England tour of Australia, 2006/07 / Commentary

The Ashes - 4th Test

Australia v England

Australia won by an innings and 99 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

20.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood into line and he plays it into the off

England 44/2   PD Collingwood 0* (1b)

22.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, oh, hello. That struck Collingwood on the front pad and a raucous appeal is turned down by Koertzen who shakes his head like a father asked for extra pocket money. It looked out, but Hawkeye suggests if it was hitting, it was the very top of the stumps

22.2

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, flicked well of leg stump wide of long leg

22.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, into line, well defended

22.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, yet again this one cuts back and beats Collingwood, but this time he's got far enough forward to be outside the line and there's no appeal

22.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump and left alone

22.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, again wide and a slightly over theatrical leave

England 46/2   PD Collingwood 2* (7b)

23.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, wide and short, it kicked off the seam and Collingwood started to spar but fortunately his brain got the better of his hands soon enough

23.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, angled to gully, Hayden makes a sprawling half stop diving to his right, and there is then a second or two of "yes, no, sorry" before all concerned settle on staying put

23.6

McGrath to Collingwood, FOUR, dropped. Collingwood turned square, a thick edge flies between Gilchrist and Warne at first slip ... a diving Gilchrist, at full stretch, gets a finger to it and deflects it past Warne

England 51/2   PD Collingwood 6* (10b 1x4)

25.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, beaten, hit on the pads but too high and outside off stump

25.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, safely defended. McGrath may be on the way out but he still cares, and he pulls all sorts of faces as he heads back into the deep

England 57/2   PD Collingwood 6* (12b 1x4)

27.1

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, McGrath on the button, safely handled

27.2

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood plays that as he lunges forward and immediately yells "no"

27.3

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, well forward and blocked

27.4

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood's bat and bad appear welded together and the pair of them keep the ball out

27.5

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood shoulders arms, it zips back in and flicks his pads, a lone appeal from behind the stumps but it was far too high

27.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, wow, that was a snorter, beats Collingwood all ends up and another excellent over from the wicketless McGrath ... he's bowled so well in conditions that could be made for him

England 57/2   PD Collingwood 6* (18b 1x4)

28.2

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, loud and confident appeal, beat his inside edge, off the pad and everyone goes up. Koertzen takes an age to decide, even by his standards, but he had to think about the leg-before and the possible catch behind. Symonds makes it clear he thinks the decision is suspect with some facial contortions

28.3

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, and another loud appeal is turned down. It was hitting the off stump but Collingwood got just outside the line which spared him. Good umpiring here as many other lesser officials might have given this out on the strength of the previous ball

28.4

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, oh! He's been beaten all ends up again

28.5

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood might be batting in a darkened room ...he can't lay bat on ball here and Symonds has done everything except take a wicket

28.6

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, and again the ball hits him rather than him the ball

England 60/2   PD Collingwood 6* (23b 1x4)

30.1

Symonds to Collingwood, 1 run, on leg stump and clipped, firmly, to midwicket who makes a good diving stop

30.3

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, and he comes forward solidly, defending it watchfully

30.4

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, with a rather closed face of the bat Collingwood pushes this to mid on

30.5

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, that is a dreadful stroke. Symonds sent it wider, Collingwood fell for the bait like a blind mackerel and flayed his hands at it...missing it by miles

30.6

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, pushed, with a heavy bottom hand, to midwicket

England 68/2   PD Collingwood 7* (28b 1x4)

32.1

Symonds to Collingwood, 1 run, too straight from Symonds and Collingwood turns it off his legs neatly

32.6

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, nicely bowled, cutting this back into Collingwood who offers no shot

England 72/2   PD Collingwood 8* (30b 1x4)

34.1

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, good line on off stump, cutting back just a touch on Collingwood who defends solidly

34.2

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, another big appeal, Collingwood coming forward and the ball rapping him on the pad but it's outside the line

34.3

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, much better from Collingwood, coming right forward and driving it fluently into the covers

34.4

Symonds to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed to midwicket

England 73/2   PD Collingwood 9* (34b 1x4)

35.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, just outside the off stump, Collingwood comes confidently forward to defend

35.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, lovely bowling, that's a superb ball from Clark; swinging into Collingwood who goes for an expansive drive, the ball cuts away. Unplayable. It was certainly full enough to drive but the movement beat Collingwood

35.3

Clark to Collingwood, 2 runs, "catch" is the optimistic cry from, someone, as Collingwood works this airborne just to the left of short leg

35.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, full and straight, Collingwood blocks it out

35.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, poor, poor stroke. Wider, fuller, Collingwood goes for another expansive drive but fails to move his feet. Fortunately the away swing saved him...he is struggling here

35.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, straighter and this time Collingwood shoulders arms

England 79/2   PD Collingwood 11* (40b 1x4)

37.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, ooh and this jags back nastily on Collingwood who shapes to play it, before deciding to leave it, and is rapped high on the pad

37.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, and a little bit too wide to trouble the right hander who leaves this alone with ease

37.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a fluent cover drive from Collingwood but, inevitably, he can't find the gap

37.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, excellent line just outside the off stump but, this time, Collingwood won't be lured into driving. Good length, too

37.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, left alone, too wide to bother with

37.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, straighter this time and it's left alone

England 79/2   PD Collingwood 11* (46b 1x4)

38.4

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, pushed back to the bowler

38.5

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, down the leg side and Collingwood misses out here

38.6

Symonds to Collingwood, no run, firmly driven but, guess what, straight to mid off

England 82/2   PD Collingwood 11* (49b 1x4)

40.1

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and he starts with a crowd-silencing full toss which Collingwood, in his current state, can't do anything with

40.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ooh and that's better, on middle stump and Collingwood prods at it, defending it

40.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, and Warne loses his action here, consequently sending the ball miles wide of Collingwood's leg stump and the batsman pads it away

40.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, well flighted on middle-and-leg, Collingwood blocks it out

40.5

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, shot! Down the pitch and Collingwood whips it over midwicket for four

40.6

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, possibly the flipper but it's too wide and Collingwood chops it square

England 87/2   PD Collingwood 16* (55b 2x4)

41.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, very full but too wide and it's left alone

41.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, ugly, wide, loose delivery which again Collingwood leaves well alone

41.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, that's better from Lee, in the channel but Collingwood again won't be tempted

41.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, and at last Lee makes him play, the ball rising on Collingwood who plays it down with soft hands into the gully

41.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, chopped down to the right of Hayden in the gully - oh, good stop, diving full-length to his right

41.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, left alone to end the over

England 87/2   PD Collingwood 16* (61b 2x4)

42.2

Warne to Collingwood, no run, short, wide, Collingwood rocks back and cuts...but can't find the gap

42.3

Warne to Collingwood, no run, ooh a beauty! But not the 700th. Drifting into Collingwood and spinning past his meek forward defence

42.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, again Warne loses his action here - very round-arm - and it's miles wide of the right hander's leg stump

42.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, too short this time and Collingwood cuts into the gully

42.6

Warne to Collingwood, 1 run, well played, swept quite confidently down to Lee at fine leg who pockets the ball and jogs up to his mark

England 89/2   PD Collingwood 17* (66b 2x4)

43.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, scythed off the back foot to Hayden in the gully who fields it very well; that was hit like a tracer, just short of him

43.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, ugly, short-arm pull - a jab, more than a pull - from Collingwood who is hurried, the ball landing just short of mid on

43.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, wider of the off stump, no swing there for Lee and it's left alone

43.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, very well bowled, a fraction fuller and Collingwood is again hurried into the defensive stroke, just clamping his bat down in time

43.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, firmly blocked out with a straight bat on the back foot

43.6

Lee to Collingwood, FOUR, ah, fine shot, upper-cutting Lee over the slips down to the vacant third man for four. Intelligent batting, that

England 93/2   PD Collingwood 21* (72b 3x4)

44.3

Warne to Collingwood, FOUR, shot! Swept with great timing and that races for four. Too wide of the leg stump though, again

44.4

Warne to Collingwood, no run, that's more like it Warne; on middle-and-leg, turning away and it's defended by the right hander

44.5

Warne to Collingwood, no run, cracking ball! That was close, spinning massively away from Collingwood's forward poke

44.6

Warne to Collingwood, 3 runs, wide of the crease and it's wide of his leg stump; Collingwood sweeps again down to fine leg but the quicksand outfield prevents it going for four

England 101/2   PD Collingwood 28* (76b 4x4)

45.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot, Collingwood jumping back into position as though stung by a bee

45.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, no, too wide and he doesn't need to play at this

45.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, again, too wide. Lee simply must make him play.

45.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, that's better, attacking the batsman's stumps and Collingwood is forced into defence

45.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, pushed out into the covers

45.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, blocked out into the covers again

45.6

Lee to Collingwood, OUT, 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

PD Collingwood c Ponting b Lee 28 (115m 82b 4x4 0x6) SR: 34.14

England 101/3   PD Collingwood 28 (82b 4x4)
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Dec 28, 2006

Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath wave at the crowd during the final Test at the MCG, Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, December 28, 2006

Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath wave at the crowd during the final Test at the MCG

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Dec 28, 2006

Brett Lee bowls Matthew Hoggard as Australia make it 4-0, Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, December 28, 2006

Brett Lee bowls Matthew Hoggard as Australia make it 4-0

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