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)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
1.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh and a belter immediately from McGrath, hitting the seam and jagging away from Cook's meek forward prod

1.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, again this spits away from Cook, the left-hander - big, big movement here

1.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, ever so slightly shorter, Cook goes back and pushes it nervously out into the covers, without moving his feet

1.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, and another fast offbreak from McGrath! Play that, Cook; not a hope of getting a bat on it and it flies through to Gilchrist

1.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, and he wisely shoulders arms to this slightly wider delivery

1.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook is solidly forward here, playing it with softish hands and angling it to gully

England 0/0   AN Cook 0* (6b)
2.5

Lee to Cook, 1 run, and Cook mirrors Strauss's shot, clipping it off his hip for a single

England 2/0   AN Cook 1* (7b)
3.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, Cook is late on this; turning the face of the bat to push it to leg, just past Hussey at short leg. Just short of him, in fact

3.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, full, on off stump but Cook is back in his crease here and defends it

3.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, again back in his crease, Cook squirts this with a wobbly bat into the covers

3.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, but this is too wide from McGrath and Cook stands tall before leaving it well alone. As well he should.

3.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, again wide enough for Cook to leave alone, which he does

3.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh big appeal from my-cup-is-always-full McGrath but Cook got bat on that

England 2/0   AN Cook 1* (13b)
5.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, again a bit of movement off the pitch away from the left hander who leaves it alone

5.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, down the leg side - wasted delivery, and Cook misses out

5.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, lovely bowling! Another fast offbreak which Cook misses. Good bounce, too.

5.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, slightly wider, Cook fishes at it but finds nothing

5.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, and it's full, too straight too and Cook pushes it to leg

5.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, too wide of the off stump and Cook leaves alone

England 2/0   AN Cook 1* (19b)
6.5

Lee to Cook, no run, outside off, the ball hardly carrying to Gilchrist, the winner behind the stumps, and it's left alone

6.6

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, very elegantly played by Cook, calmly pulling Lee - who is getting no pace off the pitch whatsoever - behind square for three

England 6/0   AN Cook 4* (21b)
7.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, Cook plays and misses at this one outside the off stump

7.2

McGrath to Cook, no run, and yet more movement from McGrath - bounce too - as Cook is rapped high on the pad and the ball balloons out to gully

7.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, Cook jumps back in his crease to defend this off the back foot, with a pleasingly straight bat

7.4

McGrath to Cook, 2 runs, well, too straight from McGrath and Cook easily works it off his hip behind square and they scamper two. Well run, too (or "well run two")

7.5

McGrath to Cook, no run, too wide of Cook's off stump and he shoulders arms, raising his arms high

7.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, better line this time and Cook defends it solidly off the back foot

England 8/0   AN Cook 6* (27b)
8.3

Lee to Cook, (no ball) 1 run, intelligently played from Cook, just calmly working it to leg for a single. No-ball from Lee too.

England 13/0   AN Cook 7* (28b)
9.3

McGrath to Cook, 1 no ball, and he shoulders arms outside off - no ball, too

9.3

McGrath to Cook, no run, just a touch fuller from the bowler, Cook pushes it to leg but there's no run on offer

9.4

McGrath to Cook, no run, ooh, a play-and-a-miss from Cook

9.5

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, well played, very well played from Cook. He came forward confidently; he drove it with a flourish through extra cover. Andrew Symonds made excellent ground in the deep, chasing after it and sliding along the greasy turf for at least five metres, getting a hand to it but the ball trickled over the boundary

9.6

McGrath to Cook, no run, pushed to cover to end the over

England 22/0   AN Cook 11* (33b 1x4)
10.2

Lee to Cook, no run, on off stump Cook - with a Lara-esque raise of the bat - clamps down on this

10.3

Lee to Cook, no run, no, too wide from Lee and it's left alone

10.4

Lee to Cook, no run, still too wide, Cook leaves it alone with ease

10.5

Lee to Cook, OUT, 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

AN Cook c †Gilchrist b Lee 11 (49m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 29.72

England 23/1   AN Cook 11 (37b 1x4)
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