft the ball into the stands behind the bowler, and deep mid-off and mid-on converge just inside the ropes and it's Andrew Symonds who makes a difficult catch look ridiculously easy 146/9
View dismissal A Flintoff* c Warne b Clark 13 36 31 1 0 41.93
55.5 outside Flintoff's off stump, a touch more bounce but it's in the perfect channel. He prods at it with a stiff, concrete-like front leg and the ball flies to Warne who takes a simple catch 122/5
View dismissal CMW Read c Ponting b Warne 3 28 17 0 0 17.64
62.6 on off stump, Read flays it straight to Ponting - who was in very close at short extra cover - who took an excellent catch. It was the big, juicy "come and get me" from Warne; outside off, tempting Read, and he couldn't refuse - but he was off balance, spooning the ball airborne 135/6
View dismissal SI Mahmood c †Gilchrist b McGrath 0 11 9 0 0 0.00
65.4 as was that one, but this time Mahmood aims some kind of airy drive with only partial footwork and a thick edge is well taken by Gilchrist moving swiftly to his right 136/7
View dismissal SJ Harmison c Clarke b Warne 7 11 12 1 0 58.33
68.2 and the folly of Pietersen leaving his partner exposed is underlined as Harmison heaves a ball full and wide down the throat of mid-on who doesn't have to move 145/8
View dismissal MS Panesar c Symonds b Warne 4 27 19 0 0 21.05
74.2 Panesar perishes trying to drive Warne down the ground, never getting hold of the ball and barely reaching Symonds at mid-on 159/10
MJ Hoggard not out 9 15 10 1 0 90.00
Extras (b 2, lb 1, nb 3) 6
  Total (all out; 74.2 overs; 324 mins) 159 (2.13 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets B Lee 13 4 36 2 2.76 60 1 0 (2nb)
10.5 to Cook, GONE! Cook tried to leave it but was late, couldn't get the bat out of the way - the ball just feathering the bottom, or toe-end of his bat 23/1
45.6 to Collingwood, gone! Straighter this time from Lee, cutting away a touch from Collingwood who is unnerved by the extra bounce, spooning it to Ponting at second slip who took a fine, tumbling catch 101/3
View wicket GD McGrath 20 8 37 1 1.85 103 4 0 (1nb)
65.4 to Mahmood, as was that one, but this time Mahmood aims some kind of airy drive with only partial footwork and a thick edge is well taken by Gilchrist moving swiftly to his right 136/7
View wickets SR Clark 17 6 27 2 1.58 88 1 0
20.5 to Bell, that's about as out as you can get without hitting the stumps. Bell caught in the crease by one that zipped back and hit him on the knee roll, and Bell was off and the crowd were celebrating before Rudi Koertzen's finger had even started it's super slow-mo upwards motion 44/2
55.5 to Flintoff, outside Flintoff's off stump, a touch more bounce but it's in the perfect channel. He prods at it with a stiff, concrete-like front leg and the ball flies to Warne who takes a simple catch 122/5
  A Symonds 7 2 17 0 2.42 33 0 0
View wickets SK Warne 17.2 4 39 5 2.25 81 3 0
46.2 to Strauss, 700 for Shane Warne! There it is, his 700th Test wicket and what a ball to reach the milestone! Outside Strauss's off stump, spinning massively back past Strauss's expansive cover drive 101/4
62.6 to Read, on off stump, Read flays it straight to Ponting - who was in very close at short extra cover - who took an excellent catch. It was the big, juicy "come and get me" from Warne; outside off, tempting Read, and he couldn't refuse - but he was off balance, spooning the ball airborne 135/6
68.2 to Harmison, and the folly of Pietersen leaving his partner exposed is underlined as Harmison heaves a ball full and wide down the throat of mid-on who doesn't have to move 145/8
70.2 to Pietersen, Warne strikes, Pietersen, stranded with the rabbits, looks to loft the ball into the stands behind the bowler, and deep mid-off and mid-on converge just inside the ropes and it's Andrew Symonds who makes a difficult catch look ridiculously easy 146/9
74.2 to Panesar, Panesar perishes trying to drive Warne down the ground, never getting hold of the ball and barely reaching Symonds at mid-on 159/10
  Australia 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal JL Langer c †Read b Flintoff 27 45 29 3 0 93.10
9.2 GONE. Langer has walked. Angling across Langer who drove, on the up, and got a thin outside edge to Read who took a good catch low to his left 44/1
View dismissal ML Hayden c †Read b Mahmood 153 418 265 13 2 57.73
90.4 oh well bowled, that's a snorter from Mahmood squaring Hayden up who tried to work it to leg, got a thick outside edge to Read. And he walked 363/6
View dismissal B Lee c †Read b Flintoff 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
9.3 GOT HIM! A lovely ball just moving away from Lee who fished at it, edging it through to Read 44/2
View dismissal RT Ponting* c Cook b Flintoff 7 37 28 0 0 25.00
17.3 GODDIM! Flintoff banging it in, short and wide and Ponting tries to pull it, gets a top edge to Alastair Cook at midwicket who steadies himself and swallows an easy catch 62/3
View dismissal MEK Hussey b Hoggard 6 37 20 0 0 30.00
24.1 Hussey, who has been beaten a couple of times in his short stay, is bowled through the gate by Hoggard who brings one back into the left hander. That's the end of a run that has seen him make six fifties on the trot against England 79/4
View dismissal MJ Clarke c †Read b Harmison 5 6 5 0 0 100.00
25.2 now this is interesting! Harmison's second ball is just short of a length outside off stump, Clarke spars and a thin but oh-so-audible nick is heard all over the ground and Clarke doesn't wait for the decision as a jubilant Chris Read hurls the ball to the heavens 84/5
View dismissal A Symonds c †Read b Harmison 156 327 220 15 1 70.90
99.2 well bowled, Harmison, but that was a disappointing shot from Symonds. Full and wide - certainly driveable - but Symonds failed to move his feet; going for an expansive drive, he got a thick outside edge which flew to gleeful Read 383/8
View dismissal AC Gilchrist c Collingwood b Mahmood 1 10 8 0 0 12.50
92.3 GONE! Well done Mahmood. Very full indeed, and very wide - it deserved punishment, frankly - but moved just a touch away from Gilchrist who got a thick edge, the ball flying to Collingwood at second slip who took a fine catch above his head 365/7
SK Warne not out 40 75 54 6 0 74.07
View dismissal SR Clark c †Read b Mahmood 8 34 24 0 0 33.33
106.5 gone; good-length ball outside off, Clark nibbles at it and it's taken by Read 417/9
View dismissal GD McGrath c Bell b Mahmood 0 9 6 0 0 0.00
108.3 yes he can! Full, outside off and McGrath squirts it to Ian Bell at point to pick up his 35th duck, denying Warne a fifty 419/10
Extras (lb 6, w 1, nb 9) 16
  Total (all out; 108.3 overs; 505 mins) 419 (3.86 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket MJ Hoggard 21 6 82 1 3.90 95 12 0 (1nb)
24.1 to Hussey, Hussey, who has been beaten a couple of times in his short stay, is bowled through the gate by Hoggard who brings one back into the left hander. That's the end of a run that has seen him make six fifties on the trot against England 79/4
View wickets A Flintoff 22 1 77 3 3.50 95 4 0 (8nb)
9.2 to Langer, GONE. Langer has walked. Angling across Langer who drove, on the up, and got a thin outside edge to Read who took a good catch low to his left 44/1
9.3 to Lee, GOT HIM! A lovely ball just moving away from Lee who fished at it, edging it through to Read 44/2
17.3 to Ponting, GODDIM! Flintoff banging it in, short and wide and Ponting tries to pull it, gets a top edge to Alastair Cook at midwicket who steadies himself and swallows an easy catch 62/3
View wickets SJ Harmison 28 6 69 2 2.46 125 5 0
25.2 to Clarke, now this is interesting! Harmison's second ball is just short of a length outside off stump, Clarke spars and a thin but oh-so-audible nick is heard all over the ground and Clarke doesn't wait for the decision as a jubilant Chris Read hurls the ball to the heavens 84/5
99.2 to Symonds, well bowled, Harmison, but that was a disappointing shot from Symonds. Full and wide - certainly driveable - but Symonds failed to move his feet; going for an expansive drive, he got a thick outside edge which flew to gleeful Read 383/8
View wickets SI Mahmood 21.3 1 100 4 4.65 78 8 1 (1w)
90.4 to Hayden, oh well bowled, that's a snorter from Mahmood squaring Hayden up who tried to work it to leg, got a thick outside edge to Read. And he walked 363/6
92.3 to Gilchrist, GONE! Well done Mahmood. Very full indeed, and very wide - it deserved punishment, frankly - but moved just a touch away from Gilchrist who got a thick edge, the ball flying to Collingwood at second slip who took a fine catch above his head 365/7
106.5 to Clark, gone; good-length ball outside off, Clark nibbles at it and it's taken by Read 417/9
108.3 to McGrath, yes he can! Full, outside off and McGrath squirts it to Ian Bell at point to pick up his 35th duck, denying Warne a fifty 419/10
  MS Panesar 12 1 52 0 4.33 41 2 1
  PD Collingwood 3 0 20 0 6.66 7 1 1
  KP Pietersen 1 0 13 0 13.00 1 2 0
  England 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AJ Strauss c †Gilchrist b Lee 31 173 107 2 0 28.97
37.5 GODDIM, that's the length from Lee. Fuller and straighter, Strauss drives and gets a thick outside edge which flies through to Gilchrist and Lee celebrates like a cowboy, swishing his hand in a circular motion above his head 90/5
View dismissal AN Cook b Clark 20 64 46 1 0 43.47
14.5 GONE! A lovely delivery from Clark, pitching it right up, swinging in to Cook who got a thick inside edge to knock out his off stump 41/1
View dismissal IR Bell lbw b McGrath 2 21 11 0 0 18.18
19.2 GONE: Rudi has given an lbw. It hit him above the knee roll and Rudi raises his slow finger of death 48/2
View dismissal KP Pietersen b Clark 1 7 8 0 0 12.50
20.5 GONE! What a delivery from Clark, cutting back into Pietersen who drove expansively, completely misreading the movement and it pings back his off stump 49/3
View dismissal PD Collingwood c Langer b Lee 16 52 38 0 0 42.10
31.4 dear, oh dear. Loose drive spanked straight to Langer at short extra cover, a good catch slightly to his left, and Lee turns in triumph to his detractors ... who carry on singing regardless! 75/4
View dismissal A Flintoff* lbw b Clark 25 60 45 2 0 55.55
45.5 again this swings into Flintoff, at good pace, who goes for a booming straight drive but is rapped on the pad. He's hit quite high up on his pad but it's good enough for Rudi who raises his finger 108/6
CMW Read not out 26 127 77 1 0 33.76
View dismissal SI Mahmood lbw b Warne 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
46.3 GONE! The flipper! What a ball from Warne. Mahmood didn't have a clue, as it hurried onto him and he couldn't get his bat down in time 109/7
View dismissal SJ Harmison lbw b Warne 4 44 26 0 0 15.38
56.5 full, Harmison lunges forward but misses and the ball hits him on his back foot and that's about as out as you can get, right in front of middle and hitting about a third of the way up 127/8
View dismissal MS Panesar c Clarke b Lee 14 20 19 2 0 73.68
61.2 bouncer, well aimed, and Panesar doesn't know whether to duck or play it, and the self-preservational jab loops to Michael Clarke in the slips. It's almost curtains now ... 146/9
View dismissal MJ Hoggard b Lee 5 21 20 0 0 25.00
65.5 that's it, full and right through Hoggard's half-hearted defence 161/10
Extras (lb 12, w 1, nb 4) 17
  Total (all out; 65.5 overs; 301 mins) 161 (2.44 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets B Lee 18.5 6 47 4 2.49 93 3 0 (3nb)
31.4 to Collingwood, dear, oh dear. Loose drive spanked straight to Langer at short extra cover, a good catch slightly to his left, and Lee turns in triumph to his detractors ... who carry on singing regardless! 75/4
37.5 to Strauss, GODDIM, that's the length from Lee. Fuller and straighter, Strauss drives and gets a thick outside edge which flies through to Gilchrist and Lee celebrates like a cowboy, swishing his hand in a circular motion above his head 90/5
61.2 to Panesar, bouncer, well aimed, and Panesar doesn't know whether to duck or play it, and the self-preservational jab loops to Michael Clarke in the slips. It's almost curtains now ... 146/9
65.5 to Hoggard, that's it, full and right through Hoggard's half-hearted defence 161/10
View wicket GD McGrath 12 2 26 1 2.16 59 0 0 (1w)
19.2 to Bell, GONE: Rudi has given an lbw. It hit him above the knee roll and Rudi raises his slow finger of death 48/2
View wickets SR Clark 16 6 30 3 1.87 83 3 0 (1nb)
14.5 to Cook, GONE! A lovely delivery from Clark, pitching it right up, swinging in to Cook who got a thick inside edge to knock out his off stump 41/1
20.5 to Pietersen, GONE! What a delivery from Clark, cutting back into Pietersen who drove expansively, completely misreading the movement and it pings back his off stump 49/3
45.5 to Flintoff, again this swings into Flintoff, at good pace, who goes for a booming straight drive but is rapped on the pad. He's hit quite high up on his pad but it's good enough for Rudi who raises his finger 108/6
View wickets SK Warne 19 3 46 2 2.42 85 2 0
46.3 to Mahmood, GONE! The flipper! What a ball from Warne. Mahmood didn't have a clue, as it hurried onto him and he couldn't get his bat down in time 109/7
56.5 to Harmison, full, Harmison lunges forward but misses and the ball hits him on his back foot and that's about as out as you can get, right in front of middle and hitting about a third of the way up 127/8

Match details


Toss - England, who chose to bat
Series - Australia led the 5-match series 4-0
Player of the match - SK Warne (Australia)
Umpires - Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RE Koertzen (South Africa)
TV umpire - RL Parry
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - PR Reiffel
Close of play
  • Tue, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 48/2 (ML Hayden 17*, RT Ponting 0*, 11 ov)
  • Wed, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 372/7 (A Symonds 154*, SK Warne 4*, 96 ov)
  • Thu, 28 Dec - day 3 - England 2nd innings 161 (65.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • England 1st innings
    • Drinks: England - 22/0 in 10.0 overs (AJ Strauss 9, AN Cook 11)
    • Rain: England - 36/1 in 15.4 overs (AJ Strauss 15, IR Bell 7)
    • Lunch: England - 36/1 in 15.4 overs (AJ Strauss 15, IR Bell 7)
    • Rain: England - 46/2 in 22.4 overs (AJ Strauss 21, PD Collingwood 2)
    • England: 50 runs in 23.6 overs (147 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: England - 72/2 in 34.0 overs (AJ Strauss 41, PD Collingwood 8)
    • AJ Strauss: 50 off 130 balls (1 x 4)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 141 balls (AJ Strauss 29, PD Collingwood 21, Ex 0)
    • England: 100 runs in 44.6 overs (273 balls), Extras 5
    • Tea: England - 117/4 in 52.0 overs (KP Pietersen 3, A Flintoff 13)
    • Drinks: England - 146/8 in 70.0 overs (KP Pietersen 21, MS Panesar 0)
    • England: 150 runs in 72.1 overs (436 balls), Extras 6
    • Australia 1st innings
    • End Of Day: Australia - 48/2 in 11.0 overs (ML Hayden 17, RT Ponting 0)
    • Attendance: 89,155
    • Australia: 50 runs in 11.4 overs (73 balls), Extras 4
    • Drinks: Australia - 79/3 in 24.0 overs (ML Hayden 29, MEK Hussey 6)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 29.5 overs (187 balls), Extras 10
    • ML Hayden: 50 off 101 balls (6 x 4)
    • Lunch: Australia - 111/5 in 35.0 overs (ML Hayden 52, A Symonds 4)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 93 balls (ML Hayden 28, A Symonds 22, Ex 0)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 45.6 overs (284 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: Australia - 176/5 in 49.0 overs (ML Hayden 79, A Symonds 42)
    • 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 149 balls (ML Hayden 54, A Symonds 46, Ex 0)
    • A Symonds: 50 off 79 balls (5 x 4)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 54.1 overs (334 balls), Extras 11
    • ML Hayden: 100 off 170 balls (9 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Tea: Australia - 226/5 in 62.0 overs (ML Hayden 109, A Symonds 61)
    • 6th Wicket: 150 runs in 226 balls (ML Hayden 80, A Symonds 69, Ex 1)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 65.5 overs (404 balls), Extras 12
    • 6th Wicket: 200 runs in 289 balls (ML Hayden 108, A Symonds 90, Ex 2)
    • Australia: 300 runs in 75.2 overs (461 balls), Extras 12
    • A Symonds: 100 off 151 balls (8 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: Australia - 322/5 in 80.0 overs (ML Hayden 146, A Symonds 119)
    • New Ball Taken: Australia 322/5 after 80.1 overs (ML Hayden 146, A Symonds 119)
    • 6th Wicket: 250 runs in 343 balls (ML Hayden 120, A Symonds 128, Ex 2)
    • ML Hayden: 150 off 251 balls (11 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Australia: 350 runs in 86.1 overs (526 balls), Extras 13
    • A Symonds: 150 off 205 balls (14 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • End Of Day: Australia - 372/7 in 96.0 overs (A Symonds 154, SK Warne 4)
    • Attendance: 75,770
    • Australia: 400 runs in 103.2 overs (629 balls), Extras 15
    • England 2nd innings
    • Lunch: England - 28/0 in 12.0 overs (AJ Strauss 12, AN Cook 15)
    • England: 50 runs in 21.2 overs (130 balls), Extras 8
    • Drinks: England - 55/3 in 24.0 overs (AJ Strauss 21, PD Collingwood 3)
    • Tea: England - 90/4 in 37.0 overs (AJ Strauss 31, A Flintoff 11)
    • England: 100 runs in 41.1 overs (251 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: England - 122/7 in 54.0 overs (CMW Read 15, SJ Harmison 2)
    • England: 150 runs in 62.5 overs (382 balls), Extras 13
    • Attendance: 79,426
 
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